Nexus Recovery Center
Recovery Starts Here!
A Dallas nonprofit at the forefront of specialized substance abuse services for females, Nexus offers programs for adult women and adolescent girls ages 13 to 17, including those pregnant or accompanied by children. Nexus is one of only a few programs nationally that invites women to bring their children into treatment.
NEXUS STAFF ATTENDS MINDFULNESS BASED RELAPSE PREVENTION TRAINING
The Nexus clinical staff is attending a three-part training series in Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention this May presented by Kay Colbert, LCSW, a certified MBRP trainer. Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention is an evidence-based program that integrates mindfulness meditation practices with traditional relapse prevention.
“We are so excited to have Kay present this cutting edge treatment approach to our counselors and counseling interns. This mindfulness-based program is especially effective with our clients in very early recovery who have trauma histories and co-occurring anxiety and other mental health disorders. It is a great tool for them to use to fight cravings and the type of impulsive self-destructive decisions that lead them to relapse,” said Cindy Seamans, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, director of the Adult Women and Detox Programs at Nexus.
Ms. Colbert, a former Nexus staff counselor, is currently in private practice and has received more than 250 hours of training in mindfulness-related treatment programs, including a residential training with Jon Kabat-Zinn. For more information on mindfulness based relapse prevention: mindfulrp.com.
What is mindfulness? As defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founding father of the mindfulness movement, mindfulness is a “way of paying attention: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally."
MBRP adapts mindfulness awareness approaches to help those with addictive behaviors “see things as they really are” and to free themselves from self-destructive habits.
More than 20 clinical staff members attended the first training this week, and are completing home study tasks, looking forward to completing the next two sessions of this meaningful training. Interested in joining the Nexus staff in this training or future trainings? Contact Cindy Seamans
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and KPMG Day of Caring
Nexus Recovery Center has a wonderful partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. For over 40 years they have been providing funds and volunteers to serve our agency. They currently fund $433,000 a year (in a 3 year grant cycle), under their HEALTH giving area for vital pregnant and addicted and continuum of care programs and services. United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is supported by KPMG. Thirty volunteers came to the Nexus campus to help plant vegetables in the Women's Auxiliary Gardens, and to play with children in the on-campus Texas Rising Star licensed childcare facility. KPMG is currently celebrating their 100th anniversary, and team members were eager to lend a hand during their "Day of Caring". Thank you to all KMPG volunteers and United Way for all for your time and "mad skills." You have made a difference in the lives of our kids and clients.
Latina Middle-school ambassador aids Nexus through "Cards of Hope"
Nicole Blythe (on right), President of the Nexus Recovery Center Operating Board and Becca Crowell, Executive Director, stand with Andrea Cedillo, the Hispanic/Latina Middle School Ambassador for Dallas. These ladies attended the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Luncheon on April 23 at the Belo mansion. The guest speaker was Koren Zailckas, author of The New York Times best seller “Smashed.”
Andrea Cedillo raised over $1,260 for the teen program this year. Andrea handmade “Cards of Hope” with her brothers and sisters as a thank you gift to those who donated funds for Nexus. Her whole family and community got involved. They are passionate about raising awareness in their church, school and local area about teen addiction and the services Nexus provides. Read more
Prescription Drugs: Getting Hooked Is Easier than You Think
After Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk acknowledged she has sought treatment to stop using painkillers, Dr. Cindy Seamans, Director of the Adult Women Program at Nexus, and other addiction experts were interviewed by The Dallas Morning News. Read the March 28 Dallas Morning News article on the abuse of prescription drugs here.
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Lisa Simmons Epstein, seated, and Serena Simmons Connelly – the Foundation’s dedicated leaders who are carrying on their father’s legacy
Nexus Recovery Center Board & Development Staff are pleased to announce a $50,000 grant has been approved by the Harold Simmons Foundation Board. It is for the Pregnant/Parenting Women with Children (PPWC) Residential Program – one of only a handful of programs in the nation that allows women 18 and older to bring as many as three children with them while they are in residential drug treatment. This program includes parenting education, life skills, family counseling, and ensures healthy birth outcomes for infants. Moms in the program that give birth to babies whilst in recovery, return to Nexus from Parkland after a few days to continue their treatment with their infants. The typical length of stay is 60-90 days, and 72 healthy babies were born to moms at Nexus between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014.