Established in 1971 in Dallas, Texas, Nexus Recovery Center is a nonprofit residential substance abuse treatment program exclusively for female adults and adolescent girls between the ages of 13 and 17. The facility also offers a Pregnant and Parenting Women with Children (PPWC) residential program, allowing mothers over the age of 18 to bring up to three children with them into treatment. Nexus Recovery Center offers the full gamut of substance abuse treatment services—from detox to aftercare, as well as an outpatient program.
Accommodations and Food
Located on a lush, 12-acre property that was once a college campus, the residential clients of Nexus are housed in dormitories divided up by treatment program; non mothers live separately from mothers, mothers-to-be and women with children. Adolescent residents also have their own living quarters. All rooms come with twin, dorm-style beds and are double occupancy, with one bathroom shared with another adjoining room. The facility holds 125 beds total with an average of 100 filled at any given time. Smoking is allowed in designated areas.
The campus has a medical clinic, a childcare center, two playgrounds, outdoor recreation facilities, classrooms and an outpatient clinic.
There is an exercise room on campus and two bucolic gardens. Clients, their children and their family can experience the Serenity Garden for a dose of tranquility. For those who prefer their gardens hands-on, Nexus’ Organic Garden allows women to grow a variety of vegetables and herbs that are used in the cafeteria.
Nexus offers healthy cafeteria-style fare with an organic salad bar stocked with vegetables grown in the on-campus garden. Unfortunately, the kitchen does not cater to specific dietary needs.
Treatment and Staff
Clients at Nexus are assigned a primary licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) who creates an individualized treatment program for them. Clients’ counselors continue to monitor their progress throughout their stay, which is typically between 14 to 45 days for regular clients and between 30 to 90 days for those in the PPWC and adolescent program.
Nexus combines a holistic treatment approach with a CBT, 12-step method. Group and individual therapy, as well as on-site and off-site AA and NA meetings, make up the core of the program. Dual diagnosis support is also available. In addition, Nexus offers detox for alcohol, sedatives and opiates as part of the first stage of recovery.
A typical day at Nexus starts at 6:30 am with meditation and breakfast, followed by psycho-education group sessions on stress management, drug and alcohol education and trauma coping skills. After lunch, clients enjoy personal time and then a 12-step meeting, followed by study time and dinner. Lights out is at 10 pm. Family members are invited to visit on weekends for client support and family counseling.
The staff at Nexus totals over 100 professionals. The facility’s medical director is a licensed psychiatrist and there is a psychiatric nurse practitioner, 15 LADCs, an LCSW, and an MFT, as well as nurses and Master’s-level psychiatric fellows on-site who come via a partnership with University of Texas Southwestern.
The PPWC program provides on-site childcare for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Older children attend a local elementary school. Nexus offers a five day a week on-campus school for adolescent residents, who attend for six hours daily. Two accredited teachers are provided by the Dallas Independent School System.
Nexus Generations (PPI) offers outreach services to women at risk for substance abuse and drug-involved families, teaching skills for parenting, recovery and parent and child issues. The facility also provides a housing program in conjunction with the Dallas Housing Authority, offering 15 housing vouchers plus group and individual counseling to aid with treatment goals.
Nexus also has an active alumni program for clients who wish to stay connected with other women who have attended the facility. Aftercare, with weekly visits and time with counselors as well as 12-step meetings, is also strong part of the Nexus path to recovery.
As a facility that provides women with the opportunity to bring their children into treatment with them, Nexus Recovery Center can greatly aid women in their recovery experience. Nexus accepts Medicaid and NorthSTAR, as well as most insurance plans. Government funding is available for those who qualify.
Nexus Recovery Center
8733 La Prada Dr.
Dallas, TX 75228
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