By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun
Penelope had been down a long, dark road ... a back injury at work led to a surgery. Even after her operation, she still had so much pain she was forced to take pain pills. Over time, she found it took more and more of the pills to have the same effect. She stopped going to work. Retreated into her bedroom, which was usually dark. Her husband had threatened weeks ago to leave her, if she didn’t seek help for her drug dependency.
But where could she go for help? And is it really “drug dependency” if the doctor gave you the prescription?
The number of people dependent on prescription drugs has boomed in the U.S. and is a rapidly growing form of chemical dependency. Prior to May, there was no place in Navarro County to turn for help with a problem like this.
But with the opening of Lakes Behavior Health Services, 800 N. Main St. Suite N-2 (Navarro Centre), there is a place locally to turn for help.
If you have a problem with illegal drugs, prescription drugs, or alcohol, contact them at (903) 872-4680, ext. 1824. Walk in their door at Navarro Centre, Suite N-2.
If you are court-ordered to receive treatment for your substance abuse, call Lakes Behavior Health Services.
If you are required by Child Protective Services or probation/parole to seek treatment, the licensed chemical dependency counselors can help you.
If you just got out of rehab or Green Oaks, Lakes Behavior Health Services can help you.
It is a state of Texas funded behavioral health service organization.
“We have licensed therapists to work directly with consumers, we are a substance use provider,” said Nancy K. Blum, MS, LPC, CRC, CCM. “We take all forms of health insurance, as well as self-pay clients. And we can help guide you through the funding options such as SUD, Northstar, Value options.”
People struggling with any form of addiction that has impacted them financially, affected or fractured their family, landed them in jail or the hospital, are precisely who these services are for.
“We are trying to serve all needs for the community dealing with substance abuse,” Blum said.
Lakes Behavior is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. There are evening classes available. Since they have been open less than a month, there are some things still in the planning stages, such as family counseling, and a once a month Family Night, with an education-type support group.
While Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are both peer-support, self help groups, Lakes Behavior Health Services is a non-profit agency with licensed chemical dependency counselors and licensed professional counselors.
“Our goal is to keep people from being in the Emergency Room, from needing emergency services, and to help get them balanced in life where they can find gainful employment,” Blum said. “We focus on substance use disorders.”
Whether it is meth, cocaine, marijuana, alcohol — any type of chemical dependency, including prescription pills — walk in the front door of Lakes Behavior Health Services. Pick up the phone and call (903) 872-4680, ext. 1824. The counselors are well-versed in the privacy laws, as a state funded agency.
“Relapse prevention is part of the program,” said Wanda Black, MS, LCDC. “We work on how to integrate techniques (to stay sober).”
While there is an intensive out-patient program with one-on-one counseling, there is also a supported out-patient treatment, where sessions are not as frequent, ideal for those who have already been through an in-patient treatment experience, and are interested in relapse prevention.
“We are here, we are open, and our licensed staff is providing services that have not been offered here before,” Blum said.
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