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New Directions
Ozark Center provides substance abuse services, treatment, and support networks for the community through its New Directions program. Comprehensive services are offered by New Directions through an umbrella of separate but interrelated components, including substance abuse recovery support and anger and financial management programs. New Directions offices can be found in Joplin, Neosho, Lamar, and Anderson.

Residential Treatment
The residential treatment program is for individuals whose substance abuse has progressed to the degree they need a structured environment to begin recovery. Residents may need temporary removal from their living situation to facilitate their recovery process.

Family Treatment
Substance abuse afflicts not only the addicted person, but has disruptive and devastating effects upon family members. The family suffers symptoms like the addicted individual, such as denial, guilt, anxiety, and alienation. It is crucial to the addict's recovery that the family's needs be addressed while the individual is treated. Family treatment services include therapy, education, support groups, and co-dependency individual and group counseling.

Modified Medical Detoxification Services
This New Directions program serves individuals whose detoxification requires 24-hour nursing observation. A person may who reports use within the past 48-72 hours and who has a documented history of withdrawal complications may be admitted.

Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP)
SATOP is for those who have been convicted of a traffic violation involving substance abuse while driving. It provides education, assessment, and appropriate referrals for more intensive services to those who have been convicted of an alcohol-related traffic offense. Learn more about SATOP.

Short-term Opportunities for Probation and Parole (STOPP)
STOPP is for patients referred to Ozark Center by the Division of Probation and Parole who have had numerous violations involving substances. Basic treatment for this program consists of individual therapy, group counseling, and group education over the course of 10 weeks.

Drug Court Services
A court-supervised, comprehensive treatment program for non-violent defendants, Drug Court includes drug testing, individual and group counseling, and regular appearances before the Drug Court Judge. The treatment team also assists participants with referrals for vocational training, obtaining education and skills assessments, and job placement services.

Smoking Cessation
Quitting smoking is hard to do. That’s why Ozark Center takes a beginning-a-new-life approach. Smoking cessation classes at Ozark Center provide participants a great supportive resource and materials at no charge. A $100 voucher for nicotine replacement therapy products is also given to each participant. For specific information regarding start dates and times for classes, please call 417.347.7730. Learn more about the smoking cessation program.

Anger Management
Anger management classes offer topics including anger management skills, relaxation techniques, effective communication skills, and examining underlying issues that create anger problems. Participants, both court-appointed and self-referred, attend an initial screening and if they meet a certain criteria, will attend the anger management course.

Alternatives to Violence
Alternatives to Violence is an intensive anger management program designed for male clients who have charges related to domestic violence or other violent offenses, such as assault. Learn more about Alternatives to Violence.

Ozark Center

New Directions
305 Virginia St.
Joplin, MO 64801
417.347.7730

New Directions, residential services
3010 McClelland Blvd.
Joplin, MO 64804

Mailing address
Ozark Center
P.O. Box 2526
Joplin, MO 64803