Located in Butte and run by the state, Montana Chemical Dependency Center (MCDC) has been treating recovering alcoholics and addicts since 2013. This inpatient treatment program focuses on holistic care for adults struggling with substance abuse and those with co-occurring disorders. MCDC promises to provide the “most intense level of treatment for addictions in the health care continuum funded by the state of Montana.” In other words, it’s a serious place with a serious mission to help addicts get well.
Accommodations and Food
Opened in 2013, MCDC’s facility is state-of-the-art. There are three buildings on the property: a women’s unit, a men’s unit, and an administration and detox unit. The $5 million facility can house up to 48 people: 16 treatment beds for men, 16 for women and 16 dedicated to withdrawal management. MCDC treats up to 700 patients a year.
Clients share dorm-like rooms and have access to the center’s family visitation rooms, kitchens, cafeterias and exercise facilities that include a workout room, outdoor basketball court, volleyball court and horseshoe pits. Standard fare is served in the cafeteria three times a day and residents eat as a group.
Treatment and Staff
MCDC does not take walk-ins. Every client there has been referred by an outside provider. Once admitted, clients are evaluated by the center’s interdisciplinary team and are given an individualized treatment plan.
The treatment itself is evidence-based, medically supervised and aligned with the guidelines of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The schedule includes intensive individual and group therapy for substance abuse and relapse prevention. MCDC’s interactive educational sessions often involve guest speakers and cover topics ranging from STD prevention to tobacco addiction, anger management and more. Clients are exposed to 12-step programming and encouraged to attend meetings as well as religious services if they wish. Clients’ families are given the opportunity to become involved in the recovery process.
Part of the success of the MCDC program depends on creating a structured environment for residents. The day begins at 7 am with daily reflections, followed by chores and breakfast at 7:45. The first process group begins at 9:45 and continues until 11 am. The next hour and fifteen minutes is devoted to exercise, an important aspect of overall patient wellness. After lunch, patients have another group session, an hour devoted to exercise and an interactive educational session. The after-dinner hours are devoted to 12-step meetings or church, and the lights go out at 10:30 pm.
MCDC’s “no drugs” policy extends to nicotine and caffeine. Smoking, e-cigarettes and Nicorette are all forbidden, as are coffee, tea and any other caffeinated beverages.
There is no specific length of stay at MCDC; treatment can lasts up to 35 days or more. The cost varies according to ability to pay. The center accepts private insurance, Medicare and other third-party coverage.
MCDC hosts family visits on weekends. It also offers a special, once-a-week group geared toward Montana’s Native American population that includes a talking circle.
MCDC also offers case management on a weekly basis, with a focus on creating a plan for patients after they leave the facility.
The Montana Chemical Dependency Center is a well-funded program administered in a state-of-the-art facility. Its stated goal is to provide care for “serious” addicts, which it does through rigorous evidence-based treatment. While it doesn’t accept “walk-ins,” those who are admitted to the facility can expect to be handed all the tools for forging a path to recovery.
Montana Chemical Dependency Center
525 E Mercury St
Butte, MT 59701
Montana Chemical Dependency Center Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Montana Chemical Dependency Center by phone at (406) 496-5400 or by email
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