Oxford Treatment Center

Overview

A Breath of Fresh Air

Our remote, breathtakingly tranquil setting in the rolling hills of North Mississippi is ideal to put clients at ease and reconnect them with the beautiful outdoors 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.

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.

Levels of Care & Locations

Medical Detox at Oxford Etta

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 Etta

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.

Outpatient at Oxford Resolutions Pine Flat

Located in the community of Pine Flat, just outside historic Oxford, Mississippi, patients who have completed IOP can transition into recovery residences. They continue to access care at the Oxford Outpatient Center (Resolutions Campus) including medication and individual therapy sessions.

Our Staff & Credentials

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. One of Oxford’s many alternative therapies is Native American healing. A member of the Lakota tribe, the therapist uses nature, connection and mindfulness to help patients work through past trauma.

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.

Chip Peterson, Clinical Director

Chip Peterson, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, CADC, is the Clinical Director for Oxford Treatment Center. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Chip provides oversight for all Oxford Treatment Center’s clinical operations. He has served as outpatient services manager and provided direct patient care in all clinical programs, as well as served as a group facilitator for our Family Program. His prior experience includes working at the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence of Northeast Mississippi (NCADD) in Tupelo. Chip holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women and a master of education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Delta State University. He is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor, and a certified alcohol and drug counselor through the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals (MAAP).

Tammy England, Director of Nursing

Oxford’s Director of Nursing, licensed nurse Tammy England, has worked in nursing for 24 years, spending the last decade in the addiction-treatment field. Her experience includes staff development and training, quality initiatives, risk management and electronic medical records.

Our Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 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.”

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Top 10 Reasons

Top 10 Reasons to Come to American Addiction Centers

1. Range of Experiential Therapies

There’s a lot that goes into treating substance use disorders. And while some of it—like detox, for example—requires a direct medical approach, much of your time spent in treatment will be in therapy.

We utilize traditional styles of therapy like group and family therapy, but we are also interested in offering new and creative ways for our patients to reach recovery. That’s why you’ll find a wide selection of experimental therapy options at Oxford Treatment Center.

Our ropes course, as well as art, music, and yoga classes provide an alternate healing experience, while our popular equine therapy provides you the opportunity to connect and find healing through unique partners—horses. All the while our 12-step walk at Oxford provides a literal path for those in treatment to travel.

2. Serene Campus in the Heart of Mississippi

Aerial view of oxford treatment center looking at the lake and main lodgeRural Mississippi is a beautiful place, and Oxford Treatment Center definitely capitalizes on that beauty. Nature is the focus of this serene and remote retreat-style campus.

Our main campus in Etta is set on 110 acres of wooded, rolling hills, providing an ideal setting to begin recovery. A private lake hosts our main lodge on its banks, as well as medical services facilities, patient cabins, a fitness center, as well as our equestrian center for equine therapy.

The outpatient center in Oxford, called Resolutions Oxford, is just 16 miles from our main campus and includes separate areas for medical services, therapy, sober living, and community outreach. Many of our experimental therapies, like yoga, art, and music therapy, take place here.

3. Highly Qualified, Compassionate Staff

The beauty of our location is one thing, but it means nothing if the facility doesn’t have a great staff to support it. From housekeeping to leadership, our team at Oxford Treatment Center is committed to your or your loved one the moment they step into our facility.

Our clinical director, Dr. Jerry Avery, and COO, Mark Stovall, have a combined 40-plus years of experience with alcohol and drug treatment. Stephen Panel, our on-site medical director and addiction specialist, is a board-certified psychiatrist, has been with Oxford since the beginning.

But the boots on the ground are our caring, experienced nurses. During medical detox, our nursing team provides 24/7 medical oversight to our clients to ensure safety during the entire process. This is just one example of their involvement in your recovery process.

4. Evidence-based Services

Oxford Treatment Center offers a superior therapeutic program, backed by scientific research and adhering to the strictest best practices in the field, providing a level of care found nowhere else.

Decades of research and data have guided our decisions and approaches to addiction treatment. When you come to our treatment facilities, know that our evidence based services are scientifically sound.

5. Customizable Patient Schedule

patients doing an activity on the 12 step walk at oxford treatment centerWhile there is structure to your or your loved one’s schedule during his or her time at Oxford Treatment Center, there’s also room for different therapies, learning opportunities, and events that speak to you personally.

A good way to think of it is like a college campus schedule: There are some core classes with an opportunity for patients to choose which groups work for them. Expect a lot of variety, from young adult and faith-based groups to groups that focus specifically on alcohol, opioid, and stimulant disorders and the more traditional 12-step process.

We even offer an LGBTQ+ group focused on the recovery needs of this specific community.

6. Holistic Continuum of Care

A person’s treatment should be tailored to his or her specific recovery needs. A continuum of care—offering different levels of treatment in one or more facilities—is often crucial to your or your loved one’s recovery journey.

Oxford Treatment Center is proud to offer a full continuum of care from medical detox and residential treatment through to a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP).

We also offer aftercare planning including sober living options and a slew of outpatient services.

7. EarlySense Technology

Medical detox can be a tough first hurdle to overcome when first entering substance use treatment. Knowing you have great resources at your disposal makes the process a little easier.

Every bed in our detox facility is equipped with EarlySense technology, which monitors a patient’s vitals during sleep. It can alert our medical staff of any potentially life-threatening changes, providing an extra layer of care to the detox process.

8. Accredited Programs You Can Trust

We think our facilities, programs, and staff rank among the highest in our field. Our accreditations and memberships to independent organizations, however, prove it.

We have earned accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as well as The Joint Commission. We’re also members of the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare and a licensed partner with the Mississippi State Department of Health.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has even awarded our parent company, American Addiction Centers, with an A+ rating.

9. Family Programming in Treatment

a closeup of a father holding his daughter's handSupport outside of therapy is just as important as the treatment you or your loved one receive at Oxford Treatment Center. That’s why we put such a strong emphasis on family in the offerings at our facilities.

We bring the family into the treatment process through our family program and by hosting a 2-day family program every 3 weeks for family members to engage fully in the recovery process with education and support.

Our licensed marriage and family therapist engages with patients and their families, providing education on family systems and the overall impact addiction has on the family.

10. Alumni Program to Continue Recovery

You or your loved one will always be in recovery, even after you leave treatment. But knowing you still have the support and resources of Oxford even after you finish your substance use treatment might make stepping back into your daily routines a little less daunting.

Our alumni network connects you to other individuals in recovery, as well as provides you with a collection of support materials and a contact list to keep you in touch with our alumni staff.

There are also monthly alumni events at Resolutions Oxford as well as other events like alumni weekend and even softball games to keep you connected to those who helped you get to this point in your recover.

What to Expect

Prospective Patients

Tours can be arranged for those seeking one. Most tours are done on Saturday and Sunday, but are welcome anytime during normal business hours.

Arrival

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.

Meals

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 Etta and Oxford Resolutions strikes a balance between helping residents connect with the natural world and providing a safe, clean, and relaxing environment. At Oxford Etta, 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.

Technology

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

Programming

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.

Clinical Care

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, and patients are offered the opportunity to go on overnight wilderness outings. 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.

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 Etta 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
  • Native American Healing: A certified therapist and member of the Lakota tribe will work with clients to teach them Native American rituals and cultural practices as a part of holistic spiritual therapy.
  • 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

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A Breath of Fresh Air

Our remote, breathtakingly tranquil setting in the rolling hills of North Mississippi is ideal to put clients at ease and reconnect them with the beautiful outdoors 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.

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.

Levels of Care & Locations

Medical Detox at Oxford Etta

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 Etta

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.

Outpatient at Oxford Resolutions Pine Flat

Located in the community of Pine Flat, just outside historic Oxford, Mississippi, patients who have completed IOP can transition into recovery residences. They continue to access care at the Oxford Outpatient Center (Resolutions Campus) including medication and individual therapy sessions.

Our Staff & Credentials

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. One of Oxford’s many alternative therapies is Native American healing. A member of the Lakota tribe, the therapist uses nature, connection and mindfulness to help patients work through past trauma.

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.

Chip Peterson, Clinical Director

Chip Peterson, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, CADC, is the Clinical Director for Oxford Treatment Center. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Chip provides oversight for all Oxford Treatment Center’s clinical operations. He has served as outpatient services manager and provided direct patient care in all clinical programs, as well as served as a group facilitator for our Family Program. His prior experience includes working at the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence of Northeast Mississippi (NCADD) in Tupelo. Chip holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women and a master of education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Delta State University. He is a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor, and a certified alcohol and drug counselor through the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals (MAAP).

Tammy England, Director of Nursing

Oxford’s Director of Nursing, licensed nurse Tammy England, has worked in nursing for 24 years, spending the last decade in the addiction-treatment field. Her experience includes staff development and training, quality initiatives, risk management and electronic medical records.

Our Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 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.”

More About Oxford Treatment Centers

Read our blog.

Oxford in the News

Read our Rehabs.com 360 Guide Rehabs.com 360 Guides provide an objective evaluation of all that a treatment facility has to offer. These guides leverage proprietary data and offer relevant information to support individuals’ decisions to choose the treatment center right for them. Read all of Oxford’s Rehabs.com 360 Guides: