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Learning to live an addiction-free life from drugs and alcohol is a journey that can seem insurmountable to all parties involved. There is no perfect equation, easier softer way, or a 90-day fix. Our experience here at Mountain Valley Recovery has been to teach our men to become capable. We are a full working ranch that specializes in helping men struggling with substance abuse to face it head-on and live a life filled with integrity. As every individual is unique we have found there is no set time it will take for these thought patterns to change. Our program is specific to each individual depending on their specific goals and needs.
Overcoming addiction can be complex and involve many facets. Equine Therapy is one method of addiction treatment and recovery that has been a proven success here at Mountain Valley Recovery. Many people will agree that there is something special about working with animals. The healing bonds that develop between man and animal will last a lifetime. Our men will have the chance to experience this first hand with the numerous opportunities that arise to work with animals during the operation of our full working addiction treatment ranch.
Recreational Therapy is a systematic approach to improving physical, social, cognitive, and emotional well being in the process of becoming free from substance abuse addiction. Part of attaining lifelong recovery is learning to view sobriety as a blessing, meant to be enjoyed. The big book of Alcoholics Anonymous calls this a daily reprieve based on spiritual maintenance. This can be viewed as dull or daunting to most people struggling. To reprogram the mind and find joy in daily living we engage in uplifting and motivating activities. The Utah wilderness has plenty to offer and awaits our sojourn.
Our mission is to provide long term recovery to individuals whose lives are afflicted by addiction such as drugs and alcohol. By offering the latest in evidence-based clinical care combined with real-life success stories and professionally licensed knowledge, these men will awaken a new self-worth and confidence in themselves to start them on the path of reaching their full potential and aspiring to be the best in all they do as they learn to live a life free from the burden of addiction
The word ‘rehabilitation’ can be a touchy, scary subject to a lot of people. Many of those who do need some sort of rehabilitation may be in denial or may not even realize that their problem needs to be addressed. While the thought or generally perceived idea of rehabilitation may be negative, rehabilitation has changed millions of people’s lives and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
In 2009, a study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that over 23.5 million individuals suffered from a drug abuse or alcohol problem. Only 11.2% of these individuals were able to seek and find the help they needed to get clean and to have a better life. The number of people afflicted with these problems have likely gone way up since 2009, but the amount of people receiving treatment is still fairly low.
A drug and alcohol rehabilitation center is a place for someone with an addiction to go and receive the help he or she needs. This help may include getting this individual completely off of drugs and alcohol, teaching them the correct way to do so and how to stay off, providing resources for the person to turn to, and giving them the support they so badly need. Seeking help from a rehabilitation center is often seen as embarrassing or shameful, but that is not the case. Seeking help is the best thing someone who is struggling can do and anyone who needs that help should not be embarrassed to find it.
There are many types of rehabilitation services. Each type is different and, because every person and every circumstance is different, some types will work better for some than they will for others. If you are searching for a rehabilitation center or service, be sure to do your research and find the type that will work best for you or your family member.
Some different rehabilitation services include long-term residential treatment, short-term residential treatment, outpatient treatment, individual drug counseling, and group counseling. Each of these services has different advantages and help different types of individuals.
Long-term residential treatment- this type of treatment provides 24-hour care. Often those who stay here will do so for about 6 to 12 months. In this type of setting, it is important that an individual be willing and eager to get clean, as every resident will be working together to make that possible. Patients often rely on each other to motivate and help them get clean and stay clean, so a sense of camaraderie and friendship is helpful. Treatment at this type of facility focuses on the social aspects of a patient’s life and instills a sense of responsibility and personal accountability in the individual. Often, these facilities will teach residents different skills and occupations in order to prepare them for the future and provide them with a way to make a living.
Short-term residential treatment- this type of treatment allows an individual to make a large amount of progress in a short amount of time. Stays at these facilities usually last only 3 to 6 weeks but are often then followed by an outpatient therapy program that will help reduce the risk of relapse. Because these treatments are shorter, they are often more intensive and are usually in a hospital-like setting.
Outpatient treatment- this type of treatment is often easier to manage for those who have jobs or cannot drop everything and stay in a facility. Depending on how intense the program is, these types of treatments are not as helpful as those that actively teach an individual how to be healthier on a daily basis. In order to be successful, an individual will likely also need to take part in group counseling or find another way to stay motivated.
Individual drug counseling- this type of treatment requires a patient to meet with a drug/alcohol counselor up to a few times a week. The counselor will focus on teaching the patient coping skills and reliable ways to function in society. It should be noted that this type of counseling requires a lot of effort from the patient, as there will not be the wide support and organization that is found in the other types of treatment.
Group counseling- this type of treatment is most effective when used along with another type of treatment. Group counseling goes along well with individual counseling and outpatient treatment, providing lasting support and a community where the patient no longer feels alone and misunderstood. By being in an environment with others who are going through the same problems, a person can learn from others and become more motivated, especially if they are expected to provide an update each time the group meets together.
Every type of treatment offers a good basis for an individual to become clean and change their life. Used properly, most people can find success and lasting sobriety in any one of these systems and can learn new skills and ways to deal with the pressures of life that do not involve doing drugs or drinking alcohol. However, success cannot be guaranteed by any of these treatments or by any facility. Every person is different and each person’s attitude is different as well. Because attitude and sincerity play such a large role in overcoming addiction, it should not be expected that just because a person attends a support group or stays at a long-term facility, they will automatically be changed and will forever be sober and drug-free. While that is the goal of every facility and of those who support the individual, success cannot be forced or coerced upon anyone. Because of that, it’s important to know how committed you or your family members are before spending money on an expensive long-term facility. If an individual truly wants to change and is willing to put in the effort, then attending rehab and learning those skills is probably the best decision he or she could make.