We offer a collection of on-site specialties, some concentrated on addiction wellness and others centered towards pain management, couple and family issues and typically other measurable long standing cardinal challenges.
Early on, it may be necessary to address detoxification and physical withdrawal symptoms. We provide medical detoxes in any safe setting, from partial-hospitalization, luxury estate, quiet resort, or other medically-sanctioned environment, if safe and appropriate.
TRADITIONAL TREATMENT CENTERS: Set up like a school. They run classes on fixed schedules, usually called programs or tracts. For economic reasons, these programs are usually taught to a group. These too have different names, like Orientation Meetings, AA, NA, Yoga, Equine Therapy, Relapse Prevention, etc. Because it is locked in to a group teaching model, you would think this would include testing to see if your teaching was effective. Unfortunately content-testing is frowned upon as too academic, too harsh. And the fear is that patients would drop out.
This is considered a relief by most staff members, because their effectiveness is never directly challenged. As a result, 'teachers' tend to assume that successful outcomes are a competency model for effectiveness. This is compounded by a great deal of variability in the teaching staff. Many are recovering or recovered addicts. While it is comforting that people in recovery are part of the program, these same people are at risk of projecting their recovery success in an ineffective way to others. This is particularly true of staff the are not fully credentialed. A side-effect of this model is that the teaching staff tend to be chosen for their charm in dealing with difficult students without firing them. Content tends to take a back seat to soothing students, a situation that can quickly deteriorate into a babysitting role. The consequence of the group teaching model is the generation of hour-long classes of questionable quality, separated by long periods of other activities, complicated by variability in the credentialing, training and experience of the teaching staff.