Frequently Asked Questions
“Our understanding of the neurobiology of addiction and the impact on the brain is the foundation of our approach to treatment”
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Will I receive medication?
Each patient has an individualized treatment plan and is evaluated by the physician. Medications are prescribed most often for the detox component of treatment as well as for assistance with cravings that accompany an addiction. Most patients will receive some type of medication to assist with the underlying cause of their addiction and these might be medications to assist with anxiety, depression, bi-polar or ADHD. The generic plan would be to assist patients to be completely functional without the use of any medications, if this is possible.
How long should I come?
Engagement in the treatment process is the key to becoming stable and healthy. Currently, 97% of our patients remain in the program a minimum of 6 months. Of those patients, 89% elect to continue in treatment for our Phase II or Aftercare program for an additional 6 months. Patients that achieve the best long-term prognosis are those that are very active and practice what they have learned at ATS.
What is CBT Counseling?
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a form of evidence based psychotherapy, proven to be effective in treating addictions and co-occurring disorders. CBT is designed to help patients challenge dysfunctional thinking, regulate unhealthy emotions, and practice impulse control techniques. ATS has developed a copyrighted curriculum that has proven to be extremely effective in teaching and practicing CBT.
What are the outcomes?
National average for any level of sustained recovery varies from 3-5% to 10%. We combine a Harm Reduction Model with our stated desire for complete abstinence as the ultimate goal. Last fiscal year, over 56% of our patients were abstinent from all drugs for over a six month period. We understand that our patients are very committed to learning to manage their addiction; Consequently, they attend groups regularly and are very engaged in treatment.
What is our strategy?
ATS has developed a copyrighted curriculum that has proven to be extremely effective in teaching and practicing CBT. It is an evidenced-based approach that involves the five essential elements of a comprehensive program addressing persons with an addiction. We want to support and teach our patients a more effective strategy in dealing with decisions in their lives. We treat the whole patient and not just the manifestations of an addiction.
How often do I see the doctor?
All patients work with the case manager and their therapist to determine how often they need to see the staff physician. In the beginning most of our patients will see the doctor a minimum of monthly and will be in contact daily through the therapist or case manager if changes are needed.
What is the cost of treatment?
For Phase1, the initial 180 days of treatment, the cost is approximately $7500. There is an option to pay monthly installments which will total $8,000 over the 6 months of treatment. Most of our patients enroll for Phase II which is an additional cost of $2500 if the patient is stable. We anticipate patients being sufficiently stable to require less intervention during the second six months of treatment.
Will my insurance pay for ATS?
ATS does not accept insurance consignments. ATS will provide you a list of all approved services that you receive here for you to submit to your insurance company for direct reimbursement. The CPT coding process will include all services for individual therapy, group therapy, psychosocial education and parental involvement. You will receive reimbursement based on what your insurance company will pay you directly.
What if I am out of town and cannot make groups or individual sessions?
ATS has access to audio and video conference through Skype such that patients can be treated if out of town. They can call into group meetings or have one on one sessions with the therapist.
Is ATS a medical detox clinic?
We can safely detox most patients on an outpatient basis. This is especially true of patients with an addiction to opiates. We conduct an induction process where the patient comes to the clinic for 3 consecutive days such that we can monitor the induction of Suboxone. Some patients may safely be detoxed from Alcohol with a medication management process, while others may have to go to the hospital. Each patient is individually assessed.
Why Outpatient vs Inpatient?
Outpatient programs are far more effective in achieving long term sobriety from substances. Engagement of the patient through an extended period of time to improve the overall health of the patient is far more effective than the generic 30 days of rehab. The myth is that patients must attend a “Rehab” in order to get better, consequently this is usually the first place patients start. In addition to the effectiveness, the overall costs of outpatient are less expensive. It is usual and customary for a detox process of 3 days in the hospital to cost in excess of $3500. In addition 30 days of Rehab may be in excess of $2,000 per day.
How often do I come to the clinic?
Most patients are in the clinic a minimum of 3 times weekly. We have office hours from 7 am to 9 pm to accommodate most patients work schedules.
Is this a spiritual or religious program?
No, this is a scientific approach to a medical problem and does not include spirituality as a component. We utilize the latest in research to address the unique needs of those suffering from an addiction.
How does this program compare to a 12 step program?
Read in other parts of our information the difference between the AA approach and the Cognitive concepts brought forward in the ATS approach. There is a considerable difference in how we address the addiction issues manifested by patients. AA is a 1930’s philosophy to treatment and is closer affiliated with a support group rather than actual treatment.
ATS provides unprecedented treatment to people suffering from addiction. I’ve seen first-hand the long-term success that patients experience. Patients are treated with dignity and genuine concern.
John Crum and his staff are very knowledgeable and compassionate. They really teach the patient and family the rules to follow to be stable and healthy. SOD, SED! I will forever be grateful and appreciate all of the support from each and every one of them.