Decision Point Center Philosophy
Decision Point takes a contemporary view of addiction as a chronic disease, not a choice. And like any chronic condition, addiction must be managed throughout one’s life. But this does not mean having to live life any less fully or with limitations. On the contrary, we believe that by learning to manage the condition of addiction and its associated disorders, people become better at learning to overcome the many other adversities they will encounter throughout their lives. We believe that treating addiction should be seen as a positive and healthful path of hope and growth.
Areas of Specialization
The Decision Point Detoxification Center provides detoxification services in an Arizona state-licensed facility accredited by the Joint Commission. Medical detoxification is provided under the direction of our board-certified physicians and a team of specialized nurses who supervise our clients' safe withdrawal from a myriad of addictive substances including but not limited to; alcohol, benzodiazepines, heroin, methamphetamines, methadone and a variety of opiate medications, including fentanyl, carfentanil and prescription “pain pills”. We also specialize in some of the more popular emerging drugs of abuse: kratom, ketamine, piperazine, bath salts, synthetic cannabinoids, salvia divinorum and other psychoactive drugs. Our physicians have developed detox protocols based on peer-review research that emphasizes the use of today’s latest and most efficacious medications such as buprenorphine (Subutex/Suboxone), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), clonazepam (Klonopin), chlordiazepoxide (Librium) and phenobarbital. At the end of our detoxification protocol our medical staff can foster a smooth and comfortable transition to our 45-Day Residential Treatment Program for clients who choose to seek additional care. .
45-Day Residential Treatment Program
Treatment for drug and alcohol abuse in our 45-Day Inpatient Treatment Program involves a combination of behavioral and holistic therapies designed to achieve cessation from alcohol and drugs, an understanding of the causes of the disease of addiction, the ability to identify “triggers” for relapse, and the wherewithal to navigate one’s way back on track by seeking appropriate help should relapse occur. Should the client or the clinicians at Decision Point Center determine that deeper therapeutic work on underlying mental health issues, and/or educational and vocational counseling be of significant benefit to the client, he or she may elect to stay on for our 45-day Extended Residential Treatment Program. All 45-Day Residential Treatment clients live and receive treatment at Decision Point’s Prescott, Arizona treatment center.
Meet the Staff
Senior Clinical Director
Gary D. Hees MA, LPC was born, raised and educated in Houston, Texas. After a successful twenty-two year career in information processing, Gary made the decision to change careers and enter the Behavioral Health field. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Psychology-Marriage and Family Therapy. Gary has been licensed in Texas, and now in Arizona, for fifteen years. During that time he has worked with adolescents in an Alternative Education Program, with adult Co-Occuring disordered clients in a Community Mental Health setting that included hospitals, a Partial Hospital Program and outpatient therapy, and in a private Therapeutic Boarding School for adolescent women.
Gary brings a foundational developmental and systemic perspective focused by training in Ericksonian Hypnosis, Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Pia Mellody’s Post-Induction Model as well as multiple Family Therapy modalities such as Structural, Strategic, Narrative and Brief Solution-Focused therapy. In addition, Gary has years of experience working with addictions of all kinds as well as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.
Dave Seymour has been working in behavioral healthcare since 2012. With over 5 years of experience in the field, Dave has developed a passion for working with adults who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Dave specializes in helping families understand their loved one’s challenges with substance abuse. Drawing from his own experiences with addiction, Dave can relate to the daily struggles that each patient encounters and works diligently with the team at Decision Point Center to provide the best care possible for each of the clients and their families. Being a father, Dave understands the importance of bringing families together to overcome the imbalance that is created from substance abuse. With over 9 years of sobriety, Dave leads by example, and is living proof that it is possible to live a life filled with hope, faith, and courage.
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ABOUT DECISION POINT CENTER
Surrounded by the scenic mountains of Prescott, Ariz., Decision Point Center has been in operation since 2002. However, the facility redesigned its program including changing modalities in 2015. The facility focuses on providing specialized services for both addiction and substance abuse which the facility considers to be separate disorders. As a result, individualized care is a primary focus of treatment at Decision Point Center.
Decision Point Center provides residential treatment for adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Disorders such as anxiety and depression are addressed, along with failure to launch issues. Medically supervised detox services are offered on-site and in nearby Prescott Valley. The facility also operates an outpatient program in Scottsdale.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The treatment process at Decision Point Center begins with an initial phone consultation with trained specialists that can help determine if the program offers the appropriate services for clients. Referrals to other programs can be provided if needed. However, clients will need to be re-evaluated at other facilities. Phone consultants can also begin the admission process.
Clients in need of immediate medical supervision can be admitted to the medically managed detox program. It is overseen by a certified physician and nursing staff that can effectively address the needs of clients. Clients can detox from a wide range of substances. Medical staff members are available around-the-clock to address clients’ needs. Once a client is stabilized, the client is transferred to the residential program.
Decision Point Center offers two residential programs lasting 45 days and 90 days for extended care and recovery time. Treatment is based on the holistic recovery model by addressing clients in a comprehensive manner. The residential programs use treatment modalities for specific age groups including young adults (18 to 34) and older adults (35+). Treatment also uses the 12-steps principles, although there are programming alternatives for clients that would prefer a non-12-steps approach.
In the residential program, multiple modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used to address substance abuse and addiction behaviors. Clients participate in individual counseling sessions as well as communal group sessions like 12-step programs.
In addition to counseling, clients participate in sober living and vocational counseling programs. Career counseling sessions and life skills development workshops are made available to clients to promote sober living skills development. Clients also participate in specialized sober living programs focused on anger management, conflict/trauma resolution, and relapse prevention.
Outdoor recreational therapy are a significant part of the physical rehabilitation component of the programs. The location of the facility allows the facility to offer a wide range of outdoor activities. These include hiking, equine therapy, and rock climbing to name a few. Family participation is encouraged throughout the program.
The staff at Decision Point Center includes certified medical physicians and nursing staff, as well as highly trained counseling staff members. The therapists and counselors hold master-level degrees in their fields. Clients will also interact with facilities management and maintenance staff members as well as recreational therapists and specialists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facilities at Decision Point Centers allow residents to live in comfortable and homey spaces with shared bedrooms, common areas, and a kitchen. The facility has a range of communal and counseling spaces, as well as outdoor facilities for recreational therapies.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Rehabs.com has received upward of a dozen reviews from alumni of Decision Point Center to date. Reviews are mixed, as Rehabs.com received reviews before and after Decision Point Center’s overhaul in 2016. Overall, the facility received praise for its treatment team, programming, and life skills training from Rehabs.com respondents. “My family was planning my funeral and lost hope in me,” J.P. wrote. “I did not know how to live life and DP taught me how… I am forever grateful for this place… I am a miracle and DP made it possible.”
Negative reviews focused on the facility’s harsh disciplinary tactics, rigidity in the 12-Steps, and making individuals stay too long. These are all facets specifically addressed by new management and one alum, B.K., wrote: “Whoa! These old reviews make this place look horrible!! I just graduated recently and while it was challenging it was the best decision I ever made.”
On Google, the facility earned 3.8 out of five stars from 21 reviews to date.  Alumni praised the friendly staff and the tools clients are taught. In a representative review, alum Zac wrote: “This place has gone above and beyond to help me more times than I can count. I will always be grateful for the people who work here. They truly care. They gave me the tools to stay sober and prepared me for life as a sober individual.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, eight loved ones provided feedback to Rehabs.com for Decision Point Center. Feedback from loved ones is also mixed.
Family members were most satisfied with the staff's level of training and experience and the cleanliness of the treatment facility, each of which loved ones gave average ratings of four out of five stars.
Features that could be stronger, according to loved ones, were the holistic offerings (2.38 out of five stars) and available counseling options (2.5 out of five stars).
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing, the six staff reviews received by Rehabs.com are mostly positive and reflect the changes and growth of Decision Point.
Staff member Jason, who has been an employee for over five years, noted that he has seen tremendous change occur and is proud of the direction the facility is moving. “You can see the results from the smiles on the clients faces, and the families that have been reconciled,” he wrote. “We have brought back equine therapy and multi-day hikes which all clients love! I am proud to be a part of such a unique and special program that helps clients to regain their lives!”
Current staffer, A.L. agreed that there has been a tremendous amount of change over the past year, claiming: “today we have a management staff that truly cares about each individual patient… I know that Decision Point Center is trying to provide quality care for each person that walks through our doors.”
Decision Point Center does accept most commercial insurances. The facility does not accept Medicare, Medicaid, AHCCCS, or Tricare. Coverage depends on the specific insurance provider and the facility urges interested clients to verify their coverage on its website. It is unclear if self-pay or other financing options are available.
Published on October 2017
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