Why Choose Prescott House
During our 30+ years of experience, Prescott House’s proven success has been nationally recognized. The research shows that long-term recovery is dependent on long-term treatment within a nurturing and intensive therapeutic environment.
Prescott House is a safe environment in which individuals may confront their self-destructive behaviors and develop integrity and accountability while nurturing their personal and emotional growth in recovery. Whether adapting a Residential Treatment Program, PHP, IOP and/or Aftercare, together as a staff, we work tirelessly to consider the whole person and to treat the causes of self-destructive behaviors and not simply the symptoms.
Individual & Group Addiction Therapy
Addiction is a mental illness that doesn’t discriminate. Prescott House is here to provide each one of our individuals with personalized care. Upon entering treatment, individuals experience different types of therapies to help find the root of the addiction as well as how to prevent relapse in the future. The journey towards recovery is about self-discovery and changing old behaviors. Through individual and group therapy, education about the disease of addiction, revealing personal history with substance abuse, individuals develop the solutions on how to live an incredible new life.
Within the first week of treatment, individuals meet with both a doctor and psychiatrist who will evaluate mental and physical needs. The doctor is there to help with any withdrawal symptoms or ailments, resulting from drinking or using. One of the primary sources of addiction for many individuals is the presence of mental illness. A staff psychiatrist will do a thorough evaluation checking for the potential of mental disorders like anxiety, depression, PTSD, or bipolar disorder. These illnesses must be treated separately from addiction to help with recovery.
At Prescott House, individuals are assigned a personal therapist as well. Personal therapist meet an hour per week, as well as any other time individuals need someone to talk to. Individual therapy is there to provide a safe place where talking about specific life issues can be worked through. While some moments in therapy may seem uncomfortable, it’s important to examine unresolved issues to understand what may be fueling addiction.
Many suffering from addiction feel as though they are alone in their issues. This is why attending group therapy and the 12-step community meetings are so important. Hearing stories and feedback from others going through the recovery process provides reliability and community support. Surrounded by others who have been working on their recovery as well, 12-step meetings serve as a backbone to the recovery community. Those who attend 12-step meetings go so they can share their experience, strength, and hope while developing a solid approach to never revert back to the old way of living ever again.
Prescott House also provides a variety of other group treatment activities like expressive arts, yoga, as well as nutrition groups. By attending each session, a stronger foundation is developed for staying sober after discharge. Learning different methods to handle triggers, stress, and issues faced in everyday life provides this strength.
Prescott House is an all-male facility where men can bond during treatment and build a support group. With the tools for recovery gained from Prescott House, the ability to leave treatment with everything needed to begin rebuilding a new life. Remember that there are millions of people around the world who were once stuck in the same cycle of addiction. But, through recovery and sobriety, they are able to find a sense of hope and go on to live amazing lives.
We recognize that family is an essential part of recovery for anyone. Just as disease, addiction, and co-dependence can permeate the family structure, so can recovery.
Who we are has a lot to do with the environment we grew up in, so the path of recovery often leads to the possibility for growth and change within that original family structure. As part of every treatment plan at Prescott House, family of origin issues are addressed on a very regular basis.
Recovery within the family structure will require a significant transition for everyone involved. We encourage all family members to seek support and counseling through this process as well. There are very helpful 12-step programs available everywhere for families in this process.
After the first month of treatment, each individual and his primary therapist will begin to prepare for a family weekend that will include family therapy and, in many cases, a weekend experience together away from the facility. We ask that families be available for sessions on Thursday night as well as Friday and Monday mornings for that weekend.
The schedule is relatively flexible and we understand that in some cases multiple sessions may be required to accommodate the various family components. Any questions about the specifics of the program may be addressed with the individual’s primary therapist and our family counselor.
Family Therapy Benefits
Recovering from addiction is one of the most difficult challenges a person can face. Rehabilitation is a long road dotted with complex emotions, overwhelming cravings, and major lifestyle changes.
The support of family and friends is one of the most influential factors in determining the success or failure of a treatment program. After all, environmental factors are some of the main contributors to addictive behavior. Not only can the family unit motivate the patient during recovery, but individual family members can also correct any behaviors that are enabling the dependence.
What Are the Benefits of Family Therapy?
Family therapy is focused on changing the way family members interact and enhancing the family unit as a whole. Participants set goals to resolve specific challenges with the support of one another, and they learn behavioral patterns that are at the foundation of a healthy family unit.
How Does Family Therapy Work?
What works for one family may not work for another. Fortunately, there are several types of family therapy that can be used in tandem or separately to tackle a particular family’s most pressing issues. These can range from teaching healthy coping methods to introducing new behavioral models that may help family members deal with damage caused by an addict. The process will also introduce the necessary tools to aid the addict’s recovery.
The therapist may try psycho-education, which aims to change the negative attitude family members have toward a mental illness, or Post-Milan family therapy, which places emphasis on improving communication among family members.
Other types of family therapy include:
- Systemic Models: The therapist will explain how dysfunctional relationships can aggravate an illness, and will work on improving family relationships in order to alleviate the symptoms.
- Solution-Focused Therapy: The therapist highlights each family member’s strengths and explains how to use them to resolve the issue at hand.
What to Expect from Family Therapy
Family therapy is a long and challenging process. Several family members have to attend regular counseling sessions. There is also homework, and participants must adjust to newly learned behaviors – and maintain those behaviors despite aggravating circumstances.
Family therapy is not just a one-hour, once-a-week commitment. Everyone involved has to understand the goals of the process and work toward realizing them.
The number of sessions can vary depending on the problems that the therapy is attempting to address. In some cases, attending as few as five sessions can provide the therapy needed. However, if the addiction is particularly severe, it can lead to as many as 20 sessions.
We encourage family members not only to participate in group sessions but also to seek counseling and support outside of this process. The 12-step program, for example, is not just a useful system for the addict; it can also help family members understand the process the addict is going through and, therefore, make them better equipped to provide support.
How Can Family Therapy Prevent a Relapse?
While it is important for addicts to accept responsibility for their own recovery, the support of family members and their participation may be essential for success. Psychologists have discovered that co-addiction – in which another family member enables the addict’s bad habits – can derail rehabilitation.
Addicts are often welcomed home to a hostile environment that inspires relapses. Family therapy aims to reinvent these surroundings to prevent relapses.
In order to reduce the risk of a relapse, family members will have to learn the ins and outs of recovery. These include lessons related to mental illness, the rehabilitation process and the emotional hurdles that accompany recovery. Family members will also have to face the reality that their actions may have played a role in enabling the addiction in the first place.
Family therapy will equip the addict and his family members with the necessary knowledge and tools to prevent a relapse. This will ensure that the addict has a capable support structure waiting for him at home.
Nutrition Benefits in Recovery
The benefit of a well-balanced diet on the body is well-documented. Rather than spending time talking about specific nutrients and dietary patterns that should be followed, Prescott House staff focuses on how nutrition helps you specifically in regards to recovery. Prescott House believes that a combination of therapy is the best form of treatment, as our staff is dedicated to treating the body and the mind rather than only targeting symptoms of addiction or mental health.
Why is Nutrition Important during Treatment?
Nutrition is an important part of recovery for many reasons. Regarding substance abuse, many addicts have a tendency to eat fast food and other unhealthy choices without supplementing the vital nutrients a healthy body needs, also many addicts go extended periods of time without eating anything at all. For example, while chasing the next high or attempting to score drugs, many addicts often forego the cost associated with food, in order to afford their next fix. While high, or during the process of coming down, they may not experience the feelings that many would normally associate with hunger. This leads to severe issues with malnutrition as well as more serious issues of the digestive system, kidneys or even the heart itself.
For most of our individuals, just the practice of eating on a regular schedule is beneficial. Many of them have completely neglected their personal health while the disease of addiction has taken over their lives. Others can experience problems with self-esteem, depression and/or eating disorders which can lead to actively refusing food or even finding the motivation to eat right, or sometimes, eat at all.
Filling the body with the healthy nutrients helps provide the body and mind a healthier balance. This balance improves mood, cognitive abilities, and allows the body to heal as it begins to repair itself from the damage caused by addiction.
While understanding the importance of nutrition in recovery is crucial, following through with a proper dietary road-map is even more important. Prescott House makes it a priority to ensure that each individual in our facility not only understands the importance of eating properly but also has the tools and capability to purchase the right foods.
Our Equine Therapy Program Is Not Available At This Time
At Prescott House, we believe in thinking outside the box in terms of treatment and therapy options for each of our residents. One of the therapies we’ve used with great success is equine therapy. Equine therapy revolves around the use of horses to provide a nonjudgmental and trusting partner for a resident to take care of. By feeding, brushing, and caring for another living being, it often helps to alleviate the pressures of stress and anxiety on our newly sober residents.
Nina has specialized in equine-assisted therapy for the past 10 years and she is a fellow of the Institute of Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver and an executive board member of the National Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP).
During her time as an equine-assisted therapy specialist, Nina has worked with populations of residents diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), anxiety, addiction and at-risk youth, service members and veterans. Her therapeutic approach to animal husbandry has numerous benefits to those in recovery as she details in her facilitation workshops and her work as editor of The Scientific and Educational Journal of Therapeutic Riding.
We often see residents that have experienced childhood trauma, struggles with depression and anxiety, mental health disorders, or severe stress and anxiety respond to this form of treatment. Caring for another human being starts to give purpose that is often lacking in the lives of those that experience these sorts of conditions. By caring for another, it teaches the skills that you’ll ultimately need to care for yourself, all while making you more open to suggestion, and increasing your ability to communicate and heal in a safe and therapeutic environment and under the supervision of a professional.
During their time in equine therapy, residents develop a relationship with a horse while learning how to care for it and tend to its basic needs. Feeding, grooming, exercise and even basic behavioral training are all parts of the therapy.
Our residents are big fans of equine therapy as well. Spending a few hours a week with the horses often breaks up a day of meetings, group therapy, and the day-to-day life on our campus. This special time allows residents to connect with one another over a shared love of animals, and the bonds formed during this process are powerful and beneficial steps toward sustained recovery.
Their therapy gives purpose to the lives of the residents, as well as the horse. The symbiotic relationship grants both horse and human a new lease on life while providing benefits to mental health and well-being. In addition, it allows the residents to enjoy time outside, form bonds, and learn practical skills that carry over into day-to-day life. All the while they are having fun and creating an experience that lasts long after their time at Prescott House comes to an end.
How Prescott House Can Help
While many rehabilitation programs place primary emphasis on altering the destructive behaviors of persons struggling with substance abuse and addiction, Prescott House recognizes that this approach alone isn’t enough to support long-term sobriety. Prescott House focuses on treating and healing the whole person; helping them identify the underlying source of their self-destructive habits and behaviors. Once the source of the addictions and destructive behavior is identified, the appropriate rehabilitation program is formulated and put into practice. The systemic and therapeutic approach is what has proven our Long-Term Results Since 1988.