Seeking treatment is a big step for anyone with an alcohol or drug problem. A recent article discusses the need for better access to treatment as well as ending the judgmental attitudes that patients are subject to. Getting compassionate help can make a world of difference for someone in recovery. One former patient discussed her experiences with two treatment centers.
The first facility was very impersonal and took a hardline approach to recovery. This philosophy turned her off and led to a relapse soon after finishing the program. Nine months later she entered Williamsville Wellness in Hanover, Virginia and had a very unique experience.
At Williamsville Wellness she was treated with kindness and respect. This started as she walked through the door and was greeted by the director who explained what would happen during the first day and the days ahead. The director then walked her down to the intake nurse who took a great deal of time getting to know her. This is not what she experienced the first time in treatment.
At Williamsville Wellness She Had Four Individual Therapy Sessions Per Day!
In the first rehab she met with a counselor only a few times a week. But at Williamsville Wellness she had four individual therapy sessions per day! She attended small group therapy sessions unlike the big lecture halls of her first rehab. The combination of this individualized treatment along with the kindness and caring of the treatment team helped her be more positive about her recovery. One article discusses the benefits of kindness when treating patients.
The benefits of a smaller treatment center allowed her to work on her individual needs. She was able to address these and work on an exit plan to continue her sobriety. She also developed friendships in the smaller group sessions. In the larger treatment setting she felt more like a number than a person. Rehabs in Virginia vary throughout the state. So, choosing one that can best meet your needs is critical.