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In 1979, a group of physicians in recovery established COPAC in rural Mississippi. Though it exists as part of the Elements Behavioral Health network of treatment facilities, COPAC prides itself on its removal from civilization (Jackson is 30 minutes away) out of the belief that physical distance from the temptations of regular life is critical in the initial stages of recovery. COPAC provides comprehensive treatment, from residential to outpatient, for adults struggling with substance abuse, dual diagnosis issues and behavioral addictions like gambling, sex and food.

Accommodations and Food

COPAC is spread across a 23-acre campus; administrative offices, living quarters, meeting rooms and the gym are housed in white clapboard single-story buildings surrounded by trees. The grounds include a winsome white chapel, a pond and walking paths, as well as beach volleyball and tennis courts.

The interior of the houses are welcoming and each living room is furnished with comfortable couches and a television. Every client has a roommate, sleeps in a twin bed and shares a bathroom.

Each residence also has its own fully equipped kitchen and clients make a dietician-approved grocery list together every week before shopping for their own groceries. As part of the treatment protocol, clients are responsible for a list of chores, including meal preparation, laundry and general cleaning.

Treatment and Staff

This facility firmly separates its male and female residents throughout their stays, though everyone has the same basic schedule and the same opportunities. Residents can remain at COPAC for 14 days or four months, but the average stay is 30 to 60 days. Ideally, COPAC residents stay long enough to move through the four phases of treatment: primary, transition, step-down, and outpatient. The first two phases are similar: residents participate in educational groups, learn non-chemical coping skills and have individual therapy and group therapy. COPAC also uses adventure-based therapy and equine therapy in these first phases of the treatment protocol.

In phase three, clients begin to take charge of their recovery. While still living in monitored residences, they are assigned daily therapy or service opportunities, have group and individual therapy in the evenings and are required to attend 12-step meetings.

In phase four, residents go back to work or school during the day and continue with group, individual therapy and 12-step meetings in the evening in a less structured living environment on the COPAC campus.

The day at COPAC begins at 6:30 am. Chores come first, then breakfast and time for exercise, followed by Big Book study and group therapy until lunch. The afternoon brings more group therapy and time for more exercise before dinner preparation. After their 5:30 pm dinner, residents have free time until an AA meeting at 8 pm. COPAC’s schedule is rigorous and they have high expectations for residents: there is even an “honesty board” where residents report rules they break and the ways they will make amends.

The family program takes place during the third or fourth week of treatment and lasts for five days. The emphasis is on addiction education and the impact addiction has on relationships and family life. During this week, the CEO of COPAC gives a presentation followed by lectures and classes and information about support groups and aftercare.

COPAC has an accomplished staff of medical doctors, doctoral and Master’s-level counselors.

In Summary

COPAC treats a wider range of addictions than many facilities—drugs and alcohol as well as gambling, food and sex. Their knowledgeable staff is equipped to address all of these issues; some counselors even specialize in chronic relapse. COPAC’s gender-specific program may help clients feel safe and foster same-sex bonds. Potential clients looking to take charge of their recovery will appreciate COPAC’s structured phases and emphasis on personal responsibility.

COPAC
3949 Mississippi 43
Brandon, MS 39047

COPAC Cost: $9,000 (30 days). Reach COPAC by phone at (877) 938-2894 or by email at [email protected] Find COPAC on YouTube

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  1. I went in 1999 and COPAC saved my life. 4th treatment center I had been in! I am now 19 years sober… they were hard and strict, but that is what an alcoholic needs… our lives were unmanageable. Step one! Thank you Copac, you saved my life!

  2. I went in for a medical detox because I wanted to get off of pain meds for a pain condition. The detox was not awful but what ensued after surely was! You do not get individual care unless you are a “bad/extreme case”. The fancy video is far from what you will receive. The master’s degree therapists will manipulate any situation they can to get you to stay longer even if you truly don’t need it. I was in a small room, no window, had to clean up after people so we wouldn’t lose privaleges. I am attending counseling today for grief but not it will be trauma from COPAC. Seriously, if you have a pain condition and just want to get off pain meds, DO NOT GO TO COPAC. There are many other graphic things that happened but I am not going to indulge anymore.

  3. I went in for a medical detox because I wanted to get off of pain meds for a pain condition. The detox was not awful but what ensued after surely was! You do not get individual care unless you are a “bad/extreme case”. The fancy video is far from what you will receive. The master’s degree therapists will manipulate any situation they can to get you to stay longer even if you truly don’t need it. I was in a small room, no window, had to clean up after people so we wouldn’t lose privaleges. I am attending counseling today for grief but not it will be trauma from COPAC. Seriously, if you have a pain condition and just want to get off pain meds, DO NOT GO TO COPAC. There are many other graphic things that happened but I am not going to indulge anymore.

  4. DO NOT GO TO COPAC!!! THEY ARE VERBALLY AND EMOTIONALLY ABUSIVE, EVEN BORDERLINE PHYSICALLY ABUSIVE!!!!

    Copac is equivalent to my 3 months in hell. It was just as bad as being on the street, if not worse. Their staff is made up of sociopaths who replaced their drug of choice with being malicious to their patients. Especially the counselor Lydia.

    Copac did nothing to help me get clean. I went back to using even harder just to deal with the PTSD from that place. I didnt get ckean til almost a year after leaving Copac. Now, with almost 4 years clean, I still deal with PTSD from that place. For “punishments” they wouldnt let me eat, they wouldnt let me talk, they forced to clean the unsanitary gym with no protective gear and only 1 rag. The conditions were atrocious. They had feral animals running around the grounds. There were worms in our shower. One of the female dorms showers started filling up the bathrooms with SEWER WATER AND FECES. Rinsed it out with water and had the girls move back in. If their stuff was ruined, that was the girls problem. They never had a hazmat team clean it up.

    If this stops at least one person from going to Copac, it was worth typing this all out. Youre better off just going to a local NA/AA meeting because Copac will only abuse you. Please do NOT go here

  5. Because of gross negligence on the part of COPAC in the infirmary, my son died there. Gross negligence! I cannot communicate how this has devistated our entire family. There is no way this should have happened!
    Dad

  6. I thought COPAC was a good place overall. The men’s campus is small, perhaps ten acres? It is a strict twelve step program and there were plenty of opportunities for recreation. I enjoyed being free of the distractions of TV, internet and cell phone and spent a lot of time reading and writing. There was a large TV and DVD player in the big meeting room we were allowed to use some evenings and on weekends, one computer which can be used when authorized for things like plane tickets and job applications, and phones in the units which can be used with a calling card 4 nights a week. Cooking is done communally on a limited weekly budget which is a valuable skill in the real world. No microwaves or dishwashers. We were allowed to sign up for 1-2 outside meetings a week and received more privileges as time went on to go to the mall on Saturdays or attend additional meetings. The family program was excellent. You get out of it what you put into it, and I’m still sober after more than a year.

    • That’s because you are not an addict Rich 😉 It’s easy to be sober when u never had a problem. BTW where is that Man U hat!! Please tell me you’re still not wearing it. Sandy, if you read this, you are the only person at Copac who cared. U are by far the best person at Copac 🙂

  7. Anonymous Please on

    When I was an impatient at COPAC one of the group counselors had sex with one of her sex addict patients.

    • When I was at COPAC in 2007, I retrieved the memory of being sexually abused by my adoptive father. I immediately told my therapist. I JUST KNEW that I would get help! They had a sex trauma unit at that time. I received ABSOLUTELY NO HELP WHATSOEVER! My “therapist” did not even send me to the psychiatrist on staff. My ” therapist” , who had, on a few ocassions, accused me of lying, left COPAC two or three weeks later….

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