Since opening its first facility in 1973, the Central East Alcoholism and Drug Council has provided a number of services supporting recovery and healthy families throughout Illinois. CEADC runs a residential program out of its main facility, the Hour House in Charleston. It also has two sober living homes for women in Charleston as well as two outpatient locations, one co-ed for adults and one for women only. In addition to the Charleston facilities, there is an adult outpatient location in nearby Shelbyville, an adolescent residential facility in Lerna and an adult and adolescent outpatient program in Mattoon.
Accommodations and Food
The Hour House is an old converted hospital, although from the outside it resembles a white clapboard house more than an institution. The facility comes equipped with 32 beds, with men and women residing in different sections of the house. Three meals a day are served in the cafeteria, with lots of variety including hot entrees, cold entrees and salad bars at lunch and dinner. There are also 16 beds available at the adolescent residential treatment facility, located on 40 acres of rural farmland in Lerna, Illinois.
Treatment and Staff
Clients at the Hour House often begin recovery in medical detox. The length of stay varies from person to person, but the detox does include initial counseling sessions and recovery education as well as testing and healthcare monitoring. At least three staff members, including one doctor, are always present in the detox unit. That said, the detox doctor is still the only one on the premises, and as a result CEADC is not equipped to treat dual diagnosis clients.
Residential treatment typically lasts 30 to 45 days. Clients have individual therapy with their assigned therapist once a week and group therapy every day. They also have something called the Day of Care counselor, who checks in with each resident on a daily basis for a mini counseling session. CEADC uses the 12-step model at Hour House and has meetings on-site regularly. Therapists use methods including both CBT and DBT, as well as assertiveness and relaxation training. There are always at least two client care monitors on-site at the Hour House, but therapists and counselors also come in day-to-day to administer treatment. The adolescent residential program supplements the above with family counseling, outdoor activities, life skills and conflict resolution.
Adult clients unable to commit to inpatient treatment have the option of doing the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). This program also combines individual, group and family counseling. The curriculum is nine hours a week for a period of six to nine months. IOP incorporates 12-step groups as a big part of treatment—clients are also offered various support groups, such as for domestic violence or parenting. Licensed addiction counselors lead all sessions in IOP.
The adolescent outpatient program occurs at the Youth Leadership Center in Mattoon, Illinois, and encourages positive behavioral shifts in addition to the importance of developing leadership skills. Treatment is implemented though individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling and gender-specific support groups.
Those who have completed residential or IOP can also participate in outpatient as a step-down, where they schedule individual sessions and attend groups on an as-needed basis.
In terms of the adult programming, besides time designated for morning walks, there is not much in the way of organized recreational activities at Hour House. Adolescent inpatient clients, on the other hand, have the opportunity to do equine therapy and other adventure therapy thanks to their access to so much open land.
Extended care is available as ongoing outpatient participation, with the additional option of moving into one of CEADC’s sober living homes, referred to in the program as halfway and three-quarter houses because they still provide clients with structured environments and some therapy.
Central East Alcoholism and Drug Council provides solid recovery options for those not plagued by serious co-occurring disorders. Their continuum of care can potentially last well into the first year of recovery, which is a boon since that year is often the most difficult. Finally, most IOP programs phase clients down after three months; here, they remain in structured treatment for up to nine, which is a definite plus.
Central East Alcoholism and Drug Council
The Hour House
635 Division St
Charleston, IL 61920
Central East Alcoholism and Drug Council Cost: $11,250 (30 days). Reach Central East Alcoholism and Drug Council by phone at (217) 348-5444 or by email at [email protected].
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