Questions to ask when searching for a treatment center

The road to recovery can be long and confusing. Faced with many options for treatment, it is important to fully understand the process of treatment and reputation of the facility. We believe in being completely open and transparent. Here are our answers to the top questions everyone should ask when searching for an addiction treatment center.

You would not undergo an operation with out the doctor telling you exactly what the operation consists of, then why would you go into any addiction program with out them telling you exactly what there treatment consists of. Treatment is a big commitment and you should know exactly what your getting. Too many people go blindly into treatment programs and the vast majority of these programs have a success rate between 5% and 20%. Would you chose a doctor whose had such a low success rate? At InnerBalance you will get all you questions answered.

1. Does the treatment center offer Biochemical Restoration and how do they define Biochemical Restoration?

Yes, we offer biochemical restoration. We are one of the foremost leaders in treating addictions using biochemical restoration. Our definition is that biochemical imbalances can be pre-existing, or they can come as a result of repeated drug and alcohol use over the years. To learn more specifics about biochemical restoration, click here.

2. How do they plan to eliminate depression, anxiety, sleep problems, mood swings, and racing mind?

We need to find the cause of these issues. Unfortunately, most psychiatrists and physicians will use a band-aid, such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, amphetamines, etc. At InnerBalance Health Center, we believe in trying to find the root cause of these problems. For example, a racing mind can come from too much histamine in the brain, a condition caused histadelia. When we find this condition through lab testing, we use the safe amino acids and vitamins that will lower histamine levels. Another example is depression. It can come from under-functioning neurotransmitters, like serotonin. Through urine, we check the serotonin receptors by looking at the Tryptophan levels, and then we can treat with the appropriate amino acids. Please call us for a more thorough description on how we can deal with underlying symptoms.

This biochemcial restoration approach is integral to our holistic treatment philosophy.

3. How many different medical labs will they receive and ask if they would fax you a copy of the labs they do? Do they provide an explanation of each lab test?

The labs performed are: CMP, Vitamin D, 25-OH, CBC, TSH, T3, T4, DHEA Sulfate, Histamine, Pyrroles, Testosterone-Free, Optimal Nutrition Evaluation, Adrenal Function, Whole Blood Elements, MTHFR 1298/677 Gene, Glucose Tolerance 4 Hour with insulin levels.

Each medical lab conducted contributes to restoring your body’s biochemical imbalance that causes cravings. Please contact us for a full explanation on why we do these labs and what we are looking for.

4. How involved is the Doctor with client care and how available is the Doctor is for client needs?

Clients see the doctor once when they arrive and once when they graduate, and are able to see the doctor weekly if needed. Our doctors take full responsibility for all medical decisions with our clients, even though we are using safe vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and medical prescriptions if needed for stabilization.

5. How many individual, one-on-one counseling sessions will the client receive each week?

Clients work with seven different counselors and receive a minimum of 28 individual one-on-one counseling sessions.

6. How long has the treatment team been working together and what is their experience?

We have been treating addiction for several decades. Our core treatment team has been together since inception, which is 1998. Click here to see the background of our many experienced staff members.

7. Are the counselors Masters Level and licensed?

All staff members are Masters Level or above, or certified or licensed in their area of expertise. To learn more about the background of each of our staff members, click here.

8. What is the primary mode of treatment?

Our primary mode of treatment utilizes a holistic approach that treats the addicts mind, body, spirit and environment. For a more thorough overview of our approach, click here. We incorporate the physical and medical causes of addiction that many other treatment programs ignore.

9. Is the program Holistic in nature and what does that mean?

Yes, our program is holistic in nature. To us, holistic means treating the damage done by addictions to the mind, the body, the spirit, and the environment. Many treatment centers are starting to incorporate some elements of a holistic approach but we believe our program is the most comprehensive and medically proven as it has been a cornerstone of our treatment methodology since we opened our doors in 1998 and has a proven track record of success.

10. Is the treatment plan customized to the client's individual needs and goals or a standardized treatment plan for everyone? Does the client participate in creating their treatment plan?

Yes, the treatment plan is individual to each client’s needs. At InnerBalance Health Center, we know that every individual is unique. From physical & biochemical differences to lifestyle & genetic differences. There is no single program that can work for all individuals. Much of the work we do involves understanding these differences and then applying what works for each specific individual. We have specific goals we would like each client to meet. In addition, clients also work with their Primary Counselor to determine the goals they need to accomplish during treatment.

11. Does the center prescribe addictive medications such as benzodiazepines or opiates?

No. We do not prescribe those types of medications, unless needed for temporary stabilization for withdrawal symptoms. We focus on identifying the root causes of cravings, repairing your body’s biochemical imbalances and teaching you the lifelong skills necessary to stay sober.

12. What kind of exercise program will the client participate in?

There is mandatory gym time weekly. We encourage our clients to use the different gym facilities, including weights, pool activities, classes, etc. The gym is of very high quality and is full-service.

13. Will the client go on any outings, and what would these be?

We have two outings which are nature/spiritual outings with Dr. Allen Brandon. These outings explore how to re-establish spiritual connections that may be lost during addiction.

14. What kind of meals will be served? For example; no sugar, low carbohydrates, healthy, natural, or organic.

The vast majority of our addicted population have been eating an unhealthy diet that perpetuates depression, anxiety, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, etc. 80% of our alcoholic clients have been diagnosed with hypoglycemia, which in itself can cause over 40 significant symptoms. Our belief is healing any addiction also means a significant change in diet. Our program provides a hypoglycemic diet which is natural and/or organic, sugar free, caffeine free, higher protein, and healthier carbohydrates.

15. How will you teach clients about the importance of nutrition?

At InnerBalance Health Center, clients meet with counselors throughout the program to discuss their nutritional needs that are critical to permanent sobriety. We also show each client how specific diet impacts their biochemical imbalances. Each client learns the importance of nutrition and how it affects their ability to cope with cravings and addiction. We train clients how to achieve a healthy nutritional lifestyle well beyond the duration of our program.

16. What length of time does the client continue to receive counseling following the initial treatment phase, and is there is an extra cost?

Each client is given 11 hours over the next 11 months to keep in contact with their life coach and/or the nutritionist. These sessions can be done over the phone or in person. There is no additional cost for these sessions. We also have a weekly aftercare group that graduated clients can attend for life.

17. How often does the team meet to discuss the client's clinical and medical progress?

The clinical team meets weekly to discuss each client. The medical staff also meets once a week to discuss each client.

18. Is the staff available 24/7?

Yes. Clients have access to a staff member 24/7.

19. Is the treatment center licensed by the state?

Yes, we are licensed by the State of Colorado.

20. Will clients have access to their cell phones and laptops?

Yes. Clients can access cell phones and laptops throughout the day as long as they are not interfering with treatment. Electronics are turned in at bed time so clients can get into healthy sleep patterns.

21. Does the treatment center provide the client with a complete breakdown of cost for treatment in such a way that they can compare the cost with other treatment centers?

Yes. Clients and loved ones know the complete cost and breakdown of these costs prior to coming to treatment. Many treatment centers will have hidden additional charges for things like medical labs, food, lodging, supplements and outings. At InnerBalance Health Center, all costs are specified up front and there are no hidden costs. To see what is included, please review our program overview. We can also help you navigate the complexity of health insurance and determine your eligibility prior to treatment. Click here to verify your insurance.

22. Will the treatment center provide the client with legitimate names and phone numbers of past clients to talk with regarding their treatment experience with the center?

Yes. We have many references upon request as well as numerous testimonials from past clients. In addition, we have a stellar rating with the Better Business Bureau.

23. Ask if the center will provide legitimate testimonials from past clients.

We routinely ask clients to provide us with objective testimonials post-treatment. We also have over 500 client testimonials with names that can be provided upon request. We also have a variety of testimonials from past clients online.

24. Will the treatment center provide pictures of the accommodations?

Yes. We provide a 5-star bed and breakfast that is included in the cost of our residential treatment program. Click here to view our accommodations.

25. Does your treatment center accept insurance?

We accept most major health plans and can help you determine your coverage eligibility. NOTE: We are unable to accept Medicare and most HMO plans at this time however, financing is available. We are happy to work with you and your insurance provider.