Helping People Overcome Addiction
Chemical dependency — addiction to drugs or alcohol — is a disease. A chemically dependent person is unable to stop drinking or taking mood-altering drugs despite serious health, economic, work, legal and social consequences.
Community Recovery Center
The Community Recovery Center (CRC) at Community Memorial provides an intensive outpatient program for people struggling with chemical dependency who do not require extensive inpatient care. Services are designed to help people who may benefit from brief, intensive treatment. People of all ages — from teens to older adults — receive treatment in the Center, which opened in 1999. Chemical dependency treatment is typically covered by health insurance.
The CRC is located on the main floor of the hospital, in a private meeting space. Patients are treated with respect and dignity, and their confidentiality and privacy are always protected.
People may enter the program by calling the Community Recover Center by calling 262-257-4770. Patients may also be referred to the CRC from an inpatient unit at Community Memorial, the Emergency Room, a staff physician, a family member or other source. All addiction treatment is voluntary.
All patient recovery services are conducted by AODA recovery services coordinator Tom Vanden Heuvel, MSSW, LCSW, SAP, CEAP, SAC — a licensed clinical social worker, a substance abuse professional and an employee assistance professional. His expertise includes critical incident stress management and individual/couples counseling.
The program starts with an individual assessment of the person’s substance abuse problem. The assessment occurs within one or two days of the initial call. Based on the assessment, each person is asked to begin in the program right away for the maximum impact, and to commit to stay with the entire program.
Treatment consists of individual and group treatment in an intensive four-week outpatient program. Patients meet four times a week — Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings (5:30 to 8:30 pm) and Saturday mornings (9:00 am to noon). Each session includes group therapy, followed by an educational session on various aspects of addiction. Most patients work or go to school while they are in the program.
The group sessions help patients identify with others in crisis and share ways to help each other in the recovery process. Group participants discuss their progression in drug or alcohol addiction and how it has affected them and their families. They learn new ways of coping with issues in their lives, how to prevent a relapse, how to repair damage with other people, and how to identify emotional issues that may trigger substance abuse. They also learn about sources of support.
Because substance abuse often affects family members, they are encouraged to participate in treatment by attending the educational sessions and private and group therapy sessions. These sessions help family members understand what the addicted person is experiencing and how to provide support during recovery.
After the initial four weeks in the intensive outpatient program, the participants continue in after care once per week for eight weeks on Wednesday evenings (5:30 to 7:00 pm). In group meetings, participants discuss concerns related to early stage recovery, handling relapse and other issues.
People who complete the entire program, participate in a support group and have the support and involvement of family have a higher likelihood of succeeding in their recovery.
People who require additional services beyond the Community Recovery Center have immediate access to other services of Community Memorial Hospital, including the inpatient mental health unit.
During and after treatment, patients are encouraged to attend self-help support groups. Many of these groups — Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon Family Group, Women for Sobriety — meet at Community Memorial Hospital each month. For more information on support groups, please call Careconnection, 262-251-1001 or 800-246-8332.
For more information about the Community Recovery Center at Community Memorial Hospital, please call 262-257-4770.