A Useful Alternative

Orangevale, CA (MPG)  |  Story and Photo by Margaret Snider
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John Perry, left, president of Clean & Sober Recovery Services, and Chris Wright, Vice president stand in front of the 5,300 sq. ft. residential treatment center home. Outpatient treatment is now an option, only three blocks from the residential facility. -- Photo by Margaret Snider

Outpatient Recovery Services Provides Opportunity

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug addiction is a complex disease. Since drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, it usually requires more than good intentions or a strong will. However, more is known about addiction now than in the past, and more options are available for recovery.

There are more than 20 million Americans in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. John Perry entered recovery in 1997. “I’ve been sober since September of 1997, and my first few years of recovery I worked with people doing 12-step work, one-on-one, and trying to help other people sober up, and I just really – I love it,” Perry said. He is now president and director of operations for Clean & Sober Recovery Services, Inc., in Orangevale. “My wife and I talked about what we would like to do with our life and what we’d like to do for a career, and we liked the idea of helping people.” Addiction is not something that you recover from and then go back to life as it was, Perry said. For a person who has a problem with alcoholism or drug addiction, recovery is an active process that starts with becoming sober and requires continual diligence.

Though statistics show that inpatient residential treatment, ideally for three months, is best for long-term sobriety, not everyone is in a position to take that route. “Maybe their work won’t allow them to have more than a month off,” Perry said, “or a mother with young kids at home can’t afford to be away from (them) for several months.” Intensive outpatient therapy can be an alternative that may make recovery possible for those who are not able for various reasons to go into a full residential recovery program. Cost is less for outpatient therapy, since there is not 24 hour staffing, meals are not provided, and other considerations are different than with residential treatment. And outpatient therapy is more likely to be covered by insurance.

Clean & Sober Recovery Services has offered care since 2008 and recently began an intensive outpatient program located just three blocks from their residential treatment site. The outpatient option includes a minimum of three one-hour groups per day, and a one-on-one counseling at least once a week. There are a wide variety of classes or groups that can be carried out during days or evenings.

Chris Wright is vice president and facility director for Clean & Sober Recovery Services. “I’ve been sober 15 years now and I met John in a 12-step meeting, we were in the same home group,” Wright said. “It was quite a good friendship and a recovery related friendship, too.”

The key to continued health is never to forget. “I’m doing the same things today that I was doing when I first started, Wright said. “I still have a sponsor, I still go to meetings, I’m still involved in the 12-step process, and I’m constantly refreshed on the proper way to handle problems that I have. And I always have somebody I can talk to.” In assisting others, Wright said, he found that trouble in maintaining recovery was often preceded by the gradual dropping of supportive measures, including discontinuation of meetings, not following the 12-step program, and lack of healthy options to problem solving.

“Sometimes a treatment plan calls for a hybrid solution of sorts,” Perry said. “For example, a person might start with one month in residential treatment and then transition to intensive outpatient counseling where their healing continues. For the best results, we encourage people in outpatient programs to make a sober living community their home during their time in outpatient treatment.”

For more information about Clean & Sober Recovery Services and the outpatient treatment program, call 916-990-0190, or go to www.letsgetbettertogether.com, or e-mail info@candsrecovery.com.