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What Features Do the Best Treatment Centers Share?

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Choosing an addiction treatment program is one of the most important decisions you will make on this journey. While there is no right or wrong treatment center choice, there are some characteristics to look for. The best residential treatment centers share the same strengths, which is why they tend to have lower relapse rates and more successful patient recoveries.

As you review the options for treatment, here are the features we recommend paying attention to.

Medical Detox

Detox is the first step in getting clean. It’s not easy, but there are ways to make this process more manageable. Aside from getting through detox in one piece, there is also the safety aspect to consider. Withdrawal from some drugs can be fatal if you are not under medical supervision. For example, alcohol, benzo and opiate withdrawal can lead to breathing complications that may result in death.

Addiction Education

Not all treatment centers offer education, but it’s a crucial piece to the recovery puzzle. Without some understanding of addiction, it’s easy to revert back to the same negative thinking and behaviors. Through patient education, you will learn about addiction, what led you down this path and how to avoid making the same choices again. Education should also be available ​to your loved ones.

Individual Therapy

In individual counseling, you work closely with a counselor to work through your personal issues. This is a very important part of treatment, as many addicts suffer from childhood trauma, abuse or co occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression or PTSD. The best treatment facilities will offer several opportunities each week to meet with a counselor, particularly in the first and second weeks.

Family Counseling

Another sign of a great rehab facility is family or couples counseling. Addiction affects many people, usually those closest to the addict. If you are married, have children or are ​living at home with your parents, this addiction has almost certainly affected them. Rather than returning home to a hostile environment (or even one where drug/alcohol use is condoned), family counseling provides support and education.

Follow Up Care

Follow up care, or aftercare, is an important part of treatment. Once you leave the facility, your journey is not over. Having a trusted team of addiction treatment specialists​ holds you accountable for your goals. Your aftercare plan will be centered around the behaviors you learned in treatment as well as ways to resist triggers.

The River Source offers integrative care for adults 18 and over struggling with substance abuse. Call us today to and find out why we have lower-than-average relapse rates and a recovery guarantee!

How to Choose a Drug Rehab Center in 2018

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When it comes time to evaluate your options for a drug rehab center in Arizona, what types of things do you look for first? Even though there are many treatment facilities around the country, the best ones have a few traits in common. With a New Year to celebrate, now is a great time to start treatment for a drug or alcohol problem. With hard work and a commitment to sobriety, you can be healthy by summer.

As you look for a treatment center for yourself or a loved one, here are some of components to consider.

Inpatient vs Outpatient

The first step is to decide between inpatient and outpatient treatment. An inpatient program is often recommended because it is most intensive. Patients reside at the treatment facility for at least 30 days. After detox has been completed, they attend counseling and participate in various activities and alternative therapies.

Outpatient treatment isn’t quite as intensive because patients don’t actually live at the facility. That said, recovering addicts still receive counseling and are held accountable for the choices they make outside of these sessions. The River Source offers both inpatient and outpatient care, so you can call our treatment center and determine the best fit for you.

In-State vs Out-of-State

Where treatment will be received is also a consideration. Fortunately, it is 2018 and people are not bound by local facilities. In fact, some people feel that an out-of-state treatment center offers a clean slate with fewer distractions. The River Source has same-day arrangements, transportation from the Phoenix airport and options for family to be involved.

On the other hand, some people are not in a position to travel out of state. If this is your situation, it’s helpful to have supportive family that can come and visit and take part in family therapy. Also, in-state Arizona rehab offers other benefits such as reduced costs and aftercare options. For example, our patients can take advantage of our naturopathic clinic.

Programs and Treatment Plans

No matter what type of rehab facility you choose, make sure that it offers a variety of programs and customized treatment plans. Each person is unique and requires an individualized care plan that addresses their needs. It’s helpful when there are many therapies available so that addicts can find what works for them.

At The River Source, we have a wide range of therapies such as acupuncture, massage therapy, vitamin IV therapy, neurofeedback, baud and more. We encourage our patients to experiment with all of these therapies to find what they like in addition to daily exercise, nutrition and meditation.

Accreditation and Licensed Staff

You can choose a treatment center that looks great on paper, but if they don’t have a great team of people, you won’t get the care you deserve. Before making a decision, take time to review the staff and their credentials. Many treatment centers have staff members who have dealt with substance abuse in the past. They offer a level of support that newly recovering addicts need.

The two accreditations to look for include The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The purpose of accreditation is to improve treatments and services, ensure a safe environment and maintain a recovery-oriented philosophy. The River Source is accredited by The Joint Commission.

The time you take to evaluate your options will be worth it in the end. The right facility can increase your chances of having a healthy, happy recovery. We invite you to call The River Source to learn more about our cutting-edge, integrative treatment options.

What if I Can’t Afford Treatment?

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Not being able to afford treatment is a common circumstance that some people are faced with. If you don’t have money to pay for substance abuse treatment, this does not mean that you are out of options. There are many alternatives that can get you or a loved one the quality care that is needed at a price you can afford.

As you consider drug abuse rehab, keep these following tips in mind.

Look at Your Health Insurance Policy

No matter which type of insurance policy you have – Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Cigna, Aetna – most policies offer some type of healthcare coverage for substance abuse treatment. How much is covered and for how long varies among insurance carriers and your individual policy.

In some cases, your insurance may pay for most everything, which means all you are responsible for are the copays and deductibles. Even if only some treatment is covered, insurance reduces medical expenses and makes treatment more attainable.

Talk to Your Doctor

Ask your doctor if he or she is aware of any non profit organizations that provide assistance for drug abuse treatment. Your doctor may know of treatment facilities in your area that have low-cost or free programs for those in need.

Call Treatment Centers Directly

If you’ve narrowed down your search of drug addiction treatment centers, you can call them directly and ask about any programs they may have available. Rehab centers are used to working with families that don’t have the funds to pay for treatment, and they can be creative in their solutions.

For example, The River Source has affordable rates to begin with, and we include most therapies so that patients don’t have to pay extra. We have financing available and charge less for subsequent months. In addition, our treatment center offers a guarantee for those who complete our 90-day rehab program. If, for any reason, the patient relapses in the first 12 months of recovery, they can return to our center for free.

Consider Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is more affordable than inpatient treatment, so you may want to consider this if all other routes fail. Plus, you can continue your responsibilities at home, which means you may be able to work while receiving treatment. Outpatient treatment is not for everyone, so we don’t recommend choosing it simply because of cost. That said, if you truly cannot afford more intensive treatment, some treatment is better than no treatment.

Call The River Source to learn more about our pricing and if we work with your insurance plan.

5 Things Addicts Want You to Know

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Living with an addiction is devastating for addicts and their family and friends. Communication is difficult for the addict because the addiction is in control and their thoughts are not their own. It’s also hard for loved ones, as they’re not communicating with the same person they’ve known all their lives.

There are things that addicts wish their loved ones knew, and understanding them can make a profound difference on your relationship. Let’s look at what some of them are.

1. They don’t want to hurt you.

Addicts are not oblivious to your struggles. They are aware that they’re hurting you by lying, stealing or not coming home at night. To cope, some addicts distance themselves from the ones they love. Or, they may act out in anger or frustration when their real emotion is guilt. You have a right to be hurt, but it’s important to recognize that the addict’s intention is not to hurt you.

2. They are not doing this on purpose.

Addiction is a frustrating disease. No matter what ultimatums you give or how compassionate you are, it seems your loved one keeps going down the wrong path. It can feel as if the addict doesn’t care anymore or is making the conscious decision to abuse drugs. But, addicts aren’t doing this on purpose. Many wish they could stop. They just can’t.

3. It can happen to anyone.

Addicts don’t want you to look at them as scum. Addiction is a disease that can happen to anyone. It doesn’t discriminate. Rather than passing judgement, be compassionate and understanding. Get educated on the disease and learn how to be a positive influence on a potential recovery.

4. It’s more complicated than getting high.

People who have never struggled with addiction tend to think that it’s all about getting high and drunk. Addiction is a very complex disease. It goes much deeper than getting intoxicated. Many addicts struggle with a co-occurring condition such as depression, anxiety or PTSD. Some have been abused or neglected. There are usually deep rooted reasons for why a person becomes addicted.

5. They need your support.

Addicts may not want to admit it, but your support is needed. Lecturing, criticizing or passing judgement will only distance you from the addict. You need to find balance, though, as you don’t want to push yourself on the person. Be available and support sobriety. If the addict shares things with you, don’t share them with anyone else. This could sever your bond.

Addicts aren’t the best communicators. There are many things they wish you knew, but it’s hard to articulate them. Hopefully this article has provided insight on how to be more supportive and understanding through this process. When the addict is ready to accept help, your relationship will be in a better place.

The Six Steps of Inpatient Treatment


Inpatient treatment facilities vary in the types of therapies offered and their approach to treating addiction, but they also share many of the same qualities. Most inpatient treatment centers follow the same procedures, which can be broken down into six main steps. Knowing what happens during treatment can help you and your loved ones prepare for the first stages of recovery.

Below are the six steps of inpatient drug rehab in Arizona and what to expect through each one.

Step 1: Assessment

An assessment is the first step in seeking professional treatment. The drug rehab center must be aware of the drug you are addicted to, how much you usually take and how long you’ve been abusing it. With this information, an individualized treatment plan can be made. An assessment is also the time to learn about co-occurring conditions such as depression.

Step 2: Medical Detox

Most addicts who enter inpatient rehab need detox. Medically supervised detox is strongly encouraged because detoxing at home can be dangerous, if not fatal. Detox completed in a treatment center is not just safer but also more comfortable. Your symptoms will be managed using a combination of medicine and alternative therapies. This process can take anywhere from 3-7 days.

Step 3: Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy

When detox has been completed, pharmacotherapy (medications) and psychotherapy (counseling) begin. Treatment centers like The River Source try to use as few medications as possible, but sometimes they are necessary, particularly when treating co-existing conditions.

Step 4: Education

Another critical part of treatment is education. Many addicts need time to learn about their addiction and what they can do to avoid this path in the future. For example, what led you to use drugs? How can you better manage stress and anxiety? Do you know how to prevent a relapse? Addiction education is also important for the family.

Step 5: Support Services

Treatment isn’t just a time to get clean and sober. It’s also a time to re-discover yourself. When you leave treatment, how will you spend your free time? How will you manage stressful situations? The River Source offers a wide variety of support services, including group therapy, nutritional education, marital/family therapy, neurofeedback and employment services.

Step 6: Continuing Care

More Arizona drug rehab centers are offering aftercare services. The purpose is to provide support to recovering addicts and lower their risk for relapse. Continuing care works, as it motivates recovering addicts to be accountable for their actions. Each program is different, but you can expect a balance of sobriety checks, weekly groups, 12 step meetings and the use of on-site clinics.

Are you ready to start inpatient treatment at The River Source? Call us today for an over-the-phone assessment and let’s talk about your needs!


What is a Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment?

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Addiction is a complex disease that requires more than just detox. For a complete recovery, psychiatric care is often necessary.

The River Source assesses each individual before they start treatment at our inpatient or outpatient facility. This helps us better understand the nature of the addiction and co-occurring conditions that may be present. Using this information, our doctors and counselors can build an individualized treatment and recovery plan for each patient.

Let’s learn more about what an evaluation consists of so that you or a loved one knows what to expect.

Link Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse

There is a strong link between mental health and addiction. More than half of people who suffer from mental illness also deal with a substance abuse disorder. With such a strong connection, it’s important for addicts to be screened for a dual diagnosis when first entering treatment. If depression, anxiety or PTSD is not addressed during treatment, it will only end up complicating the recovery process later on.

An evaluation is one of the best ways to determine if a patient needs help with a mental illness, a previous diagnosis or a medical health condition. The River Source does an over-the-phone evaluation before accepting someone into our treatment center. The reason for this is to make sure we are equipped to help the individual. If we feel that we don’t have the proper support services in place, we will let you know and guide you toward other resources.

Topics Discussed in a Psychological Assessment

Fortunately, we are able to help the majority of people who come to us. Before starting treatment, we conduct a bio-psycho-social assessment. Here are some of the topics that are discussed during this informational, Q&A process.

  • Type/amount of substance abused

  • Vulnerability for developing substance abuse

  • Severity of the disorder

  • Readiness for change

  • Fears/concerns over the recovery process

  • Medical/psychiatric conditions

  • Individual strengths

  • Social and environmental context

  • Emotional health of the family

Building Personalized Treatment Plans

All evaluations are done in a comfortable, intimate setting. Our patients always receive respect and compassion. We are not here to judge. The more we learn about the person, the more effective we can be at developing a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan that includes the right balance of:

  • Family support

  • Education courses

  • Group therapy

  • Individual addiction counseling

  • Cognitive behavioral support

If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, call The River Source. Our integrative treatment options are effective at treating both substance abuse and mental health disorders.