Approach to Treatment
SMRS ascribes to the principles and practices of social rehabilitation. The social rehabilitation approach is one in which addiction is viewed as being centered in the reciprocal relationship between the individual and his/her surrounding social unit.
Problems are considered to be not only individual problems, but problems of families, communities and society. The social rehabilitation approach provides levels of service/treatment in non-institutional settings, ranging from alternatives to acute inpatient care to supported independent living programs, socialization, and vocational services. Each level of service is designed to meet the needs of the resident at a particular level of treatment. The resident may move through each level toward reengagement with the family at a rate individualized to his/her specific needs.
To reach the goal of social rehabilitation, the programs integrate the following basic premises into a comprehensive program:
- The first premise -- Abstinence from alcohol and all non-prescribed drugs is a prerequisite for effective program participation.
- The second premise -- The program environment is an essential aspect of the treatment process. The environment must be designed and maintained in a manner which dignifies the people who attend and work here.
- The third premise -- A highly structured schedule of activities is essential to the creation of new patterns of behavior.
- The fourth premise -- A comprehensive therapeutic milieu with services provided by a well trained staff team is essential.
- The fifth premise -- A strong, long term case management effort is essential. The case management component must be integrated with all treatment services.
- The sixth premise -- People working together can help each other to recover from mutual, shared problems. Participation in self help groups will be emphasized throughout the program as an essential aspect of recovery.
- The seventh premise -- Each participant will be loved, respected, and valued as someone with an important contribution to make to the community and society as a whole. Our task will be to help individuals find and develop their special gifts while helping them to learn a lifestyle based on abstinence and recovery.
Guidelines for Admission
River Community Residential
- Symptoms of mental health and chemical dependency problems.
- Documented willingness to participate in a recovery program.
- Any non exclusionary pre-existing medical problems will need a medical clearance from the potential resident’s attending physician.
- The following are criteria for exclusion for admission:
- Individuals may be denied admission who currently have or have had acute medical problems. An assessment of current limitations in order to rule out medical exclusionary criteria that may include history of seizures, medications needed to be administered by medical personnel, acute medical needs, or medical problems requiring treatment in a hospital setting.
- Individuals may be denied admission based on the following: history of setting fires, history of violence against self or others, history of self-mutilation, and history of recent suicide attempt(s).
- Individuals currently conserved under an involuntary civil commitment.
- Have an alcohol/other drug abuse/dependency.
- Be a male or female adolescent, 9th grade - 17 years of age.
- Have a need for services in a residential treatment program.
- Be free of infectious diseases or chronic medical conditions which would preclude care of the individual in a residential program, e.g., an active case of TB.
- Be willing and able to be involved in a recovery program where it is expected they will be an active resident and sign a recovery contract.
- Adolescents will not be admitted into the program if they demonstrate any of the following:
- Require medical care due to degree of intoxication or other apparent medical condition(s).
- Shows a marked inability to function in a socially appropriate manner such as, but not limited to, being a danger to self or others or gravely disabled.
River Community Covina (Outpatient)
The program provides services to adults who have an Axis I diagnosis of a mental illness and substance use disorder. Individuals may be denied admission based on the following factors: a recent history of incidences of violence, self mutilation, or history of a severe head trauma.
The program provides services to adults who have an Axis I diagnosis of a mental illness and substance use disorder OR have a substance use disorder. Individuals may be denied admission based on the following factors: a recent history of incidences of violence, self mutilation, or history of a severe head trauma.
River Community Wellness
The program provides services to adults ages 18 and over who have an Axis I diagnosis of a mental illness and substance use disorder. Individuals may be denied admission based on the following factors: a recent history of incidences of violence, self mutilation, or history of a severe head trauma.