It can be difficult for people to ask for help, especially when it involves substance abuse. Some of us often feel significant shame about our addictions and we may mistake asking for support and guidance as a sign of weakness or a moral deficiency. This misconception couldn’t be further from the truth. The truth is that asking for help is an incredibly courageous aspect of choosing recovery, and our AAR Healthcare team is here to honor and support you from day-one of  your journey.  

The team at AAR Healthcare has extensive experience and expertise with empowering those we serve with the tools they need to live happy, fulfilling, and productive lives free of alcohol or drugs. The most challenging part of the journey towards a new life is often simply making the decision to choose recovery. 

Is It Time to Decide to Enter or Re-Enter the Journey Towards Sustained Recovery?

How do you know you should consider starting addiction recovery? Think about the impact addiction has had on you (and your family) and attempt to project forward what your life may look like if your addiction remains untreated. To help facilitate this, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is your substance use limiting your ability to make healthy decisions about your future?
  • Do you struggle with mental or physical health problems?
  • Are you losing friendships and relationships that are important to you?
  • Do you struggle to work or maintain other responsibilities?
  • Are you tired of the financial strain addiction causes?
  • Do you want more control over the quality and the duration of your life?
  • What would need to happen in your current situation before you make the decision to seek help?  How close is that situation to happening?

If these are things you’re thinking about, the medical and clinical teams at AAR Healthcare can provide evidence-based treatment options that can support your desire for change. 

What Happens When Starting Your Recovery Journey with AAR?

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Step One

Either done virtually or once our clients have arrived at our treatment facility, the enrollment process begins.

Admitting a client into our treatment program includes:

A discussion of the fees associated with treatment at AAR Healthcare and the degree to which insurance will cover our services

The signing of a statement of financial responsibility and the signing of your treatment contract

The signing of various documents related to your privacy, including a confidentiality agreement and a release form

The signing of consent for treatment document, which legally allows us to treat you

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Step Two

The next step is an assessment of your addiction-specific background and your physical health.

Our addiction specialists will compile and consider the following:

A complete medical history

This will include a family history, your medication allergies, your medical history (including any past addiction treatment), and any medications you are currently taking.

A history of your use

A detailed understanding of your personal history with the substance or substances to which you are addicted.

Check of your vital signs

This will involve checking your heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and other relevant health metrics in order to gain more in-depth insight into your condition. At this point, we will also perform urine screenings to test for the presence and concentration of various substances and prescription medications.


Which, if any, FDA-approved medications make sense for easing the withdrawal symptoms and curbing cravings?

Your biopsychosocial health assessment will involve:

Identifying any co-occurring disorders – like anxiety, depression, or trauma – that might be fueling your addiction so that we can treat these simultaneous to your addiction

Answering questions that allow our clinical team to develop a complete picture of your emotional state and how effectively you are able to think, reason, and remember.

Establishing your recovery goals

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Step Three

After a full assessment with our team, we’ll provide you with more insight into your options and address your questions, concerns, and considerations. At this point, we will collectively begin fleshing out your customized treatment plan, including your discharge plan,to ensure both a clinically and medically comprehensive strategy AND one that meets your individual needs (including the degree to which we use telehealth vs. in-person sessions) and objectives.

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Step Four

Beginning treatment with AAR Healthcare, depending on your specific circumstances and your customized treatment plan, generally entails the following treatment programs:
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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

For certain types of substance use disorders, the use of FDA-approved medications has been demonstrated to reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms. Clients receiving a MAT protocol at AAR will often do so in conjunction with one of the below counseling and recovery support programs.

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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

AAR’s IOP represents our most rigorous form of group therapy in which you will receive significant support while experiencing the benefits of recovering alongside others with potentially similar experiences and circumstances related to their drug or alcohol use.

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Outpatient Program (OP)

AAR’s OP is similar to the IOP, but with less time requirements and more opportunity to integrate your learnings and growth in your day-to-day life.

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Ongoing Treatment and Continuing Care Coordination

For some new clients, including those who may have experienced a recent relapse or those starting their journey with AAR from a more stabilized place, we may recommend this less intensive model for reintegrating into everyday life as seamlessly as possible. Among other ways, we do this by continually supporting our clients to maintain contact with our alumni, facilitating establishing a strong support network to aid with sustained recovery, and coordinating care with other providers and resources. Oftentimes, this level of care comes after clients have completed the IOP and/or OP programs.

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Step Five

After determining what type of program is right for you, we will further customize your treatment plan to include an optimized approach to counseling, including the frequency and composition among:
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Individual Therapy

During individual therapy, you’ll work with your counselor to explore your addiction, and you will collectively uncover insights into healthier ways to manage your thoughts, choices, and other behaviors.

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Group Therapy

Group therapy allows you to learn from others and open up about your personal experiences, struggles, and successes. It also allows you to begin building a strong social support network, which is a key component of recovery and of avoiding relapse down the line.

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Family Therapy

Family therapy aims at educating the family of the individual struggling with addiction and rebuilding strained relationships while addressing unhealthy behaviors and routines.

What Are the Benefits of Starting Addiction Recovery Now?

Making this decision is going to open the door to a world of opportunities.

Some of the potential benefits you’ll likely experience include:

Having more control over your life’s circumstances

Breaking an addiction that’s limiting your health and enjoyment of life

Overcoming the negative thought processes holding you back

Building the life skills and commitment to yourself to make decisions in favor of your long-term health and wellness

Exploring new opportunities and pathways for your future

Finding your way forward with confidence

Investing in Your Future Starts with Reaching Out to AAR Healthcare

Once you have committed to starting recovery at AAR Healthcare, our team will empower you with the tools and resources you need to achieve genuine, long-term recovery. Starting addiction recovery is often a challenging decision, but it can be the best one you have ever made for ensuring a better, more fulfilling life. Learn more by contacting us online or calling 844.967.1610 today.