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Oxford Treatment Center
Oxford Treatment Center adheres to a philosophy that addresses the mind, body, and spirit. They are committed to investing in the whole person, because finding new ways to experience and enjoy life is key to sustaining recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The Oxford treatment program is structured to include a rich range of experiential therapies in which each patient will take part. These aspects of the program are designed to help patients process the thoughts and feelings they will experience during their time in treatment. These sessions also build hope for the future, affirming that a life free from drugs and alcohol can include surprising new dimensions. Located in downtown Tupelo, Mississippi, the Tupelo Outpatient Office hosts an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). This 10-week, part-time treatment program can serve as an alternative or follow-up to residential treatment for substance abuse disorders.
Oxford Treatment Center Reviews and Ratings Details
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- Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
- 12- Step
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
- Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
- Dual Diagnosis/Co-occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Garry Riefers - Founding Program Director
Focused today on training and education, Garry developed the clinical content of The Oxford Center’s residential program and provided supervision for all counselors and therapists. A 30-year veteran of the substance abuse treatment field, Garry served as Program Director for The Haven House in Oxford from 2000-12. There, he worked to transform the size and scope of the program and was instrumental in creating the first medically assisted detoxification program for a Mississippi Department of Mental Health substance abuse treatment program.
Billy Young - CEO
A founding partner of The Oxford Center, Billy has been involved in the treatment of addictive disorders for more than 30 years. His past experience includes successful tenures as Executive Director of Pine Grove Recovery Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.; Executive Director of a CRC Health facility in Nashville, Tenn.; and CEO of Remuda Ranch in Wickenburg, Ariz. A native Mississippian, he holds an undergraduate degree from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and obtained his master’s degree from the University of Mississippi.
Mary L. Smith - Director of Admissions
When patients and families reach out to The Oxford Center, Mary’s role is to connect them with the help they need. Her experience in the addiction-recovery field includes working as a clinical assistant, family program counselor and admissions officer at New Life Lodge in Tennessee and volunteering with 23rd Judicial District Drug Court in Dickson County, Tenn. Her experience also includes managing sober-living homes for women.
Barbara Cox, MS, LSW, MAC - Interim Manager of Outpatient Services
Barbara, a licensed social worker and Master Addiction Counselor, oversees clinical services at Oxford Treatment Center’s three outpatient offices. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Union University and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining Oxford Treatment Center, she served clients through Mississippi Vocational Rehabilitation Services, working with the disabled and with those in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. She has served on the advisory board for Ability Works in Oxford and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.