I spent 30 days at Great Oaks Recovery in March and April of 2016 for alcohol abuse. I am nearly 2 years sober and have not had any relapse. The tools and techniques I learned have helped me navigate through a couple of periods where I wanted to drink. I support the 12 step program and attend AA meetings weekly. However, for me the group classes learning about relapse, coping and behavioral therapy have been more helpful. The most helpful was my counselor, who helped me identify my triggers. When I get into thst complacent mood where I think I'm OK and can have a glass of wine or two, I stop myself and recall the conversations we had. When I get angry or jealous that I can't drink like a normal person, I just remember I have an illness and my body and mind can't process alcohol much like a diabetic can't process sugar.
The staff at Great Oaks was wonderful. The facility is nice - very nice for a treatment facility. We had a few hiccups with hot water while I was there but they were sorting it out. The staff would also take us on outings such as AA and bowling. I appreciated the sit down meals with a couple of choices. The food was always fresh and snacks were always available. I would have liked a few healthier options but the menu allowed enough choice. They also stocked a few of my own items for me.
Of course I would have loved a facility with rooms and meals like the Four Seasons but what they have is sufficient and I wasn't there for vacation!
I also appreciated the smaller scale of the facility so we could get to know each other and get a sense of community and commitment to sobriety.
I highly recommend Great Oaks Recovery!