According to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA, the working definition of recovery is: “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Recovery is built on access to evidence-based clinical treatment and recovery support services for all populations.”
MFI Recovery Center offers myriad programs designed specifically to help clients throughout each stage of the recovery process. One of our keys to success is rooted in the “soft-hand-off” done after program completion to sober living and/or outpatient after care. The MFI sober living facility in Murrieta, for example, houses up to 11 men in recovery, helping them adapt to life apart from substance abuse.
Under the direction of Jerry Paredes, the Murrieta outpatient services center is located in a professional and serene setting, designed for people with substance use disorders who do not require 24-hour supervision. Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) like the one in Murrieta are designed to establish psychological and social support while facilitating relapse management and coping strategies. These programs focus on addressing not only alcohol and substance abuse problems but emotional and psychological challenges that contribute to substance abuse and addiction.
- After completing a 30 to 90-day MFI inpatient recovery program, male clients are often referred to the Murrieta facility for continuum of care. The facility also accepts walk-ins, court referrals and recommendations from Child Protective Services (CPS).
- A phone screening is done, to determine the best course of treatment.
- MFI typically arranges door-to-door transportation to the facility.
- Intake is done.
- Goals are set.
- Counseling and group therapy assignments are made. Jerry and his team make it a point to process every new client within at least 72 hours of their arrival.
- The “Blackout period” begins. A customized timeframe given to each client, this period is designed to limit clients’ freedoms as a means of improving their chances for long-term sobriety.
- Clients start treatment. In fact, program participation is required for anyone who wants to live in the house.
- Off-site field trips to amusement parks, movie theaters, sporting events and concerts provide clients with a glimpse of what their substance-free life might look like following program completion.
- Treatment duration varies based on the client’s needs, history and financial situation.
“Continuum of care is important because it allows us to monitor patients at various levels of treatment in hopes of identifying weak spots in their treatment,” says Jerry. “Our goal is to figure out where they might struggle so we can provide the right tools for them to use once they are out in the ‘real world.’”
The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that 40-60 percent of substance abuse patients experience relapse. Some believe the number to be much higher. Jerry recognizes the statistics are daunting but points out that relapse is part of the recovery process. And he believes that sobriety is very different than recovery.
“Your ego can keep you sober,” he says. “But it takes a network of people to maintain your sobriety.”
Community is so central to the treatment plan at MFI, the name stands for “My Family Incorporated.” Every part of the MFI process designed to make client’s lives easier. Therapists, counselors and administrators continually point clients back to their support systems. We also help them develop healthy new relationships designed to help strengthen their resolve.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, Jerry and his team know that many clients will be granted passes to go home. But, for some, heading back too soon could prove problematic. So, he and his wife will prepare and deliver a holiday meal with all of the trimmings. They are happy to do so because they are committed to supporting clients in recovery.
SAMHSA identifies four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:
Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and, for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
Having a stable and safe place to live.
Conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
Having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.
About Murrieta MFI
Our beautiful, 3,700-square foot, home-like center is an ideal environment for clients to feel safe, so they can focus on recovery. Clients and staff team up to establish individualized treatment plans. We establish open communication with families and anyone else in close relationships with our clients in an effort to repair the damage substance abuse may have caused. We always strive to strengthen important bonds. MFI Recovery Center’s intensive outpatient is a CARF accredited, non-profit corporation with a long history of successful client outcomes for men, women, and adolescents.
About MFI Recovery Center
Throughout 10 facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, we employ the Matrix Model for each individual client, creating a personalized treatment program. Various modalities can include behavior modification, 12-Step recovery program introduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems techniques, including the family in group therapy. Treatment options include outpatient and inpatient detox, medication management (if appropriate), group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention education, and ongoing support after treatment. To find out more, call today (866) 218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at (951) 683-6596.