“Coining Out” is a common practice in addiction recovery circles. Sobriety coins are tokens recovering addicts earn to celebrate milestones — 24 hours, 30 days, 60 days, etc. In group, members pray, speak or even sing over a coin that is passed around the circle, eventually landing with someone who needs encouragement. When she was nine months pregnant, Clarysa Saldana checked herself into treatment to overcome a meth habit. Shortly after arriving at A Woman’s Place (AWP), she sat through four consecutive “coin out” ceremonies while in active labor, heading directly from group to the hospital, where she gave birth. She later resumed inpatient treatment, which she credits with saving her marriage — maybe even her life.
“AWP was the first treatment center that clicked for me. I had tried other places but eventually checked myself out because everything was so chaotic,” she explains. “But at MFI, everyone was warm and welcoming. The whole place was calm.”
Now benefits coordinator for nine MFI facilities, Clarysa appreciates her role in reducing the financial and professional stress clients often feel relative to recovery. Since the state of California considers addiction a disability, anyone who chooses to seek treatment has protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)as well as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Both protect employees from jeopardizing their careers because they begin treatment. In fact, once someone starts treatment, their employer cannot terminate employment for any reason related to their addiction. Clarysa helps clients apply for Employment Development Department (EDD) benefits, including disability insurance, paid family leave, unemployment and other forms of public assistance.
“After I help clients file paperwork for benefits, I watch relief replace anxiety. Once they know the financial part has been resolved, they take a deep breath, free to focus 100% on their recovery.”
Managing benefits for so many MFI locations, Clarysa is happy to take her show on the road — often in search of a computer and Internet access.
“I spend most of my time talking with clients or filling out paperwork online,” she says. Known around MFI as the “Medi-Cal Lady” or the “Food Stamp Lady.”
Clarysa is grateful for the terms of endearment because they symbolize the privilege and responsibility of leaving clients calmer than when she found them. She counts it a privilege to work at MFI because she helps get coins into clients’ hands — be it symbolic or genuine currency.
About MFI Recovery
Throughout ten 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.
About Mt Rubidoux
Our treatment center provides services to people who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. Located in the shadow of Mt. Rubidoux in the City of Riverside, we provide structured and supportive addiction treatment in semi-private, comfortable apartment-style setting. Monitored by professional addiction specialists 24 hours a day, our modern apartments offer a haven for healing during the rehab process. Living and recovering in our Mt. Rubidoux residential treatment facility means becoming healthy again. Our clients receive intensive treatment and learn new, healthy strategies to sustain recovery. To find out more, call today 866-218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at 951-683-6596.