We understand that families naturally want to check in on their loved ones and their progress during their time in treatment, however, due to HIPAA laws, we cannot disclose any information regarding a guest without that guests’ written consent. To clarify, Royal Life Centers will not release a guest’s medical records or provide any information regarding the guest prior to a signed HIPAA authorization form, as it would be a HIPAA violation.
HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, is a federal law that imposes national standards to protect sensitive health information from being disclosed without the person’s consent or knowledge.
These restrictions can be avoided or amended should the guest complete a HIPAA Release of Information Form that lists the name of the person requesting their medical records. The HIPAA Release Form can be completed at any point during treatment to allow a family member access to their information. Likewise, the authorization can be revoked upon a guest’s request.
Caring for Your Loved One
Upon entering Royal Life Centers, we suggest that your loved one bring between four and six changes of light, comfortable, and modest clothing with them. To guarantee that our facilities are a safe space, we ask that guests refrain from bringing potentially triggering clothing that references drugs or alcohol.
During detox, your loved one is under 24/7 surveillance as they recieve medical care from our team of addiction specialists and clinicians. In efforts to provide a secure and dependable environment, our staff complete routine room checks in addition to drug tests to monitor the levels of toxins with a guest’s system, ensuring an effective detoxification process.
Throughout your loved one’s stay at any of our detox or residential programs, they will enjoy the finest amenities. For maximum comfort and familiarity, all of our facilities include plasma TVs, spacious guest bedrooms, and entertainment centers. Each of our facilities incorporates top-notch nutritional programs consisting of three delicious, balanced meals per day prepared by our in-house culinary chef. On top of their daily meals, guests also have unlimited access to a variety of snacks and beverages.
Moreover, your loved one collaborates with their behavioral health therapist in quality counseling sessions while partaking in physician-approved medical regimens.
Following detox and inpatient treatment, guests may continue their time at Royal Life Centers within our Aftercare Program. Should your loved one choose to extend their time in treatment, they step down into our after program consisting of our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
Our aftercare programs are just as carefully designed and maintained as our detox and residential programs, and we hope that you’ll consider them as the next step in your loved one’s recovery journey.
At Royal Life Centers, each guest:
- Is assigned a case manager to help them navigate legal and social issues and take advantage of community resources
- Receives job readiness training and placement assistance with our employment specialist in IOP
- Is paired with a primary therapist who will provide counseling and support through treatment
Once your loved one moves into the IOP portion of our Aftercare program, they are welcome to return home or move into our sober living residence, Royal Life Housing. Similarly, upon graduating from our aftercare program, guests are invited to transition into our Outpatient Program (OP) and stay in Royal’s Graduate house, our other sober living residence.
How Can I Help My Loved One After Treatment?
Royal Family Resources
Royal Family House
Planning a visit to see a loved one in rehab can be expensive and overwhelming. For this reason, Royal Life Centers extends an invitation to stay at our Family House, free of charge.
Free UA Cups
We offer free UA cups to families of guests who have completed our program. This keeps families at ease and their loved ones accountable. Click below to fill out a form to request a UA cup.
Royal Alumni Services
Additionally, you can help your loved one preserve the positive relationship they made in treatment by motivating them to join our Royal Alumni Facebook page.
Support Group Resources For Family’s Affected By Addiction
Known as a family disease, addiction affects the life of the substance abuser as well as the people around them. For this reason, we suggest families and friends take steps toward their own recovery. Many resources are available for the families of people with SUD including Al-Anon meetings as well as local support groups. To find a local meeting in your area, or learn more about family support groups, click on any of these links:
- Al-Anon – A support group for people whose lives have been affected by a loved one’s drinking.
- Nar-Anon – A support group for people whose lives have been affected by a loved one’s addiction.
- Narateen — Nar-Anon’s support group for families with teenagers that have substance use disorders.
- Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) – A support program in which parents help parents process their child’s addiction and find hope.
- Families Anonymous (FA) – A 12-step-based support group in which families and friends collaborate on ways to deal with their loved one’s addiction.
- Face It Together – Confidential, evidence-based peer coaching for those impacted by addiction, including loved ones.
- SMART Recovery Family & Friends — Support meetings that provide easy-to-learn tools of SMART Recovery and CRAFT Therapy (Community Reinforcement & Family Training) to help both families, friends, and their loved ones to effectively support each other and communicate.
- Partnership to End Addiction — A support community through Drugfree.org that offers free online gatherings hosted by specially trained parent coaches that share guidance on addressing substance use and related issues with teen and adult children.
For more family resources and support, you can visit the Royal Life Centers Facebook and Instagram. Royal Life Centers devotes its social media platforms to boost addiction recovery awareness to end the stigma surrounding addiction. Our social media accounts also provide daily positive affirmations, addiction education, and access to the Royal Recovery Community. We also have individual Facebook pages for each Royal Life Centers facility that can be found and followed by searching the facility’s name on Facebook’s directory.
Family Resources For Addiction Education and Advocacy
Learning to understand and sympathize with a loved one that has a substance use disorder is vital to healing family relationships. There are numerous organizations that dedicate their resources to the distribution of accurate information regarding addiction and recovery. To find reputable resources and information to better understand substance abuse and sobriety, click on any of these resource links:
- Shatter Proof — A nonprofit organization that provides resources for addiction prevention, treatment, recovery, and advocacy, focused on reversing the Addiction Crisis and ending the stigma surrounding substance use disorders.
- Family Resource Center — An educational directory for scientifically supported information and resources from notable, national sources.
- National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) — A nonprofit professional society representing addiction treatment providers: NAATP provides numerous resources designed to offer assistance and knowledge regarding substance use disorder and treatment.
- Recover Together With Google — Google’s addiction recovery directory includes a resource map, recovery support resources, recovery stories, and ways to advocate for treatment, prevention, and awareness.
- National Families in Action (NFIA) — An organization that provides information about addictive drugs through reports, newsletters, infographics, podcasts, and other kinds of media to spread awareness and education.
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) — A organization that offers volunteer work, advocacy opportunities, and education resources to spread awareness and end drunk driving.
- The Voices Project — A recovery advocacy organization that provides educational and advocacy resources to change the way America thinks about addiction recovery.
- The Voices Project Facebook — The Voices Project’s Facebook acts as a platform for anyone to voice their experiences with addiction.
While treatment is the first step toward a life of recovery, most people require additional help to successfully navigate early sobriety. Sober support systems and addiction education can go an incredibly long way in strengthening the foundations of your loved one’s sobriety. Educating yourself on the ins and outs of addiction recovery not only shows that you care about the success of their recovery, but it also puts you in the ideal position should a relapse scare occur.
Family resources like Shatterproof and Google’s Recover Together cover the importance of person-first language— something we at Royal Life Centers value and incorporate into our treatment programs. Knowing how to approach your loved one about the topic of addiction is an incredibly helpful tool in conversations about addiction and recovery. These family resources can help you learn, grow, and heal from the damages of addiction.
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