A Sober Way Home in Prescott, AZ

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195 Plaza Dr.
Prescott AZ 86303

A Sober Way Home Philosophy

A Sober Way Home provides comprehensive residential addiction treatment services to chemically-dependent mature adults and young adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring psychiatric disorders such as anxiety disorders, depression, Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD. Gambling specific treatment is available to those struggling with compulsive gambling. The Young Opiates Program addresses the rising epidemic of opiate abuse among young people and provides age-appropriate education and care for young people experiencing heroin or opiate pill addiction. A Christian centered track is offered for those who identify Christ as their higher power or those who are interested in exploring their spirituality. Somatic Experiencing trauma treatment is available for those who experience symptoms of unresolved trauma. Equine therapy is offered to all clients and neurofeedback and our family workshop are available at an additional cost. Therapy groups include themes such as the grief, codependency, love addiction, anger management, family, boundaries, spirituality, shame, recovery strategies, relapse prevention, and more.

Areas of Specialization

  • Equine Therapy
    Equine assisted therapy has shown evidenced-based efficacy in clients with substance use and co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Research currently reveals that the human animal bond can enhance a person’s life on many levels including emotional growth, increasing concentration levels, boosting self confidence, anxiety reduction, and increasing self-efficacy.

  • Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

Facility Highlights

Equine Therapy

Neurofeedback

Dual Diagnosis

Meet the Staff

Nick Herb, CPA

CEO

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Nick started working for A Sober Way Home in 2011 as part-time financial consultant. Shortly thereafter he transitioned to Chief Financial Officer and shepherded the company through three years of explosive growth. In 2015 he stepped away from his successful accounting company to take over as CEO of The Sober Way Family of Treatment Centers so that he could he could make working with addicts his primary vocation.

Jeffrey Young

Executive Director

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Jeff came to treatment in Prescott and quickly found his passion for recovery and a new way of life at A Sober Way Home. “After treatment I started at an entry level position on the residential team and worked my way through just about every department at Sober Way.” Having experience in each of the departments is one of the many unique ways Jeff has become qualified to be on our leadership team.

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ABOUT A SOBER WAY HOME

Located in the scenic Arizona city of Prescott, A Sober Way Home offers long-term, gender-specific residential substance abuse treatment for men and women ages 18 and older. There is a specialized program for young adults, which includes men and women between the ages of 18 and 27. Detox services are available on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

A Sober Way Home offers three phases of treatment: a stabilization and foundation building stage, a primary stage, and a transitional stage. Individual counseling sessions, group therapy, and holistic treatments such as yoga, massage, and equine therapy comprise treatment. Neurofeedback is provided at the facility’s cutting-edge Brain Center. Clients are also encouraged to work the 12-Steps and attend the area’s multiple Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings.

Weekly groups focus on nutrition, expressive arts, and spirituality. Time is set aside each day of the week for chores, physical fitness, or off-campus excursions.

Families are invited to participate in monthly workshops on Fridays and Saturdays. In addition, the facility addresses co-occurring disorders and offers additional treatment tracks for gambling, Christ-centered recovery, pregnant women, and young opiate users.

The clinical team provides an individualized and comprehensive aftercare and relapse prevention plan for each client to follow upon leaving treatment.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

A Sober Way Home’s team includes a psychiatrist, a naturopathic physician, licensed clinical social workers, licensed family therapists, certified drug and alcohol counselors, a trauma therapist, a yoga teacher, and a chef. There are also large teams of residential managers for both the women’s and men’s facilities. The facility has a staff-to-client ratio of 1:8.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

A Sober Way Home does not operate on a campus. Rather, residents stay in one of the facility’s monitored, gender-specific sober living homes that are separate from, but within easy reach of the treatment facility.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Of the ten former clients surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, six offered positive reviews, one offered a mixed review, and three provided negative feedback. The clients who reported positive experiences praised the staff highly, and all awarded them five out of five stars for their level of training and experience. “My therapist was outstanding, worked with my needs that I did not think could be met, regarding self-forgiveness, self-worth, and spirituality,” wrote Justin in a representative review.

The client who provided the mixed review attended the gambling program and noted that while the groups and feedback from other clients were helpful, the staff seemed overworked. “I felt like I was just a number and not a cared about client,” they wrote.

Complaints from the three unsatisfied alumni included objection to the facility’s focus on AA, treatment that was not helpful for clients under 30, and a claim that the rehab was just in the business for monetary purposes.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

All three loved one surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing offered the facility positive feedback, commenting on the helpfulness of the family program and the variety of activities. “Overall it helped a lot and is a great place for rehabilitation,” an anonymous loved one wrote in a representative review.

WHAT STAFF SAY

The two staffers surveyed by Rehabs.com gave the facility positive reviews. One anonymous reviewer, who was a house manager, gave the facility almost all four and five out of five stars across 15 different evaluated metrics, including the facility’s willingness to put clients’ interests first, its respect for protocols surrounding client privacy, and the experience and treatment credentials of the facility’s staff. Despite noting that the facility could use a stronger transitional program, the reviewer wrote: “Many of the staff members are also in recovery and are able to share their own experience, strengths and hope. Staff has the ability to relate with compassion and empathy.”

E.W., who is in recovery herself, described the facility as an “amazing company to work for. The clients are treated with love and respect.”

FINANCING

A Sober Way Home accepts most private insurance.

Updated January 2017

Published on February 2017

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Working here 5 years and a lot of clients where able to. Achieve sobriety

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There was no expressional art program or nutrional programs

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Strengths: Staff The clinical support The facility is nice The housing department I think that a Soberway home as a whole does a fantastic job and as a recovery facility. And that his treatment programs and is a very powerful messages about Sobriety in life.

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Staff members made efforts to make me feel comfortable, for my first and only long-term treatment, I found myself enjoying sobriety when I thought I couldn't. I learned valuable life-skills, and the program forced me to take responsibility for daily tasks that I needed for life outside of treatment. My therapist was outstanding, worked with my needs that I did not think could be met, regarding self-forgiveness, self-worth, and spirituality. Volunteer opportunities in the community that helped my sobriety, self-esteem, and they worked with my legal issues to keep me compliant with the court systems. I don't remember anything was unfair or wasn't good for me. I have recommended family members, friends, and friends of friends, and feel confident in what will be provided for care and therapy. The life skills and learning to take care of yourself with supervision and people that care about your well-being was invaluable.

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Amazing company to work for. The clients are treated with love and respect. This all women's facility is located in beautiful Fountain Hills, provides equine therapy, neuro feedback, SE, massages done on site, master level degree therapy, addiction counseling, aftercare, you name it! As a woman in recovery myself I am honored and very grateful to be apart of a company and program that help bring our the best in our clients.

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I highly recommend Algamus / A Sober Way Home (ASWH). I attended there in the fall of 2016 and stayed for nearly two months. There are only a few in-patient gambling rehab centers in the country, despite the fact that at least three million Americans have a gambling problem. Gamblers who want an inpatient treatment plan are fortunate that the reasonably-priced ASWH. ASWH is split between the gambling program (up to 13 patients, ranging in age from 25-80) and the drug rehab program (approximately 25 patients, most of whom are in their 20s). Both genders are welcome into both programs. The staff and clients on both sides were competent and friendly. So, now to focus on the gambling treatment .... The women stay in a new-ish house in a new-ish typical suburban neighborhood. The women's house has beds for five patients, along with a room for the house manager (the house manager is responsible for driving clients around, etc.). The men's housing is a stunning and highly spacious lodge a minute drive up a mountain in the more rustic parts of town. Simply put, the sunrises from the men's lodge is stunning. The men's lodge has four bedrooms for clients (with a total of eight beds between them, including one private room) and a room for the house manager. The lodge also features an extremely spacious and professional kitchen, four refrigerators, a big TV with DISH network and DVR, a new ping pong table, darts, and a pool table, along with a couple nice sofas and lounge chairs. The beds are full beds that are comfortable enough; the pillows are awful and I recommend bringing your own. There's a washer and dryer in the basement. The lodge has gorgeous wrap-around views showing the gorgeous views on the mountain. This program does NOT have a chef on staff. You're given a $75 gift card each week, and you go grocery shopping each Friday. You're also given $25 cash each week, in case the gift card doesn't cover that. You can also bring extra money for snacks at the grocery store, etc (you receive the money from a weekly money request). You will spend about 2 hours a day in the van, being driven to treatment and meetings and to receive night medication. ASWH just moved into new offices Every morning, Monday-Friday, you leave the house at 7:15am, drive to the facility, get your meds, and then have 90 minutes of free time, during which time you can read, sleep, perhaps meet with your therapist or the program directors. At 9am each morning, the gamblers (men and women combined) gather in a room for a 2-2.5 hour group therapy session, with a 10-15 minute break in the middle of each session. You'll then have 30-90 minutes for lunch (depending on the day - Monday's lunchtime yoga cramps eating time), and then you begin a similar group therapy from 1-3:30pm (on Tuesdays, you go to a horse farm for equine therapy). Every Sunday-Friday evening around 5pm or so, you drive to the VA hospital in town for a Gamblers Anonymous meeting. Most of the people at the GA meetings are clients at ASWH, along with a handful of people from town (on Tuesday nights, everyone comes over to the lodge for a big meal). Saturday's GA meeting is at 10:30am. You pretty much have free-time from mid-day Saturday to Sunday evening. Maybe you go golfing, go to the movies, go bowling, go to church (if you want). 90% of staff and clients at ASWH smoke. The treatment costs $14,500 a month, and insurance is expected. About five different therapists lead the various groups, each doing 1-3 sessions a week. The conversation in the groups is open and engaging. It almost never gets to 'crying level'; I wish it would've gotten there more, I wish that we would have delved deep into our own deep personal pain much more often. Still though, all in all, the groups were beneficial. You'll share your own personal story for an hour or so after a few weeks there. You'll complete various worksheets and homework assignments at times. You'll meet with a therapist one on one for an hour or two a week, along with some check-in meetings with the program director Marc. The medical staff is good. The staff at ASWH genuinely cares about you as a person, and your fellow patients do as well. ASWH won't cure you. However, in my opinion, by far the most valuable part of the program, and why I would recommend going there, is the fact that ASWH *prepares you* for the treatment that you'll need in the years ahead. ASWH makes clear how addiction can be overcome and it sets up a terrific post-rehab treatment plan (calling therapists in your hometown, etc.). If you want to stop gambling, you need to get extensive and intense treatment for months and years, attending several GA meetings a week, etc. For instance, daily GA attendance while at ASWH makes many grow to love the GA program, and that makes it more likely that they'll become committed to GA once they return to the real world. ASWH's value comes from the fact that it helps you realize how much treatment you need to get free of the grip of gambling addiction and in assisting you in setting up the ongoing post-rehab treatment plan. In one sentence, the biggest benefit of ASWH is this: ASWH will likely make you have a greater desire and greater commitment to get the ongoing multi-year outpatient treatment that you need. ASWH is a tremendous launching pad for sustained recovery.

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I attended the gambling treatment. I think overall it was helpful. Interaction with the other clients was the most helpful because I was surrounded by people I could relate to and didn't feel alone. I think there needs to be more of a personalized touch where you feel the staff care about (and have time for) you. It seems the staff was way overworked and overwhelmed and therefore couldn't give us intensive treatment. I felt like I was just a number and not a cared about client. I was given 3 hours over a 36 day stay with a therapist. We accomplished nothing. However the groups were good and feedback from other clients was helpful. One of the staff, not a therapist, however did make me feel important and made an effort to genuinely help me. I'd go in with moderate expectations and try to make the most of it.

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Do NOT go to this facility if you are a woman over 30!

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Wonderful staff, and stay. It simply works, they are the best. We are so greatful

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A Sober Way Home also has a detox center with very competent staff, Brain Neuro Center, Equine Therapy and a Gambling program. They specialize in dealing with extreme trauma. Many of the staff members are also in recovery and are able to share their own experience, strengths and hope. Staff has the ability to relate with compassion and empathy. Needs a stronger transitional program.

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We paid the whole tab. Enjoyed Family therapy weekend.

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The 12-Step religious AA/NA is not encouraged...IT'S MANDATED!

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A Sober Way Home was an incredible place to attend. Going to treatment was a scary process but the staff made me feel safe and comfortable during my entire stay. The therapists and staff helped me stand up on my own two feet, and start to really live my life again. They provided me with the necessary assistance during my stay and gave me the tools to go back out in the world and succeed. I would recommend A Sober Way Home to anyone seeking help.

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I received overall exceptional treatment. The facility was instrumental in my success at becoming and staying sober.

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Attended to family therapy weekend

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Activities are good for them. More motivation for patients better counseling. Overall it helped a lot and is a great place for rehabilitation.

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After several previous treatments, Sober Way was the program that finally worked for me. Their neurofeedback center, therapists, and specialty groups are all phenomenal. I got a lot out of my experience at Sober Way. I can't think of anything I would change. Sober Way changed my life. My primary therapist was highly educated, and trained in somatic experiencing as well. Their specialty groups gave me the coping skills I had been lacking. I also was given a solid 12-step based foundation.

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The owner is only interested in making as much money as possible. Incredibly domineering and controlling...DO NOT GO THROUGH THIS. With many treatment centres in Prescott go to any other

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