Hopefully, this review will help break the veil of communication rules that are semi-intentional at Brighton. Detailed information on contact with the admitted is attached, as I\'ve found it frustrating from the outside to find relevant information on connecting without marketing slant. I work in business development, so I understand their collateral is written to attract but vaguery seems odd for an institution priding itself in involving and educating circles of support for the addict. I am new to addictive support but familiar enough from relational and grief support groups. This review is meant to be factual from someone experiencing rehab from truly the \"outside.\"
I\'ve had friends of friends, and acquaintances, in this location before get needed help; but this is the first for a close friend. The facility is what you would expect, except for contact during detox and the sniffer dogs. That is a nice touch, most certainly makes it feel to those with a trained eye that this is not prison. I think it adds a bit of safety, especially with court-ordered attendees. I like dogs as did my friend, so it was harder not to interact with them socially then tolerate their presence. :) They are a comforting level of energy when you become accustomed, and make the place feel less empty.
The admitted cannot have momentos or electronic devices, so text and calls on demand are completely out. I have not yet asked about email, but I suspect - despite this not being a facility treating non-chemical addictions like nymphomania or pornography - email is also a no-go. It\'s easy to get into other inappropriate coping mechanisms, and the admitting may have pysch-chemical issues beyond dependency; or, even multiple addictions being non-chemical. The do not allow sugar (meant as candy or sugary food, per se), caffeine or tobacco - and medical marijuana is replaced with pain management consulting - so I didn\'t ask about email with good reason.
My apprehension reading about the gender-separated dormitories being so close, court-ordered attendees, complaints of less than stimulating classes, less than perfect food, lack of direct counseling or addressing psycho-chemical issues, and a potential insurance churn complaint is minimal compared to having no real information or documentation on communication available pre-admission. My friend is a very interconnected with friends and family, which makes this a bane in general. At best, it will disconnect the addict from those enabling, those indulging fantasies of non-deceit, and those in denial. But as they heal on-site, and as the circle of influence is educated by the programs, the disconnection was not healthy.
Detox is not a standard, three-day no contact period; it goes from one to ten days, and contact is allowed. The program is flexible length, short as 10 days and long as 90. As a major hospital, St. John\'s uses insurance which appears to play into the stay length. My belief is something is better than nothing, since any addiction program is going to be about admission and support systems. Rehab is at or nearly rock-bottom, and although more time helps an addict to own the label, it isn\'t necessarily length-dependent on successful recovery. This is why plugging in and contacting the admitted if you know them is so important.
Like all rehab facilities under HIPPA, the facility cannot provide whether your loved one is admitted. They must authorize in writing visiting, which is not the first on the rehab list since addiction fogs the brain. I was advised to wait for my friend\'s call when I called about detox length and contact. They did not tell me I can leave them a message they deliver several times a day, but many of the staff are recovered addicts who are on multiple tasks for their role - this guy wasn\'t the phone info guy necessarily. I called the immediate family of the admitted once, and they didn\'t call back so I called the facility who said postal mail is allowed. I personally use a business size envelope marked personal correspondence and the resident building address, leaving a personally named envelope inside, to protect her privacy.
To recap, your loved one can call you the day after admitted. It appears they have fifteen minutes a day to call. Do not take it personally if they don\'t call you, as they have a full day schedule longer than a work day that starts at 6am, and several core people to call they care about also. You may leave a message on the \"contact line\" but I recommend not calling more than once every few days as a nuisance. You cannot email, call in to reach, or text; you can write by postal mail. The staff seem supportive and friendly, but I gather not much personal counseling time is offered - my loved one needed that extra support.
Personal visitation requires attendance to an entire half day program, every visit, starting after lunch. COnsider it basic education or \"boot camp\" to addiction support. Given my background, I found it empowering! I had just before her rehab found that I was making both a minor and serious mistake. Programs are currently afternoons on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They basically have two rotating program weeks (A and B), with four total programs. So, if the admitted is there a month or so, you have a chance to attend all four programs. The only semi-private personal time is an open meeting area (much like a low security prison family meeting area but far more comfortable surroundings) for 45 minutes between the program halves. You will be ushered out at 5pm either day, no exceptions; you will not see where the admitted live for privacy reasons. (This seems standard but does make me wonder, \"How do I know how you have treated my friend?\") Wednesdays after a long dinner period is an open chat with staff about addiction and support. Short of a court order, you are not seeing your loved one in person outside of their release or staying the entire program.
Final verdict, being the second time in rehab for this admitted, they have to want help. They have to realize addiction is supernatural, and requires that level of power for a release. And, unless you are directly involved in the intervention, facility selection or admission, you are in for a rocky ride if you don\'t get assertive with the inner circle and call the facility.