Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Opinion

June 21, 2013

Oops, I did it again ...

For those of you who may have read “Open for Treatment: Help available in Corsicana for substance abuse” which ran Tuesday, June 18, the statement “prior to May, there was no place in Navarro County to turn for help,” for the problem of chemical dependance was inaccurate.

While I believe Lakes Regional Behavior Health Services is the first facility of its kind in Corsicana — a state-funded out-patient treatment facility for chemical dependency — there are also private chemical dependency counselors not funded by the state.

DalSan Counseling with Sandra S. Stephens, MA, LPC and Dalia Espericueta, LCSW, has offered substance abuse counseling through their practice since 2001. Prior to that, they both were counselors with Johnson-Ellis-Navarro MHMR in Corsicana. You may reach them by calling (903) 874-7133.

A gal I attend church with runs the Celebrate Recovery group at Lonestar Cowboy Church on Hwy 22, 6 p.m. Mondays.

Now mind you, I’ve been to her office on numerous occasions because she allowed the Moms of Military support group to meet there.

I knew she did things like Second Chance Boot Camp for truant, defiant youth (most kids are court-ordered to attend, a few sent by parents before they become truant or have a probation officer), but I’m not sure what else I thought she did.

Full Circle Alcohol and Drug Education Program, Mary Parks MS, LCDC, 512 N. Main, (903) 872-6727, has been open for business since 2008. Mary offers intensive out-patient therapy for people with addiction. Some of these have been ordered to seek help by the court, some are ordered by Child Protective Services, and still others may be walk-ins who want help before they get in trouble.

She offers state approved DWI education classes, and an alcohol education program for minors. (Mary said these classes are taught elsewhere in town too.) A state-approved tobacco education class takes place, and she holds anger management courses. Full Circle also does individual counseling and group therapy, as well.

“In the beginning, we set our fees low so it wasn’t an issue for people to self-pay,” Parks said. “However, as we’ve grown the need has arisen to be able to take health insurance, so we are in the process of making that happen.”

Parks grew up in Teague, and went to Navarro College on a tennis scholarship as well as an academic scholarship from her community. She went on to Sam Houston State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, with a minor in English. Through a series of life events, her daughter Breanna inspired her to “help people” by becoming a counselor. She earned her Master’s degree in counseling from Texas A&M Commerce, has her Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor license (LCDC) and was about to sit for her LPC exam when her Mimi became ill and Mary took some time to care for her before she passed away.

The Celebrate Recovery group at Lonestar meets at 6 p.m. Mondays, and while it is held at a church, it is open to anyone — all are welcome.

To be truthful, I suspect we have a great need for this type of service in Navarro County, so I am grateful to know there is more than one source for help with chemical dependency, be it alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs. I am grateful to have learned about these different options, and look forward to learning more in the near future, which I will share with you.

If you seek help for this type of problem, please don’t stop looking if the first, or even second, option you try isn’t a “fit.” Help is out there.

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Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached via email at dkirk@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email:

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