Although the Nexus Recovery Center opened in 1971, it wasn’t until 1993 when it truly distinguished itself among the other drug rehab facilities in the state of Texas. It was during this year, 1993, when the Nexus Recovery Center began accepting pregnant or new adolescent mothers as patients, which was previously unheard of, not only in Texas but the entire country.
Ever since that banner year, Nexus has grown exponentially, but it also continues to be one of the only places in Texas where women can go along with their children to receive a full range of substance abuse and mental health treatments.
A Nexus of Care
The latest program that Nexus offers is Nexus Generations, which given its history of accommodating mothers and their children, seems like a natural outgrowth since it incorporates drug abuse education with parenting classes, infant care and other child-care services, all of it with a focus toward building healthier families.
Nexus Generations goes out into the community by liaising with various community agencies, drop-in centers, and local schools to identify at-risk women and also to provide outreach services to families that are drug affected. Nexus intervention staff are also available over the phone to make assessments and take questions from anyone who is worried about a loved one’s drug or alcohol abuse.
The mainstays of the Nexus treatment program include both inpatient and outpatient programs. There is also a detoxification unit, as well as recovery services that start as soon as you begin treatment and continuing care following your successful completion of drug rehabilitation.
Case managers, along with addiction treatment professionals, nurses, psychiatrists, and social workers take part in a women’s recovery once she is enrolled. But Nexus also provides child-care professionals and a whole array of educators for the children who accompany their mothers to the program.
Adult women (18 and over) can enroll in the 14 to 45 day stay inpatient program at the La Prada campus in East Dallas, where they share space with other clients in a dormitory setting. Attendance at 12 Step meetings, psycho-education classes, and regular meals at the main cafeteria are what mark a typical day for non-mothers in the inpatient programs – mothers and their children live in a separate facility on the campus.
Nexus also offers, besides the trauma-informed treatment sessions, coping skills and stress management classes, recreational activities such as gardening, exercise rooms and study time for those who wish to take classes while in rehab. All those in residence at Nexus can make full use of the tranquil gardens and other green areas (including an organic vegetable garden) that dot the campus.
The breadth of services available to mothers and their children is remarkable. The La Prada location houses Nexus’s central child-care facility, the Crystal Charity Children’s Center (CCCC), where children are provided educational instruction along with other treatments. School-age children attend local elementary schools, while their mothers receive treatment to attain sobriety.
The other pillar of the Nexus program is the adolescent inpatient program which is available to adolescent women who fall between the ages of 13 and 17. Nexus is the only facility in Texas that allows expectant or new teen mothers the opportunity to receive drug abuse treatment. Stays for young women, whether with children or not, last between 30 and 90 days.
During this time, patients receive a whole battery of treatments, from 12 Step classes to more specialized treatments given to them by licensed drug and alcohol counselors. Coping skills, relapse prevention skills and other cognitive behavioral therapies are coupled with daily exercise and other physical activities. Education plays a significant role in the recovery process and to this point, Nexus provides teachers from the Dallas area to give classes to those in need.
For those women in need, but not requiring inpatient services, there is also the Nexus outpatient program which provides counseling and therapy through the confronting of the central pressures’ in a woman’s life that lead to chemical dependency. Psychiatric services are available to women suffering from dual diagnoses whether it be in the inpatient or outpatient programs.
I am a Nexus Woman
Many “Nexus women” cite the Nexus alumni program as an important part of their recovery story. Coaches (former patients at Nexus) are assigned to new entrants to the program once they begin their treatment and stay with them all the way until they are out and even beyond, providing support, advice and even employment opportunities. Recovery support and the alumni program are all part of the larger aftercare program that Nexus offers it graduates.
The Nexus Difference
The Nexus Recovery Center made great strides to set itself apart when it began to accept new and expectant mothers into its drug and alcohol treatment program. Where others only saw burdens and the impossible, Nexus addressed a dire need by reaching out to a vulnerable group and letting them in. Nexus continues carrying on this great tradition.