Fresh Start Texas rests in the heart of the majestic Rio Grande Valley about 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Encircled by lush farmland, this facility provides the peace and quiet so conducive to the recovery journey. Resting on 17 beautiful acres of land, the center offers a sanctuary from the hectic and typical hazardous environment found in the substance abuse culture.
Our long term rehabilitation program, as further defined in this guide, provides complete physical, mental and emotional recovery from substance abuse, which is one of the most challenging, and ultimately most rewarding, endeavors that one will accomplish in life. Therefore, we understand the importance in having a facility that delivers those components needed to complete this process, while also ensuring our clients have a distraction free, comfortable environment.
You can take walks or jogs around the lovely fountain & pond or go fishing in the little river that borders the property, This provides a tranquil change of environment for our clients. Other recreational and work out opportunities are available too, such as volleyball, basketball, swimming, and fitness workouts. Also, our outdoor picnic area, amid the beautiful mature trees and flowers, offer a relaxing place for breaks & socializing.
Although, it is beneficial to have all of these pursuits offered after the regular program schedule, our cognitive behavioral modification program takes up most of each of our client's time and concentration, as well as the time and focus of our devoted staff. For this reason, our program staff is always available to assure that each of our clients is progressing well through each stage of our program and in the many other areas of their lives.
Complete recovery from drug and alcohol dependency is not easy. recovery includes making changes to give your life meaning, goals and direction. Our long term drug treatment center is primarily based on the cognitive behavioral modification technique for drug rehabilitation. We are very pleased to share with you that for over 45 years our program has been successful at helping addicts achieve lasting sobriety. Our success rate in attaining genuine alcohol and drug rehabilitation speaks volumes on how our graduates go on to live sober healthy lives once they complete our program.
The program we provide is different than others. This is due to the fact our rehabilitation philosophy is not centered on the disease model of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Other programs which use the disease treatment model have the person in treatment believing that their addiction is an incurable disease which they will never break free from but can only hope to manage throughout their life. This is a far cry from the optimistic view of addiction recovery we adhere to. Our educational philosophy on addiction recuperation is focused on helping the recovering man or woman find and confront the many causes of their addiction. During our program the recovering person will handle the many behavioral issues related with their dependency and work towards resolving them. When an addict or alcoholic enters our drug rehabilitation center they become students who through the study of our Life Skills program complete therapy truly rehabilitated. Their complete recovery from alcoholism and drug dependency means that they no longer have to wear the tile of "alcoholic" or "drug addict."
Physical drug and alcohol rehabilitation is accomplished through participation in our New Life Detoxification program. This exclusive program removes the person's physical cravings and impulses produced by the drugs residing particles left in the user's body even when they have stopped using. Our New Life Detoxification program coupled with the cognitive behavioral modification Life Skills courses that the recovering person receives while in our drug rehab facility is why our program is so successful. This is why our graduates can say they have made a complete recovery from their addictions and now lead sober and fully enriched lives as members of society.
We utilize an established addiction recuperation program that has many parts, that are incredibly organized and is set up in a specific set of steps in order to accomplish the best outcome. Lasting addiction recovery is a long road usually with quite a few hurdles to conquer. But, when the right rehabilitation method is matched with the willing addicted person who is seeking to end their habit, recovery can be attained.
Location - Fresh Start Texas rests in the heart of the majestic Rio Grande Valley about thirty miles from the Gulf of Mexico. surrounded by lush farmland, this facility offers the peace and quiet so conducive to the recovery journey. Resting on 17 beautiful acres of land, the Center provides a sanctuary from the hectic and often dangerous environment found in the substance abuse culture.
Program Length - The length of our program is diverse for every client but generally takes 3-4 months to complete. This is because the program is not set to follow a specific time table that each client has to fit into. Alternatively, their graduation from the program is based on their successful completion of all the program's parts. The recovering person is asked to show their new life skills while their case supervisor looks over each stage of their program as they finish them.
Success Rate and Guarantee - Our program has the highest success rate in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation field. Our fantastic level of positive drug and alcohol addiction recovery results are supported by our 6 month guarantee. This guarantee states that a graduate who has troubles with drugs or alcohol once they complete the program can return for free within 6 months of their graduation.
Secular Program - Our Program is a non-religious drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. We respect our client's religious beliefs and offer transportation to local churches and places of worship when possible.
Holistic Approach - A entirely drug-free holistic approach to addiction recovery is the foundation of our program. We utilize nutritional supplements to improve our client's health as well as serve delicious and nutritious meals three times a day.
Relief from Drug and Alcohol Cravings - When a person stops abusing drugs and alcohol, residuals or metabolites continue to be in the user's body. They are stored in the fat cells of their tissues and organs. When the recovering individual becomes stressed these drug metabolites are released from their cells into their blood stream. When this occurs it causes the individual to have withdrawal symptoms, anxiety, depression, and drug and alcohol urges. Our program deals with this problem with its New Life Detoxification sauna program. The sauna program works by accelerating the body's natural elimination process and expedites the elimination of drug and alcohol metabolites. When these drug and alcohol metabolites are removed from the user's system urges lessen if not disappear entirely and their physical compulsion to use drugs or alcohol is lowered. At this point clients are ready to work on a deeper level of their recuperation, dealing with their personal life issues and striving to repair them.
Cognitive Behavior Modification Therapy - Our program employs specific educational Life Skills courses, guidance techniques and case supervision to enable its program participants to have their own cognitions (realizations) relating to their actions. Clients are trained to be self-determined in transforming their actions. This helps them enhance their survival and achieve lasting sobriety. Graduates of the Fresh Start Texas program embody honesty and personal responsibility for their actions. They turn into productive members of their community and have a remarkable amount of personal ethics behind the choices they make after they have finished the program.
Social Interaction - A critical component of the program is students understanding how to build constructive relationships. Even though clients spend a great deal of time working on their individual troubles they also learn to cooperate with others by helping their peers through various parts of their programs. Helping others with their programs helps our clients by teaching them to become productive team members.
Activities - There a many healthy activities available at Fresh Start Texas such as: Walks or jogs around the lovely fountain & pond or fishing in the little river that borders the property, It supplies a tranquil change of environment for our clients. Other recreational and physical fitness opportunities are available too, such as volleyball, basketball, swimming, and fitness workouts. Also, our outdoor picnic area, amid the beautiful mature trees and flowers, offer a relaxing place for breaks & socializing.
Legal Liaison Services - Individuals who have any existing or pending legal difficulties are encouraged to speak with our Legal Liaison Officer (LLO). They will work with you on handling your issues in the course of your program. All of our program locations are staffed with a Legal Liaison Officer who has several years of experience dealing with problems such as probation requirements and court related concerns. Please note that court costs, legal representation, fees and any travel expenditures are the responsibility of the client and are not included in their program cost.
Medical Liaison Services - Our program employs a Medical Liaison Officer who will make sure clients have transportation to local doctors and/or dentists to deal with any current or pending health issues. The program cost covers a medical physical examination but all other medical and/or dental fees are the responsibility of the clientele and are not covered by the cost of the program.
Our program is unique in that we do not call our clients are addicts, but students. This is because they are becoming educated on how to deal with life without the desire for drugs or alcohol.
Withdrawal - This portion of the program is conducted by highly trained specialists who supervise new clients 24 hours a day and help them with the many physical symptoms of their withdrawal process. Clients work through their detox process in a private, calm, therapeutic environment using special withdrawal therapies, vitamin supplements, nutritious meals and of course lots of rest. These factors help the client achieve a successful drug-free withdrawal.
Life Skills Courses - Our program makes use of a distinctive series of educational courses. Students are educated on how to modify their behavior, to become conscious of the causes that have brought difficulties into their lives and how to develop solutions so that these troubles no longer negatively impact them. The Life Skills Courses are always overseen by the course supervisors and each student's case supervisor makes sure their individual demands are met throughout.
Communications Course - Communication drills, better known as training routines (TRs), are employed to assist our students to better confront themselves and those around them comfortably with constructive communication abilities. Working on communication abilities is helpful for the student to handle any past individual issues that they have been avoiding through their drug or alcohol abuse.
New Life Detoxification Program - Our specially designed detoxification program works to clear away the drug and alcohol residuals from the cells of the user's body. This process helps to do away with the student's urges for drugs or alcohol on a physical level. The New Life Detoxification program takes several weeks to complete and when done the student is better able to work on their individual problems that brought them into rehabilitation initially.
Learning Improvement Course - This course is an priceless instrument during and after the student's program completion. We have found that a lot of of our students have never genuinely learned how to study effectively. Our Learning Improvement Course helps them to recognize and overcome the many problems they have fought with when learning new information.
Communication & Perception Course - The preliminary part of the Communication and Perception course (Part A) is basically an advanced gradient of the earlier Communication Training Routines (TRs). The second part (Part B) uses specific and objective exercise/drills that help to rehabilitate the student's personal consciousness and their capability to control themselves, others and their environment.
Ups and Downs in Life Course - The Ups and Downs in Life course teaches educates the student about social and antisocial personalities. This knowledge helps the student to better distinguish between those who are constructive or destructive to their well being. Upon completion of this course the student is no longer associated with those in their lives who are detrimental to their sobriety. They are also able to manage suppressive persons and scenarios when they come up once they depart the treatment program. Our course supervisors and counselors help to guide the student in making beneficial choices but it is ultimately up to the student to pick who they stop associating with because they are harmful influences on their individual recovery
Personal Values and Integrity Course - This course helps our students to take responsibility for their past harmful actions while helping to unburden them from regret, guilt and the blame that comes with these memories. Once this course is completed the student feels a strong sense of individual ethics, higher morals and integrity. This makes their road to recuperation that much lighter because they now feel better about themselves.
Changing Conditions in Life Course - Students are educated on the several states of existence or conditions in life. This course helps the student learn how to elevate their condition using particular formulas for each condition they discover themselves in. They also learn how to repair previous relationships that have been hurt by their destructive actions. They will be able to use these formulas once they depart the program to get back their standing in their home, work, with friends and in their community.
Way to Happiness Course - The Way to Happiness Course uses twenty-one common sense rules to illustrate how to live a moral and ethical life. An example is precept nineteen, The Golden Rule: "Try not to do things to others that you would not like them to do to you.".
Battle Plan - A very essential part on the road to graduation from the our program is the creation of the student's battle plan. A battle plan is a written thorough map the student produces that applies the information they have learned through the course of their program. Their battle plan is then checked by the course supervisor and their personal case supervisor to make sure the correct course of action is mapped out.
Aftercare Options - Graduates are given numerous different choices once they have completed the program. They can opt to return home, enter a sober living home, volunteer or even enroll in our internship program which is the most preferred and successful of the above choices. Please speak with your intake counselor for more details on aftercare options.
Internship Program - Our graduates are offered the chance to enroll in the our internship program. This is a structured program where the graduate pays a small fee to stay for up to 3 months. Room and board is provided as the intern is trained in the field of rehabilitation services. Enrolling in our internship re-establishes quality work ethics and can lead to a rewarding career in drug rehabilitation services or prepare them for a productive career once they return home.
We have included helpful recommendations and suggestions that are founded on successful actions we have seen work over the numerous years of our program. Our trained staff is skilled in detecting drug "re-stimulation" and how to settle down or "de-stimulate" students so that they can proceed to work on their program. This is why the staff should be consulted on a normal basis during the program. We encourage you to apply these recommendations at your discretion and urge you contact our Director of Consultation or Family Advisor for any questions or concerns you may have at (956) 423-2853.
The staff at Fresh Start Texas is trained to detect drug "re-stimulation" and they know what to do to get the student settled down and "destimulated" so they can continue working through the program successfully. Therefore, the staff should be consulted regularly during the program.
While the student is in the withdrawal phase of their program we do not let them to make or receive phone calls. This is because they are just becoming adjusted to the program and are often experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms. Instead we ask that you communicate with our center's Director of Consultation or Family Advisor for their progress reports during this time. Drug and alcohol withdrawal typically lasts anywhere from two to ten days and once finished the student will be able to make and receive personal phone calls. When this point in their program is reached please be sure that discussions are supportive and upbeat.
When withdrawal is complete you are likely to observe your loved one's tone and perspective are improved and they may possibly wish to return home or have you come for a visit. We strongly advise that you do not visit them until they have completed their New Life Detoxification sauna program, usually four to six weeks after their arrival. Also, we recommend you not to encourage them to come home for a visit while they are in the program. This allows them to remain focused on their course work and finish the entire program without interruption. Returning home for a visit before graduation from the program may leave them susceptible and unprepared for situations that they may come up when they are home.
For many, going through the drug addiction recovery process is one of the most difficult challenges they face during their life. This is why it is important to note that students might become irrational and/or irritated during the process. If this happens to your loved one please refer them to our center's Director of Consultation or Family Consultant and advise them of the troubles your loved one may be having (956) 423-2853.
Withdrawal: During this phase of recovery the student is still addicted to drugs or alcohol. Their minds are focused on how they can get their hands on drugs. They may even make up reasons and voice complaints to trick or pull at the heartstrings of their loved ones so they are allowed to leave the rehab. These made up issues are not to be trusted.
The Communication Course: Initially, numerous students do not see any value in the communication training routines (TRs). However, after they proceed to take part they begin to have an appreciation for them and recognize their value.
New Life Detoxification Program (Sauna): This is the component of our program where drug residuals are flushed out of the student's body. Some encounter severe mood swings but as their body flushes the remaining drug residuals out of their system they begin to feel much better. Usually students mention that they observe an improvement in their skin tone, sleep patterns and their overall wellbeing.
Communication and Perception Course: The repetitive nature of this course can seem monotonous because of the numerous hours students spend on these exercises before the end result is achieved. Completing these drills is challenging but the gains the student receives will last a lifetime.
The Ups and Downs of Life Course: It is hard dealing with life head on and learning to deal with suppressive people and situations. However, this course will lead to better self confidence and help avoid relapse.
Every year hundreds of students graduate from our program and develop into successful members of their communities. Our graduates are very pleased to no longer refer to themselves as addicts. They are not required to attend meetings and are empowered because they know they have the knowledge and skills they need to stay sober.
Graduates of our program not only regain their sobriety,
they learn how to communicate better.
they become comfortable with who they are as a sober person.
they develop ways to control and take responsibility for their actions.
they learn the importance and value of honesty.
they develop the skills necessary to choose the right friends and overcome problems that happen in their daily life without using drugs or alcohol.
Our Family Reference List gives you the chance to hear from other individuals who have sent their loved one to the Fresh Start Texas program and share with you their honest opinion about their experience first hand.
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Drugs such as heroin and alcohol normally come with a considerable amount of physical discomfort when an individual stops using them.
For this reason we carry out a pre-medical analysis for our clients and supply care 24-hours a day to help make the procedure of drug free withdrawal as pain free as possible. When clients come to us with severe cases of drug withdrawal we enroll them in a medically supervised detox program first to help ease their physical pains and discomforts. When they are released from medical detoxification they return to our program to proceed with their drug free withdrawal. All of our clients are watched over by our detox specialists to ensure their withdrawal is as pain free as possible and that their emotional requirements are fulfilled.
Our drug free withdrawal assists recovering men and women get off drugs without having to suffer the common painful withdrawal symptoms that are generally associated with the process. While a person is using drugs or alcohol their bodies are robbed of essential vitamins and minerals. Our drug free withdrawal process employs specific nutritional compounds to replenish these vital minerals and vitamins. A trained withdrawal specialist watches over our clients at all times during their withdrawal process. The process of drug and alcohol withdrawal lasts until both the clients physical and mental aliments are relieved.
The Communication Course:Communication skills are addressed and improved through this course.
The communication course drills are structured to teach the student how to confront any circumstance they may possibly experience through the use of communication. Usually, drug and alcohol abusers have a hard time communicating with others and find it hard to speak up about subjects they find unpleasant.Several addicts will withdraw from their loved ones when forced to confront sensitive issues.
Working through the Communication Course and its eight distinctive training routines will assist the recovering person in learning valuable techniques to resolve their problems with others effectively.
The New Life Detoxification Program:When an individual abuses drugs the drug metabolites often continue to be in their body for years after they have stopped using.Part of our rehabilitation approach is assisting to remove these drug metabolites so they do not cause the client depression, cravings and other emotional and physical stressors.
Drugs such as heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, PCP, crystal meth, crack cocaine, ecstasy, alcohol, prescription and nonprescription drugs (tranquilizers, narcotic painkillers, sleeping pills, etc.) stay in the user's fatty tissues long after they have discontinued taking them. The more drugs the man or woman abuses the more drug metabolites accumulate in their fatty tissues. When the user feels stressed these drug metabolites that have been stored in the body are released into their blood stream causing cravings and the potential for relapse.A important part of our drug treatment center is the process of removing these accumulated drug metabolites.
This is accomplished through medically supervised exercise, intervals of sweating in our dry sauna and using nutritional supplements to rid the student's body of its stored toxic metabolites. For many, the results are exceptional leaving them with greatly decreased drug cravings, better skin tone and healthier sleep patterns.
The Learning Improvement Course:This course focuses on learning and comprehending new information.
It assists the student work through previous learning problems by having them "clear" words from the dictionary, create physical demonstrations of the concepts they are working on as well as observe and handle gradient difficulties they come upon. The second stage incorporates additional tools that will help the student meet their goals and build their self-control. Past shocking events are dealt with and the student is taught how to handle life situations without turning to drugs or alcohol as an answer.
The Communications And Perceptions Course:Developing one's communication abilities and having the tools to confront and deal with life's daily issues without turning to drugs or alcohol is what this course is all about.
Completing this course gives the student added self confidence and their ability to be comfortable with who they are. When a person uses drugs they are hiding from reality and wanting to alter the way they feel. Once the drugs or alcohol wear off they feel even worse than just before they used. Additionally, the memories of what they did while under the influence stays with them causing them to feel more shame.Also, memories of their transgressions against their family and friends stay with them, making them feel even worse.
The Communications and Perceptions Course works by concentrating their attention back on present time as well as their future, helping them to stop living in the past. While they continue on with this course their perception of life improves in addition to their capability to communicate with other people. They learn to take responsibility and become more "causative" over their choices and surroundings as opposed to feeling negatively impacted by their past.
Ups And Downs In Life Course:Our Ups and Downs in Life Course presents the student with the possibility to handle the root problems that drove them to start using and ultimately become addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Through this course the student learns to determine social and anti-social traits in those around them as well as themselves. They learn how to recognize potentially negative circumstances and how to deal with them if they take place.Often, drug abusers and alcoholics are susceptible to negative influences.
In this course, students learn the characteristics of social and anti-social personalities in order to evaluate objectively and choose those people in their lives who need to be avoided. Completing this course enables the individual to evaluate behavioral, constructive, and destructive characteristics. It also provides them with appropriate methods for handling negative influences. This is an important part of remaining drug-free.
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Personal Values And Integrity Course:For most people who abuse drugs and alcohol, addiction leads them to lose their sense of personal integrity and ethics.
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Changing Conditions in Life Course:Every person experiences challenging choices at one point or another in their life.
The Changing Conditions in Life Course gives our students precise formulas to improve their standing with their family, their friends, social groups as well as themselves. Working through this course aids them to recognize that any condition can be improved if the right actions are made to resolve it.
When an individual uses drugs it alters the way they feel and provides an escape from reality. Once the effect of the drugs wears off the person is left feeling "worse for the wear" and may even make more difficulties while they are intoxicated. This course gives the student the right tools and information to fix the past conditions in their life brought on by their drug addiction and can be used to strengthen their future situations as well."I had quite a few realizations in this book, I recognized how selfish I had been throughout my addiction and how my exchange with my family as well as society was very one sided. I learned roadmaps (formulas) on how to get out of problem situations as well as how to be able to become successful in life or any endeavor in which I choose. Most importantly I recognized that I needed to make up damage to myself, my family and society in order to propel my sobriety. I had been to too many rehabs before and like always I just 'took' what they offered me and selfishly walked out the door and wondered why I failed. Before this program I had always been a taker and after learning and applying this book I recognized that in order for me to rise in life I need to give before I can receive. This book ties in all the prior books of this program and gave me a full understanding of myself and for the first time in my life I feel confident about my future."
The Way To Happiness Course:Life would be less complicated with an instruction manual and our Way to Happiness Course is as close as you can get to one.
This course delivers common sense moral codes for our students to follow. Students learn to live up to their best potential while lead alcohol and drug-free lives."I feel as if now I am truly on my way to happiness. I have many times in my life gone down the wrong road. The beautiful thing about traveling down the wrong road is that I now know what the wrong road is. My choices before were influenced by others. I can now once again think for myself and decide on the right path to go down in my life. This is a huge win for me. A kind of bittersweet win, knowing that I am becoming stronger, but also realizing there are numerous people out there in the world today that still need help. I wish everyone could feel as good as I do now, and I will continue feeling this way about myself."
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Final Program Review:The Final Program Review is made up of two vital steps.
1. The first step is a review of the entire program. This helps to make certain that all areas of the program have been thoroughly understood and that the student has gained the expected skills from each element of the program.
2. The second step of their Final Program Review is to create a life plan. This essential step of our program helps the student lay out the foundation for how they are going to live their life once they graduate and leave the program. It includes applying what they have learned while in the program and setting personal goals to accomplish once they return home. The student's life plan will be reviewed and agreed upon by their case supervisor to make sure it has the optimum potential for the student's personal success.Completing these final actions of our program is what ensures our student's success.
Each and every phase of our program creates positive changes, but it is the culmination of putting all these pieces together that results in our student's complete recuperation.
Follow Up Program:Follow up care is provided throughout the first year after our student's recovery program is finished.
Our comprehensive long-term follow up program involves regular communication with our graduates and their family. Staff monitors and addresses the graduates stability and sobriety after graduation. The Follow Up Program is truly unique. This is because for the first six months after graduation if a client encounters problems with their sobriety or drug cravings we ask that they return to the program. They will complete an advanced treatment review free of charge to work on any missed issues that lead them to abuse drugs or experience cravings.
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