The Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (JACOA) is licensed by the State of Tennessee, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, to provide Alcohol and Drug Residential Rehabilitation treatment (41 beds), Alcohol and Drug Non-Residential Rehabilitation Treatment (IOP) and Alcohol and Drug DUI School Services. JACOA offers a complete continuum of care, is co-occurring capable (CODC), and serves all of the counties in West Tennessee, and it will also accept service recipients from any county across the State of Tennessee.
Areas of Specialization
Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
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JACOA (the Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency) is a nonprofit organization offering substance abuse treatment to communities in and around Jackson, Tenn., which is about an hour outside of Memphis. The facility treats adult men and women and offers an adult residential unit, partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs, transitional and permanent housing, aftercare, early intervention, and DUI programming. Treatment for co-occurring disorders is also available, and this facility is particularly active in helping to treat local homeless populations. A social detox unit (i.e. nonmedical) is also available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at JACOA combines 12-step methodology with evidence-based practices. Among the center’s founding principles is that “a variety of treatment methods and approaches must be used and the program must be flexible in order to meet the treatment needs of each service recipient.” Specifically, the website notes that treatment uses the Hazelden Living in Balance curriculum, and also operates a co-occurring disorders program that includes individual and group therapy, life skills development, and education about addiction and recovery.
Other treatment services include weekly family group counseling, weekly aftercare services, drug testing services, and monthly DUI education class using the Prime for Life curriculum.
The treatment team includes certified and licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselors, a registered nurse, and a licensed practical nurse.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to the facility’s website, JACOA offers the following options for accommodations: a nine-bed social detox unit, a 32-bed co-ed residential facility, separate transitional housing for men (34 beds) and women (14 beds), and permanent housing with 14 beds for homeless men and women in active recovery. The four former clients surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time ofthis writing gave the facility an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars for accommodations and amenities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The four alumni polled by Rehabs.com gave JACOA positive feedback, praising the program for its solid treatment and compassionate staff. In two representative reviews, Melinda credited the facility with saving her life, while S.P. wrote: “They really care and take time with you to make sure you are getting what you need. Its a great program if your ready I would do it again.”
The only suggestion for improvement came from an anonymous reviewer who noted that no meditation, yoga, or relaxation exercises were offered.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The three loved ones polled by Rehabs.com also gave JACOA positive feedback for their effective program and highly qualified staff. “Not judgemental, very supportive team, passionate, compassionate, empathetic. JACOA is a wonderful program to attend. They have an awesome team of professionals who really want to help and see you succeed,” wrote one anonymous reviewer in a representative review.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The one staffer surveyed by Rehabs.com gave the facility mostly four and five out of five stars acrosss 15 different metrics and noted that they would highly recommend JACOA. Except for noting that the number of beds were too small, the staffer praised the program for its “Well trained and compassionate workers,” and wrote that the facility “show(s) a high level of dedication to rehab and personal experience to help connect and identify with the issue.”
At the time of this writing, the facility’s website states that it accepts Blue Care TN, United Healthcare TN Care, and Amerigroup TN Care.
Updated November 2016
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