Forterus Program Overview


Before we can help you get your life back on track after addiction has left it is ruins, we need to know who you are and the best way to customize a plan that works for you. When you or your loved one arrives at a Forterus location, the first thing we focus on is your addiction severity, specific substance abuse history, mental health status, and any ongoing medical problems. Having a rounded picture allows us to customize treatment appropriate for you that is provided in level of care setting that you need.

Individualized Treatment

Everyone’s substance abuse and addiction circumstances are different. Because every addiction differs, we collaborate with clients to help develop a customized plan based on their unique addiction severity, personal strengths, mental health issues, ongoing health concerns, and recovery goals. Throughout their course of treatment, we assess their progress and re-evaluate these plans and make changes when clinically appropriate.

12-Step Meetings

Because we strongly encourage our clients to become involved in 12-Step fellowships and other peer support groups, we include a section about 12-Step meetings in our curriculum. The “What are the Twelve Steps? Steppin’ a New Life” section introduces the overall 12-Step spirit and explains how working the twelve steps can have a positive effect on recovery. These groups are safe environments for sharing among peers both during treatment and especially discharge during the early stages of recovery. First and foremost, 12-Step group attendance has shown to increase lengths of abstinence (Journal of Substance Addiction Treatment, April 2014).

What will be different this time?

Long-term recovery is possible but the client must be engaged and committed to the program. – National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)

What will be different this time in treatment? Everything. Things CAN be different at Forterus – even if you’ve been in treatment before. We don’t give you the same treatment plan as other clients. At admission, you’ll meet with our clinical team for an evaluation that provides a rounded picture of your substance use history, co-occurring disorders, and any ongoing health issues or concerns. This evaluation helps establish aftercare goals that will move your life towards increased stability, balanced health, attainment of goals, and possibility of long-term recovery.

Commitment to Change
Believe in us, believe in yourself. When you or your loved one wholeheartedly commits to treatment, recovery is possible, despite the number of previous treatment attempts. With motivation and desire for change, we can get to the root of your addiction to assist you in discarding the unhealthy thinking that may drive your addiction behaviors. Our program that focuses on the whole person can result in positive changes that improve your health and wellness, helping you to lead a life guided by self-direction and fulfillment of your potential.

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Residential Detox

We work with local medical providers to determine the detox needs of our clients. After they are medically cleared, Forterus staff transports them to a specified residential house that is staffed 24/7 by our Biomedical Techs (BMT). If clients are prescribed a detox medication or other prescriptions, for their safety, they are kept in a secure location that remains locked at all times. At the prescribed time, clients administer their own medication while supervised by BMTs.

Medical Supervision
In case of non-life threatening emergencies or changes in a client’s mental, physical, or emotional status, we have a physician and psychiatrist on-call to assist. For routine healthcare visits, clients are transported via Forterus to offsite medical or therapy appointments.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Many individuals struggling with addiction suffer from mental health issues, known as a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. Our program also addresses these issues that include anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Bipolar Disorder. The advantage of integrated treatment, or addressing both issues simultaneously is that clients can work to develop coping skills to manage symptoms of the co-occurring disorder. If these co-occurring symptoms are left untreated, once the client to relapse. For the client, this also means replacing substances as a coping mechanism for a growing set of healthier behaviors.

Unique Curriculum

Embracing Change: Recovery for Life
We designed this unique series of recovery workbooks to communicate steps for successful recovery in an appealing, accessible format using best practices in research-based addiction therapy. During their program stay at Forterus, clients works on the curriculum exercises while participating in group sessions and individual therapy.

During Treatment

We consider our curriculum to be a primary strength and differentiator for treatment program. Rather than providing generic information on recovery topics, the workbooks invite clients to work through their key issues by completing the thought-provoking exercises. The therapeutic benefits of writing and self-reflection allows clients to weave the richness of their unique histories and experiences to their recovery journey. The curriculum engages clients with unique interactive exercises and opportunities for self-examination. It also provides educational recovery information, aftercare coping strategies, and skills for managing co-occurring disorders.

After Treatment
We encourage clients to keep their completed curriculum workbooks after they leave our program to review the workbooks for personal reflection as part of their long-term recovery that continues to gain strength after treatment. Reviewing the workbooks can be an illuminating reference point for measuring personal growth over time.

Family Involvement

When you’re in treatment, it’s nice to know you’re not in it alone. Encouragement and support can be a source of strength. With client consent, we welcome family members, spouses/partners, and friends to participate in periodic family sessions onsite or via conference call. By involving those who will play a part in your recovery and relapse prevention, you’ll have some close allies to reinforce your aftercare plan and expectations.

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Length of Stay: Why 90 Days Is Recommended

When it comes to positive addiction recovery outcomes, longer lengths of treatment stay seem to be more conducive to long-term sobriety. For continued long-term recovery, 90-day programs are the recommended minimum program length. Research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has demonstrated that treatment length and long-term recovery are related.

Program lengths for clients will be determined by each person’s unique set of circumstances such as co-occurring disorders, level of care requirements, treatment progress, and insurance plan coverage.

Our 90-day Brand Promise

If you successfully complete our 90-day treatment program, we guarantee you’ll stay clean and sober, or you can return for a complimentary 30-days of treatment.

Up to 30 Free Days of Treatment

In the event of a relapse at any time post-treatment, American Addiction Centers, Inc., will provide qualified individuals with up to an additional 30 consecutive days of treatment at one of its facilities at no additional cost to you.