What is treatment like at Wells House?

The Wells House programs approach treatment with several things in mind. First, we treat
each patient who comes to us with dignity and respect and we provide a safe place in which to start the healing process. Next, we want to be very accurate in any diagnosis so the assessment and evaluation processes are very thorough to ensure that the patient is clinically appropriate for our level of care. Our treatment philosophy is based on the recognition that dependency is a disease and that abstinence is the only way to manage the disease.

What is the Wells House like?

The Wells House is designed with safety, comfort, and peacefulness in mind. We want patients and their families to feel that we are a place where they can turn down the noise of the outside world for a while and focus on their own issues and needs. We have tried to create environments of healing that reflect our belief in treating people with dignity and respect.

  • Time for talking — both one-to-one counseling and a variety of group settings
  • Personal time for reflection and reading and completing individual treatment assignments
  • Relaxation, exercise and recreational activities
  • Lectures and other educational activities

The time spent at the Wells House is intended to provide a fresh start with support, education and therapy to aid in long-term recovery and a healthy, sober life.

Can’t I just go to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings?

Yes, many people who did not go to a treatment program have maintained successful abstinence through Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. For others, however, the disease has progressed to a point where they need added structure, support and clinical services that are provided in behavioral health type setting. Many of our alumni rely upon mutual aid groups to provide lifelong support after treatment.

How long does residential care last?

The programs at the Wells House are not defined by a number of days, but rather by a patients needs and insurance coverage. Lengths of stay in both outpatient and residential programs are dependent on the needs of the patient, are determined through an assessment and evaluation process, what their insurance covers (typical 90 day stay) or if the client can self-pay what is not covered by insurance. For most people, an average length of stay in primary care is four to six weeks but longer-term aftercare programs – often two months or up to a one year program – are beneficial to some. Successful treatment is the ultimate goal, and time is necessary to win the battle.

While the outcome of a residential treatment program can be the most efficient form of treatment, the time commitment is substantial. Wells House does provide outpatient services.

Why do some people stay longer than others?

Dependency is a complex disease that impacts people physically, emotionally and psychologically, so some people’s treatment needs are more severe than others. A person’s ability to function, attitude toward treatment, and maturity level all impact the treatment plan and how they progress. In some cases, such as with healthcare professionals, licensing requirements dictate length of stay and levels of care necessary to return to work. At the beginning of treatment, the initial assessment defines the treatment plan.

As patients progress through treatment, their needs are continually re-evaluated and the treatment plan updated to reflect their changing condition. Ultimately the length of time they spend in the program is determined by clinical progress and readiness for discharge.

Can my family call me while I’m in treatment? Can I get mail? E-mail?

Following admission to the Wells House program, patients are encouraged to contact their families in order to provide them with the phone number and times when they can be reached. Patients do not have access to email, but postal mail is accepted. The outpatient and residential programs allow visitors during visitor hours.

I like to work out. Can I do that while I’m there?

Absolutely! Physical health and fitness is an important component of the recovery programs. Workout and fitness vary by location and we partner with the local YMCA in providing clients with a two month scholarship to their gym facility. In our adult residential programs, every patient has an opportunity to engage in fitness activities.