As part of Revive Ministries, Horizon Recovery & Counseling Center has been providing a continuum of substance abuse services to the residents of Adams County, Nebraska, and surrounding areas for the last 20 years. Located in Hastings, an area also known as “Queen of the Plains,” the organization offers traditional and Christian-oriented 12-step recovery in a variety of outpatient settings.
Treatment and Staff
Horizon Recovery & Counseling Center has several outpatient options: Intensive Outpatient(IOP), juvenile intensive outpatient, traditional outpatient, relapse prevention, Christ-Centered 12-step study, co-occurring disorders and aftercare. It does not offer detox, though it can refer clients to the appropriate services.
The Christ-Centered rehab program presents a biblical approach to recovery. It is offered at no cost to participants and includes the Christ-Centered 12 step workbook and Recovery Bible. Clients attend one group session per week for a total of six months and are required to complete all 12 steps of the Christ-Centered 12-Step program to be considered graduates of this program.
The traditional rehab programs are aimed at people who are on a journey of faith and acknowledge a Higher Power. The most structured of them is the eight-week IOP, which meets three times a week for three hours per day and is designed for people who have experienced repeated problems with drugs and alcohol. In addition to group therapy, clients meet for individual therapy once per week with a LADC. All sessions are 60 minutes long and topics include addiction studies, family dynamics, peer pressure, CBT and coping skills, along with gender-specific groups for women. Attendance at AA/NA or Celebrate Recovery is required at least twice a week. Clients generally complete the first three of the 12 steps during this initial eight weeks. Once they complete this level of treatment, they move on to the aftercare program.
Juvenile intensive outpatient is for adolescents, ages 13 to 18. This program is six weeks in duration, after which clients move on to aftercare. Clients meet four times per week for two hours each visit. All groups are 60 minutes, with one hour per week designated for individual therapy. Topics include peer pressure, family dynamics, coping skills, stress management, peer talkback, CBT and addiction studies. Parents and legal guardians are required to meet for their own individual therapy session twice per month. All clients must attend 12-step meetings twice per week and must complete the first three steps.
The eight-week outpatient program meets once a week for three hours and is for individuals who are demonstrating some pattern of chemical abuse but cannot be clearly diagnosed as chemically dependent. Clients are asked to complete a timeline of their chemical use and share it with the treatment group. In addition, they are required to complete individual assignments, attend group therapy, educational lectures and individual counseling sessions, as well as one 12-step meeting per week.
The co-occurring disorders program is designed for individuals who have one or more mental health issues coupled with a substance abuse problem. These clients attend one group session per week for a total of six months, as well as three 12-step meetings per week. This program can also be combined with the IOP.
All group and individual sessions are facilitated by licensed alcohol and drug counselors and group size is anywhere from five to 16 people.
Aftercare for clients of the traditional addiction programs is also a six-month commitment, designed for those who have recently completed a residential program or intensive outpatient treatment. Clients meet in a group setting either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. They are also expected to attend a minimum of three 12-step meetings per week. Clients have the opportunity to meet with a counselor at least once per month. Similar to the Christ-Centered program, graduation is based on completion of all 12 steps.
The 15-week relapse prevention program is geared toward people who have either had previous treatment or who have maintained a minimum of six months of sobriety/clean time through 12-step/Celebrate Recovery involvement but have failed to maintain serious long-term sobriety beyond that. Clients are required to meet weekly with a counselor for the first 12 weeks of treatment and to bring their sponsor in for a conference. Additional individual sessions are scheduled for the remainder of the program. Clients attend a 90-minute relapse prevention group once a week for the entire 34 weeks. During this time, they explore their relapse cycles, gain understanding of their relapse warning signs, clarify their values in sobriety and develop a personalized relapse prevention checklist. They are also required to attend at least three 12-step meetings per week, to work with a sponsor and to complete all of the steps.
Horizon also offers its outpatient clients sober living facilities, known as the Unity Houses. There are four houses, two for men and two for women, with 10 residents in each.
Horizon Recovery & Counseling Center structures its services around the concept of spirituality. Clients get long-term support, both from the 12-step community and in treatment.
Horizon Recovery & Counseling Center
835 S Burlington Ave, #115
Hastings, NE 68901
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