Weems offers outpatient program for teen-agers

By Staff
Special to The Star
Feb. 7, 2001
Adolescents with a drug and alcohol problem now have an alternative to inpatient treatment.
With the help of a grant from The Riley Foundation, Weems Community Mental Health Center has created the Adolescent Intensive Drug and Alcohol Outpatient Program a highly structured community-based treatment program.
Eligible adolescents are those under 18 years of age with substance abuse problems that do not require detoxification, as well as those who do not have medical problems requiring inpatient treatment.
Adolescents requesting admission, or those who are referred, will be evaluated as to the severity of their substance use for proper placement in outpatient, intensive outpatient or inpatient treatment.
The new outpatient program consists of 10 weeks of intensive substance abuse treatment. Included in this treatment process are an intake interview, group lecture and therapy sessions, weekly individual therapy, family involvement, aftercare, drug testing and Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
These services will be provided outside of school hours so that the adolescents can attend school without disrupting their schedules.
The importance of family involvement in the treatment process is emphasized and family members will be seen in individual counseling, family therapy or family group. The goal of the program is to discharge participants alcohol- and drug-free after 10 weeks of treatment.
This program started in mid-January. New participants may enter at any time, with space permitting.
A grant from The Riley Foundation makes it possible to provide this treatment at no cost to participants or their families.
Over a period of 30 years, Weems has grown to provide a variety of mental health services to residents of all ages within this region, including outpatient counseling for emotional/behavioral problems and outpatient and inpatient treatment programs for substance abuse.
For more information:
Weems Community Mental Health Center serves Region 10 of the Mississippi Mental Health System, including Clarke, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Smith counties. For more information about the Adolescent Intensive Drug and Alcohol Outpatient Program, call 483-4821.

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: American Legion Posts 64 and 120 – ‘Veterans Strengthening America’

Franklin County

RHS graduate crowned Miss Northwest Shoals

Franklin County

RHS graduate crowned Miss UNA

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: In memoriam – Monuments honor the fallen of Franklin

High School Sports

RHS senior chosen as Bryant-Jordan Region 8 Scholar winner

High School Sports

Russellville High School ladies soccer team members participate in annual Night to Shine

News

Russellville High School Scholars Bowl team qualifies for state tournament

News

Vina kindergarteners connect with lots of other classes

News

PCHS JAG student places in district conference

Features

Wedding Spotlight: Layne and Frank Edwards

Franklin County

RHS senior competes at state DYW competition

News

Extension, 4-H present free resume workshop

Franklin County

Franklin County has lots to love

High School Sports

Russellville High School honors alum Luther Tiggs with special night of basketball

News

BTCPA announces second production of season

News

RMS holds annual state assessment celebration

Franklin County

Red Bay welcomes new city attorney

Franklin County

Attempted traffic stop leads to high-speed vehicle pursuit, wreck 

Franklin County

Vehicle pursuit ends in wreck, arrest 

News

RFD, RHS collab promotes job readiness, community safety

Franklin County

Local students named to Mississippi State University’s fall 2023 President’s List

News

Russellville Elementary features among U.S. News & World Report best elementary schools

News

RCS receives recognition as finalist for national award

News

Plans get underway to raise funds for cancer research in memory of Bedfords

x