Saturday, April 21, 2007

Demeter Eligibility

My stay here at Demeter is paid for through the Community Service Board (CSB). I don't think this is a good fit for me. But it is a place to stay for now while I am waiting to go to court for my DUI.

The barrier to entry here is low. Here are the requirements:


All clients must be:

female, over 18 years old
ambulatory, able to maintain self-care without physical handicap(s) that would hinder mobility in the program
have a primary diagnosis of chemical addiction
able to maintain appropriate behavior in an intensive, structured facility
in good physical health, other than symptoms of withdrawal
We accept self pay and most major insurance carriers as well as CSB, DSS, DJJ, CSA funding.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Demeter Facts

I really need a dual diagnosis treatment facility. I do not think Demeter supports this. Here is some of what they have to offer:

Residential treatment facility
Open year-round, 24 hours/day
Addresses the special needs of women, including expectant mothers and mothers with children
Diagnostic substance abuse assessment
Individualized treatment plans
Individual and group counseling
Child care component
Family education and therapy
On-site life skills classes, resume/job workshops and tutoring
Random drug testing
Continuity of care from intake to treatment
Transitional program available

Monday, April 2, 2007

Demeter House

I'm staying in a place called Demeter House. Here is what they say about the place.

The Demeter House, a 20-bed home located in Arlington, Virginia, serves women, including those who are expecting, have custody of their children or the ability to regain custody following successful treatment.

The program is designed to not only break the cycle of addiction, but empower clients to re-enter the community as responsible citizens and reduce their reliance on government support.

To meet the special needs of women, treatment is comprehensive and based on a disease model approach. Typically, treatment runs for about three months, through length of stay is based on an individual's progress and clinical condition. Certified counselors employ a traditional 12-step model based on Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous and individual and group counseling. Counseling is behavior management-focused, with each client learning how to assume personal responsibility for her recovery.

Our program also address the social and family barriers that have traditionally prevented mothers from entering and remaining in treatment. Up to two children, ages 12 and younger, can live with their mother while she is in treatment.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Vanguard Works!

Vanguard makes a claim that they are successful in treating clients with substance abuse problems. They claim:

Vanguard has a 65 percent completion rate, exceeding the nation average.

In addition, more than 70 percent of Vanguard clients who complete treatment remain in recovery, when surveyed 90 days following graduation.

We watch our graduates change old habits to rejoin their families, jobs and communities and lead productive, fulfilling lives.

The program also offers a comprehensive array of services and support to help female clients achieve long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Among the services are resume writing workshops, individual tutoring, workshops in personal/home budgeting, nutrition and meal planning and other life skills.

I just don't see it. Besides, the numbers are skewed. To achieve the statistics they eliminate the people who fail the worst.