Western Arkansas Counseling & Guidance Center
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Horizon: An Adolescent Treatment Program

Horizon, a program of The Guidance Center, is for adolescents with both psychiatric and substance use disorders which is defined as a co-occurring disorder. The adolescent treatment program has provided hope and healing to thousands of teens and their families for 30 plus years. 

The residential facility is located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  This co-ed program can house up to 24 clients at a time with an average length of stay of 90-120 days. Horizon accepts qualifying teens in Arkansas and throughout the United States.

Horizons' Unique Features

Outdoor Therapeutic Adventure Program is a unique component of Horizon. Teens engage in outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, rock climbing, repelling, canoeing, and fishing. These outdoor events provide opportunities for the teens to improve decision-making and problem-solving skills through team building and trust exercises.
Another component of the program is the school which is licensed by the Arkansas Department of Education. The teachers are state certified and offer individualized education for students. They coordinate school credits with the student's individual school to keep  them on track while they are in treatment.
Family Participation is a requirement for the adolescent treatment. The purpose is to educate families and to empower them to develop healthy and responsible functioning through chemical-free living.

Outpatient Treatment

Horizon's outpatient treatment is a six month program and is available at clinic locations throughout western Arkansas. This program features individual and group therapy, case management, family therapy, and matrix training.  Adolescents must reside in The Center's six county catchment areas to qualify.



Referral Information

If you know an adolescent who may need treatment, we invite you to contact us by email or call Horizon's Intake Coordinator at 479.478.6664. For more details about the Horizon program, please download the English brochure or Spanish brochure card. 



Free Screenings

Confidential pre-admission assessments are available. For a free screening, you may call Horizon at 479-478-6664.