Center Category: Rehab Centers
Founded by Clinicare Corp in 1967, Eau Claire Academy is located in western Wisconsin. This recovery facility offers substance abuse programs for children as well as adolescents, aged 10 to 17. The programs offered include intensive inpatient as well as outpatient programs.
The academy runs an on-site school for resident children who are completing primary and secondary education.
Eau Claire Academy operates from a remodeled hospital. This 70-bed residential facility is located in a forested residential area. The academy has a 10-bed unit for children with treatment. The day school and housing units are situated in one location. The housing unit offers dorm-like rooms that are furnished with two desks, a bunk bed, and two closets. Residents of each floor share one large bathroom located on the floor. The academy also reserves few single-occupancy rooms for certain exceptional circumstances.
The housing unit has communal areas like a media room that has video games and a flat-screen TV. The viewing timings, however, are structured. Residents can watch TV for news, sporting events, or a scheduled movie. Kids can bring their MP3 players and headphones/earbuds.
Residents can stay in touch with family and loved ones through phone calls. While the number of calls is not restricted, the length of the call is limited to 10 minutes. The residents, however, have to submit a call list beforehand.
Residents have an on-site gym equipped with a basketball court. Besides the gym, there is a game room, an exercise room, a volleyball court, as well as an art and craft room. Off-site swimming is also arranged.
The kitchen staff provides three wholesome meals to the residents. The residents have a variety of options for each meal. Breakfast options include breakfast burritos, breakfast pizza, and cereals (warm and hot). Options for lunch and dinner include burgers, traditional pizza, beans, and fruits. There is no restriction on caffeine or sugar. Residents can also access the vending machines during the weekends.
Residents who have completed detox at an outside facility will recover at the facility for up to six months. Residents undergo daily group therapy and weekly individual sessions. The treatment modalities include a 12-step approach, evidence-based approaches like Motivational Interviewing (MI), CBT, DBT, and EMDR for residents with trauma issues. The programs offered by Eau Claire also have a dual-diagnosis component.
Residents are provided with a customized treatment plan that includes general health, behavior adjustment, emotional recovery, risk assessments, social skills, life skills, as well as educational and vocational support. Daily on-site AA/NA meetings are also provided.
Besides in-house meetings, residents also attend occasional off-site meetings (transportation provided). Eau Claire also helps in finding sponsorship for necessary residents.
Eau Claire also gives a lot of importance to family and offers family sessions two times in a month. Private-pay options are also available. For parents or loved ones who cannot attend these sessions in person, Eau Claire does help in arranging a phone or a Skype conference.
A typical day at Eau Claire Academy starts at 7:00 am. Breakfast is served at 8:30 am, after which the school begins. The school runs till 3:00 pm, with lunch being served at 11:30 am. Group sessions follow the school session, which is followed by a physical activity session like off-site swimming or on-site outdoor activities. Dinner is served at 5:00 pm. Residents have adequate time for either completing schoolwork or step work. They also have time for socializing. Lights are out at 10:30 pm.
Free time or “personal structure,” lasts for 45 minutes to an hour in the evening during school days, and afternoons and evenings during other days. Residents can also part in a “Fitness for Recovery” group for working out. This group meets once weekly in the academy’s small weight room.
On-site visitations are restricted during the first 30 days. After this period, residents can go and stay with their parents or guardians.
Another program, which acts as a part of the inpatient treatment track, is a track for pregnant teens. This program makes sure that mothers-to-be get appropriate education, medical treatment, as well as parenting skills.
As a continuation of care, residents who have completed the inpatient program can take part in an outpatient track that offers the graduates an individualized treatment plan. This track may include individual, group, and family therapy sessions.
As part of the treatment process, Eau Claire arranges for a monthly-once session between a psychiatrist and residents. Medical needs are taken care of by a visiting physician and an on-site staff nurse.
The academy’s substance abuse unit has two counselors, and each counselor looks after approximately five clients. Other staff members include therapists and a case manager. The group has an overnight staff to ensure the safety and security of the residents.
As part of a holistic treatment approach, residents can take part in extra-curricular outings during the evening hours. Eau Claire Academy also utilizes the services of a resident therapy dog for helping the children with confidence, motivation, responsibility, anxiety, and depression.
The academy also provides an aftercare plan for three months to all the program graduates. This plan ensures that the children attend school, take prescribed medication, and continue treatment with suggested therapies. The graduates are also encouraged to follow up on employment opportunities.
Approximately $11,000 (30 days).
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