Founded in 1967 by a group of inmates from the Colorado State Penitentiary looking to break the cycle of substance abuse and incarceration, Cenikor has been treating addiction for more than 45 years. It has grown considerably and currently offers evidence-based adolescent, outpatient, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), short-term inpatient and long-term inpatient treatment in both Texas and Louisiana. Their aim is to show clients how to be accountable, responsible and able to live a positive, healthy lifestyle. Cenikor operates an adolescent program for teens ages 13 to 17 at Odyssey House in Houston.
Accommodations and Food
On Odyssey House’s five-acre campus, residents live in a 16,500-square-foot building, where they share rooms by gender—up to three per room. Odyssey House has a total capacity of 29. Rooms are set up dorm style and include the essentials like twin beds, dressers and storage space. A very large recreation room is equipped with a pool table, an air hockey table, a foosball table, weights, treadmills and an entertainment area with a big screen television and bookshelves full of DVDs. There is also have a fenced-in outdoor area with a R.O.P.E.S. course and tables for relaxing.
Residents eat three meals a day and several snacks throughout the day, all served cafeteria style. Meals might include sandwiches, salads and warm comfort food options like grilled chicken, pizza or pasta.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at Odyssey House can last up to 90 days and is holistic, bio-psycho-social, individualized and gender-specific. It also treats co-occurring disorders and encourages residents to become more responsible and accountable for their behavior.
The program includes group therapy (including gender-specific, cultural-specific and trauma-specific groups), individual therapy, life skills training, career counseling, daily classes at its on-site accredited school as well as addiction-related education. Recreation also plays a big role in treatment and includes training on the ROPES course, unsupervised gym time, walking to the park, tossing a football around outside or playing air hockey, pool or foosball.
A typical day begins with an early morning wake-up, breakfast and school from 8 am to 12 pm. Residents then head to lunch and spend the afternoon in substance abuse treatment, like group therapy or addiction education, from 1 pm to 4 pm. That is followed by a bit of recreation time, dinner at 6 pm and a few different meetings or group therapy sessions in the evening. When treatment ends, residents have a couple hours of free time for homework or relaxing before lights out.
Staff at the Odyssey House include licensed counselors, accredited teachers and administrative staff. Staff are present around the clock, and the staff-to-resident ratio is about one to three.
While a client is in treatment, Cenikor invites family members to attend biweekly seminars, where they learn about the impact of addiction on the body and relationships. They also learn how to support their loved one through the recovery process by attending group sessions.
Cenikor also offers two adult programs at Odyssey House for prospective residents over the age of 18. The short-term adult program consists of detox and intensive daily treatment for a period of about 30 days. Residents who complete this program can move into one of Cenikor’s three long-term facilities for continued treatment. The long-term program lasts about two years and requires residents to work full time, from 40 to 48 hours per week. Alternatively, if they do not have a GED, they study for their diploma part-time. While working or attending school, they continue with a light treatment program and must contribute to keeping the facility clean.
Outpatient and IOP treatment for both adolescents and adults is available at three Cenikor facilities across Texas. Clients can participate in individual therapy, group therapy and addiction education. The IOP requires nine to ten hours of treatment weekly for eight weeks.
While some of Cenikor’s programs are a bit newer, Odyssey House has been in operation since 1989 and the staff has decades of experience treating adolescents. The combination of a camp-like setting and a thorough treatment plan provide an ideal foundation for adolescent recovery.
5629 Grapevine St
Houston, TX 77085
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