Life Help, founded in 1972 in Greenwood, Mississippi, provides men, women, adolescents and seniors with treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders through a range of programs, including crisis stabilization, residential treatment, transitional and sober living, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and outpatient care. Services are available in Leflore, Carroll, Attala, Holmes, Humphreys, Sunflower, Montgomery and Grenada counties. Life Help has two residential programs available, one of which — Denton House in Greenwood — addresses substance abuse while the other is for clients with mental health issues.
Accommodations and Food
Denton House opened in 1979 and moved to a newly built location in 2010. It houses a primary residential program, a transitional residential program and an IOP. The primary residential program is 30 days and accommodates 34 adults total (26 men and eight women) while the transitional program can host six men and four women for an additional 60 days. Residents stay between 30 and 90 days based on need.
Men and women in the primary and transitional programs are housed separately, but attend group counseling, classes and meals together. Meals are prepared and served on-site, though residents may also use the kitchen to prepare their own food at prearranged times.
Hope House in Greenwood is a 16-bed coed house offering community re-entry for those graduating from more intensive, generally hospital-based treatment programs. Residents usually stay for six months. There are also two transitional homes, one for men and one for women, available for those with co-occurring disorders and mental illnesses in Greenwood. Each house holds eight residents and staff teach life skills such as grocery shopping, meal preparation and household chores.
After residential treatment and transitional living, clients can be placed in sober living apartments in the community where they are loosely supervised by case managers.
Treatment and Staff
In primary care, residents must remain on-site at Denton, with visitation on Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. In the transitional program, residents can work and receive weekend passes.
Clients must be at least 18 years of age with diagnosable substance issues to live in one of Life Help’s residential facilities. These programs accept both voluntary and involuntary clientele. Referrals for transitional treatment must come from a certified primary-care provider and be approved by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services. There is a non-refundable admission fee for residential care.
Crisis stabilization is offered in Grenada. This option is only for clients with severe and immediate health issues, and generally serves as a transition into other Life Help treatment options.
Those with co-occurring disorders who are stable can live at Denton House, though they must provide a 30-day supply of their own medication and be willing to comply with all rules and policies. Residents get a primary counselor who helps them design a personalized treatment plan. After that, each client is obligated to attend 25 hours of weekly activities as well as support group meetings three nights a week, though residents also attend 12-step meetings outside of these hours. Included in the 25 hours are classroom work, group therapy and individual therapy by Master’s-level counselors, all on-site.
Life Help staff help residents with personal issues, using psychiatric consultations, psychotherapy, crisis intervention and psychiatric medication as required. The staff-to-client ratio is one-to-five, consisting of a doctor of internal medicine and Master’s-level clinicians. Family and friends can visit at Denton House, though they must first sit through a half-hour educational session each time they visit.
After residential care, graduates can apply to continue on to transitional treatment. Applicants must again be approved and accepted for transitional program-funding by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services. Transitional residents have an individual counselor, attend several hours of group therapy, individual therapy and daily support meetings. They must also work approximately 24 hours a week at the Leflore County Ability Works center. At Ability Works, clients perform tasks such as sorting donated items for community groups and minor car repairs. They are also made available for projects such as roadside cleaning.
Life Help’s IOP is a 15-week program for those employed and not in need of detox. DUI offenders are also welcome to attend. Clients go to three-hour group meetings three nights a week. There is also a weekly family meeting. Individual sessions are available once a week or bi-weekly. A psychosocial assessment is done and a treatment plan is formulated based upon the individual’s needs. In some instances, case managers can make home visits.
Completion of either primary or transitional care makes clients eligible to participate in Denton House’s aftercare program, receiving additional services as-needed for 24 months. Aftercare participants attend a support group every Thursday evening and counselors maintain contact and provide individual and family counseling as well. Staff can also update employers on each client’s progress.
Visitation at Denton House is available on Friday evening.
Life Help also provides services for the hearing-impaired, DUI assessments, prevention-education services, employment readiness and job placement, social and interpersonal skills training, and social events such as group trips to movies and local restaurants.
Life Help offers a wide range of residential treatment, outpatient services and prevention program. Its programs can treat a variety of clients, providing care that can improve the lives of those suffering from substance abuse.
2504 Browning Rd
Greenwood, MS 38930
Life Help Cost: $1,000 (residential, 30 days for in-county residents); $1,250 (residential, 30 days for in-state residents); $1,800 (residential, up to 30 days for out-of-state residents). Contact Life Help by phone at (662) 453-5403 and Denton House at (662) 455-3222, or by email at [email protected]. Find Life Help on Facebook
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