“I now have the tools to make it through today without using. Today I am willing to do whatever it takes to not pick up that next drug or drink.” – Nick H.
The Herrington Recovery Center’s staff uses a number of treatment components to help patients deal with the psychological issues that brought them to our program. According to the goals and objectives of their individualized treatment plans, patients may participate in the following components:
12-Step Recovery Principles
The center uses the principles of 12-Step recovery programs to provide the therapeutic and psychoeducational framework for our treatment.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Network Therapy:
Our highly skilled and experienced staff use a variety of evidence-based approaches to meet the unique needs that patients may have.
Led by a master’s-level therapist, group therapy sessions focus on identifying the signs and symptoms of addiction and coexisting disorders. Group time also is devoted to identifying primary and secondary addictions, recognizing the symptoms and patterns of dependency, and developing successful relapse prevention strategies. Daily group therapy sessions are also used to help patients understand and accept the impact their substance use and addiction have had on family members and others close to them. In addition, female- and male-only groups are conducted regularly to address issues that are gender specific.
Each patient has individual sessions with his or her primary therapist. Starting with a comprehensive developmental and family history, the therapist works to establish a healthy therapeutic relationship and identify the core issues related to the addiction. As treatment progresses, the emphasis shifts to providing guidance, support, and interventions regarding day-to-day challenges providing and developing a detailed continuing care and relapse prevention plan.
Family Therapy and Education:
Family support, education and therapy are a vital part of the center’s treatment. The active involvement of family members helps to ensure the successful transition back home. During family sessions the patient’s illness is considered within the context of the family’s communication patterns, value and belief systems, rules, roles and expectations. Family therapy is conducted by a licensed marriage and family therapist or the patient’s primary therapist. Multiple family educational programs, The Family and Friends Program, are provided twice a month on Saturdays. Family recovery and orientation to Al-Aanon are a focus of treatment in addition to recovery for the patient with addiction.
Medical Management and Oversight:
Shortly after admission to the center, the attending addiction medicine physician meets with the patient to complete a comprehensive evaluation, which includes history, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Subsequently, the physician will meet one or more times per week with the patient to review the status of his or her recovery, the status of general medical and psychiatric conditions, and the need for lab work and consultation with other specialists. During these sessions, the physician addresses both psychological and medical issues, and discusses treatment progress and obstacles, providing guidance and support. The participation of the center’s medical director and other addiction medicine physicians in weekly team meetings, where treatment plans are reviewed and updated, assists our physicians in the guidance and advice they offer.
Each patient sees a board-certified family physician or internal medicine physician for a full physical examination to review medications and identify general medical conditions which need to be addressed during the patient’s stay. Rogers’ family medicine physician is available each day to see patients as medical needs may arise, and the emergency room services of Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, located approximately three miles away, are available.
Our physicians review with patients the potential benefits of medication to assist recovery. FDA-approved medications for addiction are prescribed as indicated. Medication management for psychiatric and general medical conditions can be directed by psychiatric and medical consultants who are on the hospital’s staff.
Patients participate in a range of experiential therapy groups several times per week. Activities are selected to assist the patient in developing trust, setting boundaries, building self-worth, developing independence and exploring healthy alternative outlets. Patients acquire a new set of skills they can use to deal more effectively with their triggers and learn how to incorporate a healthy balance of physical fitness into their lifestyle. Experiential therapies offer opportunities for non-verbal expression and exploration of the individual’s unique strengths. Experiential therapies can include: art therapy, music therapy, movement therapy, psychodrama and recreation therapy.
Nutrition and Health Education:
Treatment team members reinforce good nutrition and other healthy living patterns. Nutritional education and counseling by a registered dietitian or a registered nurse is provided in a group setting; individual nutritional therapy sessions are provided as directed by the treatment team.
Community Outings and Therapeutic Passes:
With physician approval, patients have opportunities throughout the course of treatment to practice what has been learned in a less restrictive setting. These experiences ease the transition and integration back into his or her home community and allow patients to build confidence in successfully using newly acquired coping and self-care skills. Purely recreational passes are not a part of the patient’s treatment plan and are not authorized during treatment. Therapeutic passes can be a part of treatment.
Daily Living Skills:
Patients have the responsibility of maintaining their bedrooms, washing their personal laundry and jointly being responsible for care of their living areas. Practicing these independent living skills on a daily basis helps reestablish personal responsibility and accountability creating a sense of belonging within the residential community.
Diet and exercise are vital components of a personal wellness plan. People with addiction sometimes live their lives in an “all or nothing” manner; learning moderation is important regarding healthy eating and physical activity. Our experiential therapists and dietitians can assist patients in these areas, not only regarding their activities while at the Herrington Recovery Center, but also developing a plan for healthy living after discharge.
Rogers Memorial Hospital offers supportive spiritual care resources developed to augment and address the spirituality of our patients. A core principle of our approach to spiritual care services is to respect and support the unique and individual faith traditions of our patients that assist them in their recovery. In addition, local faith-based organizations make ecumenical services available to patients. Passes to specific religious services at area houses of worship are approved by the treatment team once patients are confirmed to have the stability to leave the campus.
All patients attend community based support groups six days a week. Support groups include: Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and other community based support groups as appropriate. In addition, patients are expected to acquire a temporary sponsor from their support groups while in treatment at Herrington. Support groups on and off campus are provided to patients throughout the treatment experience and are provided as a crucial component to ongoing recovery.
Members of the Herrington McBride Alumni Association play an active role with individuals currently in treatment at Herrington. Alumni members lead weekly ‘rap’ sessions, where they share their personal story of achieving recovery, and host quarterly pizza parties for the center’s current patients. They also lead 12-Step meetings at Rogers and strive to build connections with every adult who successfully completes addiction treatment at the hospital.