Cabins at Black Bear LodgeThe treatment options available to you here at Black Bear Lodge are numerous. With an educated and highly skilled staff, we’re prepared to help you on your path to sobriety from start to finish.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence states that one in 12 adults are dependent upon or abusing alcohol. Furthermore, in the past month, eight percent of the population aged 12 and older has used an illicit drug. You don’t have to be part of these statistics. With our help, you can set goals for yourself and feel your self-esteem grow as you reach and surpass each one milestone. When setbacks happen, you’ll be prepared with techniques you’ve learned to help you deal with the disappointment and frustration you feel without turning to drugs or alcohol.

We know you aren’t just like everyone else — you’re you — and that’s why we’ll customize your treatment program to suit your specific needs. After all, we aren’t trying to turn you into someone else, just help you be the best possible version of yourself. You will discover that person when you find your needs being met on every level. From weaning off a physical dependence on drugs and alcohol to connecting with yourself on a spiritual level, we’ve got your back.

If you’re looking for a safe haven, somewhere that feels like home, a place where someone will catch you when you fall — this is it.

We’ll be working alongside you to rebuild your life. When you leave here, you aren’t going back to the life you left behind. You’ll be a new you walking into the future with coping skills to carry you through the tough times and the fortitude to resist relapse.

Sub-Acute Detox

You won’t see a catalog of options when it comes to detoxing here because sub-acute detox is the one method we offer. Why? Because we only believe in the best. We feel strongly that if we set you up with all the resources you need to go out and succeed in life, you’ll do it. We think that even those substance abusers who’ve been struggling for years, if committed to changing and open to help, can heal and move forward with their lives. It starts with detox.

What Is It?

Detoxing can be an unpleasant process that all substance-dependent persons have to encounter in order to get clean. Your body must withdraw from its physical dependence on drugs and alcohol. The most common symptoms of withdrawal, per WebMD, are:

  • Nausea, upset stomach and vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Perspiration, from clamminess to profuse sweating
  • Marked tension and anxiety
  • Emotional upset, confusion, and a jumpy demeanor
  • Trembling
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations; feeling like things are touching you when they aren’t
  • Nervousness
  • Abdominal pain

Less common but potentially dangerous side effects like seizures and death are the primary reasons that it’s so important to detox in a controlled setting with the help of consulting physicians, like the one we offer, and not try to do it alone in your own home. Detox is frequently a reason that many stay engaged in their substance abuse habits. Without outside help, the discomfort felt by those going through it is enough to drive many right back to drugs and alcohol just to make the pain stop. You won’t have to experience that here; from day one, your substance abuse problems will be evaluated and you’ll be placed under the care of a consulting physician and skilled registered nurses who will follow you through the entire detox process.

The Sub-Acute Difference

Sub-acute detox is the safest and most comfortable approach to withdrawal possible. You are monitored by trained staff members around the clock while in detox. Nothing happens in this stage of treatment without doctor approval. We try to collect a history of substance abuse from you during this stage when we can.

When someone becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol, their body doesn’t operate entirely on its own. Instead, the effects of ingested substances impact the body and its functioning, right down to the cellular level. Detox is necessary in order for the body to even begin to relearn how to operate in absence of the directive that drugs and alcohol have given it.

What Is The Purpose Of Sub-Acute Detox?

The purpose of sub-acute detox is primarily to make sure the side effects of withdrawal don’t interfere with the dependent party’s chance at a healthy detox and path to sobriety.

Thus, medications are often given to ease discomfort and deter negative episodes like seizures or severe emotional upset from occurring. Detox is especially important for particularly difficult addictions, and contrary to popular belief, that includes alcoholism.

Many with alcohol addictions try to quit on their own, often going cold turkey, but the five percent risk of a possibly deadly side effect known as delirium tremens (DTs), per the The New York Times, is cause enough to warn against it. Most of our patients enter our facility with direct admittance to our sub-acute detox program. Following detox, patients carry on with one of our comprehensive treatment programs.

Our Treatment Approach

We practice holistic care here. What does that mean? In short, we believe in treating the whole patient. Many rehabilitation centers fail miserably at helping people find lasting recovery because they ignore this vital need. When someone is in an accident and suffers internal injuries and broken bones, which should be fixed first? Should both even be fixed, or is one more important than the other?

At Black Bear Lodge, we’re in agreement that everything needs to be addressed at the same time.

Residential Care

Residential beds at Black Bear LodgeWhile talk therapy is available, we try to veer away from having too many drawn out conversations and instead drive patients toward recreational therapy methods combined with a healthy dose of alone time to regularly process your feelings and thoughts. Those who are outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the serene nature-filled setting our lodge offers. Many of the group activities you engage in here will take place outside where you can reconnect with the world. Instead of lying on a sofa drudging up possible reasons for your substance abuse, you’ll get outside and hike with your peers while having conversations that inspire you to see your life differently than you did before. You will develop essential life skills that will aid you in staying drug-free for years to come.

You won’t be boxed into a rigid treatment program while you’re here. You have choices. If a 12-Step program sounds ideal to you, then we’ll do all we can to help you succeed through that, but if that’s the last thing you want to do, then that’s okay too because we have other options for you.

You’ll be taught how to effectively communicate your feelings with others too. Family therapy is often a big part of this, seeing as how the family unit generally suffers more than anyone else around a substance user. A recent article in the Chicago Tribune noted that families of addicts have frequent conflicts, including feelings of jealousy and negative behaviors like violence and cheating, financial troubles and health risks.

Many drug and alcohol addicts aren’t aware they’re doing anything wrong. In today’s society, it’s easy to convince yourself that drinking every day is okay because everyone else is doing it. Per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 38 million Americans are consuming too much alcohol. However, everyone else isn’t drinking to cope with stressors. Nor are they drinking because they want to forget about a childhood trauma, a bad divorce or other life circumstance that they don’t feel emotionally equipped to handle. People who engage in substance abuse to avoid dealing with their feelings are sabotaging every chance they have at a happy existence. With our program, there is life after substance abuse and dependency.

Physical Health

When you aren’t physically well, there’s a reason for it. Poor health will only contribute to the cyclic manner that addictions operate within. Substance abuse is less likely to occur in a healthy individual. Likewise, those abusing such substances are more likely to suffer from poor health as an effect of their behaviors. According to a review published by Carl Sandburg College, the health risks involved in substance abuse include but are not limited to:

Proper nutrition and fitness are a big part of the treatment protocol. You will eat well, and there will be plenty of ways to work some activity into your day that don’t bore you. Yoga, meditation, and many other forms of fitness that can help you to instill practicing mindfulness are always readily available here.

Upon thorough examination and lab work results, the consulting physicians at Black Bear Lodge will treat existing and newly determined conditions, whether they’re short- or long-term, but physical health isn’t the only thing we take care of for you. Mental health evaluations will rule out and determine possible interferences with your recovery. If a diagnosis is rendered or confirmed, the appropriate steps will be taken, be they medication or otherwise, to remedy the effects of any illness you have.

Spiritual Wellness

We’ve found that some people don’t fully understand what “spirituality” means. Often, it’s used interchangeably to describe religious affiliations, but that’s not how we use it here. We view spirituality as a connectedness to oneself. If you follow a specific faith or higher power, that will only serve to assist you. Likewise, those who don’t align themselves with a specific religion are not hindered. The teaching of spirituality begins with mindfulness — an ability that we all have, but too few practice.

A 2014 study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association produced impressive results with those who engaged in the practicing of mindfulness and relapse prevention techniques during substance abuse treatment having a significantly lower risk of relapse than those who did not practice either. In addition, determined at a six-month follow-up point, those in the practicing group who did relapse did so for far fewer days than their counterparts who did not.

Applying mindfulness to your life changes the way you see the world. It lifts depression and negativity from your daily life and replaces it with appreciation and a sense of fulfillment.

So what is mindfulness? It’s a healthy practice of simply being aware — aware of what is around you and inside of you. It’s taking time – moments – to remain conscious about your life, your decisions, the things you feel, and the breaths you take.

Your emotional well-being is vital to the success of any drug or alcohol treatment program. This can include making peace with past demons, undergoing therapy for grief you may be feeling following a personal loss, and having full disclosure with yourself about the person you’ve been while under the influence and the things that you’ve done are all necessary. While this might sound overwhelming, it’s extremely liberating.

After you’ve come to terms with the things that have been haunting you, you’ll be able to move on and be even more determined not to go back to your old ways. You aren’t the first person to turn to drugs or alcohol to deal with things you’ve encountered or experienced in life, even if these things happened long ago. The results of a two surveys published by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network accounted for exposure to trauma(s) in over 70 percent of adolescents who were seeking treatment for substance abuse. You won’t be alone here either; you’ll cultivate lasting friendships during your stay while working on team-building exercises and group therapy activities.


Outpatient Help+

Patients have two avenues they can pursue when opting for outpatient treatment at our facility. Many choose to begin outpatient therapy right from the beginning, never actually enrolling in residential care. This is an appropriate choice for those addicted to substances that don’t present as many dangers during withdrawal, such as marijuana. Those who need access to stronger medications that come with our supervised sub-acute detox program are generally better off opting for residential care from the get-go and later continuing with outpatient therapy post-treatment.

Even on an outpatient basis, your treatment plan is shaped specifically around your needs. If you’ve caught on to your problems early, you might only need to visit us once a week. If you’re somewhere in the middle of the road between minor issues and problems requiring residential care, you may be required to spend more time here. Regardless, we will be there every step of the way to help you choose the option that best meets your needs.

You might be here a handful of hours each week, or you could be putting in the hours that a fulltime job would require. It’s important that you view treatment as a responsibility you cannot skimp or cut corners on. Nonetheless, outpatient treatment permits you to get the help you need while still attending to your other responsibilities. This is an ideal method for those with minor addictions who are parents or who have a career they don’t want to compromise.

Outpatient programs are also great for those who are thought to have developed a substance abuse problem as a side effect of an underlying mental illness, a Dual Diagnosis that a reported 8.4 million Americans are facing, according to the results of the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health published by Psych Central. Treatment for both can be obtained simultaneously on an outpatient basis. Involvement in support groups outside of our program is recommended to those enrolled in outpatient therapy to ensure that someone is always readily available to help you should a crisis or the potential for relapse arise.

Outpatient Follow-Up Care+

Although our residential treatment program is tailored to each patient in an effort to make sure they’re ready to take on the world in a substance-free manner, a safety net is an important part of the process. For some, it serves merely as a sense of support, with the same feeling of comfort and community they felt while in treatment. For others, it’s a strong reminder of the reasons they have to stay sober. Prevention is the key in treating substance abuse.

Relapse is a real thing – it happens. It’s more likely to happen if you don’t take advantage of group therapy options like those offered here. According to a study published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, fewer female substance abuse treatment participants relapsed than men, a statistic that was primarily determined to be because of their increased involvement in group therapy activities. Those who have support structures are more likely to stay sober post-rehab than those who do not. You’ll find that we offer this kind of support with our outpatient therapy program.

Addicts recovering from long-term addictions, those who feel uneasy about staying sober while reentering society, and patients who just want the extra security that comes with having our helpful staff in their corner often prefer a combined residential/outpatient aftercare approach. From motivational interviewing to Cognitive Behavior Therapy, we’ll be by your side.

Why Wait?

If you’re here looking to find help to save yourself from your substance abuse problems, then you’re already a part of the five percent who are aware that they have a problem, per Healthy People via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Congratulations! That’s the first step in reaching sobriety.

At Black Bear Lodge, there’s no shortage of empathy and hope. You won’t find judgment here; we’re too busy helping you pave the path to a new healthy life in recovery. Whether you’re looking to get help for yourself or a loved one, the care and compassion you’ll discover at our gorgeous mountain lodge are unmatched. We take great caution in determining your needs so we can pair you up with the best possible specialist to guide you through the treatment options for your specific needs. Please call today to find out just how we can help you on your road to recovery.