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One out of every seven Americans will face a substance addiction. Here are some resources to help you help a loved one, and notice…
One out of every seven Americans will face a substance addiction. Here are some resources to help you help a loved one, and notice…
Substance abuse counselors aid people on their road to recovery. Learn about the kind of training these specialists undertake and …
Prescription drug abuse is common among all age groups, and not everyone is obtaining their drug of choice in illicit ways. Find o…
Attended groups at recovery 4 life for 6 months and it was hands down the WORST counseling I have ever received. After a few short weeks it was very apparent that the staff didn't actually care that anyone succeeded in the program but that they only cared about being able to bill their insurance. The groups claim their supposed to help people work through whatever problems their having with recovery but if you can't afford the $25 per session they turn you away at the door. When _____ took over as my counselor, she was extremely negative in her attitude towards me. She didn't show any empathy for the fact that I had to ride my bicycle 10 miles each way to get to group, she only cared that if I missed a class that they wouldn't be able to bill insurance and she would send a nasty letter to my probation officer as well. The first time we met I had 8 months of sobriety under my belt and she said "I don't believe you're taking your recovery seriously because you're not attending NA meetings". The next time I met with her this point came up and she sat there and lied to me saying "I never said that". She is absolutely the WORST counselor I've ever worked with and when I told her this she said I was verbally assaulting her and then asked if I knew what her credentials stood for. I said no and she said "A masters degree in social work". I'm sorry but simply holding a degree doesn't mean anything. If you cant relate to people and all you do in your personal sessions is tell them what their doing is wrong, even if their finding success in what their doing. Sitting there and telling people that your way is the right way and any other way of doing things is wrong, and not even considering outside circumstances like not having transportation to get to your garbage groups. This place should be discredited.
I'm surprised to see this business was open as long as it was. Laurie R. I wish I could talk to you personally. I'm in the same boat and was actually able to see monies returned prior to having to do the court thing. Karen was arrested for stealing / drinking while my family member was there. NO medical staff (wonderful for those detoxing). NO overnight supervision by someone sober (Ken was always gone and Karen was always drunk). 100% free to leave the property and take walks (i.e. buy beer and bring it back and drink at night when Karen was drunk and Ken was gone). Ken didn't spend one single night at the facility because while he was banging Karen (the 'house-mom' - FORMER client) during the day, he went home to his wife at night. I have numerous photos of perscription drug bottles and alcohol in the bedrooms of the 'patients.' That's another thing, patients were told they were adults and could handle their own medications. And here's the kicker. I actually feel sick for Karen. She went to rehab for HELP, and ended up with Ken - a lying con who promised her the world and allowed her to stay in her addiction. It was a cheaper rehab because it was a fraud. NO structure whatsoever. I mean ZERO. If one wanted to go to a meeting, he basically had to beg. One hour of counseling was offered per day, and it was NOT with an addiction specialist. It was with a grad student.
I went there. This was the last one I've been to. I've been to so many rehabs throughout my life and if anyone has been through that experience they can agree with me if you aren't ready to change and quit no matter how bad or good the facility is you won't. I will agree it isn't. For everyone and if it's your parents or the state sending you to it ( and Believe you me I've had both) than this probably isn't the place. Also As isn't for everyone and what was awesome about this place is they understood that and had SMART recovery. I I've been an IV drug user since I was 16 both started on speed than moved on to herion when I was 18 as well. When I was 27 started picked up my theirs habit, pcp. I've done then all but those 3 were my drugs of choice. I used daily every day. I was 30 by the time I went there. When I really new I was ready to quit. I've never had a job before in my life. Now I am an ASE certified auto mechanic with a sweet ass job at a Subaru dealership making good money. I really owe Ken and Karen and especially Lynette fogg my life.
Great system with great therepy and counselors. Thank you Ken, Karen, Lanette, and Amanda for my recovery!!!The other reviews have obviously never been there...Paul Hautzinger
Inclusive Recovery of Boise, ID is without a doubt the worst live-in drug & alcohol rehab in the country. 1) There is no structure whatsoever2) They have no certifications at all3) One of the staff members was drunk almost 100% of the time that they were on shift. I have never seen such a disgrace of an establishment that is supposed to help people overcome their life-threatening disease!
Please I had two son at The inclusive rehab They change their name Karen is a Convicted felon They don't take insurance because they would have too have the Idaho Mental health come in they are NOT board certified and my son has a law suit against them.... Yes Furstman law firm is his lawyer The police have been called too thus place on numerous occasions and when my son went their There was No overnight supervision.... These people are the most corrupt and disgusting.... No one is board certified there.... Ken is the biggest con artist.... Becareful of this place Karen was getting drunk every chance she had I have text messages where Ken told me she was leaving It will all come out in court also check the police reports at The Idaho police Dept The state can't get involved because they are a cash pay rehab with NO repercussions from the state NO monitoring Becareful This place is run by an alcoholic felon and a person that use too be Karen boyfriend then decided too go back too his wife Craziness Becareful
I struggled with alcohol for 15 years. I went to 7 different inpatient treatment centers. I lost everything. My marriage was at stake. Then I found inclusive. They have one on one counseling 5 days a week. Plus group therapy. They treat you like a human. They took us on outings. Hikes, fishing, camping, etc. I learned how to enjoy life sober, and the tools I would need to take home and be successful in my new life. They are very hands on. The director is there 5 days a week. Most other Rehab's, the director was never present, or on vacation. I have my family back in my life, a great job, and my soberiety. Wish I would have found this place sooner. They saved my life
Please do NOT send your loved one here they are NOT accredited with The state.... This is why they can only except cash payment... They did more damage then help and there is NO such person as Jane.... Please check with the BBB and the Mental health department.... Thank You Laurie
Interesting. I don't believe Janette S., the lady who wrote the review on 12/03/14, is a real person. Nobody by that name was a client there last year. I went to Inclusive for 3 months in July and other clients I met there, who stayed until the end of December, said no clients with that name stayed there. What I'm getting at is.... I believe someone "on the inside" wrote this. I have never written a bad review before but I'm very passionate about letting everyone know how incredibly ineffective, unstructured, unethical, and insane this place is. I have such an overwhelming long list in my head......Where to begin. To Be Cont.
I LOVED my time at Inclusive Recovery!!! I've had my addiction problem a long time and I've been to a rehab before that didn't help me. This did! cause I got to see an awesome counselor 5 times a week by myself. Ilooked a lot of other places before going to Inclusive Recovery and no rehab does that especially for the low cost! Plus we had other recovery work we did...especially the SMART Recovery stuff. and I do not understand these other reviews. I can only think they are lying to themselves or lying to others like parents or somebody. I think 5 stars is not enough!!!
Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?
Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.
Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You'll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.
1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.
2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don't simply stay away from the substance that you've become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you're not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.
4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don't involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.
Consider an Outpatient Program
Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.
Painkillers and Therapy
Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.
Working With a Sponsor
Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment's notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.
To go through treatment successfully, it's important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.
Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.
You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.
Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.
Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.
Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Drug Abuse Facts
Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn't matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.
Helping Your Family Cope
You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you've received treatment.