Frequently Asked Questions for Detoxification and Short-Term Recovery Programs

1. How does one start the admissions process?

The simple answer is to call us at (513) 381-6672; for gambling issues call (513) 638-2228. We will return the call in a timely manner to conduct a screening of basic information. This will help determine what level of care is appropriate.

2. How long does it take to get into treatment?

Once a patient completes the screening process and has been approved for admission (which includes funding approval), access to treatment can range from a single day to several weeks depending on the treatment and bed availability (if residential services are part of the treatment plan). Our goal is to treat each patient as soon as possible.  

3. How much does treatment cost?

Treatment varies by patient, making expense vary as well. However, CAT’s professional care staff and comfortable campus are among the finest in the country, and surprisingly affordable. It is recommended to contact CAT directly to discuss the cost of the individual patient.

4. Will insurance cover the cost of treatment? 

Each insurance company handles claims differently, so it is important for the patient or family to contact the insurer directly. Even if CAT’s services are out of network, it may be less expensive to receive treatment with us than at an in-network facility. To determine if an insurance policy covers treatment, the patient can call the toll-free number listed on the back of his or her insurance card and speak to a representative to find out if our treatment is inside the network. CAT requires patients pay their full balance in advance but can help provide the necessary paperwork for reimbursement if it applies.

5. What is medically monitored detoxification?

Medically monitored detoxification is the portion of treatment where patients clear their bodies of substances they have formed an addiciton to while being monitored by CAT’s medical staff. Our medically monitored detoxification unit is staffed with nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while also beeing overseen by a full-time Medical Director to ensure the safety and comfortability of the patient during this stage of recovery.

6. Will the patient experience discomfort during detoxification?

Detoxification Varies for each patient, making it difficult to determine the level of discomfort a patient may feel. A patients discomfort  during withdrawal is affected by how long the patient used the substance they are detoxing from, how much of the substance they used, the patient's age, and the substance itself. The types of discomfort that usually accompany detoxification include headache, difficulty sleeping, upset stomach, achy joints, shakiness, diarrhea and irritability.

CAT’s professional care staff– nurses, physicians, counselors, and pharmacists– work together to make sure each patient’s detoxification is safe. We strive to manage all symptoms and keep the patient comfortable, but we cannot eliminate all the physical stress of drug or alcohol withdrawal. 

7. Will the patient automatically be transferred into short-term residential treatment after detoxification?

While a patient is in detoxification, our licensed treatment team will help determine the appropriate next level of care.

8. What is treatment like?

CAT’s Short-Term Residential Treatment program provides the individual attention and education to help patients focus on recovery in a safe, secure environment. CAT’s trained professionals will provide education on the side effects of drugs and alcohol abuse, stress management and other negative issues related to addiction. Sessions include art and recreation, morning meditation, spirituality discussions and more. Based on the patient’s needs and progress, a stay generally lasts 28 days.  

9. Can't the patient just go to 12-step meetings?

Although some people successfully abstain from alcohol and drugs through 12-step meetings alone, clinical treatment is recommended to assure the strong foundation that will support lasting recovery. That said, many aspects of our program incorporate the traditions from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Patients are introduced to both groups which come to CAT on a regular basis to hold meetings at our site.

10. What is CAT’S success rate?

In 2017, 61% of our patients were successfully discharged from detox and 75% were successfully discharged from our Short-Term Residential Treatment program. 97 % of our patients said they would recommend CAT services to others. Those participating in the Family Program showed extreme satisfaction, with 100% saying they would recommend the program to others. 

11. Can patients have visitors?

Visitation depends on the treatment. Because we want patients to concentrate solely on their health and well-being, we do not allow visitors during detoxification. However, those admitted to CAT’s Short-Term Residential Treatment program may have up to three family members (16 years and older) attend family group meetings on Thursday nights. During a portion of these sessions, patients can visit with family.

12. Does CAT issue day passes?

Due to the intense, short-term treatment time, passes are not encouraged. However, our counselors and medical staff will consider them on an individual basis for therapeutic or medical reasons. Patients granted a day pass will sign in and out when leaving the campus. 

13. Can patients make phone calls?

Personal communications devices are not permitted at CAT facilities. In terms of making phone calls, we offer some general guidelines:

While in detoxification, patients are not permitted to make phone calls for themselves. This is to help eliminate any external pressures that may slow the process of rehabilitation and to enable the patient to focus on recovery as much as possible. However, under certain circumstances our clinical staff will authorize phone calls.  

While in short-term recovery, individual phone arrangements can be arranged between patients and their counselors.

14. Is CAT a lock-down facility?

No. CAT is a voluntary-stay facility. Our patients are not restrained or overly sedated. 

15. How does the patient make travel arrangements for treatment?

We encourage patients to have someone drop them off for treatment. If the patient must drive on his or her own, we advise that someone pick up the vehicle as soon as possible. Personal vehicles may not be left at the facility.

16. Can patients smoke?

Although we don’t encourage smoking, it is permitted among patients who are part of the inpatient treatment program at certain designated times and only in certain designated areas outside of the building. Those going through the outpatient program are not permitted to smoke on campus. 

17. After the program, will the patient be referred to transitional housing?

We have relationships with several transitional programs in the area. These referrals are made based on the patient’s individual circumstances. Click to view local resources available for housing. 

18. Will CAT help a patient find a job following treatment?

CAT does not offer a job-readiness program but we work with local organizations that can provide helpful resources. Click to view local resources available.

19. Does CAT have an exercise facility?

We do not have exercise equipment but our James P. Orr Memorial Recovery Garden provides a peaceful outdoor setting for exercise and fellowship. The garden is a beautifully landscaped, tranquil area with a large gazebo, paved walking path and a basketball court.

20. Is the patient’s information shared with anyone?

Patient confidentiality is strictly protected under HIPAA and other Federal Regulations. Therefore, at no time may any staff member or volunteer disclose the name of a person who may or may not be seeking treatment here without express written consent. In addition, under law, we are not permitted to disclose whether any person has or has not received treatment without proper written consent from the patient. The privacy of a patient’s medical information is important to us. We are committed to protecting it and safeguarding it against unauthorized use and disclosure. 

Click to read our Patient Privacy Policy.

21. How is the food?

Our patients consistently rate the food as excellent. A licensed dietician plans all meals at CAT with specific consideration for individual dietary needs. Meals are served three times daily with a snack in the evening. 

22. How old are the patients at CAT?

CAT treats patients of 18 years and older. The majority of our patients are between the ages of 18 and 45, and among them, the most frequent are between the ages of 22 and 24.

23. Do patients have to do chores?

We assign light chores to our short-term residential patients to establish the structure and consistency needed for them once they leave the program.

24. What about laundry?

While in detoxification, a patient’s laundry is done by staff. Those in short-term residential treatment are assigned a laundry day according to room number.

Have additional questions? Just give us a call at (513) 381-6672 and we'll be happy to help.