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A Marketing Perspective on Drug Rehab and Addiction

At New Roads we have many different employees from many different backgrounds and ideas on addiction and drug treatment.  We are constantly trying to improve our program and keep an open mind about new philosophy's and modalities.  Throughout this blog you will see interviews with former clients, admin staff, masters level therapists, program directors, and even our marketing folks such as Jessie Dennerline, our Director of Business Development.  Here she shares some of her thoughts on addiction and quality drug rehab.



What would you tell an addict trying to get help?



You don't have to label yourself an addict to change your life. Many people don't get the help they need because of shame or guilt. Go to treatment and find out if you do have a problem or not. If you do then it's ok because you can change. You can get better. If you don't but you change your life for the better then that's great too.



What is your definition of addiction?



Not being able to stop or control an outside force that affects you and or the people around you.



What are some very telling signs a person is in trouble?



Their behavior is negatively affecting their life in some way and yet they look for excuses to keep using rather than to stop.



What would you tell the loved ones trying to get help?



That there is hope and not to give up. We see miracles everyday in our line of work. Anyone can change if they have the right kind of help and support.



What is your view on effective and ineffective treatment?



Effective treatment is individualized and looks at the progress of each individual according to where they were at when they started and where they want to go. It takes experienced clinicians to be able to recognize what underlying issues need to be addressed. I think ineffective drug treatment comes from not tailoring a program to each individual. Often times this type of treatment also holds each person to the same standards. That doesn't really work because each person comes in with unique backgrounds and issues that they need to work on. We are also dealing with many different types of mental health diagnosis, which cannot all be addressed the same.



What questions would you ask or what would you look for in a program?



I would ask about the clinical credentials. You want to know who is running groups and doing individual therapy and how experienced they are. I also think recreational activities and exercise are extremely important and well as the nutritional components of the program.



What makes a program different, special?



The staff and the philosophy of the program.  You want to find a program where the people are genuine, well trained and where the whole organization has a positive outlook on hope and the idea that people can get better. Also, length of stay is important. The longer the program and the more step down options, the better.



What are your personal views on length of stay?



The first 30 days are basically for detoxing and settling in. The real work usually doesn't start until the 2nd and 3rd month of inpatient. After that it's important to step down to a transitional program where you can learn skills and gain support before jumping back in to normal life. After about 6-8 months of testing your new sober skills in a program like that you should be ready to step down to outpatient. The longer you stay in treatment the more likely you will remain sober long term. It is very likely that you will need to attend groups or meetings for many years after the first treatment stay.


Handling Confrontation in Drug Treatment

By Brittany Horigan

More often than not, as addicts we enter treatment with a multitude of behavioral issues and unhealthy habits on top of the addiction.  With a variety of different personalities, backgrounds and egos; conflict amongst the clients is bound to arise within the confinement of drug rehab. Upon arrival in drug rehab and even for some time in treatment, clients are typically not equipped with tools for dealing with these issues in a healthy, constructive and positive manner. Learning healthy communication and conflict resolution techniques are an integral aspect of drug treatment.


Anger is one of the easiest emotions to jump to, particularly for young adults with substance abuse and behavioral issues. In healthy conflict resolution the key is to identify the emotions that are brought about, aside from the anger. This may require a person to step back from the situation, take some time to themselves and reflect on what emotions they are actually feeling; sometimes even writing these emotions down so to better communicate them with others. It may be helpful to have a list of emotions to look over and identify what one is feeling. A number of emotions that can lead to conflict are: annoyance, contempt, disgust, irritation, anxiety, embarrassment, fear, helplessness, powerlessness, worry, doubt, envy, frustration, guilt, shame, despair, disappointment, sadness and shock. Don’t discount your feelings!


Here at New Roads drug treatment centers we utilize a very effective method for dealing with conflict when it arises, we call this the engagement process. This is typically done in a group setting with staff and counselors present to facilitate. Clients follow a specific format when running engagements. They write down who they are engaging, feelings that arose and the specific triggering event. Just as important as running the engagement is the response. An effective response should always acknowledge the other persons feelings and include a commitment focused on avoiding the same conflict in the future. This process works wonders in communication and conflict resolution. The structure tends to stick with people and can be carried on to many other arenas of their life.


Example Engagement:

From: Tony

To: Zack

Tony: Zack, I felt disappointed and concerned when you chose to isolate yourself from the group last night.

Zack: Tony, I hear that you felt disappointed and concerned when I was isolating last night. In the future I will make an effort to be more integrated into the community.


Help Two Great Causes with One Donation


By Brittany Horigan

The holiday season is such an amazing time to give back. Picking out a cause to contribute to can be stressful and time consuming, there are countless options. Here is the solution; give back to TWO great causes with ONE donation!

New Roads Foundation’s Catering for the Cause and holiday cheesecake drive work to raise funds for drug and alcohol treatment for those in need of rehabilitation services but who cannot afford them. Our clients here at New Roads come from all different parts of the country, therefore; interest has been pouring in from as far away as the East Coast with people wondering how they can contribute to this worthwhile cause. After much research and planning from Jared Fondren, Catering for the Cause Director, and other staff members an opportunity has been created for out of state benefactors for contribute to Catering for the Cause while also helping out those families in need during the holidays!

New Roads Foundation’s Catering for the Cause will be working alongside the Salt Lake City Homeless shelter this Thanksgiving to provide edible necessities to those in need. Jared Fondren collaborated with the homeless shelter to get a list of their exact needs.

Thanks to a number of generous donations from out of state supporters Catering for the Cause will be able to provide items like carrots, potatoes, pastas, dry goods, a milk dispenser and approximately 40 gallons of milk to help feed those in need this Thanksgiving in the Salt Lake City region.

Our goal is to be able to help out on a much larger scale for the Christmas holiday. Not only do we hope to provide delicious foods but we will also be sending both New Roads’ staff and clients to lend a helping hand.

Do what you can this holiday season to help both addicts in need of drug rehab and the hungry in need alike!




Cheesecakes for Addiction Recovery!

There are a few recovering addicts spending their days baking cheesecakes in the kitchen at New Roads Treatment Center, but these delicious creations aren't for the community of young adults on the road to recovery from addiction. For the third year, they will be sold to give financial support for those who can't afford treatment for drug rehab.


As a recovering addict, Brittany Horigan knows the importance of being able to get help.  She has graduated the New Roads residential treatment program and is a beneficiary of some of the raised money.  This year, Brittany will be helping with marketing the cheesecake drive and also taking calls on the orders.


Brittany is close with many of the clients creating the delectable dishes and shares some of their sentiment, "The holidays are a great time for people to give back. Addiction touches so many lives yet funding for drug and alcohol treatment is scarce. Something as simple as purchasing a cheesecake helps people contribute to scholarship funds for those in need of treatment who are unable to afford it. This cheesecake drive makes it easy to donate during the hectic holiday season, yet goes a long way towards helping addicts in need."



This is the third year New Roads has sold cheesecakes to raise money for scholarships under Catering for the Cause, a non-profit catering company that raises money for those in need of addiction treatment.


Catering for the Cause Director Jared Fondren said there has been an increase in sales from the first to second year, and hopes the trend continues in 2013. "Often times it is too late for an individual financially when the light goes on and they realize they need help for their addiction," Fondren said. "The money that we would raise helps people that can't go to treatment that greatly need it."



"By buying a cheesecake you are creating an opportunity for an individual that may have lost hope, been given up on by family and friends," Fondren said. "Not only are you directly giving to a community in need, you are giving someone a new life skill, a possible career, a passion, and most importantly, getting them off the streets”.


In addition to raising money to help support those who need treatment, most of those making the cheesecakes are recovering addicts working to get their lives back on track. Almost eight months sober, Horigan is working at the New Roads corporate office and spends as much time as she can giving back.


"I love my job, I love staying connected to the community and my peers. It creates ambition. When I struggle in my day-to-day recovery, going into the office helps me refocus and stay grounded.” Horigan said. "I just appreciate the opportunity I was given and I am trying to make the best of it”.


Sebastian Weissbarth, a graduate of the program, will be working in the kitchen preparing quite a few cheesecakes.. He says having gone through the treatment program makes it that much more rewarding to help raise money now.


"I understand the giving back to the community part of my recovery.  It is something I do not take for granted.” Weissbarth said. "Just being in the position to help create the same opportunity I had for others helps me focus on my own recovery.  I can’t believe where I am at now compared to just a year ago.”


Weissbarth understands how finally standing on solid ground allows him to be his true self again.


"Like many of my peers it has been quite a while since my life was on track and moving forward.  It is great that I have the support to live my life on my terms, “he said.


Weissbarth says the cheesecakes are created and baked when the order comes in, nothing pre-maid, just quality fresh cheesecakes prepared with lots of love.


The cheesecakes cost $19.99 and can be delivered or picked up at the New Roads Provo location and come in New York style or Chocolate with a seasonal fruit topping for an extra $3.99.


You can order a cheesecake by printing and faxing the form below to (801) 669-5889 or by calling (801) 669-5896 or by emailing

jared@newroadsfoundation.org or gretchen@newroadsfoundation.org






Paying for Drug Rehab Can be Tough – Here is How

By Brittany Horigan


So many Americans dealing with substance abuse and addiction, both adolescent and adult, need some form of drug rehab. One of the first and most stressful questions that arise for these individuals is, “How will I pay for rehab?” Well, there are a number of options as far as finances go, many of which people may not realize are available.


First and foremost, insurance is a great way to pay for treatment. Those lucky people who have benefits that will at least partially cover drug rehab should take full advantage of that option. A number of treatment centers have financing options. Laying out a payment plan can ease some of the stress associated with the cost. The self-pay option is always available. In the case of self-paying clients, the responsibility falls on the client, maybe even the family of a client, to pay a self-pay rate for drug treatment. This can be paid in one lump sum, monthly, weekly; the options vary.


For some individuals insurance, financing and self-pay are simply not feasible options. In these cases there are still a number of routes to be explored. One could acquire a loan to pay for necessary treatment. Taking out a second mortgage may also be an option for homeowners. Reaching out to family for help is something a lot of substance abusers need to turn to.

Family can be a huge support not only financially but emotionally as well when embarking on the journey that is drug treatment. The person’s community support, or other non-profit organizations, may be able to lend a helping hand as well. This is something that has occurred in a number of instances. Look for scholarships, there are a number of scholarship options out there. You just need to work to find them!


Finally, there are programs that offer a very unique option. The program will allow a person unable to pay, to come admit drug treatment. In return this person is contractually obligated to work off their debt with the program.


There are so many options out there when it comes to paying for treatment. This has touched on a few. Do your research and find an option that works for you!


Interview with a New Roads Graduate

At New Roads we have many of our program graduates stay in the area and attend college or start working on their career.  Brittany Horigan is one of our employees here at New Roads and a graduate of both our Residential drug treatment and transitional drug treatment programs.  She works with our marketing team as well as handling many administrative duties around the office.  We took an opportunity to share some of her thoughts on addiction and recovery in this weeks blog:


 What would you tell another addict about addiction, or getting help?


If I were to speak to another addict about addiction or getting help I would want them to know that there is hope. No one needs to live their life out as an addict. No matter how far gone you think you are, there is hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. Addiction is a very shame based disease and many addicts have a difficult time reaching out for help. As I look at it, I believe that taking the necessary steps to bettering one’s self and changing their situation is one of the bravest things anyone can do. It can be terrifying, the anxiety can seem unbearable, one may feel extremely lonely but once the decision is made to start making changes, it can be truly gratifying and astonishing. If you ask me, the key to sustained sobriety is in the individual’s choice to change once and for all. The willingness factor is so integral. First and foremost a person needs to want to get sober for themselves, it is impossible to do so otherwise. Sometimes I wish I had a camera crew following me around documenting my struggle to get sober. Only then would I be able to portray what a miserable, dark, lonely, scary place I was in and my journey from that misery to the incredibly fulfilling life I lead today, 1 ½ years after I made the decision and took the initiative to get sober once and for all.
 What is your definition of addiction?


Due to the fact that I have been through numerous treatments I would say my definition of addiction is pretty generic. Addiction is a persistent, compulsive dependence on just about anything. Addiction is not limited to drugs and/or alcohol; it can extend to shopping, sex, theft, eating, exercise and a number of other things. I am a subscriber of the addiction is a disease theory.

 What are some very telling signs a person is in trouble?


For someone experiencing addiction I would say some of the most telling signs are in a person’s thought pattern. Getting drugs and using drugs becomes an obsessive thought. It can take over a person’s mind. Good decision making goes out the window, an addict will do anything to get their fix, no matter who they need to hurt in the process. Noticing your life is spinning out of control is another big sign of a problem. Drug addiction is a slippery slope and it doesn’t take long before a person falls and falls hard. For the loved ones of an addict the telling signs are much more external.  Mood swings, irritability, isolation, weight loss, changes in eating patterns, lying, disappearing with no explanation, being secretive/sneaky; these are all good indicators or a problem.

 What would you tell the loved ones trying to get help?


For the loved ones of an addict trying to get help I would say that most importantly, the person needs to seek treatment for themself, not because they are being forced. No one can force someone to get sober. As frustrating and scary as this can be, it is the only way to attain sustained sobriety. Sometimes letting go and letting a person hit their own personal rock bottom is what needs to happen. Enabling a person’s addiction can be extremely detrimental to them in the long run, this is something parents often struggle with. It is important to set clear boundaries as to what behaviors you will not condone/stand for and hold strong to them. Reaching out to the loved ones of other addicts can be extremely helpful, even if it is someone you don’t know, knowing you are not alone can be comforting.


 What is your view on effective and ineffective treatment?


When it comes to effective versus ineffective treatment I believe it depends on the individual. I don’t feel like there is a single, “one-size fits all” treatment. There are so many different treatment programs out there with different specialties. I would say doing the research to find the right fit is important before entering a treatment facility.


What questions would you ask or what would you look for in a program?
How many clients are in your program?

I prefer smaller programs to the large programs with a lot of clients.

What recreational activities do you implement? Learning to have fun while in sobriety is so important.

How is the food? I think everyone is curious about this!

How accessible will my therapist be? I like having a therapist in treatment that is easily accessible when I need them.

Do you use DBT/CBT? Dialectical Behavior Therapy has worked wonders for me.

What kind of groups do you hold and how often?

 What makes a program different, special?


In my opinion having a close knit community in a program is so important. Knowing you can trust not only the staff but other clients as well is huge. At New Roads there is a feeling of family and mutually caring for one another that I absolutely love.
 What are your personal views on length of stay?


Once again I don’t believe there is one specific length of stay that works for everyone. I was stuck in my active addiction for 10 years so I needed a long term treatment program.  I did about 17 months in treatment and I needed every single day of it. Whether it was something of great importance or just something small I can honestly say that I learned something every single day I was in treatment.  If I hadn’t done such a long stint in treatment I am confident that I would not be where I am today. Some people require as little as 30 days. When it concerns length of stay I think it is most important and beneficial to listen to the professionals, they actually know what they are doing! Don’t try to rush through treatment, you will be sure to regret it.


New Roads Halloween Talent Show!

New Roads annual Halloween talent show was a huge success! Clients and staff all gathered last Friday at the residential drug treatment center for a fun night of creative costumes, outstanding talents and deliciously spooky foods. Some of the talents included funny skits, guitar playing, singing and poetry reading.


Clients dressed in costumes ranging from Marilyn Monroe to Medusa. They played fun Halloween themed games and then all sat down for a gourmet dinner of human limb and eyeball shaped foods. The night was thoroughly enjoyed by both clients and staff. It was a fun way to celebrate the holiday in a sober fashion.



4 Keys to Success in Drug Rehab

Reflection – Many times as an addict you want to forget the past and forget the people you have hurt.  This can be detrimental to the long-term recovery process in drug rehab.  It is healthy for individuals to reflect on their past and reconcile the emotions left unresolved.


Being Humble – Humility is hard to find for some individuals entering drug rehab.  It is a part of the process that is essential to long term sobriety.  It can be the difference in understanding that no matter how difficult life after drug rehab can become, sobriety will remain intact.


Giving Back – Remaining connected to your community throughout the drug treatment process is a key indicator of successful long term outcomes after the recovery process.  Giving back can come from speaking at AA meetings, volunteering in the community, or even just taking personal items to non-profits.


Building Relationships – This aspect of substance abuse treatment is one of the most important.  It is not only building relationships, but re-building healthy relationships with individuals who were trusted in the past.  This aspect can create a support network after drug rehab that will foster long term sobriety


New Catering for the Cause Director Jared Fondren

Catering for the Cause hires Executive Chef, Jared Fondren to help raise scholarship funds for underprivileged young adults who are in need of drug rehab.


Money raised from Catering for the Cause is used to provide scholarships for young adults seeking addiction treatment.  Since there is not a lot of funding available, Catering for the Cause provides financial support to people who could otherwise not afford treatment.  Many people go through drug rehab multiple times before they understand the commitment needed to achieve long term sobriety.  Often times, funding runs out before they have the opportunity to reach this goal.


The financial toll treatment can take on a family can be huge.  Part of Catering for the Cause mission is to make treatment affordable.  Catering for the cause not only provides funding for individuals, it also provides job opportunities to people in recovery.  Most of the staff at Catering for the Cause are in recovery themselves.


Equine Therapy at New Roads