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From Business: Lyric Recovery Services provides individualized treatment to address a variety of drug and alcohol abuse disorders. We offer a variety of recovery models, twelve …
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I spoke to a counselor named Kevin who was very friendly and took the time to listen to my sad story about my daughter and was very patient with me.…
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Never in my life have i met those that actually inspire you for true greatness and are there around the clock if need be, Chris and Sophia are phenomenal in many different aspects and have been there to listen and to understand where I'm coming from they're awesome and actually care about everyone no matter how big or small if you would've told me I would be running marathons before I met them I would've laughed in your face until I came across them
Chris Pakham is the most amazing talented and compassionate drug counselor I have ever seen. He saved my life, broke the viciousness circle of my 5 year addiction and inspired me to live!
I have gone through New Life's rehab program three times and their outpatient program once. Have lived in two of their three SLEs and visit the third often to this day. Amongst those experiences I have learned about varies levels of addiction and much of myself. Their care of me has evolved as I have evolved and I consider them family. Anyone with court hanging over their head or who may not be ready yet, I encourage you to talk with the helpful staff at the office. If you are not required to but want help in recovery I'd encourage you to ask for a consult with Chris who is amazing at helping pick a route of recovery suited specifically to your needs. Change starts with knowledge and desire. When the desire isn't yet there, new life helps supply plenty of knowledge and compassion. If you don't love yourself today like I didn't for many years, I promise you that they will love you unconditionally and help you find the route to being able to love yourself! Peace and serenity to all!
My husband went here. I thought he was doing good, but when he came home and one of his "friends" started calling him, he started drinking again. Turns out he got caught in the bathrooms messing our with her and Support Systems let them both get away with it and graduate. This place was a hook up place for addicts and it ruined our lives. He ended up in prison and I ended up worse. I have nothing good to say about this place.
Ed Gresick is a man of integrity and understanding. I have known Ed Gresick for over three years and he has proven his self professional in every manner.
I spoke to a counselor named Kevin who was very friendly and took the time to listen to my sad story about my daughter and was very patient with me. He really cared and spoke to my daughter for a while who finally agreed to seek treatment, we were so relieved! He found us a program that we all thought was a good fit and she's been there for a week now without leaving and sounds good on the phone. So far so good! Thank you Kevin for peace of mind and the best night's sleep our family has gotten in years.
This place is great. Hated it at 1st but in hindsight I guess I was supposed to hate it in the beginning. The truth is that I was afraid to make the changes required to get out the of hole I created with my addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. Amicus isn't a country club, nor is it one of those county funded hell holes. It is a modest place without the frills that I guess we all expect or somehow think we deserve, but once I opened my mind to the fact that I had a problem I learned to stop complaining about the little things that I complained about my whole life and then I was able to listen to the staff and with the help and support of my peers and staff I was able to grasp the program and have been clean and sober ever since. Thank You Lori and Amicus House!
Excellent Treatment Facility at a Fair Price!Amicus House has been a savior for my family. Unfortunately a majority of my family has struggled with alcoholism at some time or other. Three of us have been Sober since going to Amicus and we are currently planning an intervention for my brother and the plan is to take him to Amicus too because it works.Lori Johnson is strict, she runs a tight ship, but this is what I needed. No frills or empty promises, just treatment- plain and simple. The staff at Amicus are not only professional, with certification in drug and alcohol treatment, but the counselors are all successfully recovering alcoholics and/ or addicts, and I strongly believe that without the common connection between a counselor and client, without feeling that this person understood what I was going through, I don’t believe I could have stayed at Amicus and without Amicus I would not be sober today.
I am an Amicus House MiracleIf you have a problem, think you have a problem, have a pending legal issue, and you think a treatment center might help, call Amicus House and give yourself a chance.The transparency of whom I was and the transparency of who I am now is at times so difficult for me to disseminate. People in recovery often talk of miracles and in the beginning the mere mention of anyone in recovery being a miracle was nothing less than ridiculous. As intelligent as I thought I was it turns out I really had “no idea”. It's not the sort of miracle that one often thinks of when they hear the word, not something mythical or religious. For me it came down to the simple fact that I was once stubbornly against any idea that I had a problem, that my drinking was something that I was unable to control. This was preposterous- not me, no way. I was a professional with a Master’s Degree and a promising career and in general was extremely arrogant. I made it through 6 years of school, drinking every weekend and most weeknights and never missed a class. I started my first job immediately after graduating at a firm that I had interned at a year prior. I continued to drink whenever I felt like it and never missed a day of work. I, in no way had an issue with drinking…. So I thought. In December of 1999, after a company holiday party I was pulled over and charged with my 2nd DUI. Still- I was just “unlucky”. In any case my lawyer strongly recommended that I enter a treatment facility. His desire was to help with my court case. I had no idea at the time that this would lead to my miracle- a new life- a new outlook- an amazing life!I originally chose Amicus because I did not want to use my insurance. I was too proud and my ego would not allow me to let my peers know, even though I knew, that I didn’t really have a problem.I may have been the most difficult & arrogant clients that Amicus has ever seeing. I had something negative to say about everything, every client, every staff member, every group and meeting that we attended. I was there to appease the court so I could move on with my life. This worked, but something else happened as well. My eyes were opened to the fact that the way of life that Amicus introduced me to might actually be for me. This was the beginning of my miracle and the beginning of a life without alcohol.I met so many different people, from different walks of life in my 2 months at Amicus. It is unconceivable to me that I had so much in common with not only the clients, but also the amazing staff that remained patient with me and allowed me the time to settle down and soak it all in. If not for the staff at Amicus I would have likely ended up killing myself, or worse, someone else while driving drunk. I remain a constant supporter of Amicus, attending in house meetings on a regular basis, and keeping in touch with my no longer so “new peers” who I met in Amicus and with whom I have a lifelong bond.If you have a problem, think you have a problem, have a pending legal issue, and you think a treatment center might help, call Amicus House and give yourself a chance.
Best Investment of My Parents LifeMy father convinced me to take a chance and dropped me off at Amicus. I was broken and broke and thought it was going to be another waste of his money. Didn't want to let anyone down again and had given up on myself. As usual- he knew better.Keeping it simple. Amicus helped me change. Been clean since 2009! Yeah!!!
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.