As a person in recovery, I understand how daunting the idea of navigating treatment options can be. This process can be even more disconcerting when faced with the seemingly endless treatment center options, insurance compatibility dilemmas, and reputability of the programs that flood an increasingly crowded addiction recovery industry. Whether you are at rock bottom or are the family member at their wits end, seeking help is hard enough to do on your own; when piled up with navigating treatment options, this task can seem near impossible. Together, let’s review the type of options available to you, get a better understanding of what treatment entails and how Herren Project works to ensure this process is as stress-free as possible, so that you or a loved one can focus on what really matters – getting better.
From experience, being able to pick up the phone and talk to someone about the struggles you are facing is a difficult task on its own, let alone asking for help without knowing what treatment centers are like and how life will change once in one. When someone calls Herren Project for help, whether it be a family member or the person struggling with substance use disorder themselves, they initially speak with Intake Coordinator, Lana Atamian. If it is a family member calling, she will refer them to their Director of Clinical Services, Kristin Young and share with them about their Virtual Online Support Groups.
If it is a person ready to take the first step, Lana will then talk with them and gather information such as gender, drug of choice, and insurance information and refer them to Recovery Coordinator, Angie Tibbetts. Angie will help determine what best treatment option is available to start their journey of recovery. If the client does not have insurance, Angie will direct them on how to get state funded insurance or refer them to state funded facilities. As a non-profit organization, Herren Project’s goal is the find the client the best possible treatment option available for as little out of pocket expense as possible. To accomplish this, Herren Project has a network of national treatment partners that have been vetted by their recovery team to ensure all centers are reputable and offer qualified services. Depending on clients’ specific needs, Angie will provide a roadmap that gives the client the best chances to succeed. These include but are not limited to detox/inpatient hospitalization, residential treatment/rehabilitation, sober living, partial hospitalization programs (PHP), intensive outpatient programs (IOP), and outpatient programs (OP). If you are like I once was, then these words and acronyms may look like another language. To alleviate the headache and anxiety of having to know what each of these means, let’s go over what each of these programs entail and at what point in the recovery process you may need them.
Depending on the client’s drug of choice and medical needs, detox or inpatient hospitalization will likely be the first step in recovery. Inpatient Hospitalization includes 24/7 treatment and supervision by medical staff, with an emphasis on managing medical crises and detoxification. This is typically a short-term commitment as medical staff stabilizes the patient while they experience withdrawal symptoms from coming off of drugs and/or alcohol. Due to the severe health risks of stopping alcohol or certain drugs abruptly, inpatient hospitalization is often required to ensure the patient is safe as their body stabilizes during detoxification. Once the patient is medically cleared, the next step that is recommended is rehabilitation.
You may have heard the term “rehab” used loosely to describe a place where someone will go for a month or two to attend group sessions and come out of the experience a new person, ready to take on the world. Though Hollywood has played a role in the impressions one may have of “rehab” through many movies and television shows that have used it as a plot device for a certain narrative, “rehab” is a general term to describe residential treatment. While I give some credit to media’s portrayal of this avenue of recovery to some preconceptions I had regarding this type of treatment, it wasn’t until experiencing it for myself that I realized these were mostly misconceptions.
So, what is residential treatment? Simply put, residential treatment is a live-in facility with around-the-clock supervision that is best for patients with substance use problems who lack the personal motivations or social supports to foster long-term recovery on their own. This includes a high level of care consisting of a structured living environment, daily group and individual therapy sessions, daily medical monitoring, psychiatric evaluations, and extracurricular activities such as sports, music, and art. Though the duration varies greatly on the needs of the patient, a stay in a residential treatment center typically ranges anywhere between 30-90 days.
One of Herren Project’s main goals is to get clients into a residential treatment program, as we believe residential treatment is essential in understanding the underlying issues that lead to substance use, learning healthy stress management skills, and acclimating into a life of sustained recovery.
How Herren Project Helps: While treatment itself is handled entirely by the residential treatment facility and staff once admitted, Herren Project keeps in touch with the counselors of the client to coordinate discharge planning with clients’ permission to make sure a successful aftercare plan is in place for successful recovery upon discharge. This can include recovery housing scholarships, helping find a reputable sober house, recovery coaching and alumni groups.
Once a patient has completed their program in residential treatment, the center will provide a recommendation for aftercare. These recommendations typically include sober living arrangements and partial hospitalization programs, followed by an intensive outpatient program or OP. Due to the nature of these programs, sober living arrangements are usually recommended in tandem to ensure the patient is in the safest, most recovery-conducive environment that allows them to focus on the goals set forth by the residential treatment center’s aftercare recommendations. This may seem like a lot but being aware of what these programs entail will help to understand the important role each of these play in one’s recovery journey.
Sober living houses are alcohol and drug-free living environments for individuals who want to maintain abstinence from alcohol or drugs and develop a recovery-oriented lifestyle. These houses are communities that are established to give those transitioning into a life of sobriety the tools and environment they need to succeed. Sober living is a great environment to be in while attending outpatient programs, as they both foster recovery-based conditions in which the patient will be most likely to succeed.
How Herren Project Helps: Herren Project will offer support in locating reputable recovery housing facilities that have been vetted by our staff to ensure it meets the highest standards of living. Herren Project also offers seven-week recovery scholarships for eligible inpatient clients. All clients must qualify, apply and be accepted. All recovery scholarships include a recovery coach for the same duration.
Partial Hospitalization Program
Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) are widely recommended upon exiting residential treatment. A PHP is typically a ten-day, intensive program with an emphasis on mental health. These all-day programs allow patients to return home at the end of the day, which is why we believe it is important to be in a sober living environment while attending a PHP. Here, patients are assessed based on their past substance use and are evaluated by psychologists, nurses and counselors to further address any issues that would hinder their abstinence from substances. Additionally, patients attend group sessions where they learn stress management and life skills.
Intensive Outpatient Program
After completing a PHP, patients are most often recommended to attend a more time-flexible program called an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Like PHPs, IOPs allow patients to return home at the end of the day. Patients will typically attend three days a week for three to four hours a day. IOPs are offered during the day and night to best accommodate those with a job or school. While IOPs do not include the mental health evaluations offered in PHPs, they do focus on group and individual counseling with an emphasis on substance use disorders and formulating long-term recovery goals.
Finding the Right Fit
The programs we’ve just gone over offer a wide range of intensity in their approach and care for those seeking recovery. Thus, one or two options may be better suited for a person who is early on in recovery, or whose substance use does not require the intensive approach offered by inpatient or residential treatment centers. To best evaluate what is the right fit for you or a loved one, or if you’d like to get more information about any of the programs detailed in this article, reach out to Herren Project via their online recovery inquiry and a member of the recovery team will be in touch within 24 hours.
How Herren Project Helps
For those seeking recovery with health insurance, Herren Project offers placement options based on the information provided in the recovery application. Information such as gender, drug of choice, and medical necessities will be considered when determining the best fit for the client based on their specific needs. Herren Project has partnerships with treatment centers across the United States to refer clients, all of which have been vetted by their clinical staff.
If a client reaches out to Herren Project but does not have insurance, the means, or funds for treatment, Angie Tibbetts will direct them on how to get state funded insurance and detail the options available to them. If there are no funds available, Herren Project will assist in finding a treatment scholarship, if available, and/or a state funded detoxification with placement into a vetted sober living facility and outpatient services.
Treatment Centers and Sober Living
All of the treatment centers and sober living facilities Herren Project refers to are vetted by our team of clinicians to ensure clients receive the best care available.
Herren Project offers seven-week recovery scholarships and recovery coaching to positively support individuals taking steps towards living a substance-free life. The goal is to provide those completing treatment the chance to get back on their feet and transition into their new sober life in a safe and successful way. During the duration of the scholarship, rent is paid weekly on a sliding scale and each recipient is assigned a recovery coach for one-on-one sessions on a weekly basis for seven weeks. To be considered for this scholarship, an individual must be in inpatient treatment and apply through their case manager for consideration.
Herren Project currently awards up to eight recovery scholarships a month. Each application is reviewed and approved by the recovery team with priority given to Herren Project clients. For more information on recovery scholarships and how to apply, please visit: herrenproject.org/recovery-scholarships/.
Written by Jared Henry