Over the month of January we turned to the Herren Wellness community on social media and asked what questions you have for us!
We received a variety of questions including: Does (founder) Chris Herren still play basketball? What’s for lunch? Where the heck is Seekonk? And more in depth such as: Do we help young people in our program? What is the biggest roadblock you see in treatment?
This week we will answer your critical questions here.. And the fun questions we will save for videos to share on social media.
Do you have any programs to support people financially who need to go to treatment?
Herren Wellness is a private pay wellness center, we do not accept insurance as we are not a medical stabilization facility. We understand that the need for substance use services is expansive and that our model may not work for everyone. In these circumstances, we are so grateful to work with our partner organization Herren Project, a non profit organization founded by Chris and Heather Herren.
Do you host virtual Zoom meetings?
Herren Wellness does host virtual Zoom meetings each week for our alumni community. It is a great way for those who have gone through our program to stay connected and committed to their recovery. Our partner organization Herren Project offers online recovery meetings each weeknight at 7:30pm EST:
To learn more about Herren Project and the online recovery support groups visit here.
What is the biggest roadblock you see in treatment?
This question was one that we took to the life coaches for their take. The Life Coaches work intimately one on one with guests, so they can see patterns that cause roadblocks in treatment:
“The biggest block I see is when a guest is not ready to be honest with themselves.”
So much of the work done at Herren Wellness is a deep dive into self (or as we call it self-discovery). If a guest is unable to be honest with themselves it prevents them from working on core issues that need to be addressed in treatment in order to heal. If these issues remain unhealed the behaviors that brought them to treatment will likely resurface and continue.
What makes a person successful in your program?
This is a great question. When guests come through our doors on their first day, they are at a fragile point in their lives. Our staff understands and recognizes this, and we believe in loving our guests until they can love themselves. Through a guest’s journey in our program they do intense internal work with our life coaches and also the fellow community. We can begin to measure success by how willing a guest is to embrace the process, open up and be vulnerable, and how honest they can be with themselves. After some time at Herren Wellness that guest from their first day is almost unrecognizable, they have a sparkle in their eye and are confidently themselves among the community. Described by staff members as a “shift”, it is the miracle that recovery offers to every guest, as long as their heart is open to the process.
How is the family involved in your program?
Family involvement is an important part of our approach at Herren Wellness. We encourage family members to be active, engaged, and involved with the recovery of their loved one, and for themselves. Life coaches work with the families of guests to identify and address situations and relationships that need healing and support and help them to find a support network of their own to navigate the early recovery process and beyond. Other resources we recommend to families are:
Herren Project: At our partner organization you can find resources, consultations, online support groups facilitated by clinicians, and more for family members of those with substance use disorder and/or who are in recovery at no cost.
Al-Anon: is a worldwide 12-step fellowship with a structure like Alcoholics Anonymous, but designed for loved ones, families, and friends of people with substance use disorder and/or who are in recovery. Al-Anon is open to anyone seeking support whether their loved one is in recovery or not, and their site has tools to find local meetings and other resources you may find helpful.
NAMI Family Support Group: NAMI stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and it provides broad support groups for family members of people with mental health conditions. Membership is free, and there is a weekly support group for adult family members as well.
Do you have young people go through your program?
Absolutely! We work with families and guests who are high school and college age struggling with substances (at any stage) and emotional issues. Part of what makes Herren Wellness different from other treatment centers is our belief that substance use disorder can be treated at any stage. Our founder Chris Herren travels the country each year and has spoken to over one million students (and other organizations) having an honest conversation about substance use disorder and wellness through Herren Talks. His message changes how we commonly think of SUD switching the focus from the last day to the first day. At Herren Wellness we want to help young people who are at the beginning, who haven’t experienced a lifetime of pain from substance use. Young people are an important part of our community and we are grateful that their families entrust their children with us.
We are so appreciative to our Herren Wellness community on social media for submitting questions, we hope that this blog provides honest feedback and helpful resources.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you’d like to connect further, at Herren Wellness we are always here.
About Herren Wellness
When you come here, you are immediately connected with a thriving community of people at all stages of their recovery journey. We introduce healthy habits and routines centered around emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness that provide a solid foundation for rediscovering your interests, experiencing joy in sobriety, and building structure and routine.
We provide several alumni support communities, including a weekly recovery support group, monthly alumni meeting, and online alumni community you can access anytime. Your connection to Herren Wellness doesn’t end when your stay ends; we are there for you throughout your recovery journey.
If you, or a loved one, are looking for help, please call us at (844) 443-7736, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out a contact form. You are not alone.