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Community Activated Recovery Enhancement (CARE) assists individuals to abstain from using alcohol and opioids by using the non-addictive medically assisted treatment medication called Vivitrol. CARE is an integrated system putting each individual at the center of their treatment, which empowers the individual to make better life choices.

What makes the St. Vincent de Paul CARE Outpatient Addiction Program different? Many inpatient and outpatient programs prescribe medications that are simply “other” opiates to maintain addiction rather than actually treat and remove the addiction. Our program exclusively utilizes Naltrexone/Vivitrol to completely block the effects of opioids. However, this is only one small piece of the bigger picture. We significantly emphasize tailored or individualized treatment plans that always include referrals to psycho-social services, group therapy (NA and AA), and inclusion of family and other support systems into the recovery plan. Our providers and support staff are sincerely invested in each individual’s recovery.


  1. Assist with individual’s ability to abstain from using alcohol and opioids by using the non-addictive medically assisted treatment medication Natrexone (Vivitrol) combined with behavioral health therapy.

  2. Offer Resources and options to individuals learning to cope with cravings and life’s stressors.

  3. Offer options focused on the many pathways to recovery.

  4. Assist individuals with substance use disorders to integrate back into family systems, healthy relationships, healthy lifestyles, and to become functional members of society.

  5. Connect individuals to the personalized systems of care and resources necessary to lead a physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy life, as well as improve the overall quality of life.

  6. Empower individuals to break free from the chains of addiction and regain control and freedom of choice; empower individuals to reclaim the life that was stolen by addiction.

Meet Deborah Johnson
LPN, Recovery Coach & Director
Sauk Prairie CARE Recovery Program

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Addiction, up until very recently, has often been mistakenly thought of and treated as nothing more than a poor life choice made by individuals with a “bad” moral character. The medical community, law enforcement, and justice systems, psychology, and social services communities are all beginning to understand that addiction is a very complicated chronic illness of the brain that includes physical, mental (cognitive and behavioral), emotional, and social components. Addiction is a disease that not only negatively affects the individual struggling with the condition, but also significantly impacts family, friends, and the community.


Addiction can be treated and overcome using an integrated multi-disciplinary approach that requires medical treatment, mental health services, social services, and healthy support systems. Most importantly, the individual struggling with addiction must truly and sincerely desire change and be willing to put forth the enormous effort that is required to be successful in sobriety and recovery through abstaining from substance use.

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