Las Vegas Recovery Center Philosophy
Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC) is the established leader in opioid-free, chronic pain treatment and addiction treatment in the United States. Since 2003, LVRC has been providing innovative and evidence-based treatment for chronic pain and addiction, many of which have influenced other respected and recognized pain treatment and addiction treatment programs worldwide.
Areas of Specialization
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Meet the Staff
Johanna O’Flaherty, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. O’Flaherty was recently the Vice President of Treatment Services at the Betty Ford Center. She is a Certified Trainer for Critical Incident Crisis Debriefing Programs. She developed and implemented Crisis Response Programs for TWA, and has facilitated the training of Crisis Response Teams for several airlines, as well as Critical Incident Response training for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Johanna O’Flaherty’s doctorate in clinical psychology is from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a Nationally Certified Addiction Specialist (Advanced Level) and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Dr. O’Flaherty was called to New York to assist with counseling airline employees and to facilitate Crisis Response training for the New York City Transit Authority.
Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is Vice President of Medical Affairs and the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He is the former chairman of ASAM’s AIDS Committee, a member of ASAM’s Symposium Planning Committee, a member of the planning committee for ASAM’s Annual “Common Threads, Pain and Addiction” Course and co-chair of ASAM’s Pain and Addiction Workgroup.
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ABOUT LAS VEGAS RECOVERY CENTER
Located 20 miles northwest of the city's main strip, the Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC) is situated within a pristine, neatly landscaped residential area. First opened in 2003, the treatment center addresses alcohol and drug addiction and uniquely prides itself on its innovative, “opiate-free chronic pain recovery” treatment program.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
LVRC offers a simple, “back to basics” model of addiction treatment focused on committed abstinence, 12-step recovery principles, and group therapy. In addressing the challenges of living with chronic pain, the center also uniquely applies 12-step principles –– clients are taught to accept their powerlessness over pain and assume the willingness to change. As LVRC’s website describes, the pain recovery treatment program “guides clients to consider various physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual strategies for accepting chronic pain, and toward learning how to live in peaceful coexistence with it.”
For those in the addiction treatment program, programming consists of daily 12-step meetings (often held off-site), group therapy, and weekly individual therapy. LVRC also emphasizes holistic, whole-body therapies for all treatment courses, such as acupuncture, yoga, massages, meditation, “Chi Kung” (a Chinese energy exercise), chiropractic therapy, nutrition education, and more.On average, residential treatment lasts about a month, though the facility requires an eight-week minimum commitment from those attending outpatient sessions, held once weekly from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
LVRC’s staffs a large team of certified alcohol and drug counselors (CADCs), registered and licensed practical nurses, psychologists, and holistic instructors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
In intimate, gender-specific settings, residential clients are housed in private or semi-private rooms, no more than eight to a residence. Laptops and cell phones are not allowed, but on-site smoking is accepted. Residents venture out for weekend movies, and have access to daily activities at an off-site gym, along with weekly Reiki, acupuncture, and massage services. Sober living homes are available for male graduates at nearby Bobby’s House, and for female graduates at Sydney’s House.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The group of seven of alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date shared highly disparate details of their personal experiences here. A former client, C.C.G. rated LVRC high in its staff support and commented: “Exceeded all expectations.” This report was echoed by alum T.S. who wrote that besides the fact that the program was expensive, LVRC was a “great place” with many strengths: “Beautiful, great food, laundry /janitor service, great counselors and classes. Offers yoga, reiki, Chi Kung , trainer, etc.”
Despite positive accounts, however, other reviewers, such as Phillip and T.J.C. called the LVRC an “expensive scam” and an “awful place to go.” “They keep the outside looking good as well as the front entry but the rest of the place is a mess. It needed remodeled years ago. The pics on their website must have been when they first opened because it doesn't look like that now, Tiny rooms with roommate in bed 3 feet from you. I would never refer anyone to lvrc,” wrote M.C. And another anonymous alum commented on center’s locale, writing, “Vegas is [too] crowded and the rehab was way [too] loud and interrupting.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
More positive, four loved ones told Rehabs.com of the LVRC’s “compassionate,” “professional,” and “friendly” staff as well as its “amazing” programs that involved family members as much as their loved ones in treatment. Together, the four reviewers left high marks between four and five out of five stars for the facility’s holistic opportunities, family participation, and the staff’s level of training and experience.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Rehabs.com has also received positive feedback from one staff member as of this writing. R.B. explained that client care was excellent. “The program is of the highest quality and the staff really cares. Amazing desire to equip patients and their family with the most recent proven outcomes. They really do have a passion to help the addict,” R.B. wrote.
According to its website, LVCR accepts most major insurance providers, from Aetna to ValueOptions.
Updated November 2016
Published on April 2017
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