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 near the Red Rock Mountains in southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC) provides a continuum of care for those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction as well as co-occurring disorders and chronic pain. Services include inpatient rehabilitation, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), inpatient residential program, and intensive outpatient program (IOP). On-site medically-monitored detox is available using methadone or Subutex.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
LVRC's inpatient rehabilitation program follows a simple, “back to basics” model of addiction treatment focused on 12-Step principles, committed abstinence, group therapy, and weekly individual therapy sessions. The program also emphasizes holistic treatment options, as well as 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.
Inpatient treatment generally lasts from 30 to 90 days, during which two loved ones can participate in the Family Renewal Program. Each patient's individual recovery plan facilitates a smooth transition after discharge and includes follow-up treatment/aftercare, referral to the LVRC alumni group and often to the rehab's other levels of care.
Patients in LVRC's PHP attend seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those who do not need acute medical care, yet seek to receive the same services offered in the inpatient program may participate in the inpatient residential program, where clients stay an average of four months. The Rehmar Recovery Residences are gender-specific and offer supportive living that includes regular monitoring, supervision and on-site support services. IOP clients have nine or more hours of treatment per week of group or individual sessions that reinforce 12-Step principles.
LVRC’s staffs a large team of certified alcohol and drug counselors (CADCs), registered and licensed practical nurses, psychologists, and holistic instructors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Clients in the inpatient residential program's Rehmar Recovery Residences stay in private or semi-private rooms, with no more than eight clients per housing unit. Amenities include WiFi, cable and flat panel TV, full kitchens, laundry and cleaning products, and linens. Residents receive transportation to outpatient and day treatment programs, must attend five 12-Step meetings per week, and adhere to a 10 p.m. daily curfew.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Nine alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date offered mixed reviews and disparate details of their experiences. A former client, C.G. rated LVRC high for its staff support and commented: “Exceeded all expectations.” This sentiment was echoed by alum T.S. who wrote that, although 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.” All three alumni polled on additional metrics such as holistic treatment offerings, family participation during treatment, and facility cleanliness each gave perfect five-star ratings in every category.
Despite positive accounts, however, other reviewers, such as Phillip and T.J.C., called LVRC an “expensive scam” and an “awful place to go.” T.J.C. told Rehabs.com: “They keep the outside looking good as well as the front entry but the rest of the place is a mess" and added: "Tiny rooms with roommate in bed 3 feet from you. I would never refer anyone to lvrc.” An anonymous alum felt likewise: "Even though the facade looks good it has not been maintained very well. Dirty uncomfortable furniture."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Four loved ones offered more positive feedback. They told Rehabs.com about 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. These reviewers left high marks between four and five out of five stars for the facility’s holistic treatment options, counseling options, family participation, and the staff’s level of training and experience.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Rehabs.com received positive feedback from one staff member as of this writing. R.B. wrote: “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."
According to its website, LVRC accepts most major insurance providers, from Aetna to ValueOptions. At the time of this writing, monthly fees at the Rehmar Recovery Residences are: $800 for a private room; $750 for semi-private with bath; and $700 for semi-private room.
Published on June 2017
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