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Decision Point Center Philosophy
Decision Point takes a contemporary view of addiction as a chronic disease, not a choice. And like any chronic condition, addiction must be managed throughout one’s life. But this does not mean having to live life any less fully or with limitations. On the contrary, we believe that by learning to manage the condition of addiction and its associated disorders, people become better at learning to overcome the many other adversities they will encounter throughout their lives. We believe that treating addiction should be seen as a positive and healthful path of hope and growth.
Areas of Specialization
45-Day Treatment Program
Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and misuse in our 45-Day Inpatient Drug Rehab Program involves a combination of behavioral and holistic therapies designed to achieve cessation from alcohol and drugs, an understanding of the causes of the disease of addiction, the ability to identify “triggers” for relapse, and the wherewithal to navigate one’s way back on track by seeking appropriate help should relapse occur. Should the client or the clinicians at Decision Point Center determine that deeper therapeutic work on underlying mental health issues, and/or educational and vocational counseling be of significant benefit to the client, he or she may elect to stay on for our 45-day Extended Residential Treatment Program. All 45-Day Residential Treatment clients live and receive treatment at Decision Point’s Prescott, Arizona treatment center.
Decision Point Detox provides detoxification services in an Arizona state-licensed facility accredited by the Joint Commission. Medical detoxification is provided under the direction of our board-certified physicians and a team of specialized nurses who supervise our clients' safe withdrawal from a myriad of addictive substances including but not limited to; alcohol, benzodiazepines, heroin, methamphetamines, methadone and a variety of opiate medications, including fentanyl, carfentanil and prescription “pain pills”. We also specialize in some of the more popular emerging drugs of abuse: kratom, ketamine, piperazine, bath salts, synthetic cannabinoids, salvia divinorum and other psychoactive drugs. As an in-patient medical detoxification facility, we offer the advantages of 24-hour medical care and supervision provided by our professional staff, and the easy availability of treatment for serious complications. In addition, our private Precott Valley setting prevents access to abused substances and offers separation from the substance-using environment. At Decision Point Detox, we enlist a two-phased approach to our clients' care. First, a comprehensive physical assessment and extensive drug or alcohol usage review help us to achieve medical stabilization and relieve the immediate symptoms of withdrawal through utilization of our state-of-the-art detoxification program. Our physicians have developed detox protocols based on peer-review research that emphasizes the use of today’s latest and most efficacious medications such as buprenorphine (Subutex/Suboxone), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), clonazepam (Klonopin), chlordiazepoxide (Librium) and phenobarbital. Once the client is medically stable and free of physiological withdrawal symptoms, our second phase of care begins in which we focus on behavioral and psychosocial assessments with the aim of helping clients identify behaviors that lead to drug or alcohol usage. Our objective is to provide our clients with “tools” to develop new coping mechanisms and thought processes. At the end of our two-phased approach, our medical staff can foster a smooth and comfortable transition to our 45-Day Residential Treatment Program for clients who choose to seek additional care. For those clients, the absence of drugs or alcohol in the system allows them to focus on the therapeutic work to be done rather than on the distraction caused by discomfort and cravings.
Extended Treatment Program
In some cases, clients, their families, and the treatment team agree that a longer term stay may be warranted. This is extended period of treatment allows for further stabilization from addictive behaviors and in some cases, more in-depth treatment of mental health and trauma-related issues. However, the 45-Day Extended Treatment Program also provides additional therapies and services focused on addressing failure to launch issues. Some of these include: life skills counseling including money management, banking skills, resume writing and interviewing skills, and educational and vocational consulting, and more. We find that for many clients, addiction and substance use disorder are outgrowths of a perceived inability to engage with life on one’s own terms. We believe that this perception is due to a lack of emotional maturity and an inability to take responsibility for one’s self and future.
Robert (name changed) returned home on Monday almost unrecognizable to us. He is more focused, calm, able to articulate his thoughts... I could go on and on. We are so grateful that we found Decision Point - and you helping us get Robert there was crucial. We could not have done it on our own, nor Robert on his own. His therapist seemed to be able to really get into his head and he can't stop talking about how wonderful she was. Thanks again for everything.
I was made to feel that the staff cared for me as a person, not just as another addict. Everyone was kind, compassionate, understanding and professional.
Meet the Staff
Executive Director, DPC Behavioral Health, LLC
After coming to Prescott in 2005 to regain her own sobriety, Mary Ann joined the Decision Point team and watched it grow into what it is today. She puts her skills to work to include outstanding customer service, writing and implementing policies and procedures, and most of all, helping others. She credits her success to the support she received from her significant other, and the help he provided for their children while she worked hard to achieve her goals.
Gary D. Hees, MA, LPC
President, Professional Relations, Clinical Director
Gary brings a foundational, developmental and systemic perspective to Decision Point. His focus is in Ericksonian Hypnosis, Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Pia Mellody’s Post-Induction Model as well as multiple Family Therapy modalities such as Structural, Strategic, Narrative and Brief Solution-Focused therapy. In addition, Gary has years of experience working with addiction as well as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Psychology-Marriage and Family Therapy. Gary has been licensed in Texas and Arizona for fifteen years.
Administrator and Human Resources Director
Gail has over 30 years of administrative management and customer service experience. She carries a unique talent of organization, business and interpersonal skills, and a strong passion for detail. Gail ensures Decision Point maintains compliance with both the State of Arizona, and the Joint Commission. She also ensures the HR department is always on top of new rules, regulations, and trainings. Gail is a proud mother of four grown children and grandmother of ten, and spends her spare time engaged in family activities.
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ABOUT DECISION POINT CENTER
Surrounded by the scenic mountains of Prescott, Ariz., Decision Point Center provides residential addiction and substance abuse treatment to adults. Co-occurring mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are also addressed, along with failure to launch issues. Detox services are offered on-site and in nearby Prescott Valley. The facility also operates an outpatient program in Scottsdale.
Though the facility has been in operation since 2002, it is necessary to note that it underwent a massive overhaul of its treatment modalities and offerings in 2015.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The facility offers 45-day and 90-day residential programs that take a holistic approach to recovery. The center offers program alternatives for clients who prefer a non-12-step approach. Treatment is tailored by age with young adults (ages 18 to 34) receiving separate treatment from older adults (ages 35 and older).
Upon admission, all residents receive a thorough assessment that is used to create a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan. Daily treatment modalities to address both the symptoms and underlying causes of each client’s addiction include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), life skills workshops, and career counseling.
Clients also work on relapse prevention, anger management techniques, and trauma resolution. Specialized family workshops are offered for loved ones. Decision Point utilizes its sun-soaked mountain environment to the fullest, offering outdoor therapy with activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and equine therapy.
Staffers include a medical doctor, psychiatrists, therapists, nurses, counselors, and residential technicians.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residents live in comfortable and homey spaces with shared bedrooms, common areas, and a kitchen.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni reviews of the facility are mixed, as Rehabs.com received reviews before Decision Point Center’s recent overhaul. Overall, the facility received high praise for its treatment team, programming, and life skills training from Rehabs.com respondents. “My family was planning my funeral and lost hope in me,” J.P. told Rehabs.com. “I did not know how to live life and DP taught me how… I am forever grateful for this place… I am a miracle and DP made it possible.”
“What I like most about Decision Point Center was the fact that you could shop for yourself, cook your own food, and take care of yourself,” an anonymous alum reported. “Also going on outdoor trips while in treatment was great.”
While negative reviews have been reported to Rehabs.com, they tended to focus on the facility’s harsh disciplinary tactics, rigidity in the 12-Steps, and making individuals stay too long. These are all facets specifically addressed by new management and one alum, B.K., who told Rehabs.com: “Whoa! These old reviews make this place look horrible!! I just graduated recently and while it was challenging it was the best decision I ever made.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Feedback from loved ones is also mixed. Family members complained that they were not given enough contact with their loved ones, and that communication with the facility was poor. Yet these comments seem to stem from before the new management, as they referenced the facility’s adherence to a solely 12-step treatment philosophy, which is no longer the case. Praise was given, however, to the fact that many of the counselors are in recovery themselves.
The eight loved ones polled to date on metrics such as holistic offerings, counseling options, and affordability gave average ratings between just two and three out of five stars. Highest ratings, averaging four out of five stars, were given to the staff’s level of training and experience and the cleanliness and upkeep on Decision Point.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The six staff reviews received by Rehabs.com reflect the changes and growth of Decision Point. Jason, who has been an employee for over five years, noted that he’s seen tremendous change occur and is proud of the direction the facility is moving in. “You can see the results from the smiles on the clients faces, and the families that have been reconciled,” he said. “We have brought back equine therapy and multi-day hikes which all clients love! I am proud to be a part of such a unique and special program that helps clients to regain their lives!”
Current staffer, A.L. agreed that there’s been a tremendous amount of change over the past year, and said “today we have a management staff that truly cares about each individual patient… I know that Decision Point Center is trying to provide quality care for each person that walks through our doors.”
Decision Point Center does accept most commercial insurances. The facility does not accept Medicare, Medicaid, AHCCCS, or Tricare. Coverage depends on the specific insurance provider and the facility urges interested clients to verify their coverage on its website.
Updated February 2017
Published on April 2017
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