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 offer 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. The Waco facility offers detox and short-term inpatient treatment and has been open since 2012.
Accommodations and Food
Cenikor Waco occupies a 15,000-square-foot, fully renovated treatment center that was previously a hospital. The facility can hold 56 residents at any given time, although that number is typically under 40. Residents share rooms, which are set-up dorm-style with simple furnishings, twin beds and access to limited storage space. The property also features a workout room, large common areas, a television and an outdoor smoking area.
Residents eat three meals a day and several snacks throughout the day. Meals are served cafeteria-style and may include salads, soups, wraps and warm comfort food options like BBQ pork or grilled chicken.
Treatment and Staff
The program begins with a medically supervised detox. Residents then follow a busy schedule consisting of individual therapy, group therapy, on-site 12-step meetings, addiction education and life skills training. There is an on-site gym for workouts and residents can go on outings like bowling. Bible study is available on weekends.
A typical day begins with an early morning wake-up, followed by breakfast and a series of group meetings. After lunch, residents continue group therapy and may have life skills training or educational seminars. They then have dinner and usually attend a 12-step meeting in the early evening. Clients have a bit of free time for watching TV or just relaxing before lights out.
Cenikor Waco employs a team of licensed counselors, administrative staff and a registered nurse. Staff are present 24 hours a day, and the staff-to-resident ratio is about one-to-four or less.
While a client is in treatment, Cenikor Waco invites family members to attend educational seminars, where they learn about the impact of addiction on the body and relationships and how to support their loved one through the recovery process.
Residents who complete the short-term program can move into one of Cenikor’s three long-term facilities for continued treatment. The long-term program lasts about two years and requires residents to work full time, from 40 to 48 hours per week. Alternatively, if they do not have a high-school diploma, they study for their GED and work part-time. While working or attending school, they continue with a light treatment program and must contribute to keeping the house clean.
Cenikor also offers outpatient and IOP treatment at three different facilities across Texas. Clients have the option to participate in individual therapy, group therapy and addiction education. Their intensive outpatient requires nine to 10 hours of treatment weekly for eight weeks.
Cenikor’s Waco facility combines a long, reputable history of treating addiction with new amenities and accommodations. It provides a variety of resources for addicts in all stages of recovery and the financial counselors can refer prospective residents to several different resources in the Texas area that can help with the cost of treatment.
3015 Herring Ave
Waco, TX 76708
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