BY MARY GARRISON
Struggling with addiction and mental health disorders can take its toll on any family, but staff of The Pines and Cady Hill Recovery Center in Columbus are working to help those affected to succeed and become healthy contributors to society.
Martha Wooten, head of marketing and referrals for Community Counseling Services, spoke to West Point Rotarians Thursday at the Ritz Theater in West Point on services the recovery center provides, which include a 30-day intensive in-patient care program, 60-day secondary continuing rehabilitation therapy and family support after discharge. However, Wooten said therapists on staff — and keeping a low staff to patient ratio — were key to the center’s success.
“Most of our therapists have their master’s or doctorates,” Wooten said. “And many our in recovery themselves.”
That common thread between doctor and patient can be crucial to establishing a bond and helping patients recover from what ails them. Greg Little, therapist at the center, shared some of his own experiences with Rotarians and how he turned them into tools for his clients to use. Little said he was born with a severe speech impediment, which caused him to stutter as a child, and bred a debilitating fear of public speaking.
It was a fear that only worsened after a car accident left him with head trauma, exacerbating his problem.
“I had three skull fractures, a bruised brain and I was in a coma for eight days,” Little said. “I wasn’t found for six hours … (when I woke up) I was paralyzed, and I couldn’t talk for two and a half weeks. … It got much worse.”
Some 10 years later, though, Little began working for the state; as part of his career path, the department required him to attend intensive speech therapy in Jackson once a week. There, he met a therapist who changed everything, he said.
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