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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Adult Questions
  • Parental Questions
  • Wellness Questions

Adult Questions

  • How do I get my husband to come in?

    You may need to set some clear expectations and limits with him. Please contact us so that we can get additional information and discuss various options.

  • How do I start to talk to him about this?

    It is certainly ok to be honest about how you are feeling and what your concerns are. Be careful not to make this accusatory, but express your fears and what changes you would like to see.

  • Do you look at the whole person?

    Yes. All factors are taken into account in both the clinical and physical assessments that are done.

  • How involved do I have to be?

    Family or significant other participation is essential. You have also been impacted by the behavior and need to understand how to take care of yourself, provide support and not enable the problem behaviors.

  • Would I be told the results of the drug tests?

    Yes, you will be aware of what the drug and alcohol test results are.

  • My daughter is 32 and still lives with us. She has been on different medications at different times. What if she needs to be on medication?

    The need for medication would be assessed. If indicated, an appropriate referral would be made.

  • Do you accept people on medication?

    Yes. Clients taking non-addictive medications are accepted into the program.

  • Do I have to take part in all aspects of the program?

    The more involved you are in the process the more opportunity there is for both of you to grow and change together. We would encourage as much involvement as possible.

  • How much treatment will she need?

    Without doing an assessment, it is not possible to say what level of care would be appropriate. Clients may begin at different levels of care, each with its own attendance requirements. This can range anywhere from 5 times weekly to once weekly.

  • I am not working now. How much time would I be in the program?

    We would encourage you to find employment or be productively involved in some way. You would be here for 3 to 4 hours each time you attend. Sessions are held during the day and in the evening as well to accommodate those employed or in school.

Parental Questions

  • How long is the program?

    The program is designed for a period of 90 days. Following an evaluation, the recommendation can be for clients to attend from 3 to 5 times weekly after school.

  • How often are clients tested?

    Testing for drugs/alcohol is done randomly and can vary from once weekly to each time the client comes to the program if necessary.

  • How do I get my son to come in to the program?

    There are many different ways to intervene with an adolescent. We would need to understand more about the person, the situation and the family before making suggestions. We are also able to help with an intervention if necessary.

  • How do I start the process with my daughter? What do I say?

    Being direct, honest and caring is the best way. You can point out what you have been observing that is cause for concern, any school or legal problems as well as changes in relationship with the family. You need to let her know that it is your job as her parent to protect her and that her wellbeing and future are at risk.

  • What is the program like?

    Clients participate in 3 to 5 group sessions weekly, as well as the nutrition and exercise program and have one individual or family session. Additional individual or family sessions can be scheduled if clinically indicated.

  • Are parents expected to participate?

    Yes. When working with adolescents, parental involvement and participation are essential. Siblings and extended family members may also be included.

  • Would the school be involved in any way?

    We believe in working as a team with key groups involved in the client’s life. This would include school, medical, religious institutions, other therapists, etc., as identified. Of course we would need to have the client’s and parental written consent to do this.

  • What happens if he relapses in the program?

    Relapses do happen. It depends on the situation, the client’s history, type of supports and whether or not the client has been cooperative and participating. If relapses continue, then that would be an indication that a more restrictive level of care is needed.

  • Is there support after he completes the program?

    Yes and this can take many different forms. As alumni, clients are able to contact us when necessary. If indicated, there is continued individual or group therapy available on a weekly basis. A part of the program is to connect our clients with various outside forms of support as well.

  • Do you offer other resources?

    Yes. The client and family are assessed and recommendations are made for support or any additional services needed even if outside the scope of what our program can offer.

  • What is the success rate of the program?

    I wish we could say 100%. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Clients relocate, go off to jobs, college, etc., and do not always remain in contact. This makes it difficult to determine long term success. However, lasting behavior changes are dependent on many factors. Where we have family involvement and participation, the prognosis is certainly better.

  • Will my insurance pay for this?

    That depends on your insurance plan. There may, however, be limitations and/or a copay and you would be responsible for paying these amounts. This would be determined prior to beginning treatment.

Wellness Questions

  • What if I’ve never worked out before?

    Great! Now is the perfect time to start. After your initial assessment, our Wellness Director will develop a customized program based on your goals, your experience, and any physical limitations you may have. We have experience developing and implementing exercise programs for people of all ages and abilities.

  • Will I have to go on a diet?

    No. A typical “diet” is a temporary change in eating habits for either a set time period or with a specific goal. Most “diets” are not sustainable. We focus on nourishing our bodies with whole, real, and nutritious foods that will help us look and feel our absolute best.

  • Why include exercise and nutrition as part of your program?

    There is an increasingly overwhelming body of evidence that the health of the mind and the body are interrelated. By incorporating physical health into your program, it allows your body and mind to heal simultaneously with a greater chance of lasting success.

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