Cedar Bridge, a division of Ozark Center

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Frequently asked questions

Who is qualified to attend Cedar Bridge?

Healthcare professionals 26 years and older struggling with alcohol or chemical addition.

What patients cannot qualify for Cedar Bridge?

Patients with primary psychiatric diagnosis, suicidal patients, patients with medical conditions that require inpatient care, and patients with violent behavioral problems cannot qualify for our program.

What is average length of stay?

40 days is the average length, but each patient’s stay will be determined by patient’s treatment requirements and progress.

What is cost of the program?

The cost varies with each patient’s length of stay. Please call Cedar Bridge at 417.347.7001 to speak with a specialist who can help you determine program costs.

Do you accept insurance for the program?

Please call Cedar Bridge at 417.347.7001 to speak with a specialist who can help you determine insurance qualifications.

What are levels of treatment offered in the program?

Levels of treatment include:

  • Detoxification and stabilization
  • Partial hospitalization (primary treatment with residential component)
  • Mirror image
  • Intensive outpatient (with residential component)
  • Outpatient and structured living, as indicated

How will I get from my residence to the treatment center daily?

Transportation will be provided for all patient needs.

How often will I see a physician/therapist (case manager)/family counselor?

  • Physician – once per week
  • Therapist – daily to weekly, as needed
  • Family counselor – once per week

What education, groups, and sessions are offered during treatment?

  • Group therapy
  • Medication management of mood disorders
  • Individual therapy
  • Procedural learning of 12-Steps Program
  • Psychoeducation group
  • Impaired professionals issues group
  • Profession-specific groups for medical doctors
  • Spirituality group
  • Family therapy
  • Family program
  • 12-Step Recovery meetings
  • Relapse prevention
  • Gender issues group
  • Sexual issues
  • Grief group
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma issues
  • Meditation and mindfulness training

How is Cedar Bridge different from other recovery programs/treatment centers?

  • Separate program designed to meet the treatment requirements and discharge issues and challenges of healthcare professionals
  • Treatment designed to address the challenges healthcare professionals face in their field
  • Low patient-to-staff ratio
  • Family program and workshop
  • Extended therapeutic leaves
  • Post discharge monitoring and support groups
  • Return visit program

Who is program executive director?

Kevin R. Clark, MD, ABAM. Dr. Clark has more than a decade of experience with the successful treatment of professionals recovering from chemical dependency disease.

What will I do in the evenings?

  • Attend 12-Step meetings
  • Participate in community meetings
  • Attend alumni groups
  • Complete program assignments
  • Work on socialization skills
  • Read, relax, watch television, or listen to music

Where do patients live?

Patients will be assigned to an apartment with three other patients (two bedroom/two bath). The apartments are close to the Cedar Bridge treatment facility and transportation will be provided to and from Cedar Bridge.

What will I do on weekends?

Patients will attend a group session at Cedar Bridge. They will also be required to attend a 12-Step meeting. Patients will have time for supervised recreational activities and also have time to take care of personal needs: shopping, treatment assignments, reading, etc.

Who will provide meals?

Patients will be responsible for their cooking their own meals (along with their roommates) at their residences. All apartments are equipped with required cooking equipment and supplies, dishwashers, and washers/dryers.

May I bring a car?

Cedar Bridge will provide all transportation.

May I bring my cell phone?

Patients are not allowed to have a personal phone during treatment.

How can I communicate with friends and family?

Patients can write letters or emails based on recommendations of their treatment team. While patients are at Cedar Bridge, they are encouraged to focus on treatment and recovery without too much outside contract.

Will my family be involved in my treatment?

During treatment, each patient and family will be assigned a family counselor. Throughout a patient’s treatment, the family counselor will hold weekly family counseling sessions by phone or in person.

Who will dispense needed medications?

During the first week of treatment, a Cedar Bridge staff member will distribute medications. After the first week, the patient is responsible for picking up and paying for medications at the pharmacy.

What happens after I am discharged?

Cedar Bridge staff will work with each patient to develop an aftercare plan. Random drug screens may be recommended. All elements are determined by the clinical team in the patient’s best interest.

Will I have to live in a halfway or 3/4 house after I am discharged?

Cedar Bridge team will work with patients and their families to determine the most effective plan for each patient.

Will I be allowed to go on Extended Therapeutic Leaves as part of the recovery program?

Yes, if returning to a home not in the Joplin area.

Will I be able to participate in return visits as part of the recovery program?

Yes, an alumni program is one of the benefits of Cedar Bridge.