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High Watch Recovery Center High Watch Farm is a unique mental health and substance abuse treatment facility located in Kent, Connecticut. The organization’s history has deep ties with the foundation of the well-regarded Alcoholics Anonymous program, and indeed High Watch Recovery Center is proud to be recognized as the world’s first 12 Step treatment provider for the rehabilitation of patients suffering from addiction.
The High Watch Farm facility was first officially referred to as such in 1940, when it was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. Over the ensuing 70 years of operation, the organization has excelled in providing cutting-edge treatment for the chronic illness that is drug and alcohol addiction, along with its associated mental health disorders. Each patient is provided with a customized, individualized treatment plan in order to address their specific needs. The treatment at High Watch Recovery Center combines the state-of-the-art developments in the field with the spiritual teachings and practices of the 12 Step principles in order to provide a complete, comprehensive recovery option for all of its patients.
The mission of High Watch Recovery Center is so see the “disease of addiction go into remission for each individual who passes through our door.” As this statement demonstrates, the organization is operating under the latest medical principles by correctly classifying addiction as a disease. The center therefore employs the latest breakthroughs in treatment in order to put their mission into action. All treatment is provided under a core set of values including respect, integrity, compassion, quality, teamwork, fiscal stewardship, and education.
The facility conducts admissions 365 days per year in order to ensure that these values are extended to each and every prospective client, regardless of when and where they discover that they may need the help of a facility like High Watch. The center admits residents aged 18 years and older after conducting an initial health screening and substance abuse history review. Once admitted into the facility, patients will be able to take advantage of the wide range of amenities which make treatment at High Watch both highly effective and uniquely suited to those who are in need of addiction treatment.
The setting of High Watch Recovery Center is especially appealing to lovers of the outdoors, as the facility is situated amidst 200 acres of rolling woodland in the verdant Litchfield Hills of northwestern Connecticut. Being surrounded by natural environs has also been demonstrated to have a healing effect in patients suffering from mental health disorders, as the simple act of enjoying the open air can improve an individual’s constitution by relaxing them and causing them to feel comfortable and at ease. The actual accommodations at High Watch further reinforce the impression of at-home comfort by offering amenities that more closely resemble a bed-and-breakfast than they do a medical institution.
Fully furnished rooms with windows opening onto views of forested hillsides, home-cooked meals, and caring staff will ensure that clients are placed in the right frame of mind necessary to begin the healing process. Residents frequently praise the natural beauty and tranquility of High Watch’s location, to say nothing of the quality of its therapeutic services. Rooms are attractively designed and are named with titles such as the Elm Suite, Maple Suite, and Fir Suite.
Beyond the rooms themselves, patients’ intellectual and spiritual needs are also addressed with the inclusion of a beautiful library and chapel for religious services; the latter is complete with a fireplace. A large dining hall with broad-beamed wooden rafters will make every meal feel like a feast at an old-fashioned hunting lodge. Buildings on the campus are surrounded by white picket fences lined with flowers carefully chosen to further accentuate the facility’s farmhouse aesthetic. Small gardens with plentiful outdoor seating will reward patients seeking solace in the beautiful environment by strolling around the compound.
Additionally, an exercise room features weightlifting machines, an elliptical, and other equipment designed to keep patients physically healthy and engaged while they are participating in the facility’s residential services. Further recreational opportunities involve yoga classes, meditation/mindfulness training, an art workshop, a soap making class, scenic nature walks, volleyball and table tennis games, and fly fishing opportunities.
Because High Watch knows that family interaction is an important part of its patients’ lives, the center welcomes families and friends to visit patients during designating weekend visiting hours. This allows patients to take an active role in family life without compromising their typically rigorous schedule of treatment and therapy.
In addition to encouraging visits by patients’ family members, High Watch Recovery Center High Watch Farm also cites research stating that family treatment offers patients a greater chance of achieving sobriety. As a result, the facility offers family treatment education workshops as part of its therapeutic regimen. These classes take place every four weeks and typically last for approximately six hours. Each patient may bring up to two guests for these sessions, where family members will learn more about the nature of the disease that is addiction. Family members are also suggested to meet with patients’ therapists privately in order to assist in the recovery process; these meetings can occur as often as three times per week. Furthermore, family members can of course attend the organization’s 12 Step and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in order to learn how to better process the addictions of their loved ones.
Treatment at High Watch Recovery Center typically lasts for approximately 100 days. However, the facility recognizes that no two patients are alike, and neither are their needs. As such, a 60-day extension of treatment is routinely provided for patients at no additional charge. This has been dubbed the Extended Care Charity Program.
Patients are given this extension on an as-needed basis after medical review. Patients in this program are expected to take on a few additional duties (such as taking attendance, cleaning rooms, etc.) in order to make a contribution to the facility in lieu of additional payment. This allows patients to develop a stronger work ethic and to feel that they have made an impact on the center. High Watch is proud to observe that, through the use of this extended program, they have achieved a 95% success rate of rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation itself consists of a specialized treatment plan involving evaluations, diagnoses, therapy, 12 Step programs, family education workshops, recreational opportunities, and transition support aftercare programs. This robust combination of therapy and additional treatments is designed to offer patients the best possible chances of recovery. High Watch Recovery Center has developed this particular treatment program to such a fine degree that it has turned it into something of its own specialty practice.
High Watch Recovery Center has developed its own effective treatment for drug and alcohol use termed the “High Watch Program.” This program employs the latest breakthroughs in addiction medicine and neurobiology in order to treat co-occurring disorders (which are the simultaneous presentation of mental health disorders and substance abuse addictions). The High Watch Program involves providing each patient with an individual bio-psycho-social evaluation. This evaluation allows clinicians to obtain a full picture of a patient’s condition, from which starting point a specific therapy plan can be created. The plan will provide for an assigned therapist to conduct weekly individual therapy, as well as multiple group therapy sessions.
Therapy sessions alone do not comprise the High Watch Program, however. As might be expected of the first facility to employ a 12 Step program, this plan is also used for patients. Each client will be assigned a 12 Step coach in order to learn how to remain sober once they have achieved sobriety. As with Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12 Steps offer a spiritual component to the recovery process that many patients find especially inspiring.
In addition to regular therapy and the 12 Step program, biological interventions are also administered. These techniques are implemented in order to repair neural and neurotransmitter systems in the brain that may have been damaged by the patients’ substance abuse. This is where High Watch’s engagement in the cutting-edge of medical development comes into play, as patients will reap the benefits of this industry leader’s strides in the field.
The High Watch Program also includes a transition support program. The organization recognizes that addiction is a chronic disease and that recovery does not preclude the possibility of relapse. Therefore, all residential patients will receive a discharge are plan designed to support their transition to aftercare treatment. Six weekly sessions will be providing immediately after discharge, and additional community resources will also be suggested in order to allow patients to maintain their sobriety and the remission of their addiction indefinitely. This aftercare is one way that High Watch strives to follow its mission statement by providing compassionate care to its patients even after they have completed their treatment at the facility itself.
Incoming patients will likely first encounter Dr. David Hendricks, who performs initial consultations and diagnoses. The medical staff at High Watch Recovery Center High Watch Farm is led by Dr. Anita Chu, who is a certified psychiatrist supervising a team of Masters-level licensed clinical social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and registered nurses. This team of experts further diagnoses and medically treats the neurobiological effects that substance abuse has on the brain, as well as any associated co-occurring disorders. Patients also meet with Masters-level therapists in order to conduct group therapy sessions and individual therapy sessions designed to explore the nature of their own specific addictions.
Employees at High Watch Recovery Center believe in a holistic and integrative approach to treatment. By collaborating with each other and with their patients, staff members are able to make the best decisions about diagnosis and patient care. Both biological and psychological factors are considered when devising a treatment plan, and no two treatment plans are alike.
The staff believes that substance abuse is a disease driven by many separate factors, and as such its treatment should stem from a variety of disciplines. Therefore, the board-certified and professionally recognized staff at High Watch Recovery Center has employed several different techniques in the creation and implementation of the High Watch Program, which has achieved an astounding success rate over the years.
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