Addiction Treatment Modalities

River Oaks uses treatment modalities that are based in research and have been shown to be beneficial for drug and alcohol treatment. We currently use the following research-based treatment modalities in our addiction and recovery programs:

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

    Most individuals who struggle with addiction are aware that their harmful behavior is dangerous but continue the substance abuse nonetheless. This ambivalence is normal. To assist in changing dangerous behaviors such as drug or alcohol abuse, Motivational Interviewing can help the client move from ambivalent feelings about addiction and/or treatment to a state of genuine desire for change and readiness for treatment.

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    Our therapists work with clients using CBT techniques that are goal-directed and solution-focused. CBT allows the therapist to work with the client and examine how negative thought patterns and feelings affect or drive unhealthy behavior, such as substance abuse. One goal of CBT is to help the client eliminate or phase out unhealthy thinking that may drive self-destructive behaviors and replace it with healthy, rational thought patterns.

  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

    Many times individuals hold irrational beliefs that can result in negative emotions and behaviors. By using REBT techniques, our therapists work with the client to identify the irrational thinking that causes distress. Like CBT, REBT teaches the client to recognize the automatic, recurring negative thought patterns and replace them with productive, rational beliefs and thinking.

  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

    Besides EMDR’s effectiveness in treating addiction and co-occurring disorders it benefits individuals with significant trauma-exposure by aiding in symptom reduction and improving emotional stability. EMDR may be clinically appropriate for the client with PTSD or a personal history of sexual assault, wartime violence, natural disasters, domestic violence, or other traumatic life events.

  • Seeking Safety (And other Trauma-focused therapies)

    At select AAC facilities, we offer different trauma therapies that include Seeking Safety. This program is appropriate for the client suffering from addiction and co-occurring PTSD and was developed by Lisa M. Najavits, PhD. Trauma-informed therapies are beneficial for the client with a history of trauma exposure such as sexual assault, domestic violence, wartime violence, and natural disasters.

River Oaks Addiction Treatment Programs

Addiction Recovery Program

As devastated families can attest, a loved one’s recovery from substance use disorder is an unpredictable, continuous journey. Our multidisciplinary team uses an in-depth treatment approach that examines your individualized addiction circumstances, co-occurring mental health issues, ongoing medical conditions, and other ancillary factors to be considered when designing the most effective treatment plan.

To assist you with the challenging process of substance abuse treatment, we developed a curriculum workbook series using a co-occurring disorders approach. Our intention is that our Embracing Change: Recovery for Life curriculum exercises will serve as an instrument for your self-discovery and growth. Our hope is that by working the curriculum, our clients are able to:

  • Find inspiration in the writing and reflection activities
  • Benefit from readings related to group therapy topics
  • Feel inspired by recovery skills building and education
  • Experience empowerment from their change decisions
  • Identify personal thought patterns that may drive addiction
  • Replace self-destructive thinking with positive thoughts
  • Anticipate future triggers that may threaten their sobriety
  • Inspire participation in nearby sober community and 12-Step groups

We believe that thoughtful completion of these curriculum activities helps to round out treatment. By engaging in the workbook exercises, clients develop a better understanding of themselves, changes necessary for long-term recovery, and insight that could result in valuable conversations, peer sharing opportunities, and aftercare strategies.

River Oaks strives to provide empathetic, preeminent substance abuse care using CARF accredited programs built on research-based addiction therapy, individualized treatment plans, gender-specific groups, and aftercare planning to develop coping strategies for triggers that drive addiction patterns.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

People whose lives have been devastated by their addiction may still experience ambivalence about entering a drug rehab program. This hesitation occurs frequently, even when they acknowledge the toll that addiction has taken on many areas of their personal and professional lives.

Using Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques, our licensed therapists are able to “meet our clients where they are,” to assist them in moving from uncertainty about treatment and ideally towards a state of genuine desire to make life changes. When we can help you or your loved one in resolving your ambivalence, our goal is to help you see that the negative effects of addiction on your life by far outweigh the positive rewards. By helping resolve any ambivalence, we can help you focus on the internal motivation for change.

Why is MI an effective tool for addiction and recovery treatment? As a client-focused, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach, MI has demonstrated effectiveness in helping clients see the connection between their addiction and negative life consequences. This goal-directed counseling allows the therapist to connect with the client and facilitate his or her change behaviors.

MI allows us to collaborate with our clients to find their intrinsic motivation to change. With dignity and respect, we guide clients to concentrate on their goals, strengths, and values along with issues they feel ready to tackle. We help the client recognize choices and change areas necessary to make positive lifestyle adjustments.

Individualized Treatment Plans

Because the disease and circumstances of each client’s substance abuse are distinct, we provide a personalized treatment plan and level of care according to the client’s addiction, medical, and psychological needs. Using a co-occurring disorders approach we offer multiple treatment services including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and other complementary therapies shown to be effective in managing addiction and co-occurring disorders.

We recognize every client has different areas of strength, clinical needs, abilities, and individual preferences. By examining these factors, we work with the client, primary therapist and our treatment team to meet the client’s needs, including the treatment of any co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. Upon the client’s admission and throughout the duration of treatment, our clinical team evaluates the client’s progress and determines the effectiveness of the treatment plan.

12-Step Meetings

Since its inception in the 1930’s with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), 12-Step fellowships have empowered generations of individuals fighting substance abuse to improve their lives by “working the steps.” For those battling addiction, the fellowship of coming together with other individuals creates a safe environment for sharing recovery stories and healing. Following program completion, 12-Step group attendance has been shown to increase lengths of abstinence (Journal of Substance Addiction Treatment, April 2014).

River Oaks incorporates the spirit of 12-Step fellowship and meetings into our treatment programs at all levels of care. Our curriculum includes a section – “What are the Twelve Steps? Steppin’ a New Life” – that serves as a summary and introduction to the 12-Step philosophy and spirit.

What will be different this time?

Long-term recovery is possible but the client must be engaged and committed to the program. – National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Some clients entering our program have been through one or more treatment stays or drug rehab at other facilities. Their families have been torn apart with worry and concern about their loved one’s endless cycle of relapse, treatment, incarceration, legal problems, marital discord, and life-threatening overdoses. Will anything really be different with this program?

It can be. At River Oaks, we treat your loved one with respect and compassion as an distinct individual with a brain disease, not just another person in the revolving door of treatment. For you or your loved one, this time things can be different. Upon arrival, clients meet with our multidisciplinary team of physicians and therapists for evaluation in three areas:

  • Addiction and psychosocial
  • History and physical
  • Psychiatric
  • These comprehensive assessments provide us with a rounded picture of substance abuse, co-occurring mental health disorders, exposure to trauma history, ongoing health issues, and individual aftercare goals. This complete snapshot of the client equips our treatment team to help each client move toward life stability, healthy balance, personal attainment of goals, and long-term recovery.

    Client Responsibility

    What makes recovery possible? The client’s motivation to change and commitment to the treatment process helps to form his or her foundation for recognizing the addiction and discarding harmful behaviors. When the client participates in therapy sessions, attends classes, and embraces treatment, our program can lead to a process of positive change that can result in the client’s improved health and wellness, fulfillment of potential, and self-directed living.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Medical Detox

At River Oaks, our first priority is ensuring the safety of each client. Medical Detox is our highest level of care. Following his or her initial medical and psychological evaluation at arrival, if our clinical team determines that the client has a clinical need for Medical Detox we provide a safe, 24/7 medically managed detox environment with licensed medical staff availability. Taking the client’s withdrawal symptoms into consideration we closely monitor the client through the detox process, which lasts approximately 5-7 days.

Components of the client’s addiction that may affect the detox and substance withdrawal experience:

  • drug of choice, frequency, and quantity
  • drug or alcohol tolerance level
  • progression of addiction, severity, and history
  • co-occurring mental health disorders
  • overall physical health and ongoing medical condition

In consideration of detox clients during peak days of withdrawal symptoms, we have designated detox rooms in a quiet section of the residential area in close proximity to medical staff and nursing stations for easy access and round-the-clock medical monitoring.

Medical Detox & Different Drugs

During medical detox our licensed medical staff at River Oaks uses tailored protocols according to physician’s orders and the substance involved. Our skilled medical team monitors the client 24/7 and is knowledgeable about the nuances of different drug withdrawal symptoms. Because we take a dual diagnosis approach to treatment, we address potential stress, anxiety, and behavioral health issues during the detox process.

Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

Substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders often go hand in hand and many of our clients are facing not only the struggles of their addiction, but the difficulties in managing behavioral health issues. Just focusing on the addiction does not increase the odds for long-term recovery. By simultaneously addressing the addiction and behavioral health, we can help the client with an aftercare plan that includes strategies for managing the co-occurring disorder in recovery.

River Oaks addresses addiction plus co-occurring mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. Because a co-occurring condition may impact an individual’s recovery, our dual diagnosis approach to treatment, may help the individual develop strategies to manage the disorder and avoid situations that may lead to relapse.

Research consistently demonstrates that individuals who suffer from trauma or PTSD are more likely to have problems with substance dependence. – Embracing Change: Recovery for Life

Our Curriculum

As clients attend a full schedule of individualized therapy sessions and group, their treatment is supplemented with homework and learning opportunities in interactive curriculum, Embracing Change: Recovery for Life. We developed this practical series of workbooks using research-based modalities that focus on treating the client’s addiction and co-occurring disorders. Our engaging, interactive program incorporates an uplifting course of therapy practices, journaling assignments, self-reflection exercises, and recovery information on a variety of aftercare topics.

Clients work independently on their curriculum notebooks but often in therapist-led groups and classes. These sessions provide participants with helpful insight on valuable aftercare skills such as recognizing emotional triggers that threaten sobriety, managing stressful situations, rehearsing healthy self-talk, and responding appropriately to uncomfortable situations. Our curriculum also includes information on the fellowship, spirit, and principles of 12-Step meetings and their importance for long-term recovery.

Embracing Change: Recovery for Life is exclusive to AAC facilities. The choice of presenting our curriculum education in a workbook series format was an attempt to communicate our treatment program in an inclusive, easily understood format accessible to all clients and preferred learning styles.
We consider Embracing Change: Recovery for Life to be a primary strength and differentiator for our treatment program. Rather than receiving generic information on recovery topics, clients are invited to work through our program workbooks while bringing the richness of their unique experiences to the recovery journey.

Beyond treatment, we encourage our clients to keep and review their workbooks for future personal reflection and aftercare reinforcement as part of long-term recovery.

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Length of Stay: Why 90 Days is the Ultimate Goal

The length of each client’s program stay is determined by the person’s individual circumstances – drug of choice, severity of addiction, presence of co-occurring disorders, medical considerations, and insurance coverage for treatment.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) research has demonstrated that long-term recovery is related to length of treatment. In terms of continued long-term sobriety, the most effective treatment programs are those that are a minimum of 90 days or longer.

Our 90-day Brand Promise

If you successfully complete our 90-day inpatient treatment program, we guarantee you’ll stay clean and sober, or you can return for a complimentary 30 days of treatment.

Up to 30 Free Days of Treatment

In the event of a relapse at any time post-treatment, American Addiction Centers (AAC) will provide qualified individuals with up to an additional 30 consecutive days of treatment at one of its facilities at no additional cost to you.

Family Involvement

Addiction affects all members and loved one’s of the client’s family. During treatment, the client faces difficult challenges of rehabilitation and personal change, so support from the family, loved ones, and spouse/partner is critical. With the client’s consent, to help reinforce the client’s motivation and resolve, we encourage participation in family therapy sessions. During the program stay, sharing with loved ones can support, reinforce, and strengthen post-treatment recovery efforts. All persons influential in the client’s recovery and aftercare are invited to attend onsite or via conference calls.

Aftercare Services

Addiction treatment is challenging for clients in all levels of care. During the program our clients attend process groups, share personal stories, attend didactic recovery groups and work on their aftercare plan.

The client’s progression from a treatment setting to the real world of aftercare can be intimidating. To help smooth this transition, we begin the client’s aftercare planning at admission. During his or her treatment stay, the client completes and refines a personal aftercare plan that will assist in the early days of recovery and beyond.

Prior to the client’s discharge we help the client to identify and, if appropriate, join local recovery groups, sober organizations, and sober outings. Involvement may also include participation in local 12-Step meetings, getting together with fellow River Oaks alumni, and joining recovery advocacy groups.

Sober Living Referrals

Following a client’s graduation from a treatment program, he or she may prefer to continue living within a structured environment surrounded by other individuals working on their own recovery. Often viewed as a component of the addiction and recovery care continuum, Sober Living homes provide a housing alternative for persons in recovery or working on maintaining abstinence.

Although we do not own or operate a Sober Living home, we communicate with local recovery resources. Should a client wish to continue a structured daily schedule for early aftercare, our clinical staff can provide a recommendation for Sober Living options.

River Oaks Amenities

Housekeeping Services

To help our clients focus on treatment, River Oaks provides housekeeping for residential rooms and common areas.

Gourmet Meals

Our dining area at River Oaks is a warm and welcoming environment where clients are served delicious gourmet meals by our talented dining staff. We will accommodate clients who require special meals for medically necessary diet requirements.

Indoor & Outdoor Facilities

Our whole person treatment approach includes an overall physical and spiritual wellness achieved by activity and meditation. River Oaks encourages clients to participate in yoga instruction or use our indoor fitness equipment. The equipment in this area allows clients at all fitness levels to work on their cardio, strength, and flexibility. Outdoor options include spending time on our tennis and basketball courts, walking, and running. Our personal trainer can help clients identify realistic health goals and a customized fitness plan.

Equine Therapy

In addition to individual, group, and family therapy groups, River Oaks offers Equine Therapy. Many individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders such as PTSD benefit from the positive, non-judgmental interaction with horses.

Spa Services

During their treatment program, clients are able to enjoy spa amenities at River Oaks. Certain amenities are included as a part of the client’s treatment stay and other services are available for an additional fee.