7 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab Facility

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Making the decision to seek professional treatment for your substance use disorder can be a very scary experience. You are choosing to invest your time, money and trust in a rehab program with the hope of discovering a new, healthy lifestyle for yourself. This process takes faith, courage and hard work – and if you want to succeed – it also requires research.

Here are seven essential questions you should ask yourself and the facilities when choosing a rehab program.
Is Insurance Accepted? While most rehab programs will accept insurance, there are a few that do not. Your particular coverage plan also may not cover a portion of your stay at a specific facility. If you have your mind set on enrolling at a particular location, check to see if they have financing plans or sliding scale payment options.
Where is the Location? Rehabs in major metropolitan cities or desirable areas such as beachfront locations will typically cost more. If it’s far away from your home, you’ll also need to factor in airfare or other transportation costs. However, you should consider the quality of the facility first and foremost. Just because a rehab is near a beach doesn’t mean that you’ll be tanning or surfing all day.
How Long is the Program? Short rehab programs can last from two weeks to 30 days, while longer programs can run for up to six months. Some facilities can amend individual programs to be longer if needed, while others have a strict timeline for checking out of treatment. Of course, the cost of your program will be determined by the length of your stay.
Quick Tip:
Short rehab programs can last from two weeks to 30 days, while longer programs can run for up to six months.

What Are the Amenities? Some luxury rehabs offer gourmet meals cooked by professional chefs, massage therapists and stunning private facilities. That being said, some people simply can’t afford these perks and others find them unnecessary. You naturally want to be as comfortable as possible during your treatment, so check to see exactly what amenities are included and remember that some programs charge additional fees for certain activities. Be sure to ask about the fine print.
Will I Have a Roommate? Most rehab facilities pair people up with roommates – either in dorm rooms or converted apartments. However, for some people, personal space in rehab is a necessity. There are facilities willing to provide you a “single” room or an apartment for the additional fee, but others believe communal living is part of the recovery process.

Quick Tip: A medically supervised detox is advised in most cases and, depending on the drug of choice, might be essential.

Are There Detox Facilities? It’s not uncommon for patients to arrive at a rehab facility already under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A medically supervised detox is advised in most cases and, depending on the drug, might be essential due to the potentially fatal complications associated with the withdrawal process. If your preferred center doesn’t have detox facilities, it might be best to attend one before transferring.
What Will it Cost? The cost of rehab is an important issue. Low-cost options can charge as little as $7,500 per month, while the most luxurious facilities can run upwards of $120,000 per month. Most fall somewhere in the middle. Talk with the treatment center beforehand and see what they offer in terms of pricing, payment options and potential scholarships.

Posted January 22, 2015 in Alcoholism, Detox, Drug Abuse, Luxury Treatment by McCarton Ackerman

8 Vital Things Parents Need to Know About Collegiate Recovery Communities

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By Toshia C. Humphries, M.Ed., M.A.

Sending your kid off to college can be painful. It’s hard to imagine them living on their own. Even though it is cause for celebration, there are always concerns. The worries become greater when your kid is a recovering addict.

Most of us know college life is known for more than academics, specifically alcohol-laden parties and drug experimentation – a main concern for parents of recovering addicts entering college. Thankfully, there are collegiate recovery communities. Here are 8 vital things you need to know them:

  1. These communities provide your college kid who is also a recovering addict with an intimate, sober social circle which will not only provide sober socialization, but will also help hold your kid accountable while away from home.
  2. The collegiate recovery community – or CRC – will attend Twelve-Step meetings together on a regular basis.
  3. The CRC is involved in community service, volunteer and fundraising events and activities, which provide your kid with opportunities to give back to the community.
  4. Collegiate recovery communities typically host a family weekend, during which you will likely meet and get to know many of the students involved in the community – another key aspect of accountability.
  5. Collegiate recovery communities host fun and entertaining sober events which gives your kid a chance to enjoy college life without alcohol or drugs.
  6. The CRC typically attends process groups or seminars which provide opportunities for personal growth and reflection.
  7. The students involved in collegiate recovery communities usually attend several classes together, which also assists in holding your kid accountable regarding classroom attendance and academic progress.
  8. The CRC provides networking opportunities which can lead to internships, graduate assistantships and future careers.

As the parent of a recovering addict, you already know you have to let go. But it’s not easy. Fortunately, collegiate recovery communities and all they offer can provide some peace of mind. For more information about the Lubbock CRC, The Door Sober Living, Lubbock addiction services and/or Lubbock drug treatment programs, go to our website at www.stagesofrecovery.net

To get help with addiction or addiction services, call our hotline: 1-844-6-GETHELP

For information about other specific collegiate programs for your kid in recovery, check out this link.

What If Holiday Rejoicing Turns into Relapse?

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By Toshia C. Humphries, M.Ed., M.A.

Though we don’t need to focus our energy on fear or the what if’s, it is always wise to practice the old adage, hope for the best, and prepare for the worst. In other words, just as businesses, schools and many families have fire and natural disaster drills, so that each person is aware of the protocol during an unfortunate crisis situation, we—in recovery—must also avoid panic and further damage by being prepared for relapse.

Relapse is typically considered a part of recovery. That common perspective does not merely apply to addiction. It is used in regard to every aspect of the word, whether mental, emotional, spiritual or physical. Of course, we—as addiction professionals and recovering addicts—see addiction as a holistic disease. As such, so is a successful recovery process. But, because it is all-encompassing, relapse requires so much more than another trip to detox.

Consequently and generally speaking, many professionals recommend detox and a repeat of residential treatment, following relapse. However, new innovations and research in addiction treatment and recovery have evolved and improved the continuum of care. The latter now includes Intensive Outpatient Programs, or IOPs, which are specifically designed to provide renewed recovery to addicts who have recently relapsed.

Intensive Outpatient Programs are gaining popularity throughout the nation. Additionally, they are proving successful. One such IOP has been recently established in Lubbock, Texas as an addition to the ever-evolving Lubbock addiction services.

Stages of Recovery, Inc.—a Lubbock drug treatment corporation—has designed a program suitable for any active addict in need of recovery. However, it was created specifically with recovering addicts who relapse in mind. Holistic components—such as life skills education and training, individual and group counseling, sober living and recovery community referrals and access, meal accommodations and more—provide recovering addicts with everything they need to achieve successful recovery. And, with regard to those who have recently relapsed, the road back to recovery is made easier, more affordable and convenient through the IOP, as opposed to a repeat of residential treatment.

For more information, to get help with your addiction or seek renewed recovery following a relapse, call Stages of Recovery’s hotline: 1-844-6-GETHELP. And, in an effort to stay prepared this holiday season and throughout the year, add the number to your list of crisis contacts.

Avoiding Relapse during Religious (and Hallmark) Holidays

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By Toshia C. Humphries, M.Ed., M.A.

The holiday season can wreak emotional havoc and challenge the sanity of everyone, regardless of a pre-existing mental illness. So, of course, it brings about significant challenges for those of us in recovery. In fact, a great deal of relapse occurs during religious (and Hallmark) holidays. As such, it is important for us to take steps to avoid trading in Santa Claus for Santa “Cause.”

There are 5 important life skills to remember and employ during the holiday season to assist in avoiding relapse:

  • Clear and effective communication—speak your needs, clearly and concisely
  • Conflict resolution—work to resolve conflict, rather than avoiding it
  • Setting personal boundaries—protect yourself and your recovery by setting and keeping emotional (and physical, if necessary) boundaries
  • Respecting other’s boundaries—be respectful of any boundaries set by others, even if they seem absurd
  • Careful confrontation—employ gently confrontation to hold others accountable, using assertive behavior rather than aggression.

Additionally, during the holiday season, it is important for those of us in recovery to increase our daily recovery efforts, in the same way athletes might expand their training in an effort to counteract the holiday indulgence. There are 5 important aspects of recovery we must strengthen to avoid relapse:

  • Contact with recovery community—remain in contact with individuals within your recovery community throughout the holiday season
  • Recovery meetings—attend recovery meetings, as usual, and increase attendance, if necessary, through the holidays
  • Communication with a sponsor—maintain communication with your sponsor, and express your concerns, fears, and other difficult emotions and needs regarding the holiday season
  • Group meetings—attend group meetings, as usual, and communicate with group facilitators about holiday group meeting schedules and opportunities
  • Individual counseling—attend individual counseling sessions, and request the opportunity to meet or communicate with your counselor throughout the holiday season

Religious (and Hallmark) holidays can surface unresolved issues. For those of us who are survivors of religious abuse, these holidays can overwhelm and exhaust us. But, rather than allowing these to become causes—or excuses—for relapse, we must see them as cues for further advancement in our own recovery process. Remember, relapse begins in the mind. As such, self-awareness is vital to successful recovery, especially during the holiday season.

Don’t Fall Back – A Reminder to Stay Proactive During the Fall Season

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By Toshia C. Humphries, M.Ed., M.A.

Fall is typically considered a festive time of year. This explains why most people get excited about the season. However, many of us are familiar with a different feeling—the darker experience of Fall. It brings about holiday parties and events, most involving alcohol and drugs, Thanksgiving and the expectation of family gatherings; a reality some of us may not have or necessarily enjoy. For these and many other reasons, Fall can present the onset of many uncomfortable emotions and, for those of us in recovery, a need for deeper connections with our sponsors, counselors and sober communities.

Whether it is Parents Day at the university, college football games, Halloween parties and festivities, Thanksgiving or the preparation for Christmas and other religious and family-oriented holidays that brings about added stress, being proactive is key. Why? Because mixed emotions, potentially difficult situations, unresolved issues, surfacing repressed emotions, grief over lost loved ones including alcohol and/or drugs, etc. are perfect catalysts for relapse, if we are not responsible in our recovery.

Responsibility in recovery is about realizing none of these aspects of our lives are reason for relapse. Conversely, they are reason to dig deeper into our personal recovery. We must stay connected with our sober community, contact our sponsors, counselors and/or recovery coaches as often as possible, and not only when we think it is needed. Additionally, we should hold others accountable and constantly reach out—especially to those who are new to recovery—keeping the very real threat of relapse and suicide in the back of our minds.

We are addicts. We must take that very seriously throughout the year and be responsible in our recovery regardless of season. But like a diabetic must prepare for and take added steps to prevent issues resulting from sugar-intake during the candy- and dessert-laden holiday season, we must also be aware and proactive with our disease. If we are not, Fall could easily earn literary irony by presenting so many potential stumbling blocks. However, with personal accountability it could also be the catalyst for a deeper connection and stronger commitment to our recovery.