In keeping with the philosophy driving all our programs, we gear the admissions process towards establishing the specific needs of each individual (18 years or older) seeking support for his/her addition. To ensure that our goals are aligned with yours, the initial call is designed to gather all relevant information about you—including demographic, clinical, and anecdotal information, as well as your individual treatment history. By opening a direct and respectful dialog from the moment of first contact, we begin building a trusting relationship with you—a relationship that will continually strengthen the foundation of your journey to recovery.
During the intake evaluation, you’ll meet with a medical professional and addictions counselor to review your medical history, current health, and substance use patterns. An intake evaluation is an interview process geared toward getting you into the ideal program for your needs. Patients often feel a considerable amount of shame about their addiction and may be tempted to omit details or lie about their usage. But false or misleading statements that paint an incorrect picture of your habits can hinder your progress and may prolong treatment. Our entire staff is here to help you succeed—and everything you share with us is held in strictest confidence. Please help yourself by being completely open and honest from the start. Financial circumstances, insurance details, and payment options are also discussed at this time.
During your first 24 hours, our caring staff will help you get settled in and comfortable. You’ll meet with a licensed therapist and medical professional to complete an assessment to get a clear picture of who you are, what motivates you, and determine how we can best serve you. If you require detoxification, you’ll be transported to and from the detox facility. There you’ll be carefully monitored and receive doctor-supervised medicine therapy if necessary while drugs and/or alcohol work their way out of the system. If you don’t need detoxification, you’ll receive a tour of the facility and be encouraged to ask a lot of questions (and get lots of answers) to integrate you into the program.
All residential and PHP clients take part in yoga and meditation sessions and have access to fitness facilities.Twice a week, you’ll participate in private therapy sessions with a highly skilled addictions specialist. Clients also meet in three gender-specific groups each week. Group therapy offers you the opportunity to work as a team and build strong relationships. It affords everyone the chance to learn from the experiences and strengths of everyone in the group. You’ll discuss the many facets of addiction and the benefits and challenges of long-term sobriety while building a support network to hold you accountable for your actions. Group therapy may also include discussions on a range of topics, art therapy, role playing, music therapy, educational seminars, fitness activities, 12-step discussions, and the exploration of spirituality. In fact, spiritual growth is an important element of recovery. Through work with your team at Avenues, program literature, and holistic practices including meditation, you’ll have daily opportunities to strengthen your understanding of spirituality and connect with a higher power.
It’s not uncommon for a person with a substance addiction to also be struggling with a co-occurring condition such as depression or anxiety. Dual diagnoses require integrated and comprehensive care to fully address and rectify both conditions. Sometimes one condition might contribute to or worsen the other. For example, someone with a mental illness might use drugs or alcohol to cope with certain symptoms. In other cases, substance abuse may uncover a mental illness or exacerbate related symptoms.
Failing to treat both issues can put the individual at an increased risk of relapse upon entering a rehabilitation program. At Avenues Recovery, treatment for dual diagnosis is based on the individual’s needs and preferences and may utilize behavioral therapies in combination with medication.