Recovery Alliance Philosophy
The Recovery Alliance sees recovery as a life affirming process that can be fostered by recovery support services. These services, which are described and delivered by peers in the recovery community, are alcohol and drug free social and recreational activities, informational workshops, skills development and training, career and business planning, parenting classes, education and housing. For the most part the Alliance provides these services, and hosts others such as mutual support groups from its recovery community center, or from Casa Vida de Salud, its 37-bed residential recovery center in central El Paso.
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Ben has resided in El Paso, Texas since 1963, and has been in recovery since May, 1987. He began at the Recovery Alliance, first as a volunteer, then a dedicated board member, and finally in May, 2002, the chief executive of the organization! His extensive background in advertising, marketing, and business planning has been an asset to the organization, and he has striven to ensure the development and delivery of peer-based recovery support services. Currently the Alliance is accepting self pay individuals. Under Ben’s leadership, the Alliance has been recognized for excellence by Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) for developing a recovery community center that is a model for recovery community organizations. He was honored at the White House in 2011 for this work, as a Champion of Change. Ben is active in his recovery fellowship and his church.
Casa Vida Director
Mario is another native El Pasoan. "Alcohol and drugs took me to places in my life that I never thought I would go." Mario found recovery June 26th, 2009 and is also a graduate of Casa Vida de Salud. Hope is what brought Mario to Recovery Alliance. Mario has 2 children, and is able to be a part of their lives through recovery. Mario works tirelessly with the homeless Veteran's at Casa Vida de Salud. Mario loves to say, "In order to be found, you must admit that you are lost," and he personifies this with his work with the VA and the homeless community.
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ABOUT RECOVERY ALLIANCE
Recovery Alliance, located in El Paso, Texas, offers residential treatment and peer recovery support services to adults seeking treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction. The residential treatment home operated by Recovery Alliance is known as Casa Vida de Salud and has been in operation since 1998. Peer recovery support services were started in 2002. Recovery Alliance also provides support to families and community allies who are supporting the client’s recovery process. Detox is not available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The facility’s residential treatment program, Casa Vida de Salud, follows the 12-Steps and all staff members are individuals who have successfully gone through recovery themselves. The residential program lasts for 90 days, making it one of Texas’ 94 (21.8 percent) long-term residential programs.
The facility accepts clients with co-occurring disorders. It is one of only 193 (44.8 percent) treatment facilities in the state with programs for co-occurring disorders. Throughout treatment, clients participate in twice daily recovery support meetings, weekly meetings with recovery coaches, and a personal plan of recovery developed for their specific needs.
Casa Vida also operates a federally qualified health center to provide primary medical care and treatment of mental illness; this is considered an integrated healthcare solution. Through this, clients may receive medical care and medication management services while in recovery. Casa Vida also offers social and recreational events in the large auditorium that is part of the facility.
Aftercare is available for all clients who successfully complete the program in the form of continued meetings with coaches for six months following residential care. Clients also receive assistance prior to their departure from the program to develop an exit plan to transition from residential care back into the community.
The treatment team includes staff and volunteers who have successfully completed treatment themselves and are now in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. The facility has religious personnel that can provide spiritual support.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Casa Vida offers a home-like setting for clients to recover in. The facility is equipped with a large commercial-sized kitchen and support for special dietary needs is provided.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, the single alumni review of Recovery Alliance was positive. The alum noted how the staff was patient and that she learned to love herself with its faith-based focus.
On the facility’s Facebook page, which it can manage, there is an overall rating of 4.7 out of five stars based on 21 reviews, indicating generally positive feedback. Most of the comments left were overwhelmingly positive. One reviewer, S.R., gave a five out of five star rating and wrote: “Would recommend to people who want to be sober happy joyous and free.” Another reviewer, M.R., also gave five stars and wrote: “great community resource. peer to peer recovery services.”
On Google, there is an overall rating of 3.6 out of five stars based on five reviews. The three individuals leaving five-star ratings complimented overall treatment and quality of staff. In a review representative of positive feedback, M.R. wrote: “Great experience lead by folks that have been through it themselves.”
The only reviewer to provide negative commentary, J.R., wrote: “A lot of down time, just AA/NA meetings once a day. 2 classes with recovery Coaches who are actually wonderful, but not properly staffed, not to mention the expired food.”
The facility indicates that donations are accepted to help fund the services provided.
Published on June 2019
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