Founded in 1967 by a group of inmates from the Colorado State Penitentiary looking to break the cycle of substance abuse and incarceration, Cenikor has been treating addiction for more than 45 years. It has since grown considerably and currently offers evidence-based adolescent, outpatient, Intensive Outpatient (IOP) short-term inpatient and long-term inpatient treatment in both Texas and Louisiana. The aim is to show clients how to be accountable, responsible and able to live a positive, healthy lifestyle.
Cenikor offers long-term inpatient programs, or therapeutic communities, at three locations: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Deer Park, Texas; and Fort Worth, Texas.
Accommodations and Food
The long-term inpatient facilities are very similar to one another. For one thing, they all have a medical facility vibe—the Deer Park facility was once a hospital. All three facilities are also large, with a capacity of more than 150 residents each. Rooms are shared between two or three clients and have simple furnishings. Residents are allowed to personalize their rooms with pictures and art. The facilities also have lounge areas, television, on-site exercise rooms and outdoor smoking areas.
Breakfast and dinner are served cafeteria-style at the facilities, but usually Cenikor provides bagged lunches with a sandwich and a snack for the midday meal. Breakfast tends to include both cold and warm options like cereal, yogurt and eggs, while dinner options may be warm comfort food like BBQ pork or grilled chicken and vegetables.
Treatment and Staff
The long-term inpatient program lasts about 18 months and centers on equipping residents for the job market, requiring them to work or attend school 40 to 48 hours a week. Cenikor also uses peer influence and clinical counseling to help residents with their recovery. The clinical methods are individualized and gender-specific and can accommodate co-occurring disorders.
Upon arrival, clients begin a 21-60 day orientation phase, during which they become assimilated into the therapeutic community, learn the rules of the house and begin educational seminars to prepare to find employment. They are also required to attend group therapy, individual therapy and 12-step meetings.
Next comes the primary phase, which lasts about 16 months. This is when residents start working full-time with one of Cenikor’s community partners while working in their spare time to change their negative behavioral patterns. They also attend occasional educational training to acquire marketable skills in such fields as accounting, management, automotive repair, secretarial/clerical, computer data entry, food services, public relations, sales, carpentry, building maintenance and counselor training. Those who don’t have a GED begin working toward that during this phase. Clients also continue attending occasional group therapy, individual therapy and 12-step meetings to maintain their sobriety.
The typical day varies depending on a resident’s work or school schedule, but during the primary phase residents usually get up before 8 am, eat breakfast and go about their daily work or school obligations. When they return, they eat dinner together and attend a couple of different treatment sessions—maybe a 12-step meeting, a group therapy session or an individual session. Residents then complete a daily chore, such as sweeping or helping clean in the kitchen, and then have a bit of free time before bed.
Staff includes licensed counselors, administrative staff and a registered nurse. Cenikor’s long-term inpatient programs rely heavily on peer-to-peer support, so while they have staff on-site 24 hours a day, much of the day-to-day support a resident receives is from a resident who has been in the program for longer or an alumnus. As residents move through the program, they earn more responsibilities and take on the role of a mentor to newer residents.
While a client is in treatment, Cenikor invites family members to attend the Families First educational seminars, where families learn about the impact of addiction on the body and relationships and how to support their loved one through the recovery process.
After graduating from the 18-month program, clients transition to the three-to-six month re-entry phase of the program, which provides continued treatment and access to resources for those who need help finding housing, managing money, buying a car, finding a new addiction support system like AA and maintaining healthy relationships with friends, family and co-workers.
Cenikor also offers outpatient and IOP treatment in three different facilities across Texas. Clients can participate in individual therapy, group therapy and addiction education. These programs require nine to 10 hours of treatment a week for eight weeks.
Cenikor’s long-term programs are known for being a bit tough but the thinking there is that the only people that find the programs too tough are those who aren’t ready to change. Prospective clients should be aware that all income from working goes directly to the cost of treatment. While this makes treatment affordable, residents can’t expect to start saving any money until the re-entry phase.
Cenikor Baton Rouge
2414 Bunker Hill Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Cenikor Deer Park
4525 Glenwood Ave
Deer Park, TX 77356
Cenikor Fort Worth
2209 S Main
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Cenikor Long-Term Inpatient Treatment Cost: $600 (admission fee for in-state clients); $1,800 (admission fee for out-of-state clients). Reach Cenikor by phone at (888) 236-4567 or via email at [email protected]. Find Cenikor on Facebook
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