Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. Philosophy
Addiction Recovery Resources believes that true recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction is only possible when an individual is given the opportunity to reintegrate into his or her community environment. The Louisiana-based residential rehab allows its clients to do just that by offering a network of positive support, in addition to a continuum of care designed to meet the needs of patients at every stage of the disease. Family participation is also essential to recovery, and the wellness of the non-addicted family members is the goal of family participation. AAR believes that recovery is possible for all addicts and alcoholics, as well as the people who love them.
Areas of Specialization
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.
Intensive Out Patient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Meet the Staff
A. Kenison Roy, III MD, FASAM
Dr. Roy is the Founder and Medical Director of Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the recipient of the 2006 Excellence in Treatment Award from the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the recipient of the 2008 Annual Psychiatric Leadership Award presented by the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association, and was recognized as a 2008 Healthcare Hero by New Orleans City Business Magazine. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane Medical School. Dr. Roy is a member of Governor Bobby Jindal’s Drug Policy Board and is appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners. In April of 1997 he was appointed a Fellow of The American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASAM). He is the Founder and Medical Director of the Dual Diagnosis Unit at River Oaks Hospital in New Orleans, LA. He also treats patients at East Jefferson General Hospital. Dr. Roy’s primary focus is Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc., a facility that provides a full spectrum of addiction treatment services including ambulatory detoxification, intensive outpatient treatment, residential treatment, professional’s intensive chemical dependency evaluations, continuing care and individual/family psychotherapy.
Georgette Somjen, MD
Medical Director, Intensive Outpatient Program
Dr. Somjen has been associated with ARR, Inc. since July, 2006. She serves as Medical Director of the Intensive Outpatient Group Therapy Program. Dr. Somjen practices addiction medicine and has over 15 years treating patients with addiction. She is certified by the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) as an addiction medicine specialist. Dr. Somjen obtained her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Community Counseling at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Dr. Somjen has previously practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She completed a residency in Family Medicine in Upstate New York and a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Somjen is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.Dr. Somjen also cares for patients long term in her private practice, performs consultations at East Jefferson General Hospital, and admits to River Oaks Hospital Dual Diagnosis Unit for detoxification and addiction treatment.
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ABOUT ADDICTION RECOVERY RESOURCES, INC.
Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc., (AAR) is one of Louisiana’s 53 private, for-profit addiction treatment organizations, which make up 39 percent of Louisiana facilities, with facilities in Metairie and Harvey, La.
The New Orleans-area location offers ambulatory detox, a residential program, intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), and transitional sober living services, for men and women seeking treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders. Treatment is available to address sex and gambling addictions.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Addiction Recovery Resources centers is based on a 12-step model. A free initial assessment process is used to develop an individualized treatment plan. The facility follows the disease model of addiction and provides services accordingly.
Medically-assisted treatment (MAT) is used in detox services and are provided on an outpatient basis. The detox process occurs during a three- to five-day period which complements physical recovery with addiction education and referrals to continuing care.
ARR's residential program consists of two phases: education and application. The 30-day education phase focuses on understanding substance use disorders and developing basic life skills. An additional two months of treatment applies these outcomes in addressing issues such as trauma, grief, conflict resolution, and nutrition.
This period also serves as a transition phase, preparing clients for ongoing recovery outside of rehab. Residents are expected to work, attend school, or participate in volunteer activities throughout the application phase.
In addition to individual and group therapy and educational sessions, treatment plans incorporate experiential and expressive therapies, spiritual work, multi-family group sessions, and supervised drug testing. All graduates of this program are eligible for up to one year of aftercare.
The intensive outpatient program (IOP) uses the same treatment modalities as the residential program while meeting four evenings a week for eight weeks. Notably, the client’s significant other is expected to attend all IOP sessions.
Throughout each AAR program, clients attend 12-step meetings and interact with the local recovery community.
Addiction Recovery Resources employs multiple addictionologists, master's level therapists and licensed addiction counselors. The facility is one of the 67 (49.3 percent) of Louisiana facilities that are accredited by CARF.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residential clients live in furnished apartments and prepare their own meals. Clients are not permitted to bring electronic devices such as laptops or tablets into the facility; however, they are able to use cell phones at specified times. Smoking is also allowed at designated times and areas, although cessation assistance is available. Smoking cessation services are available at only 36.8 percent of treatment facilities. Supervised recreational activities are arranged on weekends.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Five former clients have submitted feedback for Addiction Recovery Resources to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing. One submitted additional survey feedback about their experiences. All but one agreed strongly that treatment was effective. The remaining alum would not recommend the facility to others.
Positive reviewers tended to provide positive feedback about the staff and all three characterized their AAR experience as life-saving or life-changing. Patrick wrote that staff members were "caring, professional, and willing to take extra time with each patient as needed."
M.D.L. emphasized that treatment "was not holistic," with no yoga, meditation, or nutritional therapies offered, and reported inconsistency and turnover in counselors.
Third-party sites yield positive ratings, with most feedback praising “Wonderful” and “top notch” staff. On Google, Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. has a 3.9 out of five star rating from 15 reviews to date. On Yelp, the facility has a single four out of five star review, and a one star review.
On the facility's Facebook page, which it can edit, AAR has an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars based on 21 reviews. Positive reviewers agreed that the program was effective and the staff dedicated. Three reviews referenced various problems with organization at the facility and several individuals expressed disagreements about the relative reliance medication-assisted treatment at Addiction Recovery Resources, an issue of concern shared by one alum on Rehabs.com.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, four loved ones submitted reviews to Rehabs.com about Addiction Recovery Resources. Loved ones mostly provided positive feedback about their experiences. They also agreed on the high quality of accommodations and of staff education. All but one indicated that treatment was highly effective.
Three loved ones gave four and five out of five stars for the center's affordability and family participation. Two rated holistic offerings five stars, in contrast to one alum's review.
AAR is part of 66.9 percent of Louisiana treatment facilities that accepts private health insurance. The average self-pay cost for a 90-day program is $25,000, and AAR partners with Prosper HealthCare Lending to provide financing options.
Published on January 2019
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