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Douglas County Citizens Committee on Alcoholism, legally known as DCCCA, began in 1974 as a community effort to provide outpatient alcoholism treatment to suffering men and women in Lawrence, Kansas. It now contains a vast network of residential and outpatient treatment and prevention services, addiction education resources and foster care facilitation. Its original roots, however, are still firmly planted in the desire to help those suffering from alcoholism and drug abuse. As such, it has three residential treatment centers; Options Adult Treatment Services for men in Wichita, Women’s Recovery Center in Wichita and First Step Lakeview for women, in Lawrence.

Accommodations and Food

At First Step Lakeview, the setting is not unlike a church; 45 women live on this secluded campus surrounding by scenic views, which include a lake with a dock. Children under 10 are allowed to live with their mothers and there’s even a playground available. Rooms are mostly shared but women with children have private rooms with double beds. There is also a lounge area with oversized chairs and sofas where women can socialize, watch TV or use the computer.

Options Adult Treatment Services resembles a warehouse of sorts on the exterior and the interior furnishings are outdated but clean. At its maximum capacity, 49 men can be accommodated here in shared, dormitory-style accommodations.

The Women’s Recovery Center allows female residents to keep children under the age of six with them in treatment. The exterior here is also reminiscent of a warehouse but has colorful artwork covering most of the interior.

With regards to food, the two women’s facilities have more of a mess hall type dining setting while the men eat at booths in a diner sort of atmosphere. All three facilities serve cafeteria-style food and provide snacks in between meals. Nutritional education and developing healthy eating habits are an optional part of the program at the women’s facilities.

Treatment and Staff

Each location offers a two to three day non-medical detox. If a medical detox is necessary, incoming clients will be directed to a local hospital, after which they may return to begin treatment. Residential programs at DCCCA can last anywhere from three weeks to several months. The number of hours of group therapy and individual therapy per week varies depending on how long a client is in treatment. The 30-day clients receive 40 hours a week of therapy and recovery-related work. Treatment is completely centered on the 12-step recovery system but DCCCA therapists also implement CBT, solution-focused therapy and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Physical activity is not necessarily incorporated into treatment but is encouraged during leisure time.

Women’s Recovery Center is the only facility that has family programming, though both of the women’s facilities offer curriculum for children staying with mothers in treatment and parenting classes for pregnant residents. All of the facilities have case managers that assist clients in seeking employment and continued education and men in extended residency at Options may work during the day as long as they attend 12-step or group therapy meetings at night.

Though there are only two to three Masters-level therapists at each facility, there are 25 to 40 additional staff members; addiction and peer counselors, case workers and auxiliary client care workers. It’s also worth noting that all of the residential rehabs described above offer outpatient services with morning or evening programming available.

In Summary

There aren’t a lot of specialty perks in the DCCCA network so people seeking holistic alternatives or new age alternative therapies should probably keep looking. The extensive amount of preventative care and counseling services available are the biggest bonuses of attending treatment here. DCCCA might not be the most fancy of rehab brands but the community is supportive, dedicated and continuously growing—a great sign when it comes to aftercare and accessibility.

DCCCA Location

3312 Clinton Parkway
Lawrence, KS 66047


$7,500+ (30 days). Reach DCCCA by phone at 785-841-3138 or by email. Find DCCCA on Facebook

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