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South Community Inc‘s outpatient program for substance abuse in Dayton, Ohio is one of many trying facilities fighting the sharply increasing trend of drug overdoses in the state. In operation since 1973, SCI is a private non-profit that serves a diverse population including children, families, the mentally ill and those with dual diagnoses. While it is known for its services for juveniles–40 percent of its clients are under 18—SCI treats adults as well. Its staff of over 200 caregivers includes general practitioners, psychiatrists, Master’s level social workers and psychologists.

Treatment and Staff

SCI itself is certified by the Ohio Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board, and its outpatient program is certified by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Its clients are a mixture of people who have been ordered to seek treatment by the court and members of the community who attend of their own volition.

The SCI philosophy for handling substance abuse centers on recovery focused, evidence-based treatment. Therapists employ a wide-range of techniques, including CBT and DBT.

Most of SCI’s clients are treated with individual therapy sessions, although group sessions are offered as well. Frequency of appointments with therapists is on a case-by-case basis; some clients see their counselors daily while others have sessions once every two weeks. The length of treatment is similarly based on individual needs.

While SCI does not offer Suboxone based treatment, it does offer Vivitrol to opiate addicts. In order to be treated with Vivitrol, clients must be sober and clean of opiates. SCI does not offer detox

For clients with co-occurring disorders, SCI offers a multi-disciplinary approach, and tailors treatment specifically to the needs of individuals. On-staff psychiatrists can prescribe prescription drugs for mental disorders, and general practitioners can treat basic medical issues as well. The idea is to improve clients’ lives overall by treating both substance problems and underlying mental illness at the same time.

While SCI treatment is not 12-step based, the program does refer clients to outside community-based peer support groups when applicable. The program sponsors a Dual Recovery Anonymous Group as well.

There are over 200 caregivers employed by SCI, though that includes personnel in local schools and other locations throughout the community. The staff includes general practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. Most of SCI’s clients are on Medicaid or pay for the facility through county-funded programs. The facility does not currently accept private insurance.

Extras

While SCI treats clients of all ages, its primary focus is on children and adolescents. The facility is certified for both addiction and mental health care for adults, adolescents and youth, which means it can tailor treatment to each client’s specific needs. It provides home-based family therapy services for families involved in juvenile court cases, partial hospitalization program (PHP) for youth as well as other family services.

In Summary

Overall, South Community Inc. is a one-stop-shop for community mental health. Its focus on and experience with children and families could make it a good fit for adolescents with substance abuse issues. With its integrated approach and dual diagnosis support, SCI is equipped to deal with physical and mental health problems that go beyond substance abuse.

South Community Inc.
3095 Kettering Blvd
Moraine, OH 45439

South Community Inc. Cost: Sliding scale. Reach South Community Inc. by phone at (937) 293-8300 or by email. Find South Community Inc. on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn

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