Frequently Asked Questions

What is...

  • A chronic and progressive disease
  • Physical/psychological dependence on substances/behaviors
  • Continued use in spite of consequences:  health, legal, relationship, work
  • Inability to control when you start/stop a behavior

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When the addict
  • Returns to his/her using/behavior following a period of abstinence
  • A period of uncontrolled behavior
  • Not uncommon when is comes to kicking addiction

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General

Treatment IS available.  A financial intake will determine the potential for you or your loved one in terms of financing.  The diagnostic assessment will determine the level of service(s) that will be offered.

Privacy laws require staff speak directly to the individual seeking treatment, unless they are a minor.

Resources may differ for adolescents – please call ADAS for assistance.

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  • Do you take my insurance?
  • What treatment options do you offer?
  • Do you offer outpatient services, if so, what are the days and times of services?
  • Are families involved in the treatment process?
  • I am on Medication, am I eligible for your treatment services?

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Recovery Coach FAQ

A Recovery Coach is a Peer Supporter that is in his/her own recovery from substance use. Peer Supporters, “are individuals with the lived experience of recovery from addiction to alcohol or other drugs, mental illness, or both for at least two continuous years. Peer Supporters draw from this experience and the skills learned in the training to provide support, encouragement, hope, and guidance to a person seeking or in early recovery to assist them in maintaining their recovery (Ohio Peer Supporter Training fact sheet).”  Peer supporters have been trained by curriculum accepted and supported by Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services.

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A recovery coach uses his/her experience in recovery to work with referrals.  Peer supporters often provide services “beyond the office walls” to assist individuals to move beyond barriers to recovery.  They may help an individual get linked with treatment or work with him/her to find a strategy for recovery that is a fit.  Some recovery coaches and peer supporters work with agencies within their treatment settings and others work in other settings in the community.

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Some of the benefits of a sponsor and a recovery coach are similar, but there are some key distinctions.  Usually, the sponsor’s role is in the context of the Twelve-Step community.  It is often a relationship somewhat isolated to the self-help program.  A recovery coach can expect to be a part of a larger team assisting an individual.  Also, a peer supporter works under the belief that there are many pathways to recovery.  He/she will work with the referral to build the most fitting recovery support (which may or may not include 12 Step).  Finally, a sponsor focuses on mentoring their sponsee through the 12 Steps.  While a sponsor’s support may expand beyond this work, the recovery coach by definition works with the individual on other aspects and barriers in recovery.  Some peer supporters are also sponsors within the 12 Step community.  These peer supporters are careful to set boundaries and focus on the role they are working in at any given time.

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Your referral may benefit from all three!  There is no reason a person can’t be in treatment, attending AA/NA, and also have a recovery coach.  As they all serve slightly different roles, they can work together as a team.

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Anyone who needs some assistance building their recovery capital might benefit from a recovery coach.  Possible examples include those who: admit to some level of a problem but are resistant to treatment and/or AA, those who have graduated treatment but you sense they are struggling, those attending recovery support groups but struggling to really engage in a recovery network, and those who refuse to engage in 12 Step.

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Treatment Definitions

Before receiving treatment, a licensed professional will ask you to complete forms about your using behaviors and then talk with you to determine the correct level of care (treatment) for your needs.

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Detox is a process which helps to manage and stabilized acute physical withdrawal symptoms.  This may include a short residential or hospital stay or in outpatient – physician monitored setting.  Detox is offered most commonly for opioid/alcoholic withdrawal; but also for benzodiazapines and, buprenorphine, when they have been abused/not taken as supervised by a physician.

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Residential treatment is a live-in treatment, either short term (30 days) or long term (more than 30 days)

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Outpatient services are offered in various intensities.  At times, an individual may participate in a pre-treatment group while preparing for recommended treatment with a higher intensity.
  • Day Treatment:  this is a group offered for several hours each day of the week
  • Intensive Outpatient:  Group treatment which meets for several hours, several times per week
  • Non-Intensive Group Therapy:  counseling in a group setting with a certified therapist/counselor
  • Individual Therapy:  One-on-one counseling with a certified therapist/counselor
  • Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT):  MAT is when medications (such as Suboxone, Vivotrol, or other mediations) are prescribed by a doctor to relieve withdrawal symptoms and to help with cravings while an individual obtains recovery tools (which may include other forms of treatment). Physicians must be certified to prescribe Suboxone and can only take a certain number of patients at one time.

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