The North East Panhandle Substance Abuse Center (NEPSAC) offers short-term residential treatment, detox, transitional care, community support and referral services for men and women in recovery from substance abuse. NEPSAC was founded in 1990 as a nonprofit organization offering only social-setting detox but has expanded to offer a broader range of services to Native Americans and the people of the Nebraska Panhandle and surrounding areas. Located in the small town of Gordon, Nebraska, clients are able to focus on recovery with little distraction from their outside surroundings.
Accommodations and Food
NEPSAC’s residential facility, which can accommodate up to nine clients at a time, provides clients with a comfortable environment. Home-cooked meals are provided daily and served family-style. There is a TV room where clients are free to relax and watch TV in the evenings. Clients should expect to share a room with twin beds.
If clients wish to bring in their own food, candy, soda or cigarettes, they are allowed to do so as long as nothing has been opened before admission. Clients are asked to bring one week’s worth of clothes in a plastic garbage bag (no luggage is allowed) and all clothing must be appropriate, i.e., nothing sexually suggestive and no sheer pajamas, inappropriate logos or items that advertise drugs or alcohol. If a client needs to bring prescribed medications, they may do so once the medical supervisor approves them. The medication must be in a clearly labeled container, accompanied by a current prescription, and the client must bring a 45-day supply.
Personal toiletries so long as they do not contain any alcohol (like hairspray, mouthwash, perfume) are allowed as are cell phones. However, cell phones are placed in a locker until designated phone times, twice a day. Clients are also asked to bring cash (no more than $100) if extra snacks, vending machine purchases or toiletries are desired. NEPSAC transports clients to the store once a week to purchase these items.
Appropriate personal photos are allowed and if clients wish to correspond with family and loved ones during treatment, they must bring envelopes and stamps, as these items are not provided by NEPSAC. Laundry facilities are provided on-site along with laundry detergent as clients must do their own laundry during treatment.
Treatment and Staff
Clients must be sober for three days prior to admittance to the residential treatment program. If an individual is still under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they can voluntarily go to detox, where they will be monitored 24 hours a day for between three and five days.
During the short-term residential program, clients are provided with 45 hours of structured programming per week including individual therapy, group therapy and drug and alcohol education. 12-step modalities are used during treatment and both AA and NA meetings are offered in house. AA meetings are held Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Wednesdays at 7 pm, while NA meetings take place on Sundays at 6 pm. Clients attend four 12-step meetings per week.
The residential program can house clients for up to 60 days; 30 to 45 days is the average length of stay. NEPSAC’s staff includes certified addiction specialists who operate under the supervision of the clinical director.
Aftercare programming is offered in the form of continued individual therapy, family therapy and relapse prevention group meetings held Wednesdays from 6 pm to 7:30pm. Visiting hours are Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm, but visitors are not allowed during a client’s first weekend.
NEPSAC is open to everyone, but has strong ties to the Native American population and aims to support that community.
Clients looking for residential treatment in a small, home-like setting with few distractions will be comfortable choosing NEPSAC for their early recovery. NEPSAC gives clients a healthy amount of structure without pulling the leash too tight. Men and women who need prescriptions related to mental health issues may need to look elsewhere, as NEPSAC is not able to provide psychiatric care or prescribe medications.
PO Box 428
305 Foch St
Gordon, NE 69343
North East Panhandle Substance Abuse Center: Sliding scale. Reach North East Panhandle Substance Abuse Center by phone at (308) 282-1101 or (866) 614-4333 or by email at [email protected].
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