Basic Principles

At Las Vegas Recovery Center, our approach to family recovery is based on the four points of balance, as well as the following philosophies:

  1. Addiction and chronic pain are both diseases that affect the entire family.Most families seeking recovery express the feeling of powerlessness over their loved ones. With a little support, which our approach provides, families find they can take charge of the situation and find the solution.

    Our family recovery program is designed to guide family members on how to become emotionally, spiritually, and mentally stable, regardless of their loved one’s decisions (addict/client) during or after treatment. To assist family members in achieving this, we will support, educate, and assist family members in identifying healthy boundaries.

  2. Our experience with chronic pain and addiction clients gives us the best insight on what families need to recover.Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM, Claudia Black, PhD and Senior Clinical & Family Services Advisor, and consulting psychologist Dr. Hunter, PhD, with the assistance of a highly qualified and passionate staff, have collectively shaped our Family Renewal Program based on their combined 100 years of experience with families and addiction.

    Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM was trained in family practice and has worked in addiction for over 32 years. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is a nationally known public speaker and co-author of Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2009); Pain Recovery for Families: How to Find Balance When Someone Else’s Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem Too (Central Recovery Press, 2010). Dr. Pohl is the author of A Day without Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2008), which won a silver medal from Independent Publisher Book Award in May 2009. He has recently written a revised version of A Day Without Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2011).

    Since the 1970’s Claudia’s work has encompassed the impact of addiction on young and adult children. She offers models of intervention and treatment related to family violence, multi-addictions, relapse, anger, depression and women’s issues. Her writings and teachings have become a standard in the field of addictions.

  3. Family renewal is about helping families focus on their future, not their past.Our specially designed Family Renewal Program helps family members start on their own journey of discovery and recovery. The intensive four-day workshop begins with a welcome session that highlights the topics to be covered. Each day educational lectures are presented by our team of addiction and chronic pain experts and are followed by process groups that allow family recovery members to discuss their personal concerns, as well as ask questions about the subjects presented without their loved one present. We believe client confrontation hinders the family’s ability to recover from existing wounds, often by opening new wounds.

    These educational lectures are interactive and family participation is strongly encouraged. Here attendees will find everything they need to know about codependency, addictive disorders, and chronic pain treatment and recovery. Ultimately, participants in our Family Renewal Program establish an understanding of why they are there to begin with and form a new focus on the future health of their family.

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