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Montana Chemical Dependency Center

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Montana Chemical Dependency CenterThe Basics

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 has doctors and nurses on staff, runs a full medical detox program and provides support for dual diagnosis clients.

Extras

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.

In Summary

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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  1. Christi charlesworth on

    I was treated with disrespect by who I believe to be the administrer. First I had called to say I was gonna be late due to car trouble and she informed me very rudely that I was not allowed to be late cuz they had a few people admitting after me. They didn’t have the means to do more than one person at a time and that I needed to be on time for the people after me.
    Needless to say I arrived late due to car trouble and I was welcomed by staff very friendly and supported. Once admitted I had realized that there was no one but me scheduled to be admitted that day. So she had lied.
    The next day my counsler and I had a disagreement. I needless to say was coming down and are had recently talked about a very touchy sibject I over reacted and storm end to my room. A staff asked if I wanted to stay and I said yes. So she went to tell them I wanted to stay. I went back to cxounselers room where administrater was where she proceeded to talk time rudely. Asked me what I was gonna do to stay. I said “do what is expected of me and follow my program.”
    She then said to me “you need to be more specific than that.”
    I said I didn’t understand what she many.
    She repeated to me about being specific.
    I in return said I did not understand what she wanted from me how do I get specific. To do what I need to do, follow my program.
    She then said when I was admitted the process was clearly explained to me so I needed to get more specific.
    I responded very rudely I will admit the first thing that came to my head.
    “Okay I will bow down and kiss all your guyss asses. Is that specific enough?”
    She then told me that I could pack my stuff and go.
    The who!e time she was talking to me li!e I was a pile of shit.
    I was coming down and no my behavior was not called for. Yet I figure that being a treatment facility it is expected for patients to cop off with an attitude cuz we are coming down off drugs. I even stated to four diiffrent people in the staff when asked my withdrawal symptoms that I get extremely bitchy.
    I

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