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A Better Today Recovery Services Philosophy
A Better Today Recovery Services (ABT) provides evidence-based treatment for those who are struggling with substance addiction and co-occurring disorders. The methods we utilize are the latest and most advanced approaches that have been proven most effective in the medical and psychological fields. Our Masters level therapists conduct individual assessments in order to develop the treatment plan that is specific and tailored to each individual’s needs. Each treatment plan incorporates evidence-based treatment strategies that will balance your program and focus you on a path of recovery and sobriety. A Better Today recognizes the necessity of behavioral and emotional shifts that were the causes of addiction and treats clients accordingly. We understand that very often, drugs and alcohol are not the problem, rather they were used as a solution to underlying conflicts. We help clients develop healthy alternatives to drugs and alcohol as means of coping by conquering harmful emotions and thoughts.
Services like cognitive behavioral therapy, music and art therapy, nutrition and fitness, group and individual counseling, and life skill coaching are just some of the treatment strategies we incorporate to help develop coping skill and life tools. A Better Today genuinely cares about your journey through recovery and will focus the end of your treatment on relapse prevention, developing a strong support system with family and friends and finding a sober living community in your area to help introduce or reintroduce you to a lifestyle that is drug free.
Areas of Specialization
At A Better Today Recovery Services, individual counseling is viewed as a foundation in effective and long lasting addiction treatment. Dedicated therapists make time to explore the root of your addiction and how best to help you over cravings and triggers come. Life coaches prepare you for the ‘real world’ when all you have known is drug abuse.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
For many addicts, thinking positively about their future is a challenge. The guilt and shame of their drug abuse makes it difficult to comprehend a life without the use of substances. Utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a treatment strategy helps focus the mind and alleviate some of the negative thought patterns learned in active addiction. Relapse is an unfortunate reality for some and with CBT’s relapse prevention, our clients can have confidence in saying no the next time temptation stifles their sobriety.
A Better Today provides group therapy to help those suffering with addiction. Surrounding yourself with peers that understand the struggles and strife involved in substance abuse is important for the healing process. Emotions can be overwhelming in treatment and having like-minded people to vent, cry, and laugh with is all part of the process ABT can offer.
Health and Fitness
Many who have abused drugs know that your health and physical well-being are not top priority during active addiction. A Better Today teaches you the importance of a balance nutrition and encourages staying active and fit. From weight lifting to yoga, this type of therapy focuses on regulating hormone releases, mediation, and stress management techniques that are beneficial to your mind, body, and soul.
Life coaches help prepare you for your new sober lifestyle upon graduation.
Personalized treatment plans to address co-occurring disorders for a well rounded treatment.
Learn how to proper take care of your body and develop a routine to help ease the transition from substance abuse to sobriety.
Focus on healing the mind, body, and soul. Soothing intense emotions and physical fitness for hormone regulation.
One-on-one therapy to encourage positive thought patterns, relapse prevention practice, and establishing strong support systems.
Master Level therapists that dedicate one-on-one time to your recovery.
Whether you need to find meetings, sober living housing, or get involved in the sober community, ABT is here to help you maintain your sobriety.
Rebuilding the relationships that matter the most.
I went through A Better Today's residential treatment program and would highly recommend this program to anyone with an addiction and a will to change. The incredibly warm and caring staff made my experience at their facility amazing. They gave me the tools and knowledge that I needed to stay clean and sober long after I left their program allowing me to build a full life that I never thought was possible. My parents got their son back, my sister got her brother back, and my friends got their friends back and most of all I got myself back. They truly care about each and every client and they changed my life in a major way. I highly recommend A Better Today if you or a loved one are looking for help.
Amazing facility with amazing staff. I went through 3 other rehabs and none treated me with the love and compassion as ABT has. They treat me like family and got me to open up and address the core issues. I finally have hope!
It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to reflect on my time spent and experiences gained while at A Better Today Recovery Services. The following may not represent how I felt or perceived my journey upon discharge but is truly a reflection of my 514 day journey thus far. Today I am very grateful for being willing to make a change in my life. The journey commenced with the initial contact with the intake staff, Rob and Cory. The willingness to fulfill my needs that these two men demonstrated was unparalleled. Matched with their ability to instill a sense hope in me, I was able to become more comfortable with the thought that there is a better way to live.
I have struggled with addiction for a long time, I have been through multiple treatment facilities and never was able to find success in sobriety, that was until I went through A Better Today. There is no treatment facility that can cure you from the disease of addiction, there is no cure, but ABT gave me a fighting chance. ABT gave me the tools I needed to utilize in order to recover from active addiction. They also introduced me to anonymous programs which is the greatest gift I've ever been given. The staff is very knowledgeable, very caring, and very sincere. When I was there, I had a therapist and a life coach, I met with each on an individual basis for one hour a week, and they helped me immensely. ABT saved my life and saved the life of many others like myself. I would recommend ABT to anyone I know that is struggling with addiction.
Meet the Staff
Mark Anderson, Psy.D
Nevada Program Director
Our Nevada Program Director, Dr. Mark Anderson, is a licensed Psychologist in the states of Nevada and New York. With over 20 years in the field of Psychology, Dr. Anderson has had the pleasure of working in several different settings.
He has run inpatient hospital units, taught graduate students at Hofstra University and Fordham University, and has been part of the Mt. Sinai University system where he served as the Associate Director of Psychiatry Residency Training. He was the only Psychologist in the country to serve in that type of role, as it is typically filled by an MD Psychiatrist.
Besides the field of Addiction, Dr. Anderson specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders such as PTSD, Panic Disorder, and OCD. He has published several papers in scientific journals addressing issues related to anxiety disorders and has given several lectures and workshops at national conventions as well.
He is delighted to be part of our ABT family, and looks forward to serving our clients and their families.
Michael Carlton, M.D.
Michael Carlton, M.D. has over 25 years of experience as a medical practitioner. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and returned for his MD from the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona in 1990. He completed his dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and his Fellowship in Toxicology at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
He has published articles in the fields of toxicology and biomedicine, crafted articles for WebMD, and lectured to his peers on medication assisted treatment. Dr. Carlton was a medical director of Community Bridges and medically supervised the medical detoxification of over 30,000 chemically dependent clients annually.
Dr. Carlton focused the beginning of his career working in primary care and found his true calling in addiction medicine. Upon receiving his Addiction Medicine Certification in 2002, he dedicated his experience and knowledge to helping those who are suffering from alcohol or substance abuse. Dr. Carlton has worked in private practice, outpatient and inpatient detox programs, and supervised medication management for addiction treatment.
Dr. Carlton started with A Better Today Recovery Services as a Medical Director sharing his knowledge of illicit drug detoxification and medically managed drug treatment with the dedicated staff at A Better Today. As a Medical Director for ABT, he supervises the quality of our medical care, oversees clinical peer reviews, and establishes medical and behavioral health treatment guidelines for conditions for clients.
“If I was not doing addiction medicine I would not be as happy. As a primary care doctor I never saw people actively change, those who have diabetes continue to have diabetes as they never change their diet. For heart disease, very rarely did my patients change their lifestyle to better their lives. You do not see people really changing. In addiction medicine, the client’s actively change their lives and practice the skills learned in treatment to maintain sobriety. People really do change their lives to get better, and I love seeing that. “ - Michael Carlton, M.D.
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ABOUT A BETTER TODAY RECOVERY SERVICES
A Better Today Recovery Services is part of a three-facility network that provides treatment options across Arizona. This facility, located in Scottsdale, provides medically monitored detox, residential, and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs for adults seeking treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Sober living facilities are also made available to clients that complete treatment.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at A Better Today Recovery Services begins with an assessment by the admissions specialists. Clients will be assessed by a team of medical, behavioral health, and admissions specialists. This team will be able to identify co-occurring conditions and the client’s needs for treatment. An individualized treatment plan is also developed which will guide the client’s treatment.
Treatments are developed based on the disease model of addiction and an understanding that addiction affects everyone differently. Combining evidence-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with 12-steps principles, the facility presents clients with several different avenues for successful treatment. According to the facility’s website, treatment programs typically last 90 days.
Each week, clients participate in one-on-one and group therapy sessions. Sessions focus on identifying the underlying causes of addictive behaviors, as well as to identify ways of averting these behaviors. Clients learn coping skills and ways of self-managing their problem behaviors.
A Better Today Recovery Services uses holistic methods to facilitate treatment. To supplement their time in therapy, clients are provided with therapeutic and recreational opportunities such as yoga, strength therapy, equine therapy, and music and art therapy. Clients also learn important life skills which focus on personal hygiene and proper nutrition.
Family participation is encouraged throughout treatment. Family therapy and support services are available, and families are encouraged to take advantage of them when they are able. These services help create support networks for clients.
A Better Today Recovery Services employs full-time physicians, including the facility’s chief program officer who is a Ph.D. The staff also includes life coaches and other master-level therapists skilled in treating addiction and co-occurring disorders.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Located on a large lot with palm trees and a swimming pool in the backyard, the A Better Today Recovery Services features a modern décor. The facility includes a large kitchen and dining area along with private and shared rooms which include queen- or full-size beds. No more than 10 residents stay in each housing facility, and smoking is allowed.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The 23 alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave highly polarized reviews. On the positive side, 14 alumni credited ABT with saving their lives. They also praised the facility’s strong alumni program, and the “amazing” therapists and counselors for treating them with “utmost respect.” “Best decision of my life… so far,” Bryan, a positive alum, wrote.
The nine other alumni, in contrast, were much less enthusiastic about their time in recovery. These alumni complained about “disorganized, inexperienced, money hungry” staff members, nightmarish detox experiences, the lack of a psychiatrist on staff, the lack of aftercare, and a major discrepancy between pictures posted and the actual conditions of the facility. “I strongly advise you to go elsewhere. There are much better programs in the area,” J.D.G. warned others, in a representative statement.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, the five loved ones polled by Rehabs.com offered disparate perspectives of the facility. Michelle referred to ABT’s weekly Family Day as an “unbelievable experience” and mentioned her brother’s success story here, after he attended eight different treatment programs.
Yet B.W.M., the mother of a client, had the opposite experience. “She was placed in detox although that was not the issue and was discussed thoroughly in our conference with ABT personnel. She received NO services, yet we were charged $6000,” she wrote. Loved one T.J. indicated that “A Better Today is more concerned with revenue than their patients,” and explained that his son was “told to leave immediately because the insurance did not authorize additional days.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
In a balanced review, S.S.R., the one staff member polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, awarded ABT mostly five out of five star ratings for more than a dozen metrics evaluated and reported both positive and negative aspects of the facility. This includes treatment effectiveness, accommodations, connectivity, family participation, counseling options, and affordability.
“I have seen people flourish after leaving A Better Today facility. I have seen lives change. A Better Today has its problems but what they don't lack is compassion and dedication to this line of work,” S.S.R. wrote.
A Better Today Recovery Services offers financing options as well as private and public insurances. ABT’s website offers an online insurance verification form.
Published on February 2018
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