The battle enjoined in Vicksburg, Mississippi from May 18 to July 4, 1863, was a critical one to the success of each side in the Civil War. 21st Century residents of the area may find the Warren-Yazoo Chemical Dependency Center equally significant in their struggle for a fulfilling life of recovery. Part of the state of Mississippi’s regional community mental health center, the facility is located on Wisconsin Avenue, just off Interstate 20, between Vicksburg National Military Park and the Mississippi River.
Accommodations and Food
The residential treatment program has 25 beds—15 males and six females sleep three to a room. Accommodations for women are in the newest part of the building and provide a full bathroom for each group of three, with a community vanity area. Men’s shower stalls and toilet facilities are communal. There is a television in each room; phones are available in the office area and computer access is through individual counselors. Personal electronics aren’t allowed.
The dining facility has a full-time kitchen staff and an established weekly menu. Special diets can be accommodated. Cigarettes are permitted in designated smoking areas.
Treatment and Staff
An initial assessment is used to determine whether medical detox is warranted on a per client basis, in which case a referral is made to local hospital centers. Warren-Yazoo offers a 30-day residential treatment program structured around individual and group therapy, recovery skills education, 12-step groups, social support activities and continuing services. Individual sessions include CBT, Reality Therapy, and other modalities according to appropriateness and choice of individual therapists.
Some group work is led by clinical staff; others are peer led. Staff includes psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, counselors and recovery support specialists. A total of 23 staff in the chemical dependency center treat a maximum of 25 clients. Clinical caseloads for counseling staff rarely exceed four or five clients. As part of the larger mental health center, dual diagnosis treatment is easily facilitated and substance abuse and psychiatric disorders are addressed using offerings of the Mississippi regional center.
Residents wake up at 6 am on weekdays; 7 am Saturday and Sunday. Lights out is at 10:30 pm. Morning and afternoon sessions include clinical staff-led groups, peer groups, recovery support skill sessions and self-study time (for counseling assignments and 12-step work). Coffee breaks are provided in both morning and afternoon sessions.
An extensive outpatient program is also available on site. Transitional treatment consists of socialization activities, community support meetings, volunteer opportunities and opportunities to sharpen employment skills.
Extras include a fenced back yard with basketball courts and a covered pavilion. Recreational trips to city parks and the Vicksburg National Military Park, YMCA and local church gym facilities are sometimes included in the schedule depending on transportation.
The Warren-Yazoo Chemical Dependency Center’s services are founded on the strength and resilience of those who are actively taking responsibility for their health and wellness. The Center is driven to provide each person with the means to build a foundation for successful recovery with comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment and 12-step support.
Warren-Yazoo Chemical Dependency Center
3444 Wisconsin Ave
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Warren-Yazoo Chemical Dependency Center Cost: $1,400-$2,200 (30 days). Reach Warren-Yazoo Chemical Dependency Center by phone at (601) 634-0181. Find Warren-Yazoo Chemical Dependency Center on Facebook
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