Las Vegas Recovery Center in Las Vegas, NV

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(3.5 of 5)
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3321 N Buffalo Dr #150
Las Vegas NV 89129

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
    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

  • Medical Detoxification
    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.

Facility Highlights

Addiction Treatment

Alumni Program

Family Recovery

Meet the Staff

Johanna O’Flaherty, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

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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

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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.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

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.

FINANCING

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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The Dr is a good man and truly understands addiction. Some of the counselors are good at LVRC some are not. The janitororial, kitchen and laundry staff are great. There are a lot of good people there in a flawed framework. If you truly want some help and have money to burn then LVRC could be an option. However even though the facade looks good it has not been maintained very well. Dirty uncomfortable furniture. Beds are worse, plus in the residential treatment wing it usually smells like an open sewer. The owner of LVRC came by a few times driving his Ferrari. Hmmmm. If you are serious about wanting recovery find a good AA or NA group and sponser and you'll save a lot of money and not have to go through a step 4 to overcome your resentment to a rehab center.

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In response to the other reviews I will say this about LVRC: despite its moderate success with Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia and the pain program for chronic pain patients, it uses questionable practices to get, at best, obfuscated results. While its true that LVRC and Dr. are both very accredited, lets be honest about what that means. An example of "accredited": Best Doctors, a vanity club, is an organization that hands out awards for doctors who obtain favorable reviews from friends and then pays a fee for a Lucite-bound "award." As far as ABAM goes, if you are a doctor and a drug addict, fill out some forms, take a test, and then you're in. That says it all about Dr. I was a patient there, I'm a physician myself, and a good friend of an employee who recommended it. That being said I found the place deplorable in many ways. Rehab clinics post few if any long term results because there aren’t any. Rehab is mostly a placebo effect, and by that I mean they try very hard to brainwash a patient from the very beginning with employee "testimonials" which are biased and self-serving––in governments around the world its called “propaganda.” I went to LVRC on my own accord to detox safely and treat my Hyperalgesia, Fibromyalgia, and acute Temoromandibular disorder. What I received, after the appropriate and acceptable chemical detox program, was highly mysterious attempted spirituality reprogramming in place of treatment. Not exactly the Mayo Clinic, not exactly a health spa, more of quack-peddlers dream. I did find the nursing staff to be well-informed, disciplined, and professional, even to us medical professional patients. They are to be congratulated. The non-medical staff hammers on with 12 step slogans and assertions that the patient will die, yes, DIE, if they don’t believe in concepts of higher powers and spiritual peer meetings outside the facility... Yet the 12 steps and NA/AA meetings are just cheap and easy for them to substitute for real, scientific-based treatment, of which I found none. (No evidence exists of the efficacy of 12 step programs.) That’s what all rehab clinics do according to Dr. at NIDA, National Institute of Health, in Wash. DC. She is the premier researcher on addiction in America. I questioned her at length and she was highly skeptical of rehab as a whole. They are all the same. She suggested I interview other doctors there at NIH. My findings to date: The reason that so many medical organizations accredit rehab centers is because of the Mental Health Bill that was put in action. Basically, the US Government grants rehab clinics taxpayer money, and most doctors at NIH won’t come out against rehab clinics because that would be attacking the hand that feeds them. NIH receives money under that bill and criticizing it would be unbeneficial. This is direct from three doctors I asked at NIH, but none would go on record and I fully understand why. But rehab clinics know this only too well. Its no wonder the Internet at LVRC is tightly controlled and edited for content and website accessibility. Addiction Patients by and large recover on their own says the Harvard Medical Letter on addiction. But rehab clinics claim they are responsible only. Those that don’t recover like Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen and just ordinary citizens are given the blame by society, not the ineffective and expensive treatment facilities. Most families research buying a new car more than a rehab clinic for their loved ones said an article in the Washington Post. I believe that. There is a very well researched book entitled “Inside Rehab”, its well worth reading.

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LVRC is a scam. All they care about is keeping you as long as possible to line their pockets with your's and your insurance's money. The second I told them I was going to leave, to actually do treatment, not detox, you know to maybe solve the problems that lead me to drugs in the first place, they stopped treating me completely. The Staff is half good. There are good people in there, however even the good one have their hands tied with how they can actually help you. The staff are told to tell you this is the only way, however there are many ways to battle addiction. If you have been in and out of detox's and rehabs I encourage all of you to research Ibogaine. LVRC is simply a huge waste of money.

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Awful place to go. Treated like your 5 years old. To many stupid rule & 20 year old punks watching your every move, over priced for what u get. Bad food, bad beds, dirty rooms bad pillows, tiny bath towels that needed to be thrown in the trash. They do your laundry but it comes back with an awful smell. 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.

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Altogether, a good place for rehab.

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Compassionate counselors which was good but small rooms. Helps with financial aid

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Programs and staff were good. Family interaction should be better. The staff is very friendly but I'm not sure how much help overall it is

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Amazing staff and programs for patients as well as family members. Everyone was professional as well as personable. It's a family problem and they certainly include family in the program.

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Strengths: Beautiful, great food, laundry /janitor service, great counselors and classes. Offers yoga, reiki, Chi Kung , trainer, etc. Weaknesses: Expensive. Great place.

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Excellent family participation and it was quite affordable.

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It's a beautiful area and relaxes me. There are certain areas witch are way to loud and text here are to many strict rules. Would recommend a different area because Vegas is to crowded and the rehab was way to loud and interrupting.

Its nonsense...LVRC is an expensive scam... weird “true believer” staff. Strange holistic doctors that stretch the truth to the breaking point....Quack chronic pain treatments mostly...No psychology...Its all nonsense. The food is terrible.

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Exceeded all expectations

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Amazing desire to equip patients and their family with the most recent proven outcomes. They really do have a passion to help the addict. The program is of the highest quality and the staff really cares.

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