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CADA moves adult detox, rehab services to Bossier City

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The Buckhalter Residential Program and S.T.E.P.S. Social Detox have been relocated from Crockett Street in downtown Shreveport to Fullilove Drive in Bossier City.

"It's discouraging. Okay, well, I can't get there so I give up."

Vanetta Rainey worked for S.T.E.P.S. for a total of 12 years and was a client herself once.

She says no longer having certain services, like social detox, in downtown will effect more than just those seeking treatment.

"If the families, the mothers or the fathers, can't get help, what's going to happen to the children?"

Rainey says many of the clients she saw were at the end of the line, with no where else to turn, and having those resources accessible in downtown was vital.

"A lot of them were homeless and needed a transition place to detox, then go to a long-term treatment facility, then get into a half-way house."

But the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana (CADA), which runs S.T.E.P.S and Buckhalter, says the move to Bossier City was for a good reason.

"Primarily we wanted all adult services in the same building," says Bill Rose, CADA Executive Director.

Rose says having all adult services under one roof will mean a better spectrum of care.

"We take care of their primary treatment needs, which is in the high-intensity program. We can step them down if they need additional treatment."

Still, Rainey worries the move could leave out those who need S.T.E.P.S. the most.

"A lot of people are going to suffer," Rainey fears.

Low-intensity treatment for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 is still available at the Crockett Street location.

And CADA says the move also allowed them to launch two new treatment programs in Bossier.

One of those is a Medically-Monitored Detoxification Program, which provides detox for those whose symptoms require medical monitoring while withdrawing from alcohol and/or drugs for approximately five to seven days.

The other new program is the Adult High-Intensity Residential Program that provides intensive substance abuse treatment for approximately 30 days following a client's completion of a detox program.

In May, CADA was also approved as a Blue Cross Blue Shield provider for individuals and families with BCBS insurance.

"Prior to this, we could only service the indigent through limited state contracts or those who had the resources to privately pay for treatment services," Rose said in a press release.

He says CADA will expand its commerical insurance provider network in the future as they apply for an accreditation through the Center for Accreditation & Rehabiliative Services.

To find out more about CADA's treatment services, call (318) 741-1211, or click here.

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