This comprehensive family treatment program — Arkansas Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services — focuses on breaking the cycle of maternal addiction.
Established in 1992, the six-month treatment program for pregnant women or mothers with children under age 12 seeks to provide a family-centered approach to decrease maternal substance abuse and promote healthy family outcomes through prevention, treatment education, research and advocacy.
Most women served by Arkansas CARES enter the program single, poor, unemployed, with health problems and legal difficulties ranging from child protection cases to drug-related arrests. Substance abuse and mental illness are treated simultaneously, with the goal of keeping families united during treatment.
Arkansas CARES is licensed as a mental health provider for children and adults, a substance abuse treatment center, childcare center for infants through age 12, and provider of early intervention services. From child care and parenting support to mental health services and job preparedness training, Arkansas CARES specializes in guiding families through recovery to a full and healthy life — together.
Arkansas CARES provides:
- Comprehensive assessments
- Individual, group and family education and therapy
- Intervention within the schools
- Case management
- Nursing services
- Child care
- Life skills training
- Parenting education
- Employment preparation
- GED coordination
- Residential support
- Continuing care
Arkansas CARES has proven its effectiveness by demonstrating:
- Improved birth and child outcomes
- Decreased maternal drug use
- Increased maternal employment and income
- Decreased maternal depression
- Decreased homelessness
- Decreased arrests
- Decreased parenting stress and increased family cohesion
- Decreased child abuse and neglect
- Improved ability of children to resist alcohol or drugs