NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council is serving so many in need that it warranted the expansion at a new Nacogdoches office.
ADAC's goal is to expand services and prevention education.
Partnering agencies of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council's mission celebrated the Nacogdoches expansion at an open house Thursday.
Additional offices will serve a growing counseling staff. A group room provides badly needed meeting space. The July calendar is already booked, even on Saturdays and Sundays.
"We have people who come in who are referred by a judge, so they may be on probation or parole," said Kim Simmons, ADAC's director of prevention. "It could be CPS referral. Offender education."
Or it can be just anyone needing help with addiction.
For the first time on a regular basis, intake proceedings can be conducted in Nacogdoches, rather than Lufkin.
"Intake allows the community to have an option to bring themselves or loved ones and friends that need help to come in and head to treatment or get some type of help," Simmons said.
For someone facing addiction, it takes a brave step to enter into alcohol and drug abuse counseling. ADAC counselors want clients to know that judgement is left at the door.
"Addiction and chemical dependency has a huge stigma that often goes with it, and here we are here with open arms to just say this is common, this is real, this is life," said Ginger Stephens, an ADAC counselor.
Addiction counseling is something a community would prefer not needing, but reality dictates the appreciation that it's available.
The Nacogdoches Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling service is located at 1407 North University, Suite B-2. The office complex is across the street from the University Mall.