The Oxford Centre Newsletter: January-February 2016
Cannabis in America: A Case of Mixed Messages

If you think marijuana is a harmless drug, consider that the marijuana teens use today is several times more potent in THC content than what their grandparents would have smoked. In some concentrated forms, THC is as high as 90 percent.

“The marijuana of the ‘60s and ‘70s is gone,” said Cardwell C. Nuckols, MA, PhD, clinical consultant for American Addiction Centers (AAC) and an internationally recognized expert on addiction and recovery.

“The marijuana we have today is so much more potent, we’re seeing a new range of psychiatric problems and psychotic episodes,” he said during a recent visit to The Oxford Centre. “It’s really a new game.”

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Nuckols leading workshops at Oxford Centre

As a benefit of its relationship with AAC, The Oxford Centre is hosting Dr. C.C. Nuckols for a series of staff training workshops that began in December. His topics so far have included defining emerging adults (age 18-30) as a distinct treatment population separate from children, adolescents and adults.

"For many of them, developmentally speaking, they may be 25 going on 12," Nuckols said. "Our challenge is to continue refining programs that support their brain development and improve their level of functioning — to help them reach the point where they could be a good parent and have a good job."

The Oxford Centre provides a specialized Young Adult Program as part of its addiction treatment offerings, tailored to the needs of emerging adults.

8th Annual Mississippi Addiction Conference

The Oxford Centre will be among exhibitors at this week's conference, which features keynote speaker Paul Early, MD, and the theme "Combining Head and Heart in Addiction Recovery." The conference is being held at the Hilton-East County Line Road in Jackson, and is sponsored by the Professionals Health Network, Inc.

The Oxford Centre extends a welcome to:

— Joshua Fortune, Human Resources Director
— Greg Davis, Equine Therapist

Garry Reifers talks available to view, share

At the persistent request of The Oxford Centre's staff, administration, alumni and families, we've captured summarized versions of Founding Program Director Garry Reifers' key presentations. Thanks to our friends at American Addiction Centers who joined us at Garry's recent three-part workshop in Olive Branch to make these videos possible.
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Clinical Focus: Addiction & Early Recovery

Patients in residential treatment are surrounded by structure and support, with a wealth of resources to learn about themselves and their substance use disorder. But how well will recovery fare back in the real world? To best support success, The Oxford Centre provides its own Sober Living facilities and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and also refers patients to other similar programs based on their personal and clinical needs.


Q&A with Chip Peterson, M.Ed., NCC, CADC

Q: Why would someone invest in 30-day treatment, then resist a stay in Sober Living?

A: “What we often see is that patients are continuing to have an internal struggle. They are weighing the pros and cons of staying sober versus going back to using. Hopefully, as patients progress through IOP and sober living, that internal struggle starts to subside and they accept the fact they have a potentially fatal disease. Then, they usually start to engage wholeheartedly in activities that will help them combat the disorder."
Clinical Therapist Chip Peterson, M.Ed., NCC, CADC, leads the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at The Oxford Centre's Olive Branch Outpatient Office. He has previously worked with patients in sober living and facilitated groups in the Intensive Family Therapy Program (IFTP).
Program Spotlight: Aftercare

"Aftercare is really informal. I know I'm being listened to, because he'll repeat what he has heard me say. Then he'll add something from his own experience that brings strength and hope to what I'm going through, or helps me see things in a different way."

The Oxford Centre is expanding our Aftercare program to better serve alumni in the two years after they complete treatment. Aftercare is now offered at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in all three outpatient locations: Oxford, Tupelo and Olive Branch, MS. It takes place the same evening as our Family Hope & Healing support group, so that families and alumni may come together.
Aftercare, 6 p.m.
Family Hope & Healing, 6 p.m.
Oxford, Tupelo & Olive Branch
Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Groups
Oxford, 1-4 p.m.
Tupelo & Olive Branch, 6-9 p.m.
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Staff Spotlight:
In Discharge Planning, Hope is Contagious

"Their hope for a better future really spills over to all of us," says Juliette Lawrence, who handles discharge planning at The Oxford Centre.

Lawrence spent two years as a clinical assistant before becoming The Oxford Centre's discharge planner. Her role includes researching the best options for each patient's sober living and IOP situations. "It's critical to have a secure plan for their future," she says.

For Clinicians: Navigating the New DSM-5

The Lifestyle Intervention Conference Series presents an all-day workshop event for clinicians who work in addictions and mental health, focused on the new diagnostic criteria developed by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and American Psychiatric Association (APA). The workshop will focus on the new diagnostic category of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders, and on common co-occurring disorders.

Sponsored by The Oxford Centre's parent company, American Addiction Centers (AAC), the event is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Hilton Memphis. Clinicians can earn 6 CEUs. Download the brochure and register.

We are getting a new name.

Beginning this month, The Oxford Centre will officially become Oxford Treatment Center. The change is for legal and branding reasons, following The Oxford Centre’s 2015 acquisition by American Addiction Centers.

AAC CEO Michael Cartwright said The Oxford Centre has earned respect among AAC facilities since joining the company in August.

“Clients and their families come to AAC from across the country for help beating addictions to drugs and alcohol,” Cartwright said. “It’s been our pleasure over the past six months to connect them with the excellent care provided by The Oxford Centre. We are excited about the opportunities we have to advance its work."
Thank you for your interest in the addiction treatment programs of The Oxford Centre.

We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions. Please feel free to contact us at 662.281.9992 or

Billy Young, CEO
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