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What to Expect in Residential Treatment

The Admissions Process

Admission to Oxford Treatment Center can be initiated by the patient, a family member or a referring provider. We assess patients either by phone or in person to determine whether they are appropriate and eligible for our residential or outpatient programs.

When you call Oxford Treatment Center, our admissions team will be listening with one goal in mind: Removing any and all barriers that stand between you and the help you need.

Our team is available 24/7. When you call, we are there to listen to your concerns, and to provide empathy and professionalism as we help you navigate the challenges you face. We take seriously the task of answering your questions and providing the information you need.

To begin the admission process, you’ll need to have your insurance card ready. We will ask you for your name, date of birth, Social Security number and address. If you are insured through a family member, you will also need to provide us with that person’s full name, date of birth, Social Security number and place of employment.

Once we have your information in hand, we will check your insurance benefits and call you back as soon as we have that information for you. You may also verify your benefits immediately by entering your information here.

While not Medicaid-eligible, Oxford Treatment Center accepts most commercial insurance. Oftentimes, insurance covers a portion of the treatment cost. Our staff intercedes with your insurance provider on your behalf, navigating through the terms of your policy to ensure you get the greatest benefit from the coverage it provides.

Getting to Etta

For patients entering our residential program, we will work with you to determine your admission date and time and prepare for your arrival. Oxford Treatment Center can arrange transportation, or patients can be brought to our campus by a family member or significant other.

The closest international airport is Memphis, about 75 miles (roughly an hour and a half drive) away.

We’ll have one of our drivers meet you at the baggage claim, and from there drive you to our facility in Etta.

If you have family flying into Memphis for a visit, or if you’re driving from that direction for treatment, please be aware that modern GPS systems tend to direct people down Route 7, which is largely a dirt road. Please travel to the town of Oxford directly, then take route 30 up to Etta.

Your First 24 Hours

Once you arrive at our main Oxford facility in the town of Etta, you’ll sit down with an admissions nurse, who will:

  • Assist you in signing paperwork.
  • Check your insurance information.
  • Gather a personal and family medical history.
  • Check your baggage.

Afterward, you’ll receive a medical and psychiatric evaluation in order to determine the best course of treatment. Whether the first step is medical detox or entering the residential program, you’ll be able to start treatment once your customized plan is crafted.

Often, your treatment will begin with medical detox. Watch this video to learn more:

What to Bring

While Mississippi weather can generally be predictable (hot in summer, cold in winter), we’ve found its best to bring a week’s worth to clothing that can endure any weather, including comfortable clothing that you can wear outdoors. We provide laundry services, as well as laundry detergent, onsite.

For the equine therapy portion of your treatment, you will need blue jeans and hard shoes or boots for horseback riding.

We also encourage you to bring:

  • Athletic clothes to wear on hikes and/or in our fitness center.
  • Sneakers.
  • A pair of jeans and boots that will be comfortable for hiking and equine therapy.
  • A backpack or messenger bag to carry materials, as the campus is rather large.
  • Toiletries (must not contain alcohol). 
  • Books of religious nature and those conducive to recovery are permitted.

You may bring your phones, laptops, tablets, and other small electronic devices with you, though there are some restrictions regarding the times you may use them during treatment.

At Oxford, you can also bring traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and other nicotine/tobacco products; however, they must be unopened.  

You may bring money; however, there will not be many occasions to use it. A refillable debit card is likely all you will need. 

Paperwork to Bring

For medical and insurance purposes, please bring:

  • Your insurance card and information.
  • Lab work paperwork.
  • Any information you might have regarding:
    • Personal and family medical history.
    • History of medication use.
    • An up-to-date treatment history. 

What NOT to Bring

  • Outside food and drinks. Opened or not, outside food is not allowed in the facility. Our chefs will be providing meals and snacks.
  • Reading material that is not conducive to recovery. We ask that you leave reading materials that are not religious in nature or not aligned with your recovery efforts at home.
  • Any large electronics (televisions, radios, etc.). Your room will be equipped with a TV and radio.
  • Any clothing, posters, or other paraphernalia that are suggestive (e.g., tank tops or short shorts), sexually explicit, or include images of drugs and/or alcohol. These items are not permitted.

A Typical Day in Residential Treatment

Your daily routine will vary depending on your age, gender, and your own customized treatment plan. However, a typical day may look something like the following:

  • Breakfast. 
  • Medication administration.
  • Educational classes and group therapy.
  • Lunch.
  • Medication administration.
  • Group/experiential/recreational therapies.
  • Dinner.
  • Community meetings.
  • Medication administration.
  • Free time to rest, relax, and reflect on their day.

Our Curriculum

Oxford Treatment Center utilizes AAC’s Embracing Change: Recovery for Life curriculum, designed to help inspire individuals to overcome their addiction and transition into lifelong recovery. Our “Embracing Change” group meets once a week for an intensive, two-hour session. Individuals and their therapists will also be given workbooks and educational materials from the curriculum to help in their recovery.