Welcome to Searcy—the throwback town that plays host to old-time music stores and other shops selling simple life sundries. There’s also a back to basics place to go in this quiet, little city, when in need of recovery—the Wilbur D. Mills Treatment Center—named after the Arkansas congressman who left politics and joined Alcoholics Anonymous.
Accommodations and Food
As part of the Health Resources of Arkansas network, the Wilbur D. Mills Detoxification Center provides 20 private bedrooms and baths for detox services in a hospital setting.
The residential treatment program, though it’s housed in the same facility, has double the capacity—catering to 44 residents, each with their own bedroom and private bathroom. Clients can store their belongings in a multi-drawer armoire. Treatment and sleeping quarters are under one roof but gender separated; there’s a 14-apartment women’s unit and three sitting rooms for watching television—two for men and one for women. (Viewing times are from 12 pm to 1 pm and in the evenings.)
Meals are traditional, hearty foods including eggs, sausage and toast for breakfast—there’s also apple bread and cereal. Lunch and dinner consist of items such as roasts, potatoes and hot rolls. Unlike other places, this facility allows residents to have soda and coffee and personal refrigerators for snacks and drinks.
When checking in to the Wilbur D. Mills Center, no outside electronics are permitted, save a small, alarm clock radio or something of the like. However, there are pay phones for residents to use daily—calling times are from 7 pm to 10 pm.
Treatment and Staff
Recovery tracks at Wilbur D. Mills range from 28 to 40 days. Prior to beginning the residential program, clients are offered a four-day medically supervised detox—if needed. A full-time nursing staff and an on-call physician manage the needs of clients during this phase. Once clients are admitted to the residential program, a visiting doctor delivers daily assistance to those in need of medical attention. More, a mental health facility is on site, and their specialist treats dual diagnosis.
This 12-step oriented program entails group therapy, on-site meetings and two individual sessions per week; residents are also required to obtain a peer sponsor whilst in treatment. Should this traditional programming not be working for a resident, they have the option to speak with their counselor to troubleshoot any issues.
The center’s highly credentialed staff consists of 12 counselors in addition to the nursing and administrative staff—a ratio of one-to-six in terms of counselor-to-client. Overnight and 24/7, the facility relies on security, nurses and techs to watch over and care for residents.
Family sessions are heavily encouraged here, but how many and how often depend on the individual. This particular family-health model does not allow residents to be present when their family members are with the counselor. Visitors can come and spend time with their loved ones on weekends between 1 pm and 3 pm—but any outside guests must be pre-approved.
Residents wake for breakfast at 6:30 am. Following this is “med call,” then group therapy or individual sessions at 8 am. Lunch is from 12 to 1 pm then more groups and/or one-on-one sessions. Every day, from 4 to 5 pm, residents are allowed to go outside within the grounds and take walks for exercise and fresh air. After this is a rather early dinner at 5 pm. Another group or outside speaker lasts until 7 pm. From then on, residents enjoy a respite or work on assignments from counselors—lights out is at 10 pm daily.
This small-town facility is good for those looking for a traditional program. Clients stay focused on sobriety and the basics of recovery.
Wilbur D. Mills Treatment Center Location
3204 E. Moore St
Searcy, AR 72143
Wilbur D. Mills Treatment Center Cost
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