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Getting Help: A Guide for Addiction Treatment and Recovery in Arizona

Picking The Right Solution

So you’ve decided that you are going to get help and are going to look for addiction rehab in Arizona. This is great, and it’s already the first step towards recovery. Therefore, your journey has already begun, since you know where you’d like to get treatment. However, before actually picking out a facility, it is important to know your options to decide which best applies to your situation.

Researching all of your options is very important, and you can’t just go with the first one you see. Every rehab center’s webpage is made to make their facilities look perfect, so of course, the first one you read about will look like the right fit for you. However, it is vital to compare centers and programs. Recent studies show that as many as 85% of users relapse within the first year after treatment, and a lot of times, that might have something to do with picking the wrong addiction rehab or program.

Furthermore, when it comes to heroin addiction, around 90% of users relapse, according to several studies in different countries. Considering the opiate epidemic and how often addiction rehabs in Arizona take in people struggling with heroin addiction, if you fit this profile, you should be extra careful to make sure you are picking the right option. Nonetheless, it is also important to keep in mind that relapsing is nothing to be ashamed about, especially considering how frequent it is – but it is something that is best to avoid.

The point is not to pick whatever program is most convenient, but to pick what will guarantee that you will be part of the group that stays sober. Getting through the first year is especially important since only half of the users tend to relapse by then. It is not about immediate help, it’s about thinking of long-term solutions because recovery takes time.

What Should You Know About Programs

As you look up your options, a few factors will differentiate each program. First, you must know what service setting is best for you. This requires deciding whether you’d need an inpatient program or an outpatient program, meaning if you’d stay in the facilities 24/7 or if you’d go only during treatment and appointment hours. There are different types of “intensities” for both of these alternatives, but this would be the first factor to consider amongst them.

Secondly, the length of treatment is another issue at hand. There are short-term programs that can be as quick as a month-long plan, or longer-term ones, which can last months, up to even 120+ days. It is important to discuss this with your health care provider and not just decide on your own which would be more appropriate for you.

Finally, you will also need to find out which “approach” can work best for your lifestyle, beliefs, and needs. What kind of therapy needs to be applied for your scenario? Would you prefer a holistic method? What type of counseling would you need? This would all depend on the factors mentioned before, as well as how into your addiction you have fallen and what your diagnosis is. Dual-diagnosis patients, for instance, would need an approach that is different than a detox patient. A lot of the user’s way of living comes into play when it comes to picking an addiction rehab and treatment, so make sure to take that into account as well when speaking to your health care provider.

Affording Addiction Rehab in Arizona

A final step is a topic that might sometimes feel like an obstacle between the user and the help they need, which is pricing. Paying for treatment can be more expensive than some can afford. However, most times, people just don’t know their options well enough and end up getting stuck on that detail when they could find a way to afford many programs in addiction rehabs in Arizona.

Step one would be to see which programs your healthcare plan can cover – and there are many.  Any mental and behavioral services are classified as essential health benefits, and therefore must be covered by insurance. If you are in Arizona, addiction rehabs can be paid for through state, federal, or private marketplace insurance plans. You can also use Medicaid should you qualify for it, but you need to know their conditions to cover treatment since it doesn’t cover every option.

If neither of those applies to your case, there are still options. Paying out of pocket is not impossible even if you do not make a lot of money – using credit cards, payment plans, or researching for sliding scale treatments can all make the damage to your bank account much smaller. Other than that, there are addiction rehab grants or scholarships that aid patients financially, or just getting the usual loan, as long as you are sure to go with the one you can actually afford.

No Excuses For Getting The Help You Need

Deciding to get help is important, but you need to take action to make it count. There are plenty of options for addiction rehab plans and facilities in Arizona for everyone and for every case scenario. As long as you follow these steps and keep them in mind as you make your decision, there is no reason to postpone your plans.

At Granite Mountain Behavioural Healthcare, we are hoping to help you no matter what your addiction is and how intense it has become. We can help you with information regarding payments, programs, therapy, and guide you through the process, so you can count on us. Visit our website and find all our contact information to schedule an appointment today.

We believe in empowering and in long-term solutions, so you won’t just overcome your addiction, but you will actually leave it behind you for good. 


3 Ways To Hack Your Fitness Motivation

Making Time For A Necessary Part Of Your Routine

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Maintaining an active lifestyle and exercising is essential for overall health and well-being.  This is especially true for those in recovery. This should come as no surprise to anyone reading this article.  Why then, do so many people struggle to make time to exercise? Why is it so easy to skip the gym at the end of a long day?  I will present you with three methods I have employed over the years to stay engaged with my fitness programs that will also help you to maintain a more active lifestyle.

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Before exploring the three hacks for motivation, I want to dispell a myth about motivation so let’s examine what motivation is and what it isn’t.  I define motivation as a temporary drive or ambition to accomplish a goal or task which is usually accompanied by a general sense of excitement about the goal.  The myth I’d like to dispell is that motivation is an essential ingredient of accomplishment. In fact, motivation merely gets us moving toward a goal. It will not be sufficient to help us achieve it.  Why is this you may be asking? The key word in the above definition is “temporary.” Feelings of motivation in a person most often last for no longer than 3-4 weeks. Therefore they cannot carry us to our fitness or any other goals.  Motivation may get us to join a gym or sports league, but it doesn’t last long enough to adopt a change in lifestyle. How then are we to accomplish the goals we set for ourselves? Habit, fun, and connection. Read on to find out how these three words apply:

  1. Habit: There are many great quotes about habit my favorite was written long ago by Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do.  Success is not an action but a habit.” Our habits unconscious or otherwise form the very foundation of the life we end up experiencing.  All animals on this planet by their nature seek to expend the least energy possible to get the greatest reward. This fact makes it easier to maintain bad habits than to replace them with good ones.  In fact, if we do not consciously choose to adopt the habits that move us closer to our goals, we will have unconsciously accepted the habits which don’t. The first step in forming the habit of having an active lifestyle is to choose to move in that direction consciously.  Next, we need to create one or more SMART goals. That is goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. Too often we approach fitness with the mindset of wanting to “get in shape,” “lose a few pounds,” or to “get stronger.” While these are all reasonable ambitions they are not specific, measurable, or time-bound and therefore they are not achievable.  They are doomed from the start. Instead, we want to be very specific in our vision for example; I will lose 15 pounds by September 23, or I will run a 4:00 marathon in the marathon in October. Assuming these goals are achievable in the time allotted they are good specific goals. When setting goals, we make an inner commitment to ourselves that we will see that part of the journey through.  If you are just starting out on your journey to fitness, I suggest setting goals with a 60-90 day time horizon. Most studies have found that it takes between 45-60 days of consistent effort to form a habit. By the time your first set of goals have run their course you will have developed the habit of being active.
  2. Fun:  Being active should be fun.  It should very rarely if ever feel like work. Instead, it should feel like play.  If you are having fun engaging in an activity, you are substantially more likely to keep participating.  If you love running then, by all means, do it. If however, like most of us, you find running to be some sort of controlled torture (just kidding, runners I love you), it would be wise to discover an activity you truly enjoy.  From a physiological and neurobiological point of view what is important is to elevate your heart rate to the 65%-85% of max heart rate for at least 150 minutes per week. This level of exertion is experienced as breathing heavy without being winded.  Or if you are thinking “this is hard, but I could do it for a while” you are most likely in the right zone. Nowhere in any research, I have ever come across does it specify what type of exercise one needs to partake in. If you love the gym, go to the gym.  Love the outdoors, go for a hike, or a swim, or rock climbing. The key is that you enjoy what you are doing. Find an activity you love, and it will never feel like work again, it will feel like play.
  3. Connection: Human beings have evolved to function within communities and to crave connection with others.  It is one of our most basic drives. We can leverage this to our advantage in trying to adopt an active lifestyle.  Find a community to join and become a part of it. Team sports are fantastic for this, so are martial arts, hiking clubs, CrossFit Boxes, etc.   When part of a community we get support and motivation from those around us. They are there to celebrate our victories and to support us after defeats.  As we develop relationships with others, we begin to feel a deeper connection to the activity itself making it harder not to show up. The desire to show up for others is often stronger than the desire to show up for ourselves.  As a part of a community of people who share similar interests, we form relationships that enrich us not just in our chosen activity but throughout our entire lives.

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I hope that these motivation hacks are helpful and encourage some of our readers to pursue a more active lifestyle and to stick with it.  The mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of being active are so many and so profound they should not be missed by anyone. Consciously choose to have the life you want, as our friend Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.  Success is not an action but a habit.” Create the success you desire.

We at Granite Mountain BHC are here to help.  If we can help answer any questions or concerns, please reach out.  We can be contacted through our website or by phone at 844-878-3221.

Until next time

Your friend in Service,

Rob Campbell

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8 Reasons You’ll Love Granite Mountain Behavioral

Typically in this blog, we try and bring our readers topics that will inform, educate, and inspire.  At the risk of seeming self-indulgent, I wanted to spend some time today highlighting eight things I feel make Granite Mountain BHC special.  While I have a vested interest in the work we do, I am incredibly proud of our facility, and everyone who works for us. We were founded in a collective effort to improve on the typical treatment experience.  Every single person who works with us shares our vision of creating a recovery community that is second to none. We try to accomplish this lofty goal at every level of our facility. Below I have attempted to provides some examples of the things that, to me, make us so unique, and why, I think you’ll love us: 

1. Recover Strong

Recover Strong is the cornerstone of our treatment model.  It is an innovative approach to treating substance use disorder and its common comorbidities.  Based on the neuroscience of addiction, Recover Strong is a therapeutic modality which endeavors to unlock the brain’s potential to heal itself.  It does this through engaging the natural functions of neurogenesis and neuroplasticity. Physical movement is an integral part of our evolutionary past, we have evolved to move.  Each time our Recover Strong group meets we begin with a warm-up, and then head directly into the WOD (workout of the day). This workout is purposely designed so that each participant is able to push themselves to their personal level of exertion for the day.  Each time in the gym we are aiming to have all participants get their heart rate to 75%-85% of max heart rate for 30-40 minutes. Hitting these two markers creates some extraordinary effects in the brain. The direct impact of increased information processing capacity and the flood of hormones into the mind will last for 2-4 hours.  Our trainers and other staff who are present ensure that whether a particular patient is an advanced athlete or someone who hasn’t worked out in years they are able to work out in a safe and supportive environment. The community and camaraderie that has grown around Recover Strong is something that needs to be seen to be believed.

2. Small in Size, Big in Heart

At Granite Mountain BHC we have made the conscious choice to keep our community small in size. It is of paramount importance to us that we ensure that each patient has truly individualized care.   Suffering from addiction is often lonely and isolated. It is one of our core beliefs that creating an authentic connection is essential to recovery, and we work hard to create a community that encourages these relationships to form.  With a low staff to patient ratio, we are able to make sure that each patient has as much individualized care as he or she needs. At Granite Mountain, each patient becomes an integral part of our community. We believe that while we may all serve different roles within the community each is an indispensable part of the whole. 

3. Innovative Treatment

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The treatment industry is in many respects stuck in the past.  Many treatment facilities base their clinical approach on scientific research that is several decades old.  It is hard to imagine another healthcare environment where this would be the case. At Granite Mountain, we believe that when people’s lives are on the line “good enough” isn’t good enough.  We are continually finding ways to bring the newest and most significant research being done in the field to bear for the benefit of our patients and their families. Whether it is through the utilization of a neuro-scientific approach to addiction or utilizing some of the latest developments in the treatment of trauma we are continually striving to create better more permanent outcomes for our patients.

4.  Beautiful Natural Setting

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Serenity may ultimately be an internal experience of one’s own consciousness, but it is often inspired by peaceful surroundings and the pure sublimity of nature.  Nestled in the high desert beauty of Northern Arizona, Granite Mountain BHC has its share of both. Our patients are treated to natural splendor on a daily basis. Each day we invite patients and staff to enjoy the sun and views from our facility. Additionally, we make many planned excursions into the local state and national parks including Sedona and the Grand Canyon. 

5.  Homestyle living

While a patient of Granite Mountain each person lives in a single family home style residence.  Each home is comfortable and well appointed. We have purposely avoided the institutional feel associated with many treatment programs.  We want our community members to feel comfortable and at ease while with us. After a long day of therapy, volunteering, or work it is great to be able to unwind in the comfort of one’s own home.  Whether watching TV, reading a book, or chatting with one’s housemates or one of the on-site staff, this time at the end of each day is often reported to be the most valuable. This style of housing also enables us to create a therapeutic environment that approximates living at home.  Patients are able to work with staff on many of the life skills that will be needed upon graduation.

6.  Commitment not Compliance

Too often when entering treatment, a new patient is greeted with a long list of “rules” that must be followed.  These rules aim to create compliance within the community. There is no evidence that this is an effective mechanism to generate long-term recovery.   We believe that for adults to recover they need to be engaged in their recovery process. One of the primary ways we accomplish this is by tapping into a patient’s fundamental commitment to growth.  Commitment, not compliance is the path to real change.

 7.  Committed and Involved Staff

The first thing most visitors notice when they attend our Recover Strong group for the first time is that our staff are in the gym sweating alongside our patients.  Our therapists, our house managers, and even our Executive Director, we all participate. You can’t just talk about community you have to build it actively. Our staff is hand selected for experience, training, and commitment to our patients.   No challenge is too big or problem too small for us. If it is troubling a member of our community, it is our top priority. Our leadership team is on site daily and is integrally involved in all aspects of community life. This sets the tone for the care and dedication we expect.  In addition to being “employees,” our staff are models of recovery for our patients. This is a responsibility all of our team take very seriously.

 8.  A Community dedicated to healing body, mind, and spirit

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We are a community that believes in healing the whole person.  Our dedication to implementing innovative solutions to addiction, creating a community of authentic connection, and to all of our community members is what sets us apart and makes us a special place to be. 

Come schedule a visit at our facility and see for yourself what there is to love about Granite Mountain BHC.

Please reach out to us if we can answer any questions or provide other assistance, we are here to help.  We can be reached through our website or by phone at 844-878-3221

Until next time
Your friend in service,
Rob Campbell

To get help for substance use disorder today please contact us today

Addiction in the Age of Brain Science

Studying The Brain Functions

In this talk Markus Heilig presents new findings in the science of addiction, as viewed from a neuroscientific view point. Dr Heilig is a professor of psychiatry and the founding director of a new Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience at Linkoping University. His research group studies brain processes connected to stress and negative emotionality and how these contribute to psychiatric disorders including addictive disorder.

In this video Dr Heilig illustrates the role social exclusion plays in the addictive cycle. He begins the talk by illustrating that while early on in an addicts using history the brain’s reward center is primarily responsible for triggering using behavior, this is not the case by the time an addict is seeking help. At this point in the life cycle of addiction the individual is not being motivated by the brain’s reward center he or she is now being driven to action through the brain stress and aversion system. That is to say early on in someone’s substance use, they are trying to capture a good feeling, but by the end they are trying to avoid feeling miserable.  The stress and aversion system has been compromised in such a way that it is overactive. The addicts brain is super sensitive to feelings of stress, anxiety, and fear. Meaning that in the absence of a mood altering substance the addict is plunged into a state of misery.

Understanding The Damage

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This damage to the brain, and its particular instantiation is complicated by our very nature a social group orientated primates. For us, as humans, one of the most profound stressors is social exclusion, being marginalized. The particular problem for addicts in this respect is that their lifestyle creates, by its nature social exclusion. Acute experiences of these stressors drive craving. Intense craving causes relapse. Relapse begets behavior that results in social exclusion. This cycles is repeated over and over again. Dr Heilig states, that unless we can create an intervention in this cycle by offering alternative measures to diffuse the stress the addict has little hope of recovery.

While neuroscience may be a long way from “curing” addiction. As a discipline they have begun to take the problem seriously. At Granite Mountain Behavioral Healthcare we also take addictive disorder seriously. Our program is based on current neuroscientific research. We engage in physical exercise as a way to generate neuroregeneration within our patient population. In effect we are working to undo the damage to the brain’s stress and aversion system that has rendered it hyperactive. We do this in a community setting that is grounded in an effort to help our patients feel a real sense of connection with each other and with the staff. Working to minimize or eliminate feelings of social exclusion within our community. We are attacking the addictive cycle on at least two fronts each day.

As the science of addiction continues to evolve so will our program in lock step. We are committed to bringing to bear the newest advances for the benefit of our patients. We are currently working to develop a fully realized nutritional component to our program. This element of programing won’t simply be about nutrition for general health and wellbeing. Rather it will be a nutritional plan specifically designed to support and create neuroregeneration.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction please contact us.

Until next time
Your friend in service,
Rob Campbell
VP of Communications & Market Development

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use disorder please contact us today

Patient Brokers, Who’s Responsible and What Can be Done?: Part 1

By now I’m sure many if not all of you reading this are familiar with the terms “patient broker” or, “client broker”.  If you are not what the terms refer to is an individual who for a fee, paid by a treatment facility, will make a referral to that facility.  The way that this often works is that the broker “identifies” an addict in need of help, and then the broker starts calling treatment centers and negotiating a fee for placement.  These fees can be in excess of $5000 dollars per client. Thus referrals are made not based on clinical need, therapeutic fit, or really in any way meaningfully tied to the interests of the patient.  Rather these placement decisions are being made on the financial incentive for the facility and the broker. I want to spend a few minutes today sharing with you my thoughts on this problem and perhaps begin to describe a better way forward for our industry and our patients.

The Hydra of Our Industry

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Sly And Cunning

Patient brokers come in many different forms.  Many are individuals with no professional background in addiction treatment at all.  These individuals quite literally will troll 12 step meetings, local detoxes, and in some instances even the local skid row,  trying to identify individuals who are suffering from addiction and desperate for help. When they find somebody they approach them under the guise of being able to help them find treatment. Many represent themselves as working directly for treatment centers when in fact they do not.  They will assure the individual addict that they can get them help, that they can get them to a safe place, that they can help them get sober. When the addict, desperate for a new life, agrees to seek treatment, the brokers work begins. The broker will begin calling treatment centers.  Leading not with questions about the therapeutic validity of the facility’s work but with the insurance information. The most valuable are those with PPO insurance with out-of-network benefits. the line between this sort of activity end human trafficking seems murky to me.

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Not all patient brokers are this blatant, or have quite this level of amorality.  Many come in the form of professionals. Some are Therapeutic Placement Consultants, some are Interventionists.  Brokers of this stripe will charge a family anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars with the promise, again, of being able to help an addict to recovery.  After collecting money from the family and doing their work they turn around and “sell” the human being to the highest bidder. Often times in this sort of arrangement it is not on a per head basis.  Rather payment comes in the form of large year end “bonuses”. I know of one program that pays their “best” therapeutic placement consultant $50,000 at the end of the year. I try not to be a cynical person, but it is hard for me to see how a many thousand dollar payment would not influence placement decisions.   Many times these financial arrangements are not disclosed to the families of the addict. By not disclosing this information the family is not in a position to make a free and informed decision. I want to be clear that in no way am I alleging that all placement consultants or all interventionists operate in this way.  There are many highly competent, highly trained, and highly ethical individuals in both of these positions across the country. I have had the pleasure of knowing, and working with many.

The Buy-Side

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Bad Actors Ruin It All

The bad actors in the industry give anyone trying to do a professional job with high standards of conduct a bad name.  It would be very easy to just cast blame at the brokers and say that they are the problem. This, in my view, is not true.  They are without hesitation a part of the problem, but only a part. Another part of the problem are the facilities who work with these individuals.  In any transaction the “buy” side has as much culpability as the “sell” side. If collectively treatment centers refused to buy patients the brokers would have no one to sell to, and the problem would go away.  The persistent nature of this issue appears to be a reflection of an inadequate understanding on the part of treatment facilities of how to engage patients and their families in a meaningful way, how to create meaningful relationships with clinicians and other providers who are already engaged with the population of addicts.  In some ways it is a failure of innovation on the part of treatment facilities. As long as facilities continue to be willing to buy their patients there will be individuals willing to sell them patients.


Root Cause

I believe that the problem runs even deeper than these two aspects.  The true nature of the problem is associated with the stigma we as a community still have in regards to those suffering from addiction.  Many in our communities, in the face of the science attached, still want to believe that if an addict wanted to change enough they would.  As a consequence of this belief they view (often unconsciously) addiction as a moral failure, or a failure in character. As a result our communities are less concerned with how addicts are treated when compared to the care and concern we express toward other sufferers of chronic disease.  Can you imagine an oncology hospital “buying” cancer patients, or a memory specialist “buying” patients suffering from Alzheimer’s without public outrage? I have a hard time imagining such a situation. What then is the difference? All are chronic diseases, which cause massive destruction to the lives of the suffer and those tied to them by affection.  The difference, as stated above, is in the way society views these diseases. If we want to change the outcomes for those suffering from addiction we need to change the way, we as a society, view addiction. We need to end the stigma.


Moving Toward A Solution

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How do we move toward a solution?  The most immediate answer I see to this dilemma is to raise the bar of entry into the industry for professionals.  In any domain, a low bar of entry allows bad actors in. We need to adopt a standard of professionalism across the industry.  We need increased oversight and licensing requirements for those working in the field. By doing this we will make it harder for those with bad intentions to get in, we will be able to identify and stop them sooner, and will make it more transparent who can be relied on.  This will only happen when our industry demands it of ourselves. If we do this it will give us time to change the stigma attached to addiction. It will restore the public’s faith in us as a means of recovery for those suffering from addiction.

In the next part of this series we will be examining the proposed state bill in Arizona that is currently under consideration, and whether or not it will adequately address the problem.  In subsequent segments we will present interviews from each side of this issue. I believe that it is only in honestly facing a problem that we can begin to heal from it. We can and must do more.


Until next time
Your friend in service,
Rob Campbell
VP of Communications & Market Development

If you or your loved one is in need of help for substance use disorder please call us today @ 1.844.878.3221

Transitioning Into Recovery, A Family Perspective: Part III

In the first two parts of this series we have examined how to approach the subject of treatment with a loved one suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. Further we looked at how to help that individual make the transition into treatment. In the previous two pieces (which you can find here and here) I tried to make many helpful suggestions and to provide some insight into the potential pitfalls. In this article I would like to make some good general suggestions on how to help a loved one transition back into home life and their native community upon completing a treatment program. Getting sober is one thing, but of course the real goal is having someone stay sober. While we can’t do it for them, as the family of an addict we have a role to play in helping them stay sober. This article should is in no way meant to replace working with a professional. Every individual situation is unique and no one article could possible address every unique iteration of sobriety or family dynamics.

Returning To Your Home Environment

For many addicts returning home from treatment can be a shock to the system. For the past several months they have been sequestered in a supportive community with both staff and peers committed to their recovery. The individual has been receiving as much as six hours of daily therapy, in addition to their engagement in a 12 step fellowship. Upon graduation they return home and without a proper after care program in place can begin to experience a significant degree of loss. This experience of loss can be a major hurdle for one who is newly sober. For this reason it is often recommended to have the individual enter an aftercare program upon graduation from long term treatment. Aftercare programs take many forms. It can be as simple as seeing a therapist or other professional clinician once a week. On the other extreme it could be a five day a week four hour a day outpatient program. Each individual’s therapeutic need will be there own and any meaningful long term program will make aftercare recommendations to the patient and his or her family. In most cases the facility can and will help coordinate with local service providers on behalf of the patient. The important thing is that whatever the specific plan turns out to be the addict feels therapeutically supported and a part of a larger community of recovery.

Having an After Care Plan…. And Following Through With It

This thought brings us to our next point which is the importance for the addict of engaging in a 12 step fellowship and the recovery community upon arriving home. The old suggestion of a 90 in 90 (attending 90 12 step meetings in 90 days) is advisable but not mandatory. Almost everywhere in this country these days has a wealth of 12 step meetings on a weekly basis. One can find a meeting directory most often by Googling the name of the 12 step fellowship (i.e. AA, CA, GA, HA, NA, etc) and the name of your town. 12 step fellowships are still the largest support network for alcoholics and addicts available. To this day they are also the most effective. The important aspects are to attend often enough to first create the habit of attending. Secondly, attend regularly enough to become a part of the community of support. There are certain aspects of an addicts life that only other addicts will be able to understand. Membership in a 12 step fellowship not only provides a foundation for recovery, but also friendships, fellowship, purpose, and meaning. It is possible to stay sober without membership in a 12 step fellowship. However what is vital to recovery is community, fellowship, purpose and meaning.

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One of the most important aspects and perhaps the one addicts are least equipped to address is the necessity of creating a life of meaning and connection. How to do this is a difficult question to answer and in much detail lies outside the scope of this article. That being said, I think, I can provide some helpful suggestions. Engaging with family is a very important part of recovery. Include the addict in family life and events as much as is possible. The greater the connection becomes between the addict their family and community the harder it becomes to go back to the old way of living. Substance use takes away many of the things that once made life meaningful. In order to help your loved one think back to a time before their addiction really took hold. What were their interests and hobbies? What did they like to do with their free time? Encourage your loved one to return to these interests, especially those that were community based activities.

Finding Meaning and Remaining Accountable

One of the biggest helps you can provide to the addict is to help them feel fully responsible for their life and recovery. Try not to allow the addict to impose on you for money, or other material support. Encourage them instead to be self supporting as much as possible. Support them mentally and emotionally instead of financially and materially. For recovery to be long term the addict must take the lead and be fully responsible for their own lives. As loved ones we can be supportive and compassionate but must be careful not to assume the responsibility for them. If we allow this we may be hindering their growth.

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Our last point is to make sure, as much as possible, that the addict is able to have fun. Life is meant to be enjoyed. If our new life is a happy one it will be harder to return to our old way of living. There is no easily definable recipe for fun. However, if you and your loved one work to accomplish the above points and take some time just to enjoy each other and the new life he or she has been given, this should put you on the right track toward a happy, fun, fulfilling life.

Once again this article is not meant to replace working with a professional. Nor is it within the scope to address each individual situation. Rather it is my hope that it has answered some questions, while maybe posing others, and that it has been able to give some comfort to those who are bound to one suffering from substance use disorder by ties of affection.


Until next time
Your friend in service,
Rob Campbell
VP of Communications & Market Development

If you or someone you care about is struggling with substance use disorder, give us a call today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our program.

Here We Grow Again

A New Year, A New Center

Fourteen months ago today marked a new epoch in the history of Granite Mountain Behavioral Healthcare.  At the time we were very near the bottom.  As an organization we had lost our way. This was true financially, clinically, and most importantly spiritually/morally.  We had begun Granite Mountain with the pure intention of wanting to help those suffering from a disease, we understood only too well from personal experience, to a solution and a life of freedom.  Over several years this intention had been subverted through a combination of personal shortcomings and the environment pervasive in the treatment industry at the time.   It was at this point that the founding partners threw their hands up in desperation and looked outside the organization for a solution.

In December of 2016 the beginnings of that solution was found in the hiring of our CEO Jason Turner.  Jason came to the organization with a list of demands.  Not demands for himself, rather a list of principles that would become the guiding force of Granite Mountain BHC.  Principles like community, connection, commitment, and transformation became the bedrock and guiding lights of Granite Mountain.  We would, going forward, strictly adhere to the guiding principle of “doing the right thing for the right reason”.  This simple idea would guide all future decisions both big and small.  

Jason first re-imagined the therapeutic experience, with the introduction of the Recover Strong program. A one of a kind strengths based approach to the treatment of behavioral health disorders including substance use disorder.   As a team we then transformed the entirety of the client experience and re-conceived the basic nature of client staff interactions.  Discarding the basic assumptions of this relationship pervasive in the behavioral health field one of behavior modification and compliance.  Instead we focus on accountability with kindness and confrontation with curiosity.  This has revolutionized the day to day experiences of both clients and staff.

In the fall of 2017, with the therapeutic model on a firm footing and clients experiencing wholesale transformation in their lives the team knew they needed to transform the business operations and market development sides of the organization.  That is when Jason and I first began speaking and how I became involved with Granite Mountain.  (the full story of these organizational transformations is a story that needs to be told.  It’s telling however, is beyond the scope of this article.  Be on the lookout for our soon to be released video series on YouTube that chronicles this story and the full scope of our organizational transformation.)

Bringing Everything Together

These are all still works in progress.  We are not where we want to be yet, but we are far closer than we were.  We have many setbacks as we chart a new course for our organization and hopefully the industry as a whole.  We also enjoy many sparkling successes.  It is one of these successes that has motivated me to write this article for you today.  When I first came on board we were operating out of an old business plaza.  It had what we needed at the time, but was not a location from which we could really grow into ourselves.  Our clinical team was separated by geography from our Recover Strong program, both were separated from our housing.  In short it was not ideal.  We have recently relocated to Prescott Valley, and as you will see from the images attached to this article, have found our home.  

Our Recover Strong program is now at the literal as well as existential heart of Granite Mountain. Clients come to the center in the morning and can receive all their programing in one location. Our staff and clients can meet each day in one location and our open door policy is ever evident  as clients and staff  connect as fellow community members building bonds and friendships that can last a lifetime.  Our new building looks as if it was purpose built for us, though it was not.  For us, it is proof positive that doing the right thing for the right reason has its benefits.  

We will soon be having a grand opening and hope all will attend (if you are interested in attending please message us) and share our joy and excitement as we begin a new chapter for Granite Mountain.  Become a part of our community, and witness the transformation of our individual clients, staff, and our organization.  It is going to be one heck of a ride!

I leave you with this thought, that was given to me by one of my mentors, “the best is yet to come”.  This is true for us and for you.  Until next time my friends.


Your friend in service,
Rob Campbell
VP of Communications & Market Development

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