Crest View offers a phenomenal, reality-based treatment program that caters to a diverse population of clients. The majority of staff are in recovery and approach their treatment methodology from a place of compassion. I attended this program for six weeks and can definitively say that they have given me every conceivable tool to ensure that I can transition into active long-term recovery.
During inpatient treatment here, I shopped for my own food, prepared my own meals, and was given the latitude to attend the gym or the park in the afternoons. During the weekend, I participated in activities such as bowling, nature hikes, t-shirt tie dying, movies, and trips to the local bookstore. The amount of money they provide for weekly food is extremely generous. I was able to maintain a very healthy diet and generally had money left over. Clients are allowed to smoke or vape and are provided frequent breaks to get fresh air, use the rest room, or socialize and smoke. The living quarters are incredibly nice and we are expected to clean, ensuring that we have a nice, home-like environment.
There are trained Behavioral Technicians with clients 24/7 to ensure that a safe and recovery-focused environment is provided. These Techs are often also in recovery and provided me with significant experience, strength, and hope as I encountered challenges during my recovery. While we learn the tools we need for recovery in the clinical setting, we practice using them in the residential setting with other clients and the Crest View Staff. The Behavioral Techs are no-nonsense professionals who generally supervise with two-person teams and work with groups of up to 12 clients, taking us to the center for class, to the gym or park in the afternoon, and to meetings in the evening. We attended AA or NA meetings in the community, which allowed me to build a sober network even in inpatient treatment. As a client, I was allowed one 20-minute phone call per day (after a 7-day blackout), which gave me time to call my sponsor and my family and work my recovery program/keep them appraised of my treatment.
This program is not for every addict. It is intentionally structured to prepare addicts to face the world that they will be a part of after they leave inpatient treatment. Those who are unable to function outside of a strict lock-down facility that cuts off all interaction with the outside world may not be suited to this program.
Client safety is Crest View\'s foremost objective and this was made very apparent at the beginning of my time at the treatment center. At the beginning of my stay, several clients had chosen to steal or smuggle in illegal or non-prescribed medications, which is a risk for any reality-based program that attempts to provide realistic conditions to prepare clients for life outside of inpatient rehab. This activity was rapidly identified by the Crest View staff who ensured that the clients who compromised the safety of the program were dismissed. In addressing the situation, however, the owners conveyed a strong sense of compassion for the addicts who were asked to leave. They found them alternate treatment centers that provided the level of care those clients needed, and they emphasized to their remaining clients that relapse is a reality, that their primary concern was client safety, and they they wanted to foster a culture where clients felt empowered to speak up when they notice unsafe behavior (both to save the lives of those in the program and to protect their own personal recovery). Similarly, throughout the six weeks I spent here, other clients were asked to leave when they were disruptive to the recovery efforts of the larger Crest View community. One particular client was unable to assimilate, choosing to undercut other clients recovery, gossip, shoplift, and steal other clients\' property. The clinicians at the center were similarly quick to address this behavior, dismissing this client, but also ensuring that she was placed in a program that could address her addiction and psychiatric needs.
Finally, the clinical setting is also very well-rounded and was an instrumental part of my recovery. We had classes that ranged from the physiology of addiction (so we could understand why addiction is a disease and what was occurring in our brains when we use) to relapse prevention planning. Other classes included: the impact of addiction on women (gender group), trauma and addiction, how to process emotions, using cognitive behavioral techniques to address addictive behavior, mindfulness techniques to address craving, and 12-Step oriented yoga classes (to name a few). My treatment plan was highly tailored. I met my assigned counselor individually at least once a week and spent three hours with her in a small group setting (3-5 people). She was able to adapt my treatment program to my specific needs, strengths, and weaknesses. I cannot emphasize enough that not only was my counselor highly experienced and competent, but both of the other clinicians are world class addiction specialists as well. I would have been happy being assigned to any of them. Upon preparing to leave, my case manager did extensive research into outpatient programs local to my home that also suited my specific schedule and recovery needs. She provided the smoothest possible transition to ensure that there was no lapse in treatment as I transitioned out of the program. Early on, she also personally managed my short-term disability claim and worked with my insurance to ensure coverage was clear and managing my claim was a relatively streamlined process.
Overall, I\'m so thankful for this program. It absolutely saved my life, my career, and my marriage. I would recommend this to anyone searching for a program that is tailored to address the whole person (physical, mental, social, spiritual) and proven to provide the tools needed for a fulfilling and effective long-term recovery.