Choosing a treatment center from the thousands of options around the country can be daunting. The decision is usually made in a rush by people who have no experience with substance abuse rehabilitation, so getting the right program can seem almost impossible.
One way to narrow down the options is by finding a treatment center that takes a scientific, evidence-based approach to treating addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Recovery Ways, a treatment center in Murray, Utah, aims to help as many people as possible get into long-term recovery by providing comprehensive, patient-focused treatment by some of the most experienced providers in the country.
Here’s what sets Recovery Ways apart:
Most treatment centers have a doctor on staff, but at Recovery Ways patients receive care from board-certified addiction psychiatrists. These specialists are trained to understand the biological and psychological tolls that addiction and mental illness can take. They use that information to help give clients the best possible chance at long-term recovery.
“Patients are going to get someone that is very much in tune with best practices in addiction medicine,” said John Staton, the CEO of Recovery Ways, noting that three of the seven board-certified addiction psychiatrists practicing in Utah work at Recovery Ways.
The board-certified addiction psychiatrists are experts at Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). MAT is also effective and a less painful way to handle detox, particularly from opioids. However, they are often able to use MAT to help people detox from other drugs as well.
“We do whatever gives the patients the best chance for recovery,” Staton said. “Evidence shows that medication-assisted treatment does lead to better outcomes.”
The high standards for staff are held for the entire team at Recovery Ways. All therapists are licensed, meaning that they have at least a Master’s degree. Patients meet individually with core therapists twice a week, more than at many other programs.
In addition to talk therapy, patients can also accept recreational therapy and occupational therapy. Taken together, those different modalities can equip people for living successful lives in recovery.
“We’re taking a multiple pronged approached here,” Staton said.
An Accredited Program
Recovery Ways is accredited by The Joint Commission of Accredited Healthcare Organizations, which sets the industry standard for recovery programs.
“We look to [The Joint Commission] as the benchmark of the industry standard,” said Staton. “It is clearly an organization that demands excellence.”
Because of its high standards, Recovery Ways is also on the preferred provider list for major railroads and airlines, which have strict protocol when it comes to addressing substance abuse disorders.
“We are a trusted treatment center for the employers that fall under Department of Transportation requirements,” Staton said.
Fostering Family Engagement
Most treatment centers have a family weekend, where parents or spouses can catch up with their loved ones, learn about recovery and engage with family therapy. It’s a tall order for just a few days.
To make the process more manageable, Recovery Ways integrates patients’ families from the beginning.
“Within 48 hours there’s family outreach to educate family about addiction and how best to engage with their loved one,” Staton said. Family members also have access to a 35-page online program to teach them about addiction and recovery.
By teaching the families about this disease before they come to visit their loved one, Recovery Ways is better able to utilize in-person family time to facilitate healing.
“When the family does have the opportunity to spend time with the patient it’s truly family therapy,” said Staton.
All in all, Recovery Ways aims to give patients and families the skills they need to thrive in recovery.
“The key thing that we try to do is have the person become self-aware of their environment and triggers, and how to best manage those,” Staton said. “As they walk this path of recovery we want them to have tools to deal with stressors, challenges and triggers along the way.”
Recovery Ways is a treatment facility in Murray, Utah that provides detox, residential treatment and partial hospitalizations for people with substance abuse disorder and co-occurring diseases. Find out more at recoveryways.com or connect on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube
Photo provided by Recovery Ways. Used with permission.