Adams Recovery Center

Written by: Eleanor McGuff
☼ To promote a multi-faceted healing process for each
individual and their families in Clermont and its
surrounding counties, by providing accessible, quality
treatment utilizing a service system that emphasizes
trust, respect, confidentiality, and compassion.
☼ We exist for the patient and their families
where we create, promote, and maintain a
positive relationship with our patients, payor
sources, associates and staff, and the
☼ Adams Recovery Center is a for profit organization.
It does not receive any type of grants. Funding is
through Medicaid, some private insurance, or selfpay.
☼ Persons living in any Ohio county with a substance
abuse problem, can come to ARC.
☼ Potential clients are advised to detox before coming
to ARC because they do not provide detoxification
☼ Adams Recovery Center opened in November 2011.
☼ In 2012, there were 585 patients served for the year,
with a monthly average of 48 clients.
☼ Through July 2013 there have been 359 patients
served. The 2013 monthly client average is 51.
☼ ARC is a Therapeutic Community (TC) based
treatment facility.
☼ TC has existed for about 40 years. In general, TCs
are drug-free residential settings that use a hierarchical
model with treatment stages that reflect increased
levels of personal and social responsibility. Peer
influence, mediated through a variety of group
processes, is used to help individuals learn and
assimilate social norms and develop more effective
social skills.
☼ Successful Completion (Graduate): Client has
completed 60-90 days of inpatient treatment,
accomplished all treatment plan goals/objectives, made
living arrangements, has a finalized relapse prevention
plan, established a healthy support system, and
provided a detailed exit plan for maintaining sobriety.
☼ Administrative Discharge: Not based on
clinical decision, mainly insurance termination
☼ Clinical Discharge: Clinical team decision
(i.e., mental health issues beyond scope of
practice, repeated client behaviors unhealthy to
overall client community).
☼ Unauthorized Discharge: Client makes
decision to leave treatment against clinical
Owner/Program Director/President = Lori Highlander
Vice President, Operations = Amy Gast
Clinical Director = Matt Rupert LICDC, PCC
Clinical Coordinator = Dave Neltner LICDC
Medical Coordinator = Terry Schuelter RN
Medical Assistant and Counselor = Ann Pullem RN,CDCA
Counselor/Counselor Assistants = Suzanne Hoskins MA,
PC/CR, George Adams BS, CDCA, Rita Vilvens BA, LSW,
Charisse Seikbert CDCA, Dave Miller CDCA, Chip Drews
CDCA, Eleanor McGuff CDCA
☼ Residential Monitors (3rd Shift) = Sherri Richey, Cassie
☼ Medical Records/Intake = Jan Flucas
☼ Office/Receptionist = Whitney Plessmer, Jamie McCray
☼ Maintenance Department = Mark Dreyer
The 5/28/13 ARC Table of Organization is:
Program Director/President: Lori Highlander
Clinical Director: Matt Rupert
Clinical Coordinator: Dave Neltner
All remaining staff reports to Matt Rupert, then Dave
☼ Counselor:
- Minimum of an Associate of the Arts degree
(Bachelor preferred)
- Minimum of CDCA, LSW, PC, or MFT.
- At least one year of experience providing
counseling in the chemical dependency field.
- Scope of practice on licensure needs to
specifically include AOD (alcohol or drug)
- Experience with individual, family, and group
☼ Intake Worker:
- A.A. degree or higher
- CDCA or higher or other appropriate licensure with
declared AOD scope
- Experience working with the AOD population
- Experience with assessment/intake preferred.
- Experience with insurance paneling preferred.
☼ Front Desk:
- No minimum degree requirement, high school
diploma or GED preferred.
- No specific AOD work experience required, but is
considered extremely helpful.
- Ability to perform multiple tasks.
- Ability to work within a day treatment program and
adhere to standards of practice and confidentiality.
☼ Adams Recovery Center is not accredited .
☼ ARC operates and works under the umbrella
policies, guidelines, and procedures set forth by the
☼ Residential Monitoring: enforce all group and treatment
center rules, bi-weekly checks/searches of women/men
dormitories for cleanliness and contraband items, deescalating client behavioral issues/incidents.
☼ Counseling: currently in learning process… treatment
plan preparation, weekly counseling sessions (observed by
supervisor) have been completed, case management note
preparation, and assisting with group therapy sessions
☼ Office/Receptionist Support: Phones, greeting visitors,
client requests, assisting with admission of new clients
(searching personal belongings, preparing client release of
information forms, facility tours, facility rules explanation,
and introduction to big brother/sister). Weekly preparation of
all client medical and PRN sheets for use by the nursing staff.
☼ Staff Meeting Notes: Take notes at weekly staff
meetings and then type/email to send to all staff.
☼ Billing: Responsible for preparing case
management, individual counseling, crisis
intervention, and group therapy session notes.
☼ Self-Disclosure: Sharing personal information takes
focus off client and puts on self.
☼ Growth in Acceptance: Accepting that a client is
exactly where they are supposed to be at any given
time. I am there to listen, be helpful, and show
☼ Theorectical Orientation: trained in basics of
Therapeutic Community (TC),
☼ Rational Behavioral Emotive Therapy (RBET):
Increase in understanding client behavior, able to
provide clients with alternate behavior choices, and
mistakes are part of the growth process.
☼ Group Therapy: Learned importance of excellent
listening skills, observed several group leader
techniques, and watched client group behavior.
☼ Group Counseling Techniques: Observation of 4+
counselors in group therapy sessions on regular basis.
☼ SMART Recovery:
1) Motivation: If you are not fed up entirely with a
situation, you will not change it. Client becomes aware
of consequences.
2) Dealing with Urges: Brain pathways lead to triggers.
Tools need to be provided to fight urges, which have a
time factor. If you mentally play with urges you increase
desire to use. You need to have a plan of action.
3) Managing Thoughts/Feelings/Behavior
4) Balanced Life Style: Developing a new life style.
☼ Individualized Treatment Plans: Problem
statement, goals, objectives, and progress.
Listening to client, getting their input/ideas for
their treatment. Primary counselor for 1 client.
☼ Facilitated Group Therapy Sesssions: Group
leader for weekly 12 step group/AA big book
☼ Adams Recovery Center has experienced staff that
have the capabilities to help substance abusers and
this facility a good learning opportunity for anyone
interested in the helping professional field.
☼ Observation is a wonderful tool to learning and a
great way to help you develop your professional
☼ Putting classroom education into practice makes
the connection you need to personally grow.
Adams Recovery Center Employee Handbook, November 2011.
Audience. "What is a therapeutic community?” National
Institute on Drug Abuse. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 July 2013.
Hoskins MA, PC/CR, Suzanne. Personal interview. 19 July
Rupert LICDC PCC, Matt. Personal interview. 23 July 2013.

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