High Watch Recovery Center Philosophy
Rooted in the 12 Steps, High Watch Recovery Center provides treatment programs for chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and bi-polar disorder. High Watch offers individual, group and family counseling sessions along with holistic care options, including yoga, meditation, art therapy and fitness. Following inpatient discharge, a transition support program helps reinforce customized aftercare plans to promote long-term recovery. As a non-profit organization, High Watch is committed to providing the highest standard of care at an economical cost.
Areas of Specialization
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Meet the Staff
President & CEO
I have had the privilege of seeing first-hand how High Watch changes the lives of those struggling with alcoholism and addiction, and the wonderful way it helps spread those benefits to the lives of all those around them. I look forward to contributing my experience in both healthcare and recovery to advance the great work already being done by the rest of the professional staff, leadership and High Watch Board of Directors.”
Before joining High Watch, Matt enjoyed an extensive career as a healthcare executive and an entrepreneur. He was involved in starting, developing, financing and selling innovative products and services to improve the quality and efficiency of organizations dedicated to the ability of people to live happy, healthy and productive lives. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and then went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration from Yale University.
Oreste J. Arcuni, MD
Director of Addiction Medicine
Dr. Arcuni is a Diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. He leads a team of seasoned, licensed therapists in providing cutting edge addiction treatment at High Watch. Dr. Arcuni and his staff have a keen eye for diagnosing any underlying issues that might interfere with one’s ability to stay sober. Dr. Arcuni maintains compassionate care at the center of all treatment.
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ABOUT HIGH WATCH RECOVERY CENTER
Located in the quaint New England town of Kent, Conn., High Watch Recovery Center provides residential treatment for adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Established in 1940 with the help of Bill Watson, a co-founder of the Alcoholics Anonymous program, this facility is deeply rooted in the 12-Steps. There is no detox unit on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, programming balances 12-step involvement with educational and holistic opportunities. Each client is assigned a personal therapist for bi-weekly individual counseling and weekly group therapy. A typical afternoon at the facility features various therapeutic activities such as meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, volleyball, and scenic nature hikes. Clients also have access to various cardio and weight machines in the fitness center.
Every four weeks, at no additional cost, loved ones are invited to attend a day-long family education workshop that focuses on addiction education. Normal family visitation hours take place 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
After 30 days in treatment, clients are eligible to apply to the extended care program, which consists of an additional 60 days of treatment at no extra cost. Other graduates can stay involved through alumni newsletters, meetings, events, and activities.
High Watch Recovery Center employs a multidisciplinary team, including psychologists, adult psychiatric nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers who specialize in substance abuse treatment, according to the center’s website.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility, or “the farm,” as it’s commonly referred to, sits on 200 acres of land at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. It features accommodations akin to a country bed and breakfast. The facility’s website notes residents are housed in colorful, shared bedrooms, and eat three daily home-cooked meals in a communal dining area.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The more than dozen alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback, and they applauded the staff and the facility’s treatment approach.
Alum Claudia wrote in a representative review. “I really have nothing negative to say about this facility,” she wrote. “The staff was welcoming, caring, and always told you what you needed to hear... Not what you wanted to hear. They did a very good job of making time for me and my family.”
Alum Danielle told Rehabs.com: “The strength of this program is the core foundation you receive on 12 step programs and most of their staff are in recovery too.” And an anonymous reviewer wrote that they “had a great time there, recovered 100% and with zero recidivism.”
Although the critical comments were limited, at least two alumni (Sarah and F.B.) mentioned that the facility’s treatment of co-occurring disorders was lacking.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, the nine loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com also provided largely positive feedback.
“I did not visit the facility, but my sibling made a full recovery and now works weekends at the facility, to help others,” a loved one wrote. And Amy called High Watch “a special place” and its staff “amazing.”
Another anonymous loved one raved over the “great family awareness program” and wrote to Rehabs.com that the “head doctors are very aware of the interaction between the addiction itself and other mental and physical health conditions that may be present.”
Not all reviewers, however, were satisfied. Reviewer A.M. referred to High Watch as a "one size fits all establishment," and J.L. called security "a joke." "Visitors can easily bring anything in," they commented.
There is currently no information provided on the facility's website regarding its costs. However, the center’s website indicates residents are asked to bring insurance cards, which suggests High Watch Recovery Center accepts some insurances.
Updated April 2017
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