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Oxford Treatment Center

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center in Etta, Mississippi

297 County Road 244 Etta, MS 38627
Oxford offers a unique blend of treatment approaches, including our renowned equine treatment program operated on the grounds of our Etta facility. For 24/7 assistance call (888) 986-6876.
Top Services:
Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment
Safe Medical Detox
Intensive Medical Rehab
Live-in Rehabilitation
PHP / Day Treatment (~5 hrs/day)
IOP / Intensive Outpatient (3+ hrs/day)
Telehealth Addiction Treatment
Outpatient Therapy
Coronavirus Testing
On This Page:
  • Facility Highlights
  • Patient Testimonials
  • Accreditations
  • About
  • Staff
  • What to Expect
  • For Families

Highlights of Oxford Treatment Center

A Breath of Fresh Air

Our remote, breathtaking, tranquil setting in the rolling hills of North Mississippi is perfect for putting clients at ease and helping them reconnect with nature while they commit to addressing their medical and behavioral health conditions. We are away from all of the hustle and bustle of town life. The setting balances outdoor life with modern comforts.

Levels of Care

Medical Detox at Oxford Treatment Center residential campus

Oxford Treatment Center’s staff is ready to provide safety, nutritional assistance, and emotional support during detox services. This, coupled with Oxford’s 24/7 expert nursing staff, will give you and your loved one’s peace of mind during this important first step.

Residential Treatment at Oxford Treatment Center residential campus

Oxford Treatment Center’s residential treatment program provides a safe and caring environment for patients to focus exclusively on their treatment with the tools and resources support a successful journey to recovery. Patients receive an individualized treatment plan and meet with therapists several times a week and a medical doctor once a week for a routine physical check-up. Medical staff is on call 24/7 to keep you safe and to help you stay comfortable.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at Oxford Resolutions

Patients can transition from residential treatment into the partial hospitalization program (PHP) based at the Resolutions Oxford campus. It is just south of the small town of Oxford and a 30-minute drive from the main campus at Etta. This level of care has a minimum number of treatment hours per week plus round-the-clock supervision.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) at Oxford Resolutions

The IOP level of care is also based at Resolutions Oxford. Patients transition into this program from the residential or PHP level of care. In this phase of treatment, patients begin regaining independence and learn to incorporate their recovery into daily life.

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Testimonials for Oxford Treatment Center

Accreditations for Oxford Treatment Center

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that various areas of healthcare treatment meet lofty standards. The standards, policies, and accreditation process are actively overseen by an elected board of 11 directors. CARF’s mission is to “promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served.” According to CARF, “Providers that meet our standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.”

Our Behavioral Health Care accreditation from The Joint Commission means our Oxford Treatment facilities meet the “highest national standards for safety and quality of care”.

The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval is a visible demonstration of our commitment to safe, high-quality care to our patients and their families.

About Oxford Treatment Center

Individual Therapy

Depending on your level of care, you will participate in one 90-minute session per week, with shorter one-on-ones sprinkled throughout the week. We utilize a variety of different treatment types for individual therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) uses medications along with therapy to treat substance use disorders, particularly opioid use disorders and alcohol use disorders. Oxford primarily prescribes Vivitrol, which can be used to prevent relapses in individuals struggling with alcohol and/or opioid use disorders. MAT may sometimes also be used to simultaneously manage pain.

Group Therapy

During your treatment at Oxford, you will attend group therapy several times a week, depending on your level of care. The length and number of group therapy sessions vary depending on a patient’s individual needs.

Specialty Groups

For specific populations, such as first responders, young adults, and pregnant women, Oxford will provide specific curriculum to address their needs. We try our best to cater to the needs of each of our patients, so if we have individuals who identify with a population, we will offer a group for them.

Young Adult Program

Because young adults struggling with substance abuse have some different clinical needs than older adults, Oxford Treatment Center provides its Young Adult Program. This track is designed for patients aged 18 to 25 and operates from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days of the week. Patients receive a specialized plan, and therapists meet more regularly with their counselees and their loved ones.

The big differentiator for the Young Adult Program is its focus on holistic and experiential therapies to supplement the standard evidence-based treatment models. Wilderness and nature therapy are weaved into the treatment course. Oxford’s other experiential therapies, including but not limited to equine therapy, art therapy, and music therapy, are included as well.

Family Support and Therapy

Oxford understands that strong family connections can provide a support network that is often times vital to maintaining long-term sobriety. Those attending one of Oxford’s residential or outpatient facilities are invited to attend a 2-day intensive family therapy program during the residential phase and the outpatient phase of treatment. All attending family members must be approved by the patient and his or her clinical team.

Experiential Therapy

Oxford offers a unique blend of treatment approaches, including our renowned equine treatment program operated on the grounds of our Etta facility. We also have an on-site ropes course, a labyrinth, frisbee golf, a gym, a sand volleyball court, and much more. Oxford Treatment Center prides itself on its variety of outdoor experiential therapies and its serene, natural setting. You’ll have access to various holistic and alternative therapies to supplement your treatment plan.

Alternative & Expressive Therapies

Oxford Treatment Center recognizes that, for many, a holistic approach to treatment is beneficial, and offers various alternative and expressive therapies for patients struggling with addiction. Bolstered by their location in Holly Springs National Forest, Oxford Treatment Center residential campus and Oxford Resolutions are able to provide patients with a variety of life-changing outdoor holistic therapies. While alternative and expressive therapies can be helpful, they are often classified as supplementary or complementary treatment tracks.

  • Equine Therapy: Oxford specializes in equine therapy, allowing patients to ride horses in order to build confidence in safe environments.
  • 12-Step Recovery
  • Recreational Therapy and Activities: Oxford Treatment Center uses experiential therapies to improve physical, mental, social, and/or emotional functioning. Amenities include disc golf, a rope course, a hiking trail, various equine-centric activities like horseback riding and caretaking, and a labyrinth course, and recreational therapies are facilitated by a licensed therapist.
  • Art Therapies
  • Yoga and Mindfulness

Veteran’s Affair Community Care Partner

Oxford Treatment Center is a VA Community Care Partner, meaning that we work 1-on-1 with veterans assigned by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Local VA to meet our patients’ needs.

Staff at Oxford Treatment Center

It takes a team of experts to fight a complex disease like addiction. As we invest in the most sophisticated technologies to support your treatment, we simultaneously invest in top clinical minds to provide the highest level of care to you. At Oxford, our treatment team includes primary therapists, experiential therapists, a medical director, a nursing director, a clinical director, a program director, and a family program director. Approximately 25-40% of Oxford’s staff is in recovery, so we intimately understand the treatment process and are able to better connect with how our clients are thinking and feeling at each phase of their recovery journey.

Mark Sawyer, CEO

CEO of Oxford Treatment Centers facilities Mark Sawyer most recently served as CEO at Acadia Healthcare’s Twelve Oaks Recovery Center in Navarre, FL. During his 6-year tenure at Twelve Oaks, Sawyer served as controller, CFO, director of operations and CEO. Under his leadership, the center made strides in client satisfaction, employee engagement and financial metrics, earning Acadia’s first Recovery Division Clinical Excellence Award in 2016.

Mark Stovall, COO

Mark Stovall, CAT, CMHT, joined Oxford Treatment Center in March of 2018 as the Chief Operating Officer. He brings nearly 20 years experience in the coordination, development and management of inpatient chemical dependency and behavioral health programs. Stovall is the former director of the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH). During his eight years with the department, he led divisions including adolescent services, clinical services, and treatment services. His efforts at DMH included advancing the use of evidence-based programs in community treatment centers across Mississippi.

Mary Smith, Director of Admissions

Our Director of Admissions, Mary L. Smith, connects patients and their loved ones with the help they need when they reach out to us. Her experience in the addiction-recovery field includes working as a clinical assistant, family program counselor, and admissions officer at New Life Lodge in Tennessee and volunteering with 23rd Judicial District Drug Court in Dickson County, Tenn. Her experience also includes managing sober-living homes for women.

What to Expect at Oxford Treatment Center

Prospective Patients

Tours can be arranged for those seeking more information about Oxford. Tours are done Monday-Friday, during daylight hours.


Our admission process is quick and easy, and usually takes an hour or less to complete. If you fly into Memphis, one of our behavioral health technicians will meet you at the airport and drive you approximately 1.5 hours to the Etta campus. Transitions through levels of care are based on progress in treatment.


Dining is set up as a food service line with meals made by an executive chef. Patients are served 3 meals a day and also have their choice of a soup bar and/or salad bar. Sandwiches and other food items are available for those who do not wish to eat the main course of the meal. Patients specify on admission any dietary accommodations that they may need and all diets can be accommodated. Patients can work with a nutritionist to set up a meal plan that works best for them. Dining is grouped by programming and gender - young adult females, young adult males, adult females and adult males eat at specific predetermined times.

Housing Details

Housing at Oxford Treatment Center residential campus and Oxford Resolutions strikes a balance between helping residents connect with the natural world and providing a safe, clean, and relaxing environment. At Oxford Treatment Center residential campus, clients will live in cabins with 11 other people, and sleep in semi-private 2-bed rooms with private bathrooms. Oxford ensures that housing is gender-specific and will also try to house clients with other individuals in their age range. Each cabin has a television and a spacious lounge, where residents can go to relax, catch-up with their peers, and reflect on their time in treatment.


At OTC, we believe patients should have access to their technology to use in safe and responsible ways. Many of our patients have developed poor habits around the use of their technology, so sometimes we encourage a brief period of time away from their devices. After this time, patients will be allowed the privilege of using their technology. As with everything else, abuse of this privilege may lead to the loss of this privilege. Our staff will support anyone struggling in this area because we want to teach better decision-making, especially since technology has become a tremendous influence in daily life. Because early treatment interactions can sometimes trigger patients, our technology times are monitored by staff. If patients have reasonable needs, we will accommodate that need if possible.

For Families


If the patient consents, therapists will regularly contact the patient’s chosen family and loved ones in order to keep them updated on the patient’s progress, and to provide addiction education opportunities. Family counseling is available upon request.

Family programming occurs at all Oxford facilities every other weekend, from 9AM to 3PM on Friday and Saturday. This intensive family therapy program must be approved by a patient’s counselor before visitation.

Visiting Your Loved One

During your loved one’s treatment, we can work with you to plan a visit if the patient wishes. Family members will be able to visit their loved ones in and around the main pavilion of the Etta campus, each Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visits are permitted after a patient has completed detox or been at the facility for at least 72 hours. All visits must be pre-approved by the treatment team.