2013 News Releases
CADA Opening New Programs & Accepting BCBS Insurance
Shreveport, LA, May 16, 2013— The Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana (CADA) is now a provider in the Blue Cross & Blue Shield insurance (BCBS) network for all levels of treatment services. CADA is also opening two new programs; a medically-assisted detox and an inpatient residential program.
CADA applied with BCBS to be a part of their network and had a site survey from representatives of the insurance company on April 18. CADA was approved to be a provider for individuals and families with BCBS insurance, meaning that more Louisiana residents and out-of-state individuals will have access to CADA’s treatment services.
“We are excited to be able to help more people,” said Bill Rose, Executive Director of CADA. “Prior to this, we could only serve the indigent through limited state contracts or those who had the resources to privately pay for treatment services. The people who had mental health benefits through their Blue Cross insurance would have to personally pay for our services or go to other places, sometimes a couple of hours away.” Rose said that CADA will expand its commercial insurance provider network in the future as they apply for an accreditation through the Center for Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities.
CADA has launched two levels of substance abuse treatment for adults. The Medically-Monitored Detoxification Program provides detoxification for those whose symptoms require medical-monitoring while withdrawing from alcohol and/or drugs for approximately five to seven days. Services include:
- observation by a licensed physician and nurse
- group therapy
- individual/family counseling sessions
- drug/alcohol education
- recreational therapies
- discharge/treatment planning
“This is the only program like this available in Region VII for those who lack resources,” said Rose. The Adult High-Intensity Residential Program provides intensive substance abuse treatment for approximately 30 days following a client’s completion of a detox program. Treatment includes:
- group therapy
- individual counseling
- family counseling sessions
- client education
- medical screening
- relapse prevention
- discharge planning
“Since the closing of the Pines Treatment Center in Shreveport one year ago, there’s been a gap in services for those who need treatment. Now, a person who needs help will have the entire continuum of care within one agency – from detox, inpatient, residential and intensive outpatient,” said Rose. Studies show that the longer a person is engaged in the treatment process, the better their chances of achieving abstinence from drugs and/or alcohol.
Both new programs will be located at the CADA Bossier Treatment Center at 1525 Fullilove Drive in Bossier City. To learn more about these, call 318-747-1211. CADA operates four facilities in the Shreveport-Bossier area and is the sole provider of services to those who lack resources for treatment. CADA is a 501 (c3) non-profit founded in 1958 to educate, counsel and treat persons of all ages who suffer from alcoholism or other addictive diseases. Visit www.cadanwla.org for more information.
Alcohol-Free Weekend to be Observed April 5-7, 2013
Alcohol-Free Weekend, traditionally observed during Alcohol Awareness Month in April, begins tomorrow
Shreveport, LA – April 4, 2013 -- Alcohol Awareness Month, founded and sponsored by The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) since 1987, is a national grassroots effort observed by communities throughout the United States to sup-port prevention, research, education, intervention, treatment and recovery from alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.
During Alcohol-Free Weekend April 5-7, 2013, NCADD and the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana (CADA) ask parents and other adults to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages for a 72-hour period to demonstrate that alcohol isn’t necessary to have a good time. If participants find it difficult to go without alcohol during this period, they are urged to call CADA at 318-222-8511 for information about alcoholism. Additionally, they can visit CADA’s website at www.cadanwla.org to learn about more than a dozen programs that CADA offers to those seeking substance abuse treatment, counseling, and/or education.
Alcoholism does not discriminate -- it affects people of all ages, ethnicities, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels. Many people are still unaware that alcoholism is a disease that can be treated, just like we treat other health disorders such as diabetes and hypertension.
NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month offers community organizations concerned about individuals, families and children an opportunity to work together to not only raise awareness and understanding about the negative consequences of alcohol, but to highlight the need for local action and services focused on prevention, treatment and recovery.
A local affiliate of NCADD, the Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana was founded in 1958 to educate, counsel and treat persons of all ages who suffer from alcoholism or other addictive diseases. Please visit www.cadanwla.org for more information about CADA and its programs.
CADA to Launch New School of Addiction and Behavioral Health for Continuing Education Units
Shreveport, LA, April 2, 2012— The Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana (CADA) has begun a school for individuals interested in learning about addiction, including, but not limited to substance abuse counselors, mental health professionals, drug court professionals, social workers, corrections professionals, law enforcement professionals, nurses and community organizers.
The CADA School of Addiction and Behavioral Health is set to begin its first course this Saturday, April 6. Participants will learn, develop, and improve their skills for working with individuals and families affected by addiction through in-depth coursework. Participants will have the opportunity to earn up to 180 continuing education units, or 45 continuing education units per course, in the field of addiction.
Compromised of four different courses, students will meet on the first and second Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The course schedule is: Course 001: 12 Core Functions of Substance Abuse Counseling (April 6 – June 8), Course 002: Pharmacology (July 6 – September 14), Course 003: Addiction Counseling Competencies (October 5 – December 14), and Course 004: Counseling Theories and Approaches (January 4, 2014 – March 8, 2014). All classes are held at the Dan J. Talley Memorial Center, located at 2000 Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport.
Participants can register for all four courses or individual courses. Tuition for all four courses may be paid in full upon registration ($900.00), bi-annually ($450.00) or monthly ($75.00). For individual courses, tuition is $225.00, or can be divided into three monthly payments of $75.00. This cost also covers course materials, which will be provided by the CADA School of Addiction and Behavioral Health.
All students should pre-register for the courses. The deadline to register for Course 001 is Friday, April 5, Course 002 is June 21, Course 003 is September 20, and Course 004 is December 20. Late or day-of registrants will be charged an additional $15.00. Classes are limited to 25 students each and are expected to fill up quickly, so applicants are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
Those interested in registering for courses can download and complete an application by visiting CADA’s website at www.cadanwla.org or visiting the Dan J. Talley Memorial Center, located at 2000 Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport. For questions or more information, contact Tomeka Anderson at 318-222-8511 extension 26 or JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .
The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana was founded in 1958 to educate, counsel and treat persons of all ages who suffer from alcoholism or other addictive diseases. Please visit www.cadanwla.org for more information about CADA and its programs.
Jennifer Adams, 318-425-9673