Opening of a detox center for women in Beaumont

Women in Southeast Texas now have a lifeline to detox from substances and receive mental health counseling.

Last week, ADAPT Foundation Inc. and DBA-Shalom Healthcare opened the new facility on Washington Street in Beaumont.

The 98-bed outpatient residential facility will serve adults and 17-year-olds, who are no longer of school age in the 13-country region, by providing medical care and monitoring to slowly wean residents off substances and counseling for mental health disorders.

“We can handle the head, heart and spirit,” said ADAPT Programs CEO Joe Gardzina. “We could do it all under one roof.”

It is the second center of its kind and larger than the first. A mixed facility in Freeport has 56 beds. The foundation decided to expand to southeast Texas due to a lack of resources and high demand.

“It’s the only place in Southeast Texas where they’ll be able to get this kind of care,” said Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce representative Joey Armstrong. “It is really needed in the region. Often people don’t have a place to go and this will be a great resource for them. »

A nurse is on call 24 hours a day and a doctor is on call around the clock. All services will be free to those who need them, although insurance information will be collected when it becomes available. The facility aims to officially begin accepting residents in early April. Detox usually takes five to seven days, followed by a residential stay of about 30 to 45 days where people in treatment are able to resolve the emotional, social, physical and structural issues that caused them to seek self-medication by first place.

Looking to the future, the foundation also hopes to open a space for men in the near future and obtain a license to operate as an official diversion center for law enforcement.

The model would be the Houston Sober Center — a place where people apprehended for substance abuse can go to get weaned, receive referrals, and be put into treatment if they choose. This prevents people from entering county jails.

Without such a facility, jailing people for drug offenses reduces space for those charged with violent offenses and wastes police time, Gardzina said.

“If you’re arrested for public intoxication, you open up a criminal record,” said Maj. Jeff Chadney of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. “Although it’s a C class, it ruins your job opportunities, a lot of things like that.” The diversion center is kind of an innovative concept and it works.

But Gardzina says they are not there yet. First, the health equipment must arrive, the entire facility must be set up, and the Austin Health and Human Services Commission must license the rehab facility.

Gardzina is full of hope for those who come to stay at the property. He himself is a success story from a similar establishment in Houston. He has been sober for 28 years, but in the early 90s he twice dropped out of college and developed a drinking problem before his parents stepped in to help him.

“My mum and dad took me to treatment, dropped me off and said, ‘Good luck to you. Don’t call us,” he recalls. “It’s tough love. It’s probably the most loving thing they’ve ever done for me. It’s what I needed. As long as I could handle them, I wasn’t going to do the changes I needed to make.

In 1993, after four stays in a cure center, he became sober and practiced total abstinence from addictive substances. Three years later, he became a chemical addiction counselor and has been in this field ever since.

Gardzina credits his success not only to his parents, but to the selflessness of the staff at the establishments he stayed in and their willingness to show him how to be a man. This provided a model for what he does with ADAPT today.

“You never know what God has in store,” he commented, reflecting on how that was never his plan for his life. “I just have to assume that was where God wanted me. I wouldn’t change anything.

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