Founded in 1967, Indian Rivers Mental Health Center operates out of three locations in Alabama, including Bibb, Tuscaloosa and Pickens Counties. Indian Rivers provides substance abuse programs including outpatient care for adults and A Woman’s Place, which is a residential treatment facility specializing in at-risk women. Pregnant women are given priority for admission.
Accommodations and Food
A Woman’s Place is a residential house located in a hidden countryside setting. The address is undisclosed to protect the clients, many of whom are victims of domestic violence. The house accommodates between 13 and 16 women, who share double or triple-occupancy rooms, each with attached bathrooms. Besides clients, there is a live-in licensed therapist on-site to provide support.
Residents prepare their own meals in the fully equipped kitchen. Cooking and cleaning helps them to learn basic life skills, as well as accountability. Food is provided and includes a variety of meats, veggies and sandwiches. Special diets are accommodated. The women are also allowed to bring their own snacks, in case they want to nibble on the side.
Treatment and Staff
Prior to admission, a potential client undergoes a comprehensive assessment to determine the appropriate level of care. Average length of inpatient care is between 14 and 28 days. While detox is not provided, referrals are made to local hospitals if necessary.
At Indian River, several evidence-based modalities are used, including Motivational Interviewing (MI), CBT and reality therapy, a modality that teaches clients how to make healthy connections with people. Weekly treatment includes daily group therapy, individual therapy (per client’s needs), art therapy, journal processing and case management. Group topics include relapse prevention, trauma, life skills, denial, coping skills and processing. On a weekly basis, the group leader picks one sensitive topic, usually related to trauma. Clients learn how to open up and share their feelings, while in a safe setting.
At Indian River, residential clients are transported to a variety of recovery support meetings including AA, NA, women’s groups and Celebrate Recovery. The women are exposed to different types of community-based support systems, thus allowing them a chance to choose their own recovery support group. This is designed to make it easier for them to maintain their recovery after treatment.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Indian River is available for both men and women at all three locations and includes three hour group sessions three times a week and individual therapy (usually on a monthly basis). IOP includes a female-only track that is offered only during the day. This option often serves as a step down for clients of A Women’s Place who are transitioning out of the residential program. The co-ed schedule is offered in the evenings.
The staff includes CADCs who lead groups and facilitate individual sessions. At A Woman’s Place, there is a live-in licensed addiction therapist as well.
Family visitations for the clients of A Woman’s Place are permitted, but held at the Indian River outpatient facility to protect the women.
At Indian Rivers Mental Health Center, treatment is taken very seriously. During each individual’s initial assessment, the staff work with clients to determine exactly what type of treatment will best suit their situation and goals. Those who need services that are not offered will be provided with referrals to comparable facilities. In addition to that, A Woman’s Place sounds like a gem for a financially challenged woman who seeks comprehensive, gender-specific inpatient care.
Indian Rivers Mental Health Center
2209 9th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Indian Rivers Mental Health Center: sliding scale (30 days). Reach Indian Rivers Mental Health Center by phone at (205) 391-3131 or by email at [email protected]. Find Indian Rivers Mental Health Center on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
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