Established in 1989, Synergy Treatment Center provides an effective one year program to individuals who have a primary alcohol and drug and/or co-occurring problem and a desire to overcome their addiction. The name Synergy is derived from the Greek word synergos, meaning a combined action or operation. Synergy has formed synergos in the Memphis community by creating an extremely effective and necessary public-private partnership model. Synergy is licensed by the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Subtance Abuse Services to provide residential, outpatient, and substance abuse services to adult men and women in need of treatment. Synergy also provides treatment to individuals with co-occurring disorders.
During the initial 5-6 weeks of Synergy’s program, clients are in the Intensive Treatment Phase. While in this phase, they receive individual counseling, participate in intensive group therapy sessions throughout the day, and attend 12-step recovery meetings in the evenings. Education is provided about the addictive disease and its processes, abstinence and relapse prevention, management of anger, and processing of emotions. This phase addresses physical wellness and those in need of medical services are referred to agencies throughout the community for medical, dental, and ophthalmology care. Upon successful completion of this phase of treatment, clients are assessed for job readiness and enter into the next phase of treatment where they receive job placement.
For the remainder of the one-year program (approximately 10.5 months), clients are in the Therapeutic Work Phase. This extended treatment period allows clients to experience greater emotional exploration, time to process their core issues, internalize the disease process, and practice living a lifestyle of recovery. Clients continue to receive intensive individual counseling, participate in group therapy sessions, adult basic education, GED classes, and attend outside 12-step recovery meetings. The Work Therapy program is a core part of Synergy’s recovery model and supports nearly half of the costs of the treatment program. This approach aims to help residents meet the physical and mental demands of employment in society and to improve their lives with better work habits and a sense of purpose. All clients receive job placement in one of Synergy’s owned and operated businesses or with local employers that partner with Synergy in roles that complement their skill set and career aspirations. These job placements provide clients with a wide variety of skills including pallet jack and forklift operation, order filling, auto body repair, auto detail, golf course grounds maintenance and construction, customer service, security, facility maintenance, merchandising, stocking and rotation of inventory, equipment maintenance, landscaping, janitorial, mail sorting, laundry, meal preparation, etc. By emphasizing responsibility in the work environment, the client’s self-esteem is improved, they feel empowered, and they return to their children, family, and society as sober and productive citizens.