Red ribbon cutting -
Scott Weber (left), representing the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, holds the red ribbon on Tuesday as the Synergy Center Program Director cuts it, marking the official opening of their new location. Several Synergy Center and Jackson Recovery personnel were on hand for the occasion.
Jackson Recovery Center held an open house on Tuesday August 9th at the Synergy Center, located in the Voldeng Building of the Cherokee Mental Health Campus at 1267 W. Cedar Loop Road.
A ribbon cutting with the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce took place at noon, and it was preceded by lunch, a brief program, and a reflection from a graduate of the Synergy Center. Tours of the facility were also available.
New home -
The Synergy Center is now housed in the Voldeng Building, which is located behind the main building on the MHI campus.
Synergy Center is a residential program for adults suffering from addictions to drugs and alcohol. It is one of the satellite offices of Jackson Recovery Centers, a Sioux City-based provider of addiction treatment. In 2010, Synergy Center served over 160 patients from all over the state of Iowa. Earlier this year, the program was re-located from its previous location in the Ginzberg building on the Cherokee Mental Health Campus to the Voldeng building, and the new facility allows for a larger capacity of patients, gender-specific treatment, and a more comfortable environment for treatment.
Marking the spot -
This sign outside of the Voldeng Building at MHI, was decorated with festive balloons for Tuesday's Open House festivities.
"Our relocation of Synergy Center allows us to expand our services to a greater number of people in need," said Kermit Dahlen, President and CEO of Jackson Recovery Centers. "We are grateful we are able to continue to provide our life-saving services on the Cherokee Mental Health Campus, considering last year's state budgetary pressure to reorganize state mental institutions."
Synergy Center is a residential treatment facility for adult men and women with primary addiction to drugs and alcohol. Residents have an average length of stay of 28 days and while there, they work with a passionate, dedicated staff of professional therapists, nurses, treatment technicians, and a medical director.
Synergy Center utilizes a "community" based model of treatment. The intent of a community based treatment is not only to help the patient overcome their addiction, but also to help them learn and implement skills to improve the quality of their lives physically, spiritually, and emotionally after treatment.
Outpatient Services at Synergy Center-
One wing of the Voldeng Building on the Cherokee MHI Campus is being used to provide outpatient services for recovering addicts.
Patients learn coping skills, social skills, and job skills to help them lead a more productive life of recovery. Another strong component of the program is a therapeutic environment in which patients help, support, and encourage each other.
The program is deeply rooted in the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Synergy Center utilizes local area AA groups, in which patients will attend AA meetings. AA groups also facilitate "in house" meetings at Synergy Center on a volunteer basis.
In addition to having a much larger space in which to provide inpatient treatment and housing, the move to the Voldeng Building has now allowed Jackson Recovery to use one entire wing of the building to provide outpatient services, such as individual and group therapy.