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Aware Recovery Care Home Based Addiction Treatment in Connecticut Philosophy
Live in Connecticut and need to stay home, at work, in school, in your own bed, around your own family, and with your dog, while learning to change your life? Returning from inpatient treatment and are in need of a home transition? Aware Recovery Care believes that addiction treatment is best treated in the home environment. Designed in concert with Yale Addiction Psychiatrists, Aware Recovery Care is one of a kind. Intensive addiction treatment is provided in-home for a full year. Aware Recovery Care provides a true person centered multi-disciplinary team for each client. We help our clients learn the new skills and daily habits they must have to lead lives free of alcohol and/or drugs - in the comfort and privacy of the homes and communities where they live in Connecticut. Our unique treatment approach provides comprehensive care from a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians led by an Addiction Psychiatrist. Aware Recovery Care delivers unique and individualized face-to-face care, allowing people to “Recover Where You Live". We help our clients develop and master the skills necessary for lifelong recovery. Aware Recovery Care provides the intensity and structure of an inpatient facility, with the freedom of an outpatient facility. The ARC program can be provided before, after, in addition to, or in lieu of traditional treatments. Give us a year, and get your life back!
Areas of Specialization
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
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.
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.
Developed by Yale Psychiatrists and other thought leaders in the addiction industry, Aware Recovery Care's ground breaking evidence based treatment is one of a kind. ARC prides itself on being able to treat the chronic disease of addiction, long-term and most importantly - successfully!
We contacted Aware and were impressed with their experience with addiction philosophy of a one-year period of treatment, in-home. We loved that Aware kept us informed of the issues being worked on and resolved one by one. I’ll admit that we were concerned with the cost of the program, but what price is too much when your son or daughter’s life is at stake? We choose to look at the fee as if it was a 5th year of college. We thank Aware for giving us back our son and helping Jonathan to reclaim his life from drugs & alcohol.
The Team at ARC was incredibly competent and cared very much about me reclaiming my life from addiction. With their help I am now more than 12 months clean. They helped me find employment and meaning in my life. The Aware Care program was different from anything else available. Their treatment model was extremely effective and turned my life around. I literally can’t thank them enough. I would say to anyone struggling with addiction and considering this route, that it's definitely worth your time and effort. What do you have to lose, other than the sickness in your soul?
I was a chronic pain patient from doing extreme sports, and got addicted to opiates. My mom found ARC and I knew it was different than what’s available. I’d tried numerous times to get clean by myself, and had relapsed within weeks of getting out of treatment. I started the ARC program and it was different. The team was amazing and caring, and treated me like a friend and family member. ARC worked with me for a full year and helped my family recover too. I am 2 years sober and have never been so happy with the person I am.
I’d been to over a dozen treatment centers in the past decade. Facing over 5 years in prison for yet another drug offense, I was doing 85 bags of heroin a day, and was hopeless. My therapist suggested I try something different - Aware Recovery Care. I sit here, 3.5 years later with 3.5 years of sobriety, and a peace and happiness that I thought was out of reach. The program itself was amazing. It wasn’t in a bubble, it was in real life with structure and support. ARC didn’t just teach me recovery, they helped me live it.
After seeing the news I told my husband about ARC and we were intrigued. Our daughter was suffering from addiction and needed help. The cost of ARC for a year compared to a month or two of the treatment centers she’d been to before. This was our daughter’s life. She had a 2% chance of success, and is now over 2 years sober and she is finishing school this year. We are grateful to the ARC team for walking with our daughter and us for a year, and as a result have allowed us all to be a family again.
Everything out there is the same animal but with different clothing. Go away to treatment, come home, go to 90 meetings in 90 days, and see a therapist. Some suggest aftercare for 6 months to a year. I tried all that. Bottom line – nothing worked for me but the Aware program. It was exactly what I needed. They didn’t tell me what not to do, they showed me how to live my life and they walked with me through it. I'm the first to recommend ARC. I have my life back. Peace of mind and sobriety is priceless
Meet the Staff
Dr Velandy Manohar
Dr. Velandy Manohar brings warmth, wisdom, and compassion to Aware Recovery Care. He is a son, a brother, an uncle, a father of two sons, a grandfather, a neighbor, and a member of many local community organizations. Dr. Manohar is a member of The Valley Hindu Temple in Middletown, CT and at one time he even performed functions of a priest for over thirty years. He is a seasoned physician certified in Adult Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Addiction Psychiatry, and most importantly is a teacher and a life-long learner. He is deeply committed to advocating for the health and wellbeing of active duty service members, veterans and their families, and is recognized by the US Marine Corps League of CT. He is a lifelong advocate for eliminating Health Care Disparities and is recognized by The Connecticut Multi-Cultural health partnership. Dr. Manohar received the Nancy Berger Award, and is an external member of Policy Committee of The Connecticut Commission on Health Equity, The Center for Occupational Health and Education, and engaged in efforts to help achieve specific sustainable development goals including protection of and education of girl children. His gentle nature combined with his passion and experience is a gift to all that he comes in contact with. Dr. Manohar's main edict is to deliver treatment with a compassionate heart, and we at Aware Recovery Care do our very best to live by his words each and every day.
Lead Medical Case Manager
Sara has over 6 years of recovery and addiction treatment experience, and combines her medical background with her Bachelor's in Psychology to provide a standard of care that is unmatched. As the Lead Medical Case Manager, she provides direct clinical and medical care to clients on her caseload. In her free time, she is an avid softball player and coach, is a fan of baseball, and is passionate about self care. Sara has a great sense of humor and has an amazing ability to connect quickly with the clients that she works with.
Sarah Allen Benton
Director of Clinical Services
Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC is the Director of Clinical Services at Aware Recovery Care with over 14 tears if experience in direct care. She is Co-Founder of Benton Behavioral Health Consulting, LLC and the Clinical Consultant for The Strathmore House transitional sober living in Boston, MA. She was formerly a Therapist at Insight Counseling in Ridgefield, CT, a Primary Therapist at Turning Point addiction treatment in New Haven, CT and a Therapist/Case Manager at McLean Hospital in the McLean Brook dual diagnosis treatment program in Waltham, MA. She is author of the book “Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic” and has been featured in the NY Times and appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, CBS Early Show and NPR.
Geralyn Tagatac brings over 30 years of sales and office experience to her role as Business Manager. She is passionate about self-improvement and excited to be involved with a company dedicated to helping people set personal goals and lead happy, healthy lives. Geralyn holds a BA in English from SCSU. She enjoys writing, hiking, cycling, running, and traveling.
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ABOUT AWARE RECOVERY CARE HOME BASED ADDICTION TREATMENT IN CONNECTICUT
Headquartered in North Haven, Conn., and serving clients throughout Connecticut and New Hampshire, Aware Recovery Care (ARC) is an evidence-based drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation program for adults and adolescents. Building on an initial pilot program led by a Yale Medical School psychiatrist, ARC offers a one-year outpatient program in which clients receive treatment in their own homes and communities. Clients come from an array of backgrounds, including clients with young family obligations, individuals transitioning out of inpatient treatment, corporate executives and licensed professionals, and students.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
ARC treats addiction as a chronic disease needing ongoing, whole-person rehabilitative care. Before beginning a highly individualized recovery program, each client meets with a staff psychiatrist and undergoes a physical exam at their home. If detox is necessary, the treatment staff provides a referral and manages arrangements. Over the course of the year that follows, a certified recovery advisor (CRA) meets regularly with the client to coordinate medical assessment, therapies, support group strengthening, and collaboration with existing clinicians.
The CRA facilitates a holistic curriculum which may involve cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavior therapy, trauma counseling, and engagement in wellness services such as yoga and acupuncture, and medication assisted therapy. Clients may be accompanied by their CRA to initial 12-step meetings and other appointments. Clients may also opt into random substance use screenings and a GPS tracking system.
Family involvement is emphasized and supported throughout the recovery process. A family therapist guides both the client and their loved ones by teaching healthy communication between loved ones.
Depending on individual circumstances, clients typically meet with their advisor every day in the beginning and then step down in frequency through successive stages of recovery.
The CRA is trained in understanding several therapeutic modalities. They coordinate sessions with the ARC network of board certified addiction psychiatrists, master’s level family therapists, registered nurses, case managers, registered dietitians, and any other members of the multidisciplinary team specially assembled to serve each client.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Feedback from the four alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date is highly positive. The four on average rated ARC highest for its staff's level of training and experience at a perfect five stars; followed by family participation, counseling options, and holistic treatment offerings at 4.75 stars; and connectivity/visitor policy and cleanliness at 4.7 stars. No alum offered any criticisms in their reviews, although one did note the absence of group therapy and all four rated the facility three stars for its 12-step and faith-based practices.
In comments, clients praised ARC for its flexible, highly individualized treatment program and the compassionate, helpful staff. Alum J.H. wrote: "They helped me build my credit, they helped me clothes shop for a new job, they were right by my side." However, alum T.B. did comment on the lack of group therapy, writing: "The facility does not have groups and is only one on one. I don't consider this a weakness, however after being at so many treatment centers I have become accustomed to group therapy."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Three loved ones of ARC alumni also provided strong recommendations. One loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date rated the facility four and five out of five stars in all 15 metrics measured, rating it five stars in counseling options and staff's level of experience. Two loved ones polled on Yelp alongside five other reviewers to date rated the facility a perfect five stars.
All three noted that their children had tried other treatment programs before Aware. In a Yelp review, Rob wrote: “They helped my son who had struggled with opiate addiction for 20 years. He is now the pride and joy of our family.” The parents described the home approach as life changing and good for their families. One parent polled by Rehabs.com gave five out of five stars for metrics measuring staff experience and four for affordability.
WHAT STAFF SAY
One anonymous staff member polled by Rehabs.com to date rated ARC a perfect five stars in professionalism, counseling options, and cleanliness. The former loved one turned staff member wrote: "my husband was able to learn to be comfortable in the home and in the environment that he was told to stay away from - and now he is back and the entire family has learned to be a supportive system rather than something that adds to the chaos."
On Indeed, a family systems liaison and certified recovery advisor currently working at ARC to date rated the facility four and five out of five stars, respectively. Both employees praised ARC's compassionate staff and culture, with the liaison writing: "The staff is the most amazing group of people I have ever met. They dynamic is incredible/powerful and extremely effective in reaching our mission."
According to the facility’s website, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Connecticut and New Hampshire cover treatment in-network. Several other private insurance plans are also accepted. Clients may self-pay, and the staff will assist in connections with recommended lender programs.
Published on October 2017
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