Located in Moselle, a suburb of Laurel, Mississippi, Clearview Recovery Center (CRC) has been offering inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment since 1979. The facility sits on more than 100 acres in the middle of a pine forest far from city life, making it especially conducive to reflection and recovery. Established as a community mental health resource, it was originally known as Serenity House—and it’s easy to see why.
Accommodations and Food
The 54-bed facility accommodates men and women (separately) in cottages. Two or three people share a room, which has a bed, desk and dresser for each, as well as an adjacent bathroom. Cottages have a TV that residents can watch on weekends (weekdays are filled with recovery activities).
The CRC business center may be used only by residents who are in the transitional phase of treatment. They can also use the facility’s computers for writing resumes and applying online for jobs. Cell phones may only be used by residents who are in the transitional track or halfway house and looking for jobs. Primary track clients—those in the early stages of treatment—are not permitted to bring their cell phones, but may use pay phones to call family, lawyers or probation officers as needed.
A basketball court and gym with workout equipment give residents plenty of opportunities for exercise during the week. The staff has developed a schedule that allows male and female residents to work out on alternate days.
Meals are served in the cafeteria. Residents have access to a salad bar, three or four cooked vegetables, an entree and dessert for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is also served, and sugar and caffeine are allowed.
Treatment and Staff
CRC counselors and clinicians employ a variety of treatment methods, depending on the emotional and psychological needs of each client. Rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT), motivational interviewing (MI), family systems and CBT are all used. The facility doesn’t provide detox, and therefore requires incoming residents to have completed it prior to admission.
The typical length of stay is between 30 and 90 days. Afterwards, a client can move into an early transitional care program—also located at Clearview—for 60 days. Residents who are far along with recovery may move into Oak Harbor for transitional living while they look for jobs and begin re-entry into the community. This phase of treatment can last as long as two years, depending on need.
With a 12-step foundation, CRC assigns two clinicians (who both have advanced degrees) to work with each client. One of the clinicians conducts individual therapy at least once a week or more.; the other facilitates group therapy five times a week.
A typical day begins at 6 am, when residents wake up, clean their rooms and complete their daily chores. At 6:30 am, morning meds are administered. Breakfast begins at 7 am, followed by additional chores and an 8:30 am spirituality class. At 9:15 am, clients go into their first educational lecture, and at 10:30 the first group of the day begins and goes until noon.
At 1 pm two days a week, residents watch a therapeutic movie, which lasts for about two hours. At 3 pm, clients take part in an educational lecture followed by gym workouts on alternate days. Dinner is served at 5 pm, and from 6 to 6:30 pm all residents participate in CRC’s Truth or Consequences book study. An in-house meeting follows in each cottage at 8 pm three evenings a week. Lights out is at 10:30 during the week and 11 pm on weekends. In between classes and therapy, clients have some free time. Three times a week, each resident takes part in exercise, whether football, softball or jogging.
The CRC staff includes eight credentialed professionals, including an MFT, LPC and LMSW. The counseling staff is mostly women, with the exception of a lone male. There’s also a nurse, an addictionologist and a nurse practitioner whose services are contracted. An on-call counselor is available for residents in crisis, but CRC does not have staff on site 24/7.
Families can participate in CRC’s Family Matters family program to learn about addiction and how it affects interpersonal dynamics and the person who is struggling with chemical dependency. It includes lectures and multi-family group sessions and individual family counseling is available upon request.
After treatment is completed, residents proceed to aftercare, which takes place at 6 pm Wednesdays.
CRC doesn’t provide yoga, although clients are free to bring their own low-impact DVDs if they wish. No alternative or homeopathic therapies are offered either. However, extracurricular outings planned by staff include sports activities at the community center in town.
Alumni are free to attend the annual alumni reunion, which is held in October.
For a treatment facility in this price range, the clinicians and staff work hard to provide therapeutic support to residents. Clients are offered services that have been created for their specific treatment needs and psychological issues. The level of experience of the clinical staff sets CRC apart from other rehabs in the same price range. CRC goes beyond the typical 90-day program by offering a transitional program that truly gives residents the opportunity to regain their health and sobriety as they transition back into their communities.
Clearview Recovery Center
3 Clearview Circle
Moselle, MS 39459
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