Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties

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Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties is located in the heart of downtown Flint, Michigan, near St. Michael Church. Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties offers Counseling, Prevention, and Child Welfare programs. Services are available to anyone in Genesee County, regardless of faith, race, or economic situation.

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Specialized services are provided for individuals experiencing substance use in addition to another mental illness. The program my include psychiatric, individual, and group treatments.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties offer?

Outpatient (OP)

These services are structured to provide an increased level of care to those clients having difficulty abstaining from substance use. Treatment occurs in a safe, secure, and encouraging environment of a group of three or more people, three times a week, for three hours each day. This program is ideal for those who do not need the intensity of a residential treatment program, but who would still benefit from individualized support

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.


12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Family Program

Some groups offered include: System Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) – This seven week program is designed to help parents understand misbehaviors, build self esteem, develop communication skills, as well as to learn safe and effective discipline techniques. Parenting Young Children – For parents of children ages newborn to five years. Kinship Caregivers – This prevention program offers guidance, training, support, and case management, as well as respite care and support groups to persons raising a relative’s minor child.

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Couples Treatment

Whether a marriage or other committed relationship, an intimate partnership is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. Drug and alcohol addiction affects both members of a couple in deep and meaningful ways, as does rehab and recovery. Couples therapy and other couples-focused treatment programs are significant parts of exploring triggers of addiction, as well as learning how to build healthy patterns to support ongoing sobriety.

Life Skills

Mr. Gaines Gardening PLUS Program – This is a community-based mentoring program for at-risk adolescents. Participants learn job skills through classroom instruction, marketing and growing produce, as well as selling their harvest at the Flint Farmer’s Market.

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties Highlights:

Services are available to anyone in Genesee County, regardless of faith, race, or economic situation. Most insurances are accepted. Fees are based on a sliding scale. No one is denied service due to inability to pay.
The Center for Hope is the beginning of a new path for recovery, offering case management and access to counseling and mental health services; substance use disorder treatment and recovery services; housing assistance and referrals for food and furniture; and a place to sit and play cards after a shower and a hot meal.
Prevention specialists provide support groups, programs, and classes in an effort to strengthen individuals and families, as well as make children resistant to substance use. Prevention programs may be provided in the home, school, churches, or other locations in Genesee County. Curriculums are selected from evidenced-based programs.
PEARLS is a no-cost series of group education classes for older adults. Topics addressed are issues of depression, healthy aging and life changes, emotional and physical health and problem solving. Individuals will learn how to reestablish healthy routines, increase positive experiences, and make changes to lead a more active and rewarding life.
Families and Schools Together (FAST) – This eight week prevention program works collaboratively with schools and families, targeting elementary students experiencing behavior problems. Through family games and activities, the program helps parents become more involved with their child, develops family communication, and builds a support system between parents. Students and families are also educated on the negative effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
Anger Management Education – This program is designed for adults and adolescents who experience problems due to anger issues. Topics will include identifying anger cues and triggers, family history of anger, anger and substance use, as well as developing healthy coping skills. Groups are offered for both adolescents and adults.
Substance Use Education Program – A program designed for teens, or parents of teens. Participants will learn about drugs, how they affect the body, and the effects of drug use on relationships.
Residential Area


  • Facility for Adults, Young Adults, Children And Teenagers
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Smoking is allowed as part of the treatment
  • Hearing impaired friendly facility
  • Women’s Specialty Program – Group and individual outpatient counseling, as well as case management services, are provided for women with substance us disorder, who are pregnant or who have children ages 18 and younger. Women’s issues discussed include relationships, self-help skills, co-dependency, and goal setting.


  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Military insurance coverage
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Cash payments accepted

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