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Luxury Rehab: Helpful or Harmful to Recovery?

People have varied views on luxury rehab and we are dedicating this blog post to doing some mythbusting about it!

Some members of the recovery community sneer at the mention of luxury rehab, while others swear by his/her center of choice- a difficult situation to make sense of! Those who look down upon “plushy” treatment centers often ascribe to the belief that rehab should be about the bare minimums of life and be a difficult (in all senses of the word) time so individuals can prove their dedication to recovery and whatever that process mandates.

Others view luxury rehab centers as an imperative option to have to fulfill the unique needs of high-end executives, a cohort that is largely ignored and discounted in size. Instead of rehab being approached as an absolute last-resort, it is effective to attract these individuals into a life of sobriety. Luxury rehab programs have the unique ability to meet high-end professionals where they are and provide a comfortable environment for such clients to thrive in. This population of people would often be put at a disadvantage in more “rough & tumble” rehabs as they would be so busy re-adjusting to a radically different life-style that little energy would be left to devote to recovery. Undergoing deep reflection of one’s past and discerning how one can act differently in the present and future requires a great deal of dedication, motivation, energy, and hope and by providing a comfortable home-like atmosphere for these individuals, luxury rehab centers can maximize one’s chances of life-long sobriety. In addition, these programs aim to prepare clients for his/her future- a future that will often include mandatory attendance at cocktail parties, golf or tennis games, and conferences with evening open bars. By catering specifically to this high-end cohort of professionals, luxury rehabs are fully aware of these future hazards that clients will likely face and can approach them in one’s treatment plan.

In the end, the decision to seek luxury rehab or more traditional rehab depends solely on the needs of the individual in question. The GRR has 4 Recovery Residences, which span from the luxurious Plantation Home to the conservative Cottages, and we will be happy to hear more about your case specifically and give advice regarding what type of treatment program we would advise. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Email a Patient Advocate at tiptonl@thegrr.com for more information or call 843-283-8068.

Redefining Affordable Drug Treatment

Trying to find somewhere that merges quality with affordable drug treatment can be frustrating, but no fear, the GRR is here : )   Our newest facility, The Cottages in Sebastian, FL, re-defines affordable drug treatment as it offers a beautiful facility, all meals, gym membership, and activities/ transportation to them everyday. Our program has been perfected over the last 22 years and combines nutrition, physical exercise, 12 step meetings/living, individual and group therapy, supportive mentoring, recreational therapy, and re-immersion back into work. Our affordable drug treatment program in The Cottages begins at just 5k a month, less than half of comparable treatment centers! The Gonzalez Recovery Residences is also unique among affordable drug rehabs in our dedication to genuine sobriety (both physically and emotionally). We are able to have this deep sobriety as a major focus because our long-term program allows us to delve deeply and make lasting changes. Our clients who enter The Cottages are motivated to recover, have been through detox/ short term stabilization treatment, and are ready to move on to a transitional living program that is focused on re-integration into society. Interested in learning more? Call 843-283-8068 or email tiptonl@thegrr.com to get an online “packet” e-mailed to you!Image

Drug Rehab Centers in Virginia: Stay Selective Even in the Midst of Few Choices

When it comes to finding drug rehab centers in Virginia, the selection is much slimmer than in other states like Florida, Arizona, and California. Despite this more limited selection, one can still exercise high standards of program quality. The Gonzalez Recovery Residences’ Colonial Home is located in Alexandria, VA and is among the premier drug rehab centers in Virginia. When researching drug rehab centers in Virginia, many people are concerned with the ability to keep his/her job while seeking treatment and we make that a very real possibility! Most of our clients at The Colonial Home are professionals who work and have family/strong social ties in Washington DC or somewhere in Virginia. Therefore, we are able to cater to the unique needs of professionals (and adult students) with substance addictions and interweave their professional responsibilities with their treatment plan (eventually resulting in them regaining full-time work while continuing to reside in our recovery home). For those with family in Virginia, seeking an in-state rehab center can be critical as addressing family problems and helping to develop familial support is an imperative part of treatment. Lastly, one may be seeking drug rehab centers in Virginia due to legal complications that have been brought about by his/her addiction. We are lucky enough to have a founder, Boris Gonzalez, who is a graduate of Tulane’s prestigious School of Law and he is exceptionally willing to lend a legal hand to our clients and help write letters for use in the court cases. Overall, The Colonial Home in Alexandria is a recovery house at its very finest as we take clients who have already attended short (30, 45, 60, 90 day) primary treatment programs and transition them into a 3 Phase Recovery Residence program that will help them regain a productive and fulfilling life that he/she can be proud of.

Affordable Alcohol Treatment in Florida and Washington DC

By the time most alcoholics and addicts are willing to seek treatment for their substance addiction, their lives either already in shambles or on the fast track towards this end. Finances are often ruined, relationships strained to a breaking point, and times desperate. Such circumstances can make affordable alcohol treatment a top priority. The Gonzalez Recovery Residences is quite unique in our program design as it is designed to cost HALF the amount of comparable treatment centers. We emphasize affordable alcohol treatment because, through reduced rates, clients can stay in our supportive residences for longer. When one takes a gander at the scientific evidence on what is the best predictive factor of life-long sobriety, the length of time already sober emerges as the clear frontrunner. By providing quality affordable alcohol treatment, our clients are able to graduate from our program with significant time and experience being sober, an absolutely invaluable accomplishment. We work to bridge the gap between sequestered detox/ primary treatment and “real life” by merging the two in our 3 Phase System (around which our affordable alcohol treatment program is based). This way, clients get the structure and attention of a sequestered experience while also learning how to navigate their work and social lives soberly. By getting our clients back itno the working world while still in treatment, we help minimize the financial impact of seeking treatment for a substance addiction. Steeped in 22 years of tradition and quality, the Gonzalez Recovery Residence’s affordable alcohol treatment program is designed to transition addicts and alcoholics into productive, joyous, and contributing members of society.

Questions to Determine what Level of Addiction Treatment One Needs

When you are researching options for how to get yourself (or someone you love) help for a substance addiction, you may be overwhelmed with the options! Fortunately, there are a few questions that can help you narrow down what level of care one needs: outpatient therapist visits, a structured outpatient program, detox, or residential addiction treatment. Each of these categories of treatment are designed for people at different stages of addiction and using the questions below, you can decide where you or a loved one belongs.

QUESTIONS:

1. Have there been repeated failed attempts at sobriety?

If yes, a profound addiction is at work and high levels of care are needed. After detox (medical detox if substance of choice was alcohol or benzodiazepines as withdrawal from these can be lethal), long term residential addiction treatment is recommended so the individual is finally prepared to re-enter life without needing drugs/alcohol to cope or “enjoy” oneself.

If no- outpatient care is recommended, either an after-work program or seeing an addiction specialized therapist a few times a week.

2. Have negative social consequences resulted from drug/alcohol use or procurement? (such consequences could include: isolation, breakdown of marriage, severed connections with close friends or family members, or an inability to maintain a stable romantic relationship)

** may be difficult for addicts/alcoholics to answer objectively, they may need to rely on impartial advice from those close to him/her to answer this as addicts/alcoholics are often in profound denial about their addiction causing ANY sort of problem.

If yes- the addiction has begun to ravage the individual’s life. Despite hurtful consequences, the addict/alcoholic is unable to stop themselves from continuing their addiction. It is time for intensive help- residential addiction treatment is recommended so the individual can come to terms with the harm his/her addiction has caused and develop skills to replace the addiction’s function.

If no- the addiction has been caught in its early stages, a very good sign. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to convince these individuals that they are headed down a dangerous and unsatisfying track, an intervention is often necessary in these cases to create a “bottom” for the individual to hit (safely during an intervention before his/her life is destroyed by the addiction.

3. Has drug/alcohol use or procurement caused problems in your working life? (Loss of job, decreased productivity, demotion, etc)

** ditto to last Q’s disclaimer on objectivity

If yes- Continuing to engage in the behavior after something as important as one’s work life has been jeopardized is a sure sign of trouble. Time needs to be spent both reflecting on the problems substance abuse has caused and how to stand up to temptation and resist using it. As this is infinitely easier said than done, residential addiction treatment is suggested for these cases as having 24/7 mentors and a strong/stable program are going to be key for developing the skills necessary for life-long recovery.

If no- refer to above question’s “if no” answer. Outpatient options are favored unless significant other problems due to drug/alcohol use have occurred.

4. Do you feel that it is either impossible or useless to function soberly?

If yes- consistent professional intervention is needed to aid the individual throughout early recovery. Not only will the individual need to be in residential addiction treatment to keep him/her safe from accessing the drug/substance, he/she will need very positive recovery role models present around the clock to verify that sobriety is (indeed) worth it!

If no- challenge the individual (or yourself) to “prove it” by staying sober. If the/she/you decline because “it’s no fun” or “it’s a bad time” are brought up, recognize these as excuses and attempt sobriety anyways.

5. What percentage of your day is dedicated to locating, using, and being high/drunk on your substance of choice?

If a significant amount of one’s DAILY life is dedicated to escaping life through substance use, there is a major problem. If getting drunk/high is among the top 2 priorities of someone everyday, he/she is in need of IMMEDIATE residential addiction treatment. If, however, one only uses substances once or twice a month- outpatient therapist visits would be a more appropriate place to first seek help.

 

 

Treatment for Professionals in Washington DC Area

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The Gonzalez Recovery Residences began over 22 years ago in Washington DC and has grown from a single apartment to 4 premier recovery residences. It can be extremely difficult to attract working professionals to inpatient drug treatment centers as leaving work can be a very scary proposition. The GRR’s Colonial Home, which is located in Alexandria, VA, is unique among inpatient drug treatment centers as everything from the location to the program to the AA/NA meetings attended are specific to recovering professionals. As many of our clients have stressful and demanding careers, a main focus of our program is to prepare them to soberly withstand such pressure when they return home. We are able to thoroughly prepare our clients for life-stressors because, unlike most other inpatient drug rehab centers, we are a long-term program that is based on phases. Our 3 phase system allows clients to slowly re-immerse themselves in a working and social world while staying safely supported in our recovery residences. Our first phase is structured like most inpatient drug rehab programs as it is highly structured and is based on achieving stabilization. Phase 2 requires clients to go back to part-time work and be well-connected in a local sober social community. Phase 3 requires clients to return to full-time work while still prioritizing their recovery first. By continuing to live in one of our inpatient drug treatment centers and participating in our activities/ 12- step meetings before and after work, we are able to provide support and intervention exactly when it is needed. Clients get actual practice with using new (productive) coping mechanisms for work/fiscal/social strife and have a mentor available 24/7 to help get him/her through the rough patches that characterize early recovery. Our location on the Washington DC beltway gives our clients the exceptional opportunity to work in the city during phase 2 and 3 of inpatient treatment. For more information, e-mail tiptonl@thegrr.com and an online “packet” of information will be e-mailed to you right away. If you’d prefer a hard copy of all such information, please e-mail with your mailing address.

Inpatient Treatment Centers

Inpatient treatment centers remain the gold standard for those in acute need of help combating a substance addiction. Medical and psychological professionals are available and highly skilled in meeting the unique needs of alcoholics and addicts, which often turns out to be life-saving. As substance abusers tend to have an uncanny ability to lie and manipulate, inpatient treatment centers are incredible in their ability to see through these ruses and act according to what the addict/alcoholic actually needs, not what they want. Early in treatment, the individual may be very hostile to the program as it represents the one thing that they are unable to weasel their way out of or lie to escape. Inpatient treatment centers force addicts/alcoholics to reflect on times that individuals would much rather simply forget about in order to decipher life’s lessons. Such an adjustment to taking an honest look at one’s current self and one’s past can be uncomfortable in the beginning but the highly trained staff of inpatient treatment centers are able to work with clients to help them eventually embrace this new-found degree of honesty. In addition, these well-prepared professionals help empower clients to make healthy decisions in the future. While the journey to sobriety (literal and emotional) can be exceptionally trying, investing in a solid treatment team and program, like those offered in inpatient treatment centers, is the best first step towards leaving an active addiction in the past. Email tiptonl@thegrr.com to find out why The Gonzalez Recovery Residences have risen to national acclaim for our long-term substance abuse recovery programs.

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Executive Drug Rehab

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The Gonzalez Recovery Residences’ executive drug rehab program is for those certain individuals who are accustomed to the finer things in life and believe that recovery from a substance addiction should be treated as a luxury, not as a punishment. Clients who come into our executive drug rehab program are often individuals with demanding top-level jobs and often appear, to the unsuspecting eye, as someone who is a great success. These clients’ drug of choice is usually alcohol, prescription drugs, and/or stimulants like cocaine. As our executive drug rehab clients are often perfectionists and connoisseurs of quality, we hold ourselves to exceptionally high standards of care so we can not simply meet, but exceed, their expectations of treatment. These clients live in our flagship Plantation Home, a 7 bedroom gorgeous home on the water that sits on a 46 acre gated preserve features both a pool and tennis court. The seclusion that the gated property affords is of great importance to many of our executive drug rehab clients as privacy is among their top concerns. The location and large wrap-around porches (complete with rocking chairs) also gives our executive drug rehab clients a respite from their typical hectic days and allows to focus internally on growth and sobriety. To learn more, contact Lauren Ashley directly at 843-283-8068 or at tiptonl@thegrr.com

 

FAQs on Inpatient Alcohol Treatment Centers

Top FAQs on The GRR’s Inpatient Alcohol Treatment Centers:

***(in addition to those discussed in yesterday’s blog about Drug Treatment Centers, same rules and program apply to addicts and alcoholics at The GRR)

Q6. My pet means the world to me. If I decide to seek inpatient alcohol treatment, what will happen to him/her/them?

A6. We will assist you in finding a place for your beloved animal to stay while you seek the lifesaving help that you deserve. In certain cases, an animal may be allowed to reside alongside a client in our recovery residences. If we cannot accommodate your pet in the home and you are not from the Vero Beach or Washington DC area, we can help you to locate safe, supportive, and engaging care for your pet either in your hometown or nearby our facilities.

Q7. What’s this about required social networking?

A7. Something many clients/ families don’t expect from inpatient alcohol treatment centers is a stipulation requiring clients to be social. At The Gonzalez Recovery Residences, however, we find that being well-connected to a strong recovery community is essential for life-long sobriety. We have also noticed, throughout our 22 years as a treatment center, that addicts and alcoholics usually struggle immensely with social interactions that don’t involve alcohol and/or drugs. By requiring clients to meet, have conversations with, and learn from others in recovery, we help increase the chance of a client reaching out to someone in a position to help when temptation to use occurs.

Q8: What is the actual requirement about socialization/ meeting people outside of the treatment facility who are in good standing with AA/NA?

A8: We require each client invite 3 individuals of the same sex over for dinner, an activity, lunch, etc per week.

Q9: Since inpatient alcohol treatment centers are usually not in one’s home community, are family and/or close friends from home involved in the treatment process?

A9: We encourage each and every client to have their close friends/ family join us at The GRR. As our mission is to prepare our clients for all the trials of life they will be facing, exposure to their realistic social stressors and/or supports is key while the client remains in a safe environment (in our recovery residences with 24/7 support and professional counselors).

Q10: I’m not sure that I’m ready to commit to long term treatment yet, is there a way that I can come and get the feel for your program/ facilities first?

A10: Yes and we highly encourage you to! We are able to sign clients out of his/her primary treatment facility (if that is where you will be coming from) and give you a tour of our homes (3 within half an hour from one another in the Treasure Coast of FL and 1 in the suburbs of Washington DC in Alexandria, VA). You will be invited to meet other residents, chat with staff, and get a true taste of how The GRR works. To arrange a tour/meet-and-greet, call Lauren at 843-283-8068 or email tiptonl@thegrr.com

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