In the second of our "Getting to Know You" series of blogs, we'd like to introduce you to another of our Global Partners: The High Watch Recovery Center:

1. What is the official mission statement of your treatment facility?

High Watch Recovery Center is dedicated to seeing the disease of addiction go into remission for each individual who passes through our door. The caring team at High Watch provides compassionate care to every patient. We integrate the latest breakthroughs in addiction medicine alongside the spiritual teachings of AA’s 12 Steps. Through these teachings and treatments, we offer patients the tools and foundation to live sober after leaving High Watch.

2. What makes you different from other treatment facilities?

High Watch Recovery Center has a rich history of being the first substance abuse community in the world founded on the 12 Step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are honored to be part of the legacy of AA co-founder Bill W. His presence was instrumental in the founding of High Watch. Please read on to learn about the mission and values of High Watch Recovery.

3. Who is/are the owner(s) or founders? Does their own story have a connection to the facility? Was there a particular reason or event that led to the founding of the facility, the name or the location?

High Watch Recovery Center was founded in 1939 when Etheldred Folson, the owner of High Watch Farm in Kent, Connecticut met Marty Mann and Bill Wilson, who had recently founded Alcoholics Anonymous. Wilson, his wife Lois and Mann drove to High Watch Farm in October of 1939. They met Folsom and were impressed by the grounds and the atmosphere. Folson wanted to give the property to Alcoholics Anonymous so that Wilson and Mann could use the farm as a retreat center for alcoholics. Wilson, though, was opposed to the idea of A.A. owning property. As a result, a separate board of directors comprised of A.A. members was established to oversee management of the retreat.

4. What clinical orientations and modalities do they use? Any specific reasons why? Was there a moment of enlightenment / change of belief system that led to these? Are there any strong and passionate beliefs about the future of treatment field?

We use evidence based treatment such as DBT, CBT and EMDR. I've seen amazing insights using EMDR. I feel very strongly about getting to the underlying causes and conditions that are the root of addiction. I believe we need to understand trauma and shame and a person's core beliefs to help them change old behavior.

5. Is this a multi-disciplinary team? Please can you describe?

This is a multi-disciplinary team. We have 8 clinicians, 2 psychiatrists, an APRN, a nursing director, programme director, continuing care coordinator, and step coaches. We treat the whole person.

6. How many clients are in your groups?


7. Can you describe the daily experience for a client? What is it about your treatment facility that makes this experience unique.

The guests attend dorm reflections led by an extended guest. Then Big Book led by a staff member in recovery. Chapel and lunch. Then they attend living sober after they are in relapse prevention and they end the day picking from electives that are either about the 12 steps or a clinical group such as self esteem, ACT, DBT, and stress management. We integrate clinical and the 12 steps at every step of the way. A guest will leave HW understanding the steps and what has been driving their addiction.

8. Do you have a detox facility and could you describe it?

We do not have on-site detox at this time. In the Spring of 2019 we will begin construction of a 44,000 square foot facility which will include twelve detox beds.

10. Do you have an Alumni Programme, local or international?

We have an active alumni programme focused on follow-up with guests after they leave us to identify successful sobriety or situations where High Watch may be able to intervene for individuals who have not been successful. We hold weekly dinners on-site for alumni and others throughout the AA community. We also hold periodic alumni events off-site for those alumni who do not live in the immediate area.

11. Is there a company codes of ethics or values you operate under? How does it influence day to day operations?

Our Core Set of Values drive all that we do. They impact all departments beyond just programmes and clinical treatment.

• Respect. We shall treat all with whom we work with dignity and respect maintaining confidentiality and privacy.
• Integrity. Each staff person will live by and demonstrate the values of honesty, open mindedness and fairness with respect for diversity.
• Compassion. We seek to help others through empathy, empowerment and understanding.
• Quality. We strive for measurable excellence in our quality of care.
• Teamwork. We shall rely upon and work with one another as a team to maximize performance.
• Fiscal Stewardship. We shall manage responsibly the resources of the Farm and commit ourselves to be good and faithful stewards of all donations.
• Education. We commit ourselves to sharing our knowledge to help others understand addiction and the best practices for treatment of addiction.

12. Do you offer scholarships?

We offer scholarships in two forms. First, we provide charity beds, which we call “Wilson Beds.” In addition, we permit a limited number of guests to extend their stay with us for an additional forty-five days at no cost. These “Extended Guests” assist with tasks around our campus. This is a competitive programme that requires an application and approval from clinical and programme leadership.

13. Do you offer payment plans?

We do not offer payment plans, though we do accept commercial insurance.

14. Please can you describe your discharge / aftercare process? Is there long term managed aftercare?

1. All guests are seen within the 1st week to ten days.
2. We collaborate as team to deem what would best be fit for each guest.
3. Determination is made on what services each guest would need upon discharge, ie; sober house, outpatient, therapy, and/ or medication management.
4. Go over with each guest what options are available for each service that is needed.
5. Set up services for each guest, ie; bed at sober house or appointments for outside outpatient and providers.
6. Ensure seamless transition to next phase of recovery. For example, making sure guests have rides to sober houses and have information on their appointments.

15.Are you planning any additions/expansion or other big changes?

We are currently seeking approval for a 44,000 square foot expansion of our campus. This includes twelve detox beds, space for clinical and programme staff, and a 216 auditorium, which will allow us to expand our family programme.

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