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You’ve Made the Decision to Get Clean and Sober

Once you realize your addiction is robbing you of the life you want ( or had) and that you are powerless over drugs and alcohol, you need to make a decision. Are you going to continue down the path of addiction, powerless and unable to manage your life or are you going to make a change? No one can decide for you. This is your decision. In order to change, you need to believe that a different life is possible and that you can do it. When you are ready we are here to help. This may be your first time admitting to yourself or others that you have a problem and need help getting clean and sober or you may have been here before. There is nothing you need to figure out. The proven path has been laid out but the journey is your own... That same path can be laid out for you and when followed, it will work for you too. We are ready to help you get clean and sober and begin your journey of lifelong recovery. Our evidence based program works and will work for you when you decide you want a better life.


Ask yourself these simple questions

  1. Have you ever thought you should Cut down your drug or alcohol use?
  2. Have you ever felt Annoyed when people have commented on your use?
  3. Have you ever felt Guilty or badly about your use?
  4. Have you ever used drugs to Ease withdrawal symptoms, or to avoid feeling low after using?

How you answered those three simple questions should tell you what you need to do. If you are not ready, you know it. When you are finally ready, we are ready to help you.


Once you have made the decision that you want a better life for you and your family, call us. We have trained counselors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer your questions and assist you with the process. The difficult part is making the decision to change. Getting started is simple – just call.

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If you are finally ready to do the work and want to stay that way, we provide a safe and healthy environment with a proven program that works. Our team has been carefully selected to provide you resources while you are here and when you leave to continue your journey. If you are not ready to do the work, and you know what that work is, we are not the program for you. When you are finally ready to get clean and sober, and stay clean, we are ready and able to help you get there.

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We want you to be comfortable and free from outside distractions. Our list of what to bring is designed to help you do just that. Remember you are packing for recovery and although you may have packed for this before, our program has some basic requirements of what to bring to keep you safe and get you healthy.

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Recovery is a journey – not a program. This is not a vacation from the outside pressures you are dealing with regarding your addiction. This is a proven treatment that will lead you through self-awareness, self-discovery and lead you to the life long journey of recovery. Our program is designed to provide the tools on how to navigate the outside world and avoid relapse. This process is life long and each person is a little different. Vacations are scheduled, recovery is on-going.

What to look for when choosing a residential recovery center

Choosing the right treatment program can be overwhelming. You need to make the choice that is right for you and your loved one. HelpGuide.Org ( is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide resources to patients and families facing mental and behavioral health issues. They suggest starting the search for substance abuse treatment as follows:

“You may see advertisements for programs in tranquil settings with gorgeous views. While amenities like that are nice to have, they likely come with a big price tag. Focus on what is truly important: appropriate licensing, quality of care during the program, follow-up services, and staff credentials. Things to check include:

Program accreditation and licensing

Make sure the treatment program is accredited by the state it’s in. Also check to ensure that the program is run by licensed, well-trained mental health professionals and addiction specialists.

The effectiveness of the program's treatment methods

Treatment centers should have at least some statistics on their success rates, preferably from an objective outside agency.

Type of aftercare services to prevent relapse

Is there a well-run aftercare program? Does it provide referrals to other recovery services and support groups in the community? Also make sure that a staff member will collaborate with you to create a discharge plan before you leave the program.


In addition, Everyday Health ( - a recognized online information resource - compiled a number of questions to consider when you call or visit a prospective program:

  1. What is the goal of your drug addiction treatment program?
  2. What licenses and certifications do your treatment center and its staff have?
  3. Is there a waiting list to enter and, if so, how long is the wait?
  4. If residential, how long do you recommend that I stay?
  5. If residential, will family and friends be able to contact or visit me? Will they be asked to participate in any counseling with me?
  6. How will I be billed for your program? Do you take insurance? Is there financing available?
  7. What kinds of services are included in your fee?
  8. What kinds of medical services are available if I need them — for example, do you provide supervised detoxification or assistance with pain management?
  9. What activities will I be required to participate in while in the program — individual counseling, group counseling, 12-step programs, or art therapy?
  10. What kinds of extra services or activities are available through the program? This could include anything from massage therapy to fitness programs.
  11. Do you have any counselors or therapists who can give me insight from the perspective of my religion? Will I have access to faith leaders or spiritual advisors if I need them?
  12. What therapeutic model or theories form the foundation of your treatment program, such as 12 steps, Hazelton, cognitive behavioral, or motivation enhancement?
  13. Are there staff members who have experience dealing with my specific addiction(s)?
  14. What will you do to prepare me for my return to the real world?
  15. Will you work with me on a discharge plan? If I don’t live close to the treatment center, will you help me find resources for continuing care in my own community?
  16. Do you provide follow-up care after I am discharged and, if so, for how long?
  17. Does your program help me transition into active 12-step participation and/or an addiction support group?

Begin Your Journey to Recovery

Call Us (855) 221-1717

Your Path of Recovery After AJ’s

AJ’s provides a residential program to treat addictions and begin the lifelong path to recovery. Once you leave our house, we provide an outpatient team to continue to support you on your path. We teach residents the different tools they can use to prevent relapse and help them identify the ones that will be most effective for them. They include:

  • Understanding urges and temptations—that they typically only last between 15 and 30 minutes
  • Understanding the warning signs of relapse
  • Keeping an eye on goals
  • Reminding yourself that your addiction is what gets between you and your goals
  • Reminding yourself that you have the power to overcome your addiction
  • Securing the support and trust from the most important people in your life. They may catch the warning signs before you do.

Our Aftercare Program

If you or someone you love is in recovery but in danger of relapse, call us for an appointment. We can help you develop a relapse prevention program in our Outpatient program and avoid future addiction issues. Call 855-221-1717



Relapse is not a single event. It’s a process that begins even before a recovering addict takes a first sip of alcohol, uses drugs again or stops eating healthily. Typically, there are three main stages of addiction relapse:

  1. Emotional Relapse usually doesn’t mean that the recovering addict is thinking about using. But strong emotions (such as self-doubt, isolation, shame, fear or depression) are typically the warning signs for falling back into the addiction.
  2. Mental Relapse is like tug-of-war in your mind. The recovering addict struggles between wanting to use and not wanting to use. They enter this stage of relapse when they start thinking about the people they used to use with, the places where they used or how using made them feel.
  3. Physical Relapse is the final phase and involves falling back into old behaviors and habits

If you or someone you love is in recovery but in danger of relapse, call us for an appointment. We can help you develop a relapse prevention program in our Outpatient program and avoid future addiction issues. Call 855-221-1717

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