TEMPLE — Local agency Christian Farms Treehouse is a substance abuse facility that offers residential treatment for people suffering a drug or alcohol dependence.

“It was founded because community members felt the need for substance abuse help,” said Cotii Huggins, director of the Temple-based center.

Though there’s a capacity for 24 men and 24 women, they currently have about 30 residents, all of whom must be 18 years or older and meet the diagnostic criteria for abuse or dependence.

They also must be 72-hours drug and alcohol-free.

The biggest issues the facility deals with are dependence to alcohol, methamphetamine and prescription pain medication.

In dealing with these substances, the facility has a 72 percent success rate, Huggins said.

“I like the opportunity to help people change their lives,” said Rae Wright, the residential clinical manager. “Sometimes people come back to tell us that they’re still sober.”

Her job requires her to oversee the counseling staff and lead group sessions with residents. In addition to chemical dependence counselors, Christian Farms has a clinical staff.

Structured group treatment is offered daily, to include courses in parenting, health and relapse prevention.

Volunteers with Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous also visit regularly.

“They are encouraged because (the groups) are common and can be found when they leave,” Wright said.

While the center offers the opportunity for spiritual enrichment, it is not required.

This is a change from when the facility was founded in the 1970s as a faith-based rehabilitation center, Huggins said. Currently, Bible study is offered daily to residents by local volunteers.

“We value the spiritual person,” Wright said.

Spiritual encouragers also are available to residents to answer questions about faith. At this time, the center receives $4,000 annually from the United Way of Greater Fort Hood Area, which accounts for about 1 percent of the agency’s annual budget.

This money is used to offset operational expenses, Huggins said.

This helps keep the center running and its 20 staff members working.

“We’re lucky to receive United Way funds,” Huggins said, in addition to funding from various grants and government funding.

Contact Madison Lozano​ at mlozano@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7552.

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