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.
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 offers treatment to individuals struggling with substance abuse as well as eating disorders and process addictions, such as those to gambling, porn, shopping, and the internet. It is part of the 8.8 percent of non-hospital facilities in Michigan where 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, and guided imagery), and indigenous (which incorporates Native American teachings into 12-Step). Each regimen promises group and 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. It is part of the 54.8 percent of facilities in the state to be CARF-accredited. To date, the 21 individuals polled on the aptitude of staff by Rehabs.com praised their level of experience and training.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.3/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
AFR 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. To date, the 21 individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com appreciated the quality of the accommodations.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.3/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, alumni reviews were largely positive. When asked to rate how likely they were to recommend the facility to others, eight reviewers reported a very high likeliness to recommend the facility. In addition, 12 alumni polled on the matter applauded the integration of family participation and the facility's counseling options, "When i was at A Forever Recovery the staff was great. I went in broken n along with thier help n me working the MRT steps i left a new n better person" wrote one anonymous alum.
Likelihood to Recommend: 4.8/5
Counseling Options: 4.4/5
Family Participation: 4.3/5
On Google, the facility received more mixed reviews, with 119 individuals giving an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars. "I would consider it a step up from jail" wrote K.O. "Their program didn't work for me. The bookwork expected is overwhelming. I loved the staff But they have an agenda to follow."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from loved ones were also mixed. To date, the five loved ones polled by Rehabs.com on specific metrics offered mixed opinions concerning the level of family participation and counseling options, while four loved ones offered an overall negative average ratings for the ease of communication with clients and visitor policy.
Family Participation: 3.2/5
Counseling Options: 3/5
Connectivity/Visitor Policy: 2.3/5
"The detox center was not a clean facility and haircuts in the cafeteria," wrote L.G. "Family was not included in recovery process." A.M.F. disagreed with this latter comment however, writing: "Followup and communication and service to families was great. Understanding and compassion was displayed and appreciated since we ..the parents were not close by."
WHAT STAFF SAY
Four staff members have responded to Rehabs.com's survey to date. All four said they would recommend the facility. One reviewer wrote: “Working in a rehab can be very difficult,” but added that “The staff genuinely appear to love what they do.” Overall, the four staff members polled on the matters gave high ratings for the facility's holistic offerings and counseling options.
Holistic Offerings: 4.8/5
Counseling Options: 4.5/5
According to its website, A Forever Recovery accepts most major insurance policies, including BlueCross BlueShield, Humana, Amerihealth, and Aetna, 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. To date, the 21 individuals polled on the facility's cost by Rehabs.com felt the facility was overall affordable.
Published on May 2019
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