St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center (STC) is an expansive substance abuse treatment organization in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A full continuum of care is offered for men 18 and over, with detox, residential, outpatient, extended care, sober living and aftercare programs available. Its Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is open to adult women, as well. STC’s personalized approach to recovery is based on the 12-step philosophy and incorporates evidence-based practices. The programs also include dual diagnosis support, if necessary.
St. Christopher’s in Baton Rouge originally began as a halfway house for men but had to close in 1994. Dwayne Beason was a resident at the halfway house in the late 80s and credits his success and long-term sobriety to his six-month stay. When he attended a wedding in 1997, he looked around the room and realized there were 10 men there, still sober, who had all lived at St. Christopher’s together nearly a decade before. Inspired by this tight group of friends who helped him in his own early recovery, Beason founded the new St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center in 1998.
Accommodations and Food
St. Christopher’s is made up of several different facilities, all within a 10-minute drive. The administrative offices, primary care and detox are in one location, while extended care and the wellness center are in adjacent homes a few blocks away. The sober living apartments are also close by.
Up to 16 men reside in the primary care facility in semi-private bedrooms shared among two or three residents. Rooms come furnished with twin beds, closets, bedding and linens with adjoining bathrooms that have tubs and showers.
All meals are prepared on-site by a chef and served at set times in the dining room. Dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated upon request.
Treatment and Staff
Clients requiring detox begin with medically-monitored care for three to five days; during which, staff administers safe and appropriate medications to make clients as comfortable as possible. A nurse is available 24 hours-a-day, with a doctor checking in regularly. Those with co-occurring disorders are offered additional psychological support and medication management.
After detox, the residential program lasts about 30 days. Clients have group daily and individual therapy several times a week. Treatment employs various therapeutic approaches like DBT, CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Specialized tracks for trauma and sex addiction are also available. Relapse prevention and life skills training are incorporated to prepare clients for more independent living. Clients are also transported to regular 12-step meetings.
Extended care is the 60 days following primary care at the main STC facility. Men move a few miles away, to a small community of adjacent homes, where they share living space with one or two other guys. They continue rigorous daily treatment, including at least five group and individual sessions a week, but with more freedom in their daily schedules. They begin to shop for their own groceries and cook their own meals. The recovery home phase of treatment takes place at the same location for an additional 30 to 60 days after extended care. Clients are encouraged to apply for work and school during this period and create a plan of action for sober living or aftercare.
The staff includes physicians, nurses, Master’s-level CADCs, LPCs, LCSWs and residential staff that are available 24 hour sa day. Many of the staff members are graduates of the STC programs or are also in recovery.
St. Christopher’s clients have access to the wellness center facility that has cardio machines, weights and opportunities for yoga classes and massage therapy.
The aftercare plan can include referrals to an outpatient facility in the client’s home community or an opportunity to continue on with the STC programs. These include moving to the extended care house, recovery home or sober living and continuing outpatient treatment. STC’s complimentary aftercare is available in the form of ongoing weekly groups for up to a year after the completion of primary treatment.
St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center offers a structured and supportive environment staffed with experienced professionals. It provides a full continuum of care for men to begin their recovery and with extended care options, clients can benefit from long-term support. This is a great choice for men looking for 12-step based treatment in Baton Rouge.
St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center
150 Cora Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center Cost: Depends on insurance; financing available. Reach St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center by phone (225) 387-1611 or by email. Find St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn
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