The Oxford Centre Newsletter
November-December 2015

Therapists offer holiday advice for families dealing with addiction

When people have a loved one in active addiction, they may feel more dread than cheer as the holidays approach. Strategies like taking care of themselves and setting boundaries can help them manage the season — and may motivate their loved ones to get the help they need. Pass along these tips for families, offered by the therapists who host our weekly Family Hope & Healing support groups in Oxford, Tupelo and Olive Branch, Mississippi.
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Garry Reifers to offer workshop in Olive Branch

In a series of three free Thursday evening workshops, respected addiction educator Garry Reifers will translate current research from a practical treatment perspective. "The Hijacked Brain: Understanding the Disease of Addiction" is set for Jan. 14, 21 and 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce Business Center. The sessions are sequential, so those coming should plan to attend all three. Refreshments will be provided. To register, RSVP via Facebook or contact Corey Bullock at or 662.893.1308.

The Oxford Centre extends a welcome to:

— Kelly Marcy, LMSW, Clinical Therapist
— April Hill, MSW, Clinical Therapist
— Katie Kowalke, CTRS, Recreational Therapist


On Nov. 14, more than 200 alumni, family members, staff and current patients gathered on our residential campus for The Oxford Centre's inaugural Alumni Reunion.

The event marked a milestone for The Oxford Centre's growing alumni network, and offered alumni a time to reconnect and be encouraged in recovery. It also provided a powerful testimony of hope to current patients:
"I feel extremely lucky I was able to be here during the Alumni Reunion."
"It was inspiring to be around so many alumni who have been clean a long time."

 "I didn't know you could have that much fun sober."

The connection between alumni and current patients continues to grow. During the event, some 40 alumni signed up to return to the campus in the coming months and share their story with those currently in treatment.
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The Oxford Centre, University of Mississippi co-host speaker Brian Cuban

The Oxford Centre recently partnered with the University of Mississippi's Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) to host attorney and advocate Brian Cuban on the UM campus. The well-attended event brought together university students, CRC advisory board members and donors, and residents of The Oxford Centre’s sober living program.

Pictured above — Erin Cromeans, University of Mississippi assistant director for Health Promotion; Anne Nicholas, Collegiate Recovery Community graduate assistant; Brian Cuban; and Emily Grace Ames, alumni coordinator for The Oxford Centre.

Oxford Centre programs featured

The Oxford Centre's equine therapy program was featured in the Oct. 26 edition of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly. In the story "Evidence Grows for Equine Therapy as Treatment Engagement Tool," writer Gary Enos connected new research from a hospital-based study in Norway to the experience of Oxford Centre therapists Clint Crawford, MS, and Terry Timmons, CRC. While most research on the effectiveness of equine therapy has taken place outside the substance abuse treatment field, positive results from the Norway study suggest more research is warranted.

Locally, The Oxford Centre was highlighted for its range of treatment services in the article "A Path to Recovery" in October's Good Health magazine. The Oxford Centre's Alumni Reunion also received coverage in local newspapers.

Oxford Centre staff celebrate at Christmas party

Gifts and games were aplenty at The Oxford Centre's annual staff Christmas party, held Dec. 11 on the residential campus. At the event, CEO Billy Young announced the The Oxford Centre's 2015 Employee of the Year: Jewel Jenkins.

Congratulations to Jewel and to all the outstanding staff members who were honored as Employee of the Month during 2015: Lashara Wilson (Jan.); Tori Beeler (Feb.); Lisa Gay (Mar.); Dale Phillips (Apr.); Vicki Bratton (May); Stephanie Cummings (June); J.J. Potts (July); Becky Sizemore (Aug.); Brian Simmons (Sept.); Peyton Chumley (Oct.); and Natalie Cates (Nov.).
Staff Spotlight: 'Nobody Does Anything Alone'

Addiction is isolation. Recovery rebuilds relationships. For Experiential Therapist Hank Holmes, leading patients through The Oxford Centre's challenge course program is a tangible exercise in one of the most important skills they'll need to stay sober: Relying on each other.

"If the skills they learn with us help them better connect with others and care about others, that’s a huge step forward in their recovery,” he says.
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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