It does not serve our society or the individuals we service, to allow admittance into the Hollywood and Vine Recovery Center’s (HVRC’s) Women in Recovery home who have yet to experience the willingness and desperation needed to surrender the fight over their substance abuse. To be admitted, one must be determined eligible by a program director after passing through a series of admission processes enabling HVRC staff to determine eligibility.
Outlined below is the process Residents will pass through to determine eligibility:
1. Initial Contact
What Clients can expect:
Prospective Clients themselves taking the action of conceding and asking for help is an important surrender needed from each individual who makes Initial Contact. Third party referrals (often family, friends, and loved ones contacting HVRC for help) will be encouraged to have the individual in need contact us themselves when ready to surrender to recovery. The third-party callers will be given referrals to local resources who may reach out and offer services and additional solutions to assist themselves and their loved ones. Only those willing to surrender and take the first step to ask for help will move forward. Most Clients call or email us and some choose to reach out on social media and additional virtual forums.
From the first point of contact, our staff ensures those reaching out have the personalized time and attention needed for HVRC counselors to understand everyone’s addiction and pain as it currently presents itself.
Questions will be asked by a program director to get a thorough understanding and determine whether HVRC’s Women in Recovery intensive residential recovery home may be a solution for the conditions and problems presenting in those seeking to recover from their alcoholic illness. During the Initial Contact phase, the prospective Client must meet a minimun of the following criteria to be eligible to move forward to an Assessment Appointment:
- Identify a history and present suffering in the disease of alcoholism.
- Identify experience with social, financial, physical, emotional, and mental problems related to their substance abuse.
- Express an acceptance that all methods humanly possible to solve their problems have failed. This identification occurs in many ways including but not limited to;
- History of relapse after experiencing physical sobriety because physical sobriety was of no avail to your underlying suffering.
- Unsuccessful attempts at medicating, managing, or controlling addictive symptoms which include but are not limited to; 12-step self- help fellowships, addiction treatment and detox facility attendance, medications for behavioral, mental, and emotional suffering, and other attempts to recover.
- Severe behavioral, mental, and physical suffering and consequences due to substance abuse, despite all one’s efforts to avoid such circumstances and situations.
Determining criteria follows nondiscrimination practices requiring that admission shall not be denied on the basis of ethnic group identification, religion, age, gender, race, disability, or sexual orientation.
Individuals determined ineligible will be referred to local resources for appropriate treatment from a facility, agency, or other relevant resource providing the appropriate services.
Individuals displaying the following behaviors as determined by program staff will not be admitted:
- Exhibits behavior (possibly history) dangerous to staff, self, or others.
- Individuals who require immediate medical evaluation or higher level of physical or mental health care. Immediate referral to the appropriate facility available for those who need a higher level of care.
After determining an individual is eligible to move forward to an assessment, an appointment will be set with a program director for a one-on-one meeting expected to range in duration from one to three (1-3) hours and is occasionally completed in two (2) sessions depending on the needs of the individual.
Assessment allows further opportunity for both the prospective Client and the HVRC program director to determine if our residential recovery programs are appropriate solutions for each individual’s problems.
It is imperative that a willingness to surrender to spiritual principals is established because we are a spiritual recovery center and more importantly because no human power has been able to relieve our suffering and science has yet to cure the disease of addiction – but there is a solution. The application of spiritual principals to spiritual maladies solving the addiction, mental, and emotional suffering for those which no other method has succeeded. Regardless of religion (atheists are welcome – we are not a religious program but a spiritual recovery program) a willingness to believe in a Power greater than oneself must be identified.
Clients can expect at least the following during Assessment:
The Spiritual Malady:
An individual suffering with the disease of addiction who has had past experience with physical sobriety, medicating the symptoms of their suffering, and the application of all will power humanly possible yet still find themselves suffering are prime candidates for successful recovery. The experiences described can force one to face the truth of the underlying malady plaguing one’s spirit which opens one to accept help outside of their ability to control and intellectualize. After having experienced a physically sober mind that chose to re-activate the alcoholic and/or drug induced insanity, sending an individual spiraling back into a “relapse” is one of many indications of an underlying spiritual suffering for which there is only a spiritual solution. More on Spiritual Maladies
Throughout the Assessment process, program directors are looking for the demonstration of the willingness to start their journey on the road to Recovery with:
- A willingness to learn and experience.
- An open mind.
- Complete honesty. It is possible – not at all probable – that we may fool somebody else. But we MUST be honest with ourselves, and it is a good time to start being honest with someone who lives the recovered life you seek. Program directors share their personal experience, strength, and hope as it relates to the present suffering and experiences of each prospective Client – helping them feel safe and secure in beginning to heal.
Once determined by the Director of Operations that one meets the criteria to move past the assessment, and the prospective Resident chooses to do so, an appointment will be set to move forward to Intake.
3. The Intake Process
Once a prospective Resident enters into the Intake Process, they, along with their Program Director, will discuss the Client, HVRC, and the Treatment and Recovery program that best fits their needs. In addition, those experiencing the HVRC Intake Process can expect the following to name a few procedures:
- The gathering of basic and statistical data;
- Discussion and presentation of Client Rights, policies and procedures;
- Medical Questionnaire as required by DHCS (form 5103);
- Medical history, and medical assessment
At the completion of the Admittance process, our new Resident and the admitting program director will sign and date The Hollywood and Vine Recovery Center Admission Agreement, and, along with the admitting program director, the new resident’s journey will move right along to Admission.
Upon admission HVRC Residents will receive documents to discuss, sign, and date which include, but are not limited to:
- A written annotated list of community resources available.
- HVRC Client Policy and Procedures
- Client rules and regulations
- The HVRC welcome packet with materials and instructions to complete prior to orientation
- Client Possessions Policies
- Admission Agreement
- Consent to Treatment
- Agreement to Aftercare Planning
- HVRC Emergency Contact and Information Form
- Client’s Rights
All documents exchanged must be reviewed and signed by both the Resident as well as the admitting program director. Program directors ensure each Resident has all questions answered and provide the time and patience needed to understand and agree, not just sign. Timing of this process may slightly fluctuate in order to ensure each resident has the time to review and understand all information and has any and all questions answered. Many souls surrender to the HVRC recovery program in a mental, emotional, and physical state that requires patience, and thorough discussions will occur for the cognitive participation necessary to determine an individual is present, in agreement, and of sound mind when committing to their Recovery program. This gives everyone the best chance at sustainable sobriety and Recovery. Depending on the state of each individual, there may be residual forms completed within twenty-four to forty-eight (24-48) hours to accommodate each Resident’s need.
Within 72 hours after the completion of Admission all Residents will attend an Orientation.
Orientation will officially welcome each Resident to their program, fellowship, and the space in which their restless, irritable, and discontented spirits will Recover. Beginning with a one-on-one meeting with their program director, Residents will have any additional questions or concerns addressed and an introduction to their first HVRC group healing session.