- Holistic healing
Understandably, SOBA requires that all of its patients commit to a program for at least 30 days, but it recommends that patients stay for 90 days. However, SOBA will still work with clients who can’t complete an entire 90-day cycle or would prefer to stay longer. With the help of SOBA’s therapists, sobriety coaches, and other professionals, patients can receive the help needed to get sober and stay sober. At its core, the company’s goal is to tailor its patients’ recovery programs to what they need.
While working with SOBA, patients won’t just attend 12-step meetings and therapy sessions. Of course, these are important elements of recovery and will help patients both understand the causes of their addiction and find support from fellow addicts. But more than that, the SOBA facilities are places where patients can find therapy through music, horseback riding, and art. They can get help with fitness or take on the challenge of a ropes course. There is a healthy variety of activities at SOBA that won’t just help patients heal, but will build confidence and help patients understand more of who they really are.
- Medicated detoxification
- Limited accreditation
- Lack of religion
During the process of detoxification, professionals will monitor patients and administer medications to slowly taper off withdrawal symptoms. For some patients, this is not a negative thing, but others prefer a more natural detoxification process. Medications during detox are not always the preferred method of an addict or their supporting loves ones, so this can be a limiting factor.
It speaks well of the company that it is accredited with JCAHO. However, SOBA is not accredited with CARF.
Lack of Religion
On perhaps a less crucial note, the SOBA website claims that its treatment programs are not religiously based but are still spiritual. For many clients, of course, this is a definite pro and leaves room for a variety of client beliefs, values, and standards. However, for other clients, religion plays a big role in their recovery, especially in certain elements of the 12-step approach. Plus, there are other recovery centers available that do implement a particular religious foundation, which makes SOBA a less-appealing partner for religious clients.