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Addiction Treatment: How Much Does it Cost to Heal?

From the Show: HER
Summary: The need for treatment far outweighs the resources, which creates a problematic disparity for life-threatening diseases.
Air Date: 10/16/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Ilana Zivkovich, Executive Director of Promises Austin

ilana zivkovich As Executive Director, Ilana ensures that each client and family served at Promises Austin receives first-rate addiction treatment with an emphasis on treating the whole person and the whole system. Ilana joined the Right Step & Promises Austin team in 2012, and has been in the role of Executive Director at Promises Austin since August 2014. Prior to joining the organization, Ilana served as the Director of Clinical Development at Austin Recovery, a 200+ bed non-profit addiction treatment center in Austin. In that role Ilana developed programs to meet the needs of an extremely diverse clientele with extensive psychiatric and medical comorbidities. Working within a multi-disciplinary team, she delivered evidence-based, clinically sophisticated treatment. In her current position as Promises Austin Clinical Director, Ilana brings passion and dedication to her work including supervising clinical staff, program/curriculum development, and direct service provision to clients and families. Ilana has professional experience in chemical dependency treatment, grief and loss counseling, shame resiliency, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention, trauma, and experiential modalities. This diverse background enables her to lead a clinical team focused on providing comprehensive, individualized clinical care.

Ilana received her Bachelor's of Science in Social Work with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and obtained her Masters in Social Work from the same institution. Ilana is also a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). She has served as an honorary faculty member at the Texas A&M Health Science Center of Behavioral Medicine, and is a member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers).

Addiction Treatment: How Much Does it Cost to Heal?
The need for addiction treatment far outweighs the available resources, which creates a problematic disparity for life-threatening diseases.

Of the 23.5 million teenagers and adults addicted to alcohol or drugs, only about one in 10 gets treatment.

When you or a loved one decides to get treatment, how do you find a quality center that is right for you?

Tip: dig deeper than the website.

Nowadays, web designers can create the illusion of hotel-like treatment centers with buzz words on the website like "holistic" and "individualized treatment". Do your due diligence before signing off on a facility, and speak with the staff that works there as well as any references you may be able to contact. 

As Executive Director, Ilana Zivkovich ensures that each client and family served at Promises Austin receives first-rate addiction treatment with an emphasis on treating the whole person and the whole system. There are so many aspects to maintaining a healthy recovery that go beyond therapy. But, if you don't know the right questions to ask, you won't be prepared for what's ahead. 

Ilana helps answer all your questions about addiction treatment centers. 

Questions you should ask:
  • What does the program look like?
  • How often will you or your loved one receive services? (group verse individual)
  • What type of holistic services do you have?
  • What type of wrap-around services do you have?
  • What emphasis do you place on the body?
  • What is the food like? What about sleeping conditions?
  • How do treatment centers differ from one to another in what they offer and the quality?
  • Is your treatment covered by insurance?

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