Treatment Center Setting
Fountain Hills Recovery Philosophy
Our program strives to uncover, acknowledge, and address the individual needs of our clients through a variety of therapy and treatment options. Our treatment approach matches the strengths from both client and staff to formulate a workable plan for recovery. We recognize that the impact drug and alcohol abuse has on an individual can vary, so our admissions process begins with developing a clear understanding of every client's current situation. After our initial assessment, a variety of therapeutic approaches are available to maximize the probability of a positive long term outcome for the client.
Areas of Specialization
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
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.
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
Process Abuse Treatment
Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.
I saw myself in other places more as a statistic rather than an actual person . . . Having people really stand by my side and do anything in their power to see me succeed- it meant a lot to me that people actually cared.
Meet the Staff
Dr. Sarah Wicklund, MD FAPA
Dr. Wicklund is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with a particular interest in treating PTSD (particularly in veterans and first responders), dual diagnosis (substance abuse along with another mental illness), and those with treatment-resistant depression. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology in 2002 and her Master of Science degree in Food Chemistry in 2004. She then went on to the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school where she graduated in 2008. And in 2012, she completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During her time at MCW, she served as Chief Resident for the Milwaukee VA where she found herself drawn to treating veterans.
After residency, she and her family relocated to Scottsdale, AZ where she joined the medical staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital working with patients in the inpatient setting at Valley Hospital. In 2013 she had the opportunity to join the Phoenix VA and for the past 5 years has worked with patients both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. This has garnered her extensive experience in treating PTSD and dual diagnosis patients.
She was excited to be asked to be Medical Director for Fountain Hills Recovery because of their focus on treating veterans and first responders. This partnership allows for better continuity of care for patients suffering from substance abuse because she can follow their treatment from the more intense residential substance abuse setting to the outpatient setting at Mindfully Integrated Health and vice versa. She looks forward to working with you to improve your wellbeing and reach your full potential.
Dr. Justin Evans, LCSW, DBH
Justin began his career in the behavioral health field with outpatient drug and alcohol counseling. Specializing in substance abuse and anger management, he has spent time working in the Maricopa County Jail system, residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, as well as an inpatient psychiatric hospital. He holds a Doctorate of Behavioral Health and Masters of Social work from Arizona State University.
TJ Carlini, CDC I+II, BHT
TJ found his passion for recovery after graduating from the Salvation Army ARC in Austin, TX. He established his formal education soon after and continues to actively pursue higher education at Austin CC and Rio Salado. He holds a level 1 certificate in Chemical Dependence Counseling along with multiple accreditation’s in the field of substance abuse recovery and is currently finalizing a degree in Social Work. TJ delivers a high energy message through firsthand experience, guiding patients to live up to their full potential by breaking the cycles of addiction, crime, hopelessness and despair they face in their daily life.
TJ is a regular speaker on the subject of addiction and recovery at churches and conferences, as well as one on one counseling. His work with patients from all backgrounds has given him the experience necessary to emphasize the urgency to live a sober life style. His goal is to help others find their unique skills, talents, and life purpose that allows them to begin the transition to the next chapter of their addiction-free and purpose filled life.
Mary Jane Watman, BHT
Mary Jane brings to Fountain Hills Recovery, several years of experience in the recovery field after having found her own personal journey out of addiction. Having worked as an aftercare counselor, then a primary therapist, MJ extended her knowledge in the field as an intervention therapist. Her experience and continuing education in addiction counseling have given her the skills and passion for helping families with loved ones who are suffering with addiction. She is uniquely qualified in bringing families together in order to create an environment conducive to a successful recovery.
Outside of her professional life, MJ is devoted to helping women in correctional facilities recover from addiction and is very active in the recovery community helping others on their own journeys to sobriety.
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ABOUT FOUNTAIN HILLS RECOVERY
Located in a commercial district in the desert town of Fountain Hills, 30 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix, Ariz., Fountain Hills Recovery is one of the 145 (40.5%) private treatment centers in the state, offering residential (a service at just 22.9% of Arizona facilities) and outpatient care for individuals struggling with substance misuse.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Residential treatment is offered in increments of 30, 60, or 90 days, and the facility also offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP).
Fountain Hills Recovery’s website emphasizes the individualized nature of treatment. Tailored treatment plans are put together from a combination of 12-step participation, implemented by 221 treatment facilities across the state, individual and family therapy, goal setting, relapse prevention, and unspecified alternative therapies.
The center’s Psychology Today listing also details evidence-based therapies provided at the facility, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Another integral part of the program is skill-building for sobriety through working with a personal coach to develop coping skills, recognize triggers, and build a sober support network.
According to the facility’s website, staff have first-hand knowledge of addiction. Additionally, in Arizona, 99.7% of substance abuse treatment facilities have continuing education requirements for staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The center operates a primary clinic and two separate living facilities, each a short drive from the treatment center. The living facilities are spacious and luxurious, offering shared or private bedrooms, infinity pools, large yards, exercise equipment, a Jacuzzi, a home theater, and full kitchens, plus more than 17,000 square feet of floor space between the two homes. On-site chiropractic care can be arranged.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The sole alumni to respond to polled metrics through Rehabs.com to date gave five-star ratings across most categories, including treatment effectiveness, exercise and leisure options, family participation, counseling options, and affordability. The former client, N.W., gave five stars to staff level of experience and training as well, commenting that "One on One attention" was a facility strength and adding, "The staff was so helpful and accommodating to me in my recovery."
N.W. remained "neutral" when surveyed about whether or not the facility strictly follows the 12-step program. The only facility weakness this alum noted was that "every once in a while clients get special treatment," but remarked that this was because "The owner is very compassionate."
Two more former clients left comments on Rehabs.com without providing any facility ratings. K.R. expressed similar satisfaction with the staff, writing, "The therapist are world class and truly care about you." M.B., on the other hand, referred to the treatment and the staff as "unprofessional."
Secondary review sites yielded unanimously positive coverage, with 4.6 average stars from 10 reviewers on Google to date. The reviews repeatedly praised the center’s staff, amenities, and program. “After many years of struggling and multiple treatment centers I was blessed to find myself at Fountain Hills Recovery. The people and the program are amazing, they really helped me get back on my feet and my life back on track,” A.B.W. wrote in a representative review on Google. The only individual to give below five stars critiqued, "no phones, no visitors."
Similarly on Yelp, seven users generated a four-star average at the time of this writing. Praise for staff was common, and many reviewers touched on the fact that staff members had been in treatment themselves and were therefore more relatable. The phone policy was again touched on by one former client as a criticism.
According to the facility’s website, Fountain Hills Recovery is amongst th 62.6% of Arizona facilities that accept insurance from a variety of providers, including Aetna, AmeriHealth, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, and United. The center does not indicate whether it is in-network with any insurers.
Published on March 2018
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