Choosing a Residential Recovery Program: What to Look For

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A residential recovery program for drug and alcohol abuse is one of the treatment options available to people seeking to break free from addiction and make a fresh start. Since treatment centers can vary in details about their approach to treatment and the way they deliver their services, it’s important to get to know more about them before making a final decision.

What to Look for in a Residential Recovery Program

Here are some factors to keep in mind when deciding whether a particular addiction treatment center is the right one for your needs.

Professional Association Memberships

When you’re checking out your prospective treatment options, look on the facility’s website to discover whether it is an active member of any professional associations. This is an indication that the residential recovery program has met (and continues to meet) certain standards.

English Mountain Recovery is proud to be affiliated with several of these organizations, including the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the National Association of Addiction Professionals, and the Tennessee Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.

Accredited Facility with Experienced Staff

Clients work closely with the residential treatment center’s staff throughout their stay. The staff are on the front line for all the work that clients do to get to the root of their addiction and come to terms with it as part of the 12-Step recovery process. Look for an experienced staff with a background in addiction treatment.

English Mountain Recovery is accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). This international, independent accrediting body for health and human services recognizes addiction treatment facilities and other providers that have met its quality standards in “business and service delivery practices.”

Serene Healing Environment

The overall atmosphere at the inpatient facility should be one that is peaceful and relaxing. Clients should be able to focus their full attention on healing, with the treatment center providing comfortable lodging in a homelike setting and a number of leisure activities.

English Mountain Recovery is located on 27 acres in Tennessee’s picturesque Smoky Mountains. Client condominiums offer semi-private accommodations and there are opportunities to relax and enjoy the outdoors on the mini-putt course, the nature trails, or in the swimming pool.

Gender-Specific Treatment Programs

Research has shown that men and women experience addiction differently. Men are more likely to abuse alcohol than women, while women are more likely to use heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and prescription pain medications.

A gender-specific addiction treatment program like the one offered by English Mountain Recovery allows clients of the same gender to bond and feel comfortable with each other. We understand female clients may be more comfortable discussing certain issues in a same-sex group, particularly those pertaining to trauma and abuse. Male clients also feel more comfortable discussing these particularly sensitive issues in gender-specific group therapy sessions.

Family Programming

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the entire family is impacted when someone has a problem with substance abuse. The best chance for long-term recovery is to involve the entire family in the healing process.

By the time an addicted person gets into treatment, the family has been dealing with the roller coaster of emotions that goes along with loving someone with a substance abuse issue. These emotional scars need to be examined and dealt with. Family members may need help learning better communication skills, including how to set healthier boundaries and how to express their emotions in a direct, assertive manner.

English Mountain’s family therapy program uses a number of techniques, including lectures, group therapy, and personal exercises. The goal is to help the entire family heal and move forward in a positive manner.

Relapse Prevention Program

Addiction is a chronic disease and part of the recovery process is learning how to prepare for a possible relapse. It’s not uncommon for people living with other types of chronic health conditions (high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, asthma, multiple sclerosis, etc.) to experience a slip up on their disease management plan. The same thing can happen to someone in addiction recovery.

English Mountain Recovery’s relapse prevention program teaches clients how to identify the signs that they may be at risk for a slip and how to prevent minor issues from becoming a full-on relapse. If a relapse should occur, our clients know that no one is beyond help and that they can always return to treatment at any time.

By Jodee Redmond

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