Treatment Center Setting
A Forever Recovery Philosophy
A Forever Recovery understands that no one approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment will work for everyone. As a result, the substance abuse rehab offers a variety of comprehensive and flexible treatment programs, all of which take into account the unique needs of each individual. Clients are encouraged to choose the program that best fits his or her own beliefs and lifestyle, and are empowered to take ownership of the recovery process. Sobriety becomes a personalized experience as a result — one that’s effective, manageable, and sustainable for a lifetime.
Areas of Specialization
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
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.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Though not all rehab facilities offer “medical detoxification,” all people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol will experience intense physical and emotional changes and discomfort as their bodies react to withdrawal of the addictive substance. Many people use the term “detox” to refer to the period of time (ranging from a few days to a week) when the body is reacting to an addict’s decision to stop using.
A Forever Recovery & MRT has helped get me back to the person I used to be more in tune with my inner self. I have also learned to not stress over things I cannot control, which was a huge problem for me. And to let go of the past, it only holds me back. I’m glad my family found this for me and proud and thankful. I put forth the effort to get the most out of the program.
A Forever Recovery has done what I thought would never be possible. I grieve over my miscarriage and abandonment issues. I know how to properly handle my emotions and anger. I have grown so much as a woman. I was so lost, now I have a definite sense of direction. I have goals that I will complete. I feel independent and learned how to establish boundaries with my family. I’ve made better friends here than I have at home. Everyone likes me for me and vice versa. Everything feels so new but it’s exciting. I know that I will do great things with the most of my life and I couldn’t have done it without the help from everyone I went here with at AFR. This place changed my life and I am so grateful. Thank you & stay beautiful.
A Forever Recovery] The Program helped me open up when it comes to my emotions. It helped me realize the underlying reasons for my drug use. The MRT program helped my walk through my life in baby steps so I was not overwhelmed. The self-inventory helps you to come to what you need to do in order to heal. Besides being told what I need to fix, A Forever Recovery helped me come to find that I don’t need drugs to live a happy life.
A Forever Recovery has given me a second chance at an honest, trustworthy and hardworking life. They transformed me into the person I know I could be. They’re positive, motivated and determined to help everyone that walks the doors. They break the old you down and rebuild you into a masterpiece. Every aspect of this program focuses on bettering ourselves, from MRT to small groups, to the chores they make you do. It’s all for a reason and pushing you towards the bigger picture.
A Forever Recovery has helped me in many ways. The staff and other patients have helped me and welcomed me. When I came here I thought my only problem was my drug addiction but I found out I had a lot of underlying issue which may have triggered drug use. I learned a lot about my inner self and that I must love myself before I can love anyone else. I learned to think positive and the difference between accepting and suppressing your emotions.
A Forever Recovery hasn’t given me my life back it has given me a new life. It has made me a new man with a completely new outlook on life and sense of meaning in my life. I can’t thank this program enough for letting me become the man I always knew I was but wouldn’t get to on my own. I am truly blessed.
Before coming to A Forever Recovery (AFR), I was a lost girl, simply going through life with no sense of direction. I was living a lonely life and isolating myself from the ones who truly love me. In fact, I didn’t even love myself. A Forever Recovery taught me how to become a strong and independent woman. I learned how to love myself again and embrace life with open arms. I realize now I wasn’t enjoying life during my addiction, just going through the motions. The MRT program is truly a life changing experience. Each step has opened my eyes to my destructive behaviors and dangerous lifestyle, I will forever be grateful for having the opportunity for coming AFR.
A Forever Recovery has helped me in so many ways to find myself again. I used to think I needed external sources to make me happy or motivated but you all have shown me I can have everything I need from within. The MRT program is fantastic in so many ways. We used to just ponder if life had a set group of guidelines for us and this program has done that and more. The book is just a book if you choose to view if that way, but to me that book is priceless. The book can provide a pathway into your heart and mind that allow you to be successful in whatever you choose to apply it to. It brings clarity to your life, past and present, allowing you to evaluate, assess and apply what you need to change. Listening and being aware of your inner self is the best tool I have learned how to use here. I was lost without it but now I am truly found and I have this program to thank. You all have helped me identify what I need to do so I do not become complacent. You’ve shown me that I need an action plan to achieve any goal I want to obtain. Also you have all shown me that I need not to slack off in my recovery for it is a lion waiting to strike the moment I let my guard down. I now see the importance of taking on my addiction by the horns everyday by going to meetings and just asking for help in general even if I don’t think I need it. I look forward to the calls I will receive from Aftercare as well as the feed back from my life, my heart without coming here and obtaining these life skills. I don’t believe I could project myself past the truth of being anchored by an addiction. You all have changed my life and I love all of you for this amazing experience. Sincerely, Alexander
A Forever recovery has changed my life completely. I came in unsure of myself-no confidence or drive to do anything. MRT was intimidating at first, but I adjusted to it. The steps were very challenging but I learned so much. I learned that there are underlying issues as to why I became addicted in the first place. MRT pushed me to find the “real me”- my inner self. I realized I don’t need to hide my feelings and past traumas, that people here have similar pasts so I have nothing to be ashamed of. Most important is sobriety. For the first time in my life (well10+ years) I can be me, without substances. I can handle things and emotions without covering it up every day. I’m very thankful for this program!
AFR has helped me in every aspect of my life to find the real me that has been missing for so long. The MRT program has taught me so much about my inner-self & about the core drivers of my addiction. One of the biggest impacts that AFR has taught me is that I am not an addict! Being an addict is just a label that I and society has put on myself because I used drugs to cope with life. I no longer consider myself an addict, but a good person with a hard past. A past that I have learned from to not only improve myself, but also to help other people who many struggle with thinking problems like I do.
A Forever Recovery (AFR) has been revolutionary for my recovery, as I had only been utilizing AA in my past. AFR and the MRT methods have opened my eyes to a much broader mindset that helps me to address the underlying issues that always led me back to relapse. I now understand and believe that my struggles w/alcohol were simply masked for several underlying issues. Namely, my anxiety and obsessive worrying cooped together w/poor and unhealthy management techniques have been challenged for me for many years. AFR has helped me to understand this matrix of factors and has equipped me with the tools to truly achieve and flourish in recovery. I really enjoy MRT’s methodology and holistic approach to recovery. By exploring and evaluating my internal thought processes, I have learned a great deal about myself. The self-inventory was a tough process to undertake at times, but I found out many things about myself. My struggle with anxiety and stress has lead to many problems in my life. However, MRT has provided several techniques that can be utilized to proactively address problems before they create major problems (e.g. relapse, damaged relationships, diminished trust, etc.) in my life. Ultimately, MRT and Self-Inventory have helped me to establish a solid foundation for my recovery. I am really looking forward to implementing everything that I have learned into my life and to continuing down the path of recovery.
Meet the Staff
Pamela Anderson, MBA. MRT
Pamela Anderson is the Executive Director at A Forever Recovery. After having experienced a family member’s struggle with addiction, she dedicated her life to helping others recover from substance abuse. With her tremendous experience in the field and her certification as a Moral Reconation Therapist, Pamela has designed recovery programs that have helped countless individuals regain control of their lives. The diverse program created by Pamela and her staff gives patients the opportunity to recover from addiction through a variety of treatment options. Her number one goal is to ensure the success of each and every patient that walks through the doors at A Forever Recovery.
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ABOUT A FOREVER RECOVERY
Set on 14 scenic acres overlooking a private lake, A Forever Recovery (AFR) is a residential facility that treats substance abuse as well as eating disorders and process addictions, such as those to gambling, porn, shopping, and the internet. Medically monitored detox services are available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
AFR’s program takes a moral reasoning approach, which uses various cognitive and evidence-based practices to aid clients’ recovery. To be responsive to each individual’s needs, AFR uses several different pathways of care. Rather than subscribing to any one treatment philosophy, AFR holds that any method that can get at the root of the addiction should be used.
The paths offered are: faith-based; self-help, which uses Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other recovery community organizations; cognitive, which is ideal for those who are uncomfortable with the 12-step model and religious-based environments; holistic, which incorporates yoga, martial arts, guided imagery, and more; and indigenous, which incorporates Native American teachings into the 12-Steps. Each regime promises some individual therapy — though some alumni polled by Rehabs.com reported that they did not receive individual therapy.
Clients graduate from AFR with a customized aftercare plan that includes connections to support groups and religious institutions, fitness centers, and other sober activities.
The clinical director is a master’s level licensed professional counselor. The center also employs numerous other counselors and case managers, plus an M.D. and a nurse.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
This is a 60-bed facility with some private rooms, sprawling over 60,000 square feet.
On-site amenities include a gym, a media center, and a game room. In addition, there is a music and arts center, a casual dining hall, and multiple areas for meditation.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, 42 alumni had submitted feedback to Rehabs.com for A Forever Recovery, and reviews are mixed. Twenty-eight reviewers reported a positive experience, many of which praised the MRT program and the caring staff, said they felt safe and comfortable, and endorsed the facility for turning their lives around. Blake wrote: “This program is without a doubt a life changing experience and I am forever great full to all of the staff that was involved with my recovery process.” Another alum, Andyback, wrote: “There were so many different groups to attend and they were there to help me find something I was interested in. I loved that I actually had a say in how things went.”
These glowing reviews were balanced by 12 negative reviews and two neutral accounts. The negative reviewers frequently said the facility did not live up to promises made before admission, complained of a lack of individual counseling, and noted that there were more security guards than treatment staff. When asked about holistic offerings, nine alumni polled on the subject only gave an average of 2.56 out of five stars. L.N.B. wrote: “BEWARE this facility uses commissioned sales people to get you in the door… Detox facility is NOT at the 14 acre lake property, but a dingy converted office building in a bad part of town.” And Julie wrote: “There was a lack of individual counseling and poor nursing care.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Almost all 21 reviews submitted to Rehabs.com from loved ones at the time of this writing were very positive. Several reviewers said their loved ones successfully recovered here after failed attempts at other rehabs. AMF added: “Followup and communication and service to families was great.” Based on their half-sister’s experience, H.S. added: “She said that she really bonded with many people.”
However, S.M. echoed some complaints from alumni, saying: “Worn out facilities and poor sober living offerings.” Additionally, Laurie complained that “family was not included in recovery process.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
A single staff member has submitted feedback to Rehabs.com to date. R.S. awarded four and five out of five stars for all 15 categories rated, except for staff’s ability to treat co-occurring disorders, which only received three stars. The reviewer wrote: “Working in a rehab can be very difficult,” but added that “The staff genuinely appear to love what they do.”
According to its website, A Forever Recovery accepts most major insurance policies, but gets better coverage from PPO plans. The facility also works with those who do not have insurance. The cost per day is $1,000.
Updated March 2017
Published on June 2016
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