Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center Philosophy
Stonewater is a comprehensive substance use disorder treatment center, addressing adolescents, ages 12 to 17, needs across a continuum of care. From fully supervised Withdrawal Management all the way to Outpatient Services, our customized adolescent care is built on the latest scientific research and proven techniques to increase the likelihood of successful outcomes. Our founders have been there, where you are now, and understand that your child is an individual who needs an individualized recovery program which provides safety, privacy, security, and success.
Areas of Specialization
We specialize in customized treatment based on each adolescent's unique needs, experiences and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug used, religious beliefs, family environment and personal trauma. No adolescent is the same, so each treatment program should reflect his or her individual needs.
Patient and Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Gary D. Carr, M.D., FAAFP, FASAM, Diplomate ABAM
Dr. Gary Carr is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, School of Medicine and trained in Family Medicine at the Anniston Family Practice Residency Program in Anniston, Alabama. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is both a Registered Interventionist and a Medical Review Officer. Dr. Carr has been involved with physician health for over 20 years developing the Mississippi Professionals Health Program (MPHP), serving as Medical Director there from 1998 – 2009 and then as Medical Director of the Professionals Health Network and Washington State Physician Health Program. He has also served as Medical Director of The Oaks at La Paloma in Memphis, Tennessee. Currently, he is an addiction consultant for several addiction treatment organizations.
Dr. Carr speaks nationally and internationally on issues of addictive illness and professionals' health. He has addressed groups such as the Southern Medical Association, the Citizens Advocacy Committee in Washington, D.C., the American Society of Addictive Medicine, the Federation of State Physician Health Programs, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the International Society of Addiction Medicine in Reykjavik, Iceland and the AMA/BMA/CMA International Conference on Physician Health in London, England. Dr. Carr is a member of the state and national chapters of both the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and a member of the American Medical Association. Dr. Carr also worked with the Federation of State Physician Health Programs to develop guidelines for the 46 member states. He is chair of the ASAM Physician Health Committee and was one of the principle authors of the ASAM Physician Health Public Policies adopted in April 2011. Dr. Carr is a past President of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs.
Before founding Stonewater, Bryan Fikes specialized in fiduciary consulting and investment advisory services for Hardy Reed Fiduciary Consulting Firm. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Bryan earned his BA degree in accounting from the Patterson School of Accountancy. At the age of 16, Bryan acknowledged his substance addiction, recognized the need for treatment and, during 14 months of a diverse recovery program, experienced firsthand the challenges an adolescent faces when learning to overcome addiction. With this experience came the passion for helping other young men identify their addiction and to provide a place where they, with their families, can receive a comprehensive and individualized treatment program to achieve lifelong recovery.
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ABOUT STONEWATER ADOLESCENT ADDICTION RECOVERY CENTER
Located in Oxford, Miss., situated on 62 acres of scenic, rolling hills, Stonewater Adolescent Addiction Recovery Center provides a full continuum of treatment programming for adolescent males struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. The facility provides a residential program, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). If necessary, the facility also provides detoxification and withdrawal management services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center's website, before beginning treatment, clients participate in an initial assessment to help clinicians develop an individualized treatment plan. If withdrawal management is necessary, the facility may utilize medication-assisted treatment to ensure a comfortable and safe detoxification process.
Stonewater’s programming blends a range of evidence-based treatment methods with experiential therapies and a private academic curriculum. While clinical treatment helps to identify factors that may lead to addictive behavior, experiential therapies are designed to promote healthy lifestyle changes.
Residential treatment requires a 30-day minimum commitment, although treatment can be extended to 60 or 90 days. During residential treatment, clients meet with a primary therapist for individual counseling, as well as attend group counseling sessions. In addition, residents participate in meditation and mindfulness practices and physical fitness training. Residents receive 24-hour supervision and are subject to regular drug screenings. Family members are encouraged to participate in family counseling sessions and attend group activity days as specified.
Experiential therapies play a large role in Stonewater’s treatment approach. Through the facility’s Adventure and Nature Therapy, clients participate in a range of activities, including ropes course challenges, rock climbing, equine therapy, and gardening. Residents also participate in art therapy sessions, which may include painting and clay sculpting, to promote free expression and reduce stress. In addition, Stonewater incorporates Christian principles and practices into programming, and clients may receive spiritual counseling and attend Bible study sessions.
To help clients stay current with academics, Stonewater provides an online-based curriculum accredited by the the University of Mississippi High School, and classroom credits are transferable. The private school integrates level-appropriate classroom instruction with recovery skills training and motivational reinforcement. Coursework is supplemented and supervised by a qualified teacher.
Once a client completes residential treatment, Stonewater encourages clients to “step-down” through its continuum of care. The facility’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) involves a minimum of nine hours (three sessions) of weekly programming. Offering treatment while a client resides at home, IOP includes individual, group, and family counseling, educational workshops, and experiential therapies. IOP lasts up to 15 weeks.
The facility's website indicates Stonewater employs a multidisciplinary team comprised of a physician experienced in addiction medicine, master’s-level substance abuse counselors and mental health therapists, qualified teachers, experiential therapy specialists, an on-site chef, and a support staff.
The 12 individuals surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave 4.84 out of five stars when asked about the staff's level of training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center's website notes the center is set on a 62-acre campus. The residential facility is a custom-built stone lodge overlooking a lake. According to the facility’s website, the residential facility is designed to provide “a safe and protective environment removed from the pressures of the outside world.” The campus features hiking trails, a ropes course, a state-of-the-art gym, and a vegetable garden. Clients enjoy three nutritious meals daily that utilize local ingredients and produce.
The 14 people polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave 4.9 out of five stars for accommodations and amenities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni. However, all 12 people who left Google Reviews on Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center's Facebook page gave five out of five stars. "First class treatment with first class staff! thank you for all you do," Manda wrote on Facebook. 
WHAT FAMILY & FRIENDS SAY
The four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date provided positive feedback, and they all gave five out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center.
The loved ones also gave five stars for cleanliness and family participation. "If you are searching for a place for the adolescent in your family who is struggling with addiction, then this is the place to come," a loved one wrote in a representative review.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The eight staff members reviewed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided positive rating and 4.75 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center.
The staff members rated the center's exercise and leisure options and family participation were rated high with 4.87 stars. However, cleanliness was rated the highest with five stars. Counseling options were rated the lowest with still a 4.29 stars.
"The staff's passion for recovery is inspiring," a staff member wrote in a representative review. "The work atmosphere is one of love, compassion and understanding. You are always encouraged to be a better you!"
According to the facility’s website, Stonewater Adolescent Addiction Recovery Center accepts most major insurance plans. The facility also offers financing options to accommodate any out-of-pocket costs.
Published on January 2018
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