I came to Alo (then Acadia) in January 2016 straight from the hospital while my daughter found a treatment center for me – I was in no shape to do any thinking on my own after drinking heavily for several years and non-stop for the previous five months. It was only several days into the supervised detox at their main house that I began to realize how different Alo was from the facilities I’d been at before. The owners and staff are so truly caring and concerned and it makes all the difference. Yes, the surroundings and houses are beautiful; yes, you have million-dollar views and ocean breezes; yes, the food is outstanding and accommodating to various diets; yes, there is close medical supervision; yes, there are new-age-y aspects like equine therapy (awesome, BTW), art and music and yoga and meditation; yes, there are “Sunday Funday” outings to build community and enjoy sober fun; yes, there is regular access to a gym and a pool; yes, there is exploration of all types of spirituality; no, it’s not limited to a twelve-step sobriety program.
Treatment at Alo is a collaborative process. My support team worked closely together – a case worker to be my advocate, guide and sounding board; a medical doctor I saw regularly, a psychiatrist to manage medications, a spiritual. There are a number of therapists on staff, with varying approaches; over the course of my stay I saw three, for different reasons. The Finance team worked tirelessly with my insurance to keep me covered, then with me personally when the insurance ran out.
There’s so much more, examples of their caring, flexibility and definitely non-corporate attitude towards their clients. I’m now a year sober, living on my own but still working with my case manager (love ya!), therapist and going to Alo’s Intensive Outpatient Program by choice – because they’re the best. The therapy I’ve received, the support I’m still getting and the tools and techniques I learned at Alo get all the credit for the amazing life I have now. Five stars isn’t enough.