FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1Why choose Sahaara Foundation?

Sahaara Foundation has been saving lives & restoring families from substance abuse as we offer the best chance at lifelong recovery.

Sahaara Foundation treatment works. Our scientific evidence-based treatment methods get results. Over 80% of our adult patients remain continuously abstinent in the year after treatment & will remain sober if they live they life adhering to the program & we encourage participation in a Twelve Step program as one means of support in recovery.

We're more than a 28-day program. Addiction is a chronic condition that requires continuing care. Sahaara Foundation offers a full range of services with varying intensities & durations to meet the clinical needs of each individual.

Each patient is assigned a highly-trained, multidisciplinary treatment team. Sahaara Foundation employs on-site medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, counselors & case managers who collaborate to assess & adjust each individual’s treatment plan.

We provide 18 months of FREE support to patients once they complete treatment. Research shows that clients who actively engage in continuing care after treatment are more likely to remain abstinent. Sahaara Foundation's exclusive Ongoing Recovery experience program keeps clients connected by providing state-of-the art Web-based tools, support & fellowship to build a new life in recovery. Following treatment, each patient receives continued guidance from a recovery coach (an addiction counselor) both electronically & by phone to provide encouragement & support.

Our patients recommend us to others. 98% of our former patients say they would recommend Sahaara Foundation to anyone seeking help for any addiction.

2What is Sahaara Foundation like?

Sahaara Foundation system is designed with safety, comfort, & serenity in mind. We want patients & families to feel that our facilities are a place where they can turn down the noise of the outside world for a while & focus on their own issues & needs. We have tried to create environments of healing that reflect our belief in treating people with dignity & respect. Sahaara Foundation facilities vary but there are certain components common to all Sahaara Foundation treatment facilities.

Time for talking -- both one-to-one counseling & a variety of group settings.

Personal time for reflection & reading & completing individual treatment assignments.

Relaxation, exercise & recreational activities.

Sessions & other educational activities.

The time spent at Sahaara Foundation is intended to provide a fresh start with support, education & therapy to aid in long-term recovery & a healthy, sober life.

3What is treatment like at Sahaara Foundation?

Sahaara Foundation programs approach treatment with several things in mind. First, we treat each person who comes to us with dignity & respect & we provide a safe place in which to start the healing process. Next, we want to be very accurate in any diagnosis so the assessment & evaluation processes are very thorough to ensure that the person is clinically appropriate for our level of care. Our treatment philosophy is based on the recognition that addiction is a disease & that abstinence is the only way to manage the disease. We approach each person in a holistic way, working with mind, body & spirit as integral components of a healthy life.

4Is medical detoxification (detox) offered as a part of residential treatment?

Comprehensive, medically-supervised detoxification ensures that patients are medically stabilized before beginning the multi-dimensional treatment process. Upon admission to Sahaara Foundation, all patients undergo comprehensive medical evaluation of their physical health & receive medical detoxification services, as necessary.

5Does Sahaara Foundation provide a detoxification program? What about other medical services?

All of Sahaara Foundation's residential programs provide comprehensive medically-supervised detoxification. All new patients spend their initial 24-48 hours on a medical unit to be sure they are medically stable & then are assigned to a specific treatment unit. Sahaara Foundation facilities are staffed with medical personnel 24 hours per day to ensure that all a patient's medical needs are appropriately met. If you are a prospective patient or family member, feel free to ask for details about our policies & procedures.

6How much does drug & alcohol treatment cost or last?

It depends on the type of de-addiction treatment & services you need. We offer a range of services from the less expensive outpatient rehab (daycare, which is for people with less serious addiction issues) to what we call primary residential where people live with us for 30 days or longer to get the help they need. The basic cost of stay for primary residential rehab for a 28-day stay depends on the severity & treatment of de-addiction & re-habilitation. Additional services such as counseling for other issues, prescriptions, etc. are charged separately when needed.

7What if a patient needs psychiatric help?

Your intake counselor will gather your mental health background & with your permission discuss your needs with your mental health care provider. All of our programs work with people who have concurrent mental health issues in addition to their diagnosis of addiction. However, we are not a locked psychiatric facility, & if your condition is too severe to be safely accommodated at Sahaara Foundation, we will refer you to another treatment provider.

8Can I take my prescribed medications while in treatment?

If you are admitted to Sahaara Foundation our psychiatrists will review your history & work with you on decisions related to continued medication use. You should discuss your medication use with your intake counselor prior to coming to Sahaara Foundation. He or she will advise you as to how much medication to bring with you.

9How long does residential care last?

The programs at Sahaara Foundation are not defined by a number of days, but rather by individual needs. Lengths of stay in both outpatient & residential programs are dependent on the needs of the individual & are determined through an assessment & evaluation process. For most people, an average length of stay in primary care is four to six weeks but longer-term programs - often two or three months - are beneficial to many. Successful treatment is the ultimate goal, & time is necessary to win the battle.

While the outcome of a residential treatment program can be the most efficient form of treatment, the time commitment is substantial. We encourage prospective patients to get a thorough evaluation, either through Sahaara Foundation or another provider, to determine the best level of care. The results may show that an outpatient program is an appropriate option, or that residential care would be more beneficial.
10Why do some people stay longer than others?

Addiction is a complex disease that impacts people physically, emotionally & psychologically, so some people's treatment needs are more severe than others. A person's ability to function, attitude toward treatment, & maturity level all impact the treatment plan & how he or she progresses. In some cases, such as with healthcare professionals, licensing requirements dictate length of stay & levels of care necessary to return to work. At the beginning of treatment, the initial assessment defines the treatment plan.

As patients progress through treatment, their needs are continually re-evaluated & the treatment plan updated to reflect their changing condition. Ultimately the length of time they spend in the program is determined by clinical progress & readiness for discharge.
11What kind of rehab programs do you offer?

Sahaara Foundation offers a wide array of alcohol & drug treatment programs & services for adults & youth including specialized rehab programs for men, women, health care professionals, lawyers & pilots. Our Mental Health professionals are skilled at helping patients with co-occurring disorders (issues in addition to addiction, such as depression, anxiety, & eating disorders) - a service that sets Sahaara Foundation apart from other alcohol & drug treatment centers.

As part of our commitment to "lifelong recovery," we also have an active Alumni Relations group, weekly retreat offerings & retreat program. Family members play an important role in the addiction recovery process & are encouraged to attend our renowned Family Program, Parent Program, & Sibling Program.

12Do you treat anything besides drug & alcohol addiction?

Many people who come to Sahaara Foundation seeking treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction may also struggle with mental health issues, such as depression, eating disorders, grief, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. This combination of addiction along with a mental health issue is called "co-occurring disorders" &, in fact, is quite common. Sahaara Foundation has medical staff, psychologists, psychiatrists, & counselors on site who are skilled at addressing the complexity of issues around co-occurring disorders alongside the addiction to drugs & alcohol.

13Can my family call me while I'm in treatment? Can I get mail?

Following admission to Sahaara Foundation, patients are encouraged to contact their families in order to provide them with the phone number & times when they can be reached. Patients do not have access to email, but postal mail is accepted. It is recommended that patients limit their calls at the discretion of management while at Sahaara Foundation. Admissions Counselors can help you with more details on how you can contact your family while at Sahaara Foundation. Outpatient, as well as residential programs, also allows visitors.

14I like to work out. Can I do that while I'm there?

Absolutely! Physical health & fitness is an important component of Sahaara Foundation recovery programs. Workout & fitness facilities vary & may include gyms, weight rooms, walking trails & other resources. Every Sahaara Foundation patient receives fitness & recreation evaluation & individual plans are prepared for fitness activities while in treatment & following discharge.

15What's the process for getting into addiction treatment?

Sahaara Foundation is focused first & foremost on making sure we have the best solution for your unique clinical needs. The process begins by calling Sahaara Foundation & speaking with a representative in our Contact Center so that we may understand your situation. Next, you will speak with a licensed alcohol & drug counselor to understand your clinical needs & to determine which Sahaara Foundation facility might best serve your needs. Our expert, caring team works hard to ensure you get help as quickly as possible. Call us any day, any time to ask questions or to begin the admissions process. 9823032359-9561783304-9561783327