Frequently Asked Questions


Answers:


A: Can Robin help me if I am in jail or under court order?

Well, that depends on why you want to come see me, or have me come see you. I do not work with those only interested in services because they are required. If you have a sincere in  desire to get clean, to heal your life, and to discover your full potential as a human being, then we should talk.  I have visited people in jail before in Sonoma County.  I would be willing to travel for consultations, for a fee.  I charge $2000 per day plus transpertaion costs.  Many judges and probation officers will welcome my input and reports, but my services alone will not satisfy court orders into residential inpatient treatment facilities. The program I may describe for you very well might. (It won’t seem like it from how the order is written, but sometimes they do. That is because our program exceeds the requirements they are attempting to meet.) 

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A: Who are my Treatment Providers?

If you live in Sonoma County, your recommended Provider Team will likely be comprised of qualified experts in addiction recovery and also in their own principal fields of study. A critical factor in addiction treatment success, science has shown, is the use of qualified treatment providers. Robin only refers to clinically trained, licensed, highly-educated, and skilled providers. Your certified addiction acupuncturists, your certified nutritionist, AOD Counsleors and your therapists—are highly skilled and educationally advanced professionals. All psychotherapy is provided by Marriage and Family Therapists or PhD psychologists with focused training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Therapy.

If you do not live locally, it is unlikely you will receive referrals, however Robin is happy to interview possible candidates in your area, for an additional fee.

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A: All providers are self-employed, independent contract workers who are required to maintain their own building and malpractice insurances, offices, tax duties, and appointment calendars. Robin Stuart does not accept any managerial or employer liability or obligation for any referral she makes.

Therapeutic modalities promoted  are not limited to, but may include: Trauma specialization, Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), and Transpersonal Therapies; Somatic Release Work; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, (DBT) Group, Couples, and Family Therapies; and 12-Step Enhancement Work.

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A: Why do you say you are better than most?

  1. Cost: Robin delivers a superior treatment advice for a simple fee for service.  80% of rehabs do not support successful changes.  You will save a significant amount of money being advised by someone who understands the clinical factors you are addressing, and knows the right places for you to receive expert care.
  2. Provider Education: Through a shared treatment plan,  the various providers get “on the same page” regarding treatment. This ends the battle between the providers of differing opinions. By providing state-of-the-art information regarding patient care, all professionals can work in tandem, instead of at cross-purposes.
  3. Psycho-pharmacological and nutritional support: Evidence dictates that Campral, a non-addictive or emotionally-interrupting drug, assists the brain in regenerating quicker. It also helps patients by reducing the intense cravings associated with addiction. Amino acids help patients to stabilize through reparation of their digestion and absorption—also key in supportive detox and core strengthening. We can advise you in ptent requests with your physician.
  4. Demographic outreach: Robin serves individuals ages, 10 years old and older, and addresses associated symptoms and groupings frequently associated with addiction, including depression, dual diagnosis, and conduct disorders in adolescents, high conflict couples, blended families, LGBT clients, and extended and genetic families.
  5. Comprehensive 360 Degree Treatment Plan:
  • Psychological therapies include individual, group, and relational counseling in addition to personalized Case Management and intensive retreats.
  • Acupuncture-assisted detox and organ support: creating ease and nurturing environment for detox, and supporting total health model of care.
  • Community reinforcement: Our six-month course of service provisions integrates education for the patient’s entire family/community, twelve months case management, and integrative community reinforcement; all methods scientifically evidenced to achieve successful, sustainable sobriety for addicts of all ages. “Total health” community reinforced enhancements include:
    • family educational programs, live and online
    • possible extended care management
    • sober living environment referrals
    • volunteer programs
    • integrative, holistic medicine
    • alternative support auxiliary menu

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A: Can I select out portions of the treatment plan or add on additional treatments?

Yes! You may add services from Robin’s Auxiliary menu in order to sculpt services to meet your specific desires and needs.   Many people have unique circumstances which Robin can often accommodate.

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A: Can I hold a job? Go to school during treatment? Still care for my kids?

The first month of scheduling for your combined therapies and appointment requirements can be intense. If you have an afternoon or night job will do their best to work around your schedule, but ultimately, these providers are in high demand and it is you who will need to bend. If you have a day job, this may be difficult to manage full-time during initial treatment.  We encourage you to put your recovery first and the job second.

From your second month on, most people can resume a regular part-time or 3/4 time work schedule.  Many people  have been able to take full course work at the JC in our area, because so many classes are offered throughout the day and evening! I want you to be a success in life and a great parent, so we will work with you to the best of our ability.

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A: Can I make payments? Do you take insurance? Is this covered by MediCal?

Medi-Cal, Tricare and Kaiser do not reimburse for any part of my services. Other health insurance companies may cover portions of your expense. Please contact your healthcare carrier directly to find out how much they will contribute to services for “out-of-network providers.” My assistant will give you the billable codes you will be using to provide to them, in order for you to get an more accurate estimate. We are glad to assist you in acquiring your benefits. Be sure to mention your insurance carrier during your initial call with us so that we can direct you accordingly and manage expectations effectively.

We have Financing Options available through a healthcare lending company; if you qualify for a loan, they can offer you one at reasonable rates (of course, dependent on your personal financial situation). As Out-of-Network Providers, many of our provider’s services are generally reimbursable under most insurance policies. To discover what your insurance may reimburse you, request a list of billable codes from our office.

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A: Where will I be in treatment? Can my family visit?

If you are local, your treatment will occur in beautiful West Sonoma County, mostly in the vibrant towns of Sebastopol, Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, California. If your family and friends are supportive of your sobriety and recovery and adhere to our requirements they can be a regular part of your life–services are delivered to you as an outpatient. You manage your days, schedule and your relationships.  There is no continuation of care provided in the initial consultation service.

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A: What if I don’t live nearby–where will I live?

If you are coming from some considerable distance we can recommend Sober Living Environments, aka “SLE” (temporary safe and sober housing) or direct you to other housing arrangement professionals. (See the Get Help Today tab above to apply and to receive details.) Housing costs are not included in any of Robin’s services or costs, but SLEs generally cost between $800-$900 per bed per month and require a minimum stay.

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A: What is Scientifically Evidenced Treatment?

The report, Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice, reveals that while about 7 in 10 people with diseases like hypertension, major depression, and diabetes receive treatment, only about 1 in 10 people who need treatment for addiction involving alcohol or other drugs receive it. Of those who do receive treatment, most do not receive anything that approximates evidence-based care.

Evidence–based care is medical or healthcare treatment which has been demonstrated by scientific evidence to achieve success in the treatment of what it is intending to treat. Scientifically evidenced care has been tested, and proven to work—through the use of standards applied to empirical evidence. These treatments are not based on conjecture, cost, rumor, or habit, and are not dictated by what “the competitor” offers. In making informed choices about healthcare, people increasingly seek credible evidence.

The CASAColumbia report finds that addiction treatment is largely disconnected from mainstream medical practice—or evidence-based practices. While a wide range of evidence-based screening, intervention, treatment, and disease management tools and practices exist, they are rarely employed. Furthermore, the report exposes the fact that most medical professionals who should be providing treatment are not sufficiently trained to diagnose or treat addiction, and most of those providing addiction treatment are not medical professionals and are not equipped with the knowledge, skills, or credentials necessary to provide the full range of evidence-based services.

“This report shows that misconception about the disease of addiction are undermining medical care,” said Drew Altman, PhD, President of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, who chaired the report’s National Advisory Commission. The report finds that while doctors routinely screen for a broad range of health problems like high blood pressure or high cholesterol, they rarely screen for risky substance use or signs of addiction, and instead treat a long list of health problems that result, including accidents, unintended pregnancies, heart disease, cancers, and many other costly conditions without examining the root cause.

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A: I’m gay (or lesbian, bi, transgender, undefined). Will I be comfortable with Robin and her referrals?

Absolutely! Our staff and participants fully embrace gender fluidity and identity.  We have lots of LGBTQI staff as well!

Sonoma County is a very “queer-friendly” place. As therapists, we are conscious of the unique considerations of this community and can help you resolve any concerns you have expressing your sexuality, identity, faith, and/or healing conflicts with others.

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A: All providers are self-employed, independent contract workers who are required to maintain their own building and malpractice insurances, offices, tax duties, and appointment calendars.  No provider is in the employ of Robin Stuart.  Neither  will Robin Stuart accept any managerial or employer or any other liability or obligation for any arty she refers you to.

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