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Treatment Duration: 90 days
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Level of Care:

Holistic Treatment:

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic treatment facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic treatment is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

Medically Assisted Detox:

The Medical Detox level of care allows River Oaks' licensed medical team to safely monitor 24/7 the client’s symptoms during the withdrawal period which usually lasts 5-7 days. The client resides in a quiet section within the residential area that is located in close proximity to the nurse’s station. All members of the medical team are experienced in wide-ranging withdrawal symptoms and understand the associated requirements. After the client safely completes detox and is evaluated by the interdisciplinary treatment team, he or she begins the appropriate course of treatment.

24-Hour Clinical Care:

At certain points in the recovery process, it's important to have support available 24/7. 24-hour clinical care offers a safe environment in which to recover from drug or alcohol addiction in peace, knowing medical detox and other treatment will happen with professionals on hand.

Intensive Outpatient:

In River Oaks' IOP program, the client requires less supervision than the PHP program but makes the commitment to participate in a structured treatment schedule. The IOP client attends therapy and programming 3-7 days per week, according to the individualized treatment plan. Therapy is provided in treatment blocks of a minimum of 3 hours in duration. At this care level, the client works on fine-tuning his or her early recovery and aftercare plan and becomes involved with the local sober community.


InRiver Oaks' Residential Treatment (RT) program, the client resides at our facility and receives 24/7 staff supervision. The client participates in his or her treatment plan of individual therapy, group sessions, addiction therapy groups, and other therapeutic activities.

Individualized Treatment:

Certain drug and alcohol rehabs have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person's specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.


Since its inception in the 1930’s with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), 12-Step fellowships have empowered generations of individuals fighting substance abuse to improve their lives by “working the steps.” For those battling addiction, the fellowship of coming together with other individuals creates a safe environment for sharing recovery stories and healing. Following program completion, 12-Step group attendance has been shown to increase lengths of abstinence (Journal of Substance Addiction Treatment, April 2014). River Oaks incorporates the spirit of 12-Step fellowship and meetings into our treatment programs at all levels of care. Their curriculum includes a section – “What are the Twelve Steps? Steppin’ a New Life” – that serves as a summary and introduction to the 12-Step philosophy and spirit.

Aftercare Support:

Before graduating from treatment, it’s important for the client to have his or her aftercare program in place. The reason River Oaks stresses the importance of aftercare plans from day one is that an effective aftercare plan can make or break the client’s chances for long-term sobriety, particularly in the initial period following graduation. A comprehensive aftercare plan can be beneficial for all areas of the client’s life after treatment. During treatment the client can work with the clinical team to talk about the need for continued care after graduation. Is it necessary to check in with a psychiatrist or therapist periodically? If the therapist makes this recommendation, then local providers in the community can be set up prior to graduation. Gathering contacts and resources builds a strong foundation of recovery resources for reintegrating into a drug-free life. They encourage their graduates to stay in touch with fellow Rivers Oaks alumni, participate in AAC Alumni activities, and attend 12-Step or other recovery support groups for fellowship.

Treatment Focus:

Opioid Addiction:

Opioid rehabs specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse:

A combined mental health and substance abuse rehab has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Dual Diagnosis:

Substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders often go hand in hand and many of our clients are facing not only the struggles of their addiction, but the difficulties in managing behavioral health issues. Just focusing on the addiction does not increase the odds for long-term recovery. By simultaneously addressing the addiction and behavioral health, River Oaks can help the client with an aftercare plan that includes strategies for managing the co-occurring disorder in recovery. River Oaks addresses addiction plus co-occurring mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. Because a co-occurring condition may impact an individual’s recovery, our dual diagnosis approach to treatment, may help the individual develop strategies to manage the disorder and avoid situations that may lead to relapse.

Therapy Programs:

Family Therapy:

Addiction affects all members and loved one’s of the client’s family. During treatment, the client faces difficult challenges of rehabilitation and personal change, so support from the family, loved ones, and spouse/partner is critical. With the client’s consent, to help reinforce the client’s motivation and resolve, they encourage participation in family therapy sessions. During the program stay, sharing with loved ones can support, reinforce, and strengthen post-treatment recovery efforts. All persons influential in the client’s recovery and aftercare are invited to attend onsite or via conference calls.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

River Oaks' therapists work with clients using CBT techniques that are goal-directed and solution-focused. CBT allows the therapist to work with the client and examine how negative thought patterns and feelings affect or drive unhealthy behavior, such as substance abuse. One goal of CBT is to help the client eliminate or phase out unhealthy thinking that may drive self-destructive behaviors and replace it with healthy, rational thought patterns.

Individual Therapy:

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy:

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy:

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Equine Therapy:

In addition to individual, group, and family therapy groups, River Oaks offers Equine Therapy. Many individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders such as PTSD benefit from the positive, non-judgmental interaction with horses.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing:

Besides EMDR’s effectiveness in treating addiction and co-occurring disorders it benefits individuals with significant trauma-exposure by aiding in symptom reduction and improving emotional stability. EMDR may be clinically appropriate for the client with PTSD or a personal history of sexual assault, wartime violence, natural disasters, domestic violence, or other traumatic life events.

Motivational Interviewing:

Most individuals who struggle with addiction are aware that their harmful behavior is dangerous but continue the substance abuse nonetheless. This ambivalence is normal. To assist in changing dangerous behaviors such as drug or alcohol abuse, Motivational Interviewing can help the client move from ambivalent feelings about addiction and/or treatment to a state of genuine desire for change and readiness for treatment.

Nutrition Therapy:

River Oaks' dining area at River Oaks is a warm and welcoming environment where clients are served delicious gourmet meals by our talented dining staff. They will accommodate clients who require special meals for medically necessary diet requirements.

Creative Arts Therapy:

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.


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Last Updated: 01/22/2018

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