For the price of an entire weekend at The Bellagio, potential residents can enjoy one full day of addiction treatment at the Las Vegas Recovery Center. Part of this pricing strategy might be risk management—namely, that clients might skip out to hit the tables if sobriety isn’t dealing them a hand they like.
Accommodations and Food
Las Vegas Recovery Center sits on nearly two acres of green and pristinely landscaped land which has a beautiful backyard garden offering clear views of the Spring Mountains. It favors the aesthetics of a well-maintained corporate hotel more than the glitz and glamour some may associate with Las Vegas. But in fitting with suburban Vegas, everything is new and very utilitarian. Even the center’s website reflects its no frills vibe. The good news is that while some residents may not feel pampered at Las Vegas Recovery Center, they will get solid treatment.
Upon arrival, each client is assigned a bedroom to share with a roommate, although it’s not unheard of for people to get their own private room if attendance at the 41-person rehab is low. Daily chores consist of keeping bedrooms clean; everything else is taken care of by the staff.
The food, which is served cafeteria style and sugar is allowed (dessert is available after scheduled meals and coffee and soda are offered until noon each day while water and juice are available 24/7). It also prepares and provides all meals for their residents, which is more than some comparable mid-level rehabs offer.
Treatment and Staff
The facility’s on-site detox is medically supervised and provides 24/7 care by nurses and a qualified staff, who have been described as well-informed, disciplined and professional. It accommodates a wide variety of cases—ranging from basic to complex—with clients kicking everything from opiates and benzodiazepines to marijuana. Las Vegas Recovery Center is also the only medical detox in Nevada that is fully licensed and equipped for supervised methadone withdrawal.
The program at LVRC is 12-step based and the daily schedule is jam packed with recovery—starting promptly at 9 am (after breakfast) with one of three group therapy sessions of the day. In between, clients are assigned 12-step work and other recovery-focused writing assignments. There are AA and NA meetings held at the center as well as transportation provided to off-site meetings during the week.
Some TV is allowed at night and clients can make calls on the house phone if they pre-schedule it with their sponsor. No laptops or cell phones are allowed but there is rumor of very limited Internet access.
Clients of Las Vegas Recovery Center won’t have a lot of down time, which can be a blessing in early sobriety, but when they do, yoga and Pilates are available at a nearby gym. Also, Chi Kung, a Chinese rhythmic-breathing discipline (similar to Tai Chi) and weekly Reiki, acupuncture and massage therapy are offered on campus.
Another special quality about LVRC is its pain management program, designed and facilitated by Dr. Mel Pohl, the center’s Medical Director, who is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, and co-author of several books on chronic pain management. With pharmaceutical abuse on the rise, it is difficult to monitor if those suffering from conditions like fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis actually need the medication—or, at least, the amount that they’re taking. The program at LVRC is structured in a way that will help clients get back on track managing their pain in a healthy and functional way.
The program at LVRC is designed to keep residents on track and focused on their recovery goals and not to provide them with an over-priced, under-pampered place to dry out and get a tan. Overall, LVRC is definitely a place for addicts to go to take care of the business of recovery.
Las Vegas Recovery Center
3371 N. Buffalo Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89129
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