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Frequently Asked Questions


Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions. For any additional information, please call us at 337-456-9111.

 

What should I bring with me for an inpatient stay?

Clients will need personal hygiene items, about 5-7 changes of appropriate clothing, exercise attire, sneakers, bath robe, etc. Victory will provide towels, linens and pillows (clients may bring their own if desired). All items will be inventoried and must be approved by staff.

Will my family/friends be able to call or visit me?

Phone calls are allowed outside of structured activities. Upon admission, clients will be given an ID number. Anyone wishing to call a client, drop off items, send mail, etc. must have the correct ID number. Visitation is held each Saturday from 3-5 p.m. Clients will be eligible to have visitors once detox protocol is completed. A mandatory one-hour educational lecture must be attended prior to visitation.

Will I get my prescribed medications?

All medications must be reviewed and approved by our medical doctors to ensure safety and quality care. Please bring all prescribed medications with you upon admission.

Are meals provided?

Three meals each day are catered by local restaurants. Healthy snacks are available at certain times during the day. Victory will accommodate specific diets as determined by the dietitian. No outside food or drinks are permitted.

Is there a dress code?

Clients must bring appropriate, comfortable clothing. No gang, alcohol or drug related material will be permitted. Blouses should not be revealing, and cut-off shorts are not to be worn.

Are laundry services available?

Washers and dryers are available to inpatient clients during their stay. Victory provides laundry detergent and dryer sheets.

What will a typical day be like?

Each day is structured, and clients must adhere to the daily schedule. Schedules will vary but will consist of morning meditation, chores, medication times, group sessions, meals, daily assignments, recreational activities and educational lectures.

Frequently Used Terms and Phrases at Victory

During treatment a variety of terms and phrases that may be new to you may be used by our counselors and staff. Below is a list of many terms and phrases you will hear and what they mean.

Abstinence:

Simply, the act of refraining from the use of mood- or mind-altering chemicals, including alcohol and intoxicating prescription medications.

Abuse:

To attack, mistreat, injure, deceive, harm, damage or endanger. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual or financial and may either be overt and covert.

Addiction:

A pathological relationship with any mood-altering behavior used to avoid feelings and ultimately resulting in consequences with substantial negative effect on quality or sustainability of life.

Aftercare:

Usually refers to a continuum of planned services (sober living, Alumni support and therapy) after discharge which collectively support client/families in their continued recovery.

Alcohol/ETOH:

ETOH is the drug contained in alcohol which causes intoxication.

Blackout:

A period of memory loss sustained because of substance/alcohol intoxication. Often the actor will drive, make phone calls or engage in other activity with no memory of it.

Chemical Dependency:

A disease resulting in psychological and/or physical dependency on a mood-altering substance. Dependency is characterized by a growing preoccupation with the substance and a loss of control or choice concerning its use.

Co-Dependency:

Occurring usually between an addict/alcoholic and a close friend or relative. “Co”: To be with; together, joint. “Dependent”: relying on another for support; resulting from another thing; controlled or influenced by something else; subordinate. Codependency is often characterized by a lack of self-worth, low self-esteem, the need to gain the approval of others and/or control the behaviors of others, a need for perfectionism, numbness of feelings and an inability to make choices. When left untreated, codependency evolves into addiction to another’s behavior and causes stress-related disorders and severe life dysfunction.

Enabling:

Shielding the addict from the negative (natural) consequences of his/her own behavior.

Higher Power

A central concept of Power greater than oneself, as used in the 12-step program.

Obsessive/Compulsive Behavior:

Obsessive thinking is running the same thought through one’s head over and over again; usually a compulsive behavior, like drinking, follows the obsession.

Recovery:

A life process of restoration of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health; usually includes abstinence from a substance or behavior.

Relapse:

A pattern of behavioral, psychological and emotional symptoms of the disease that lead to a danger of active use again.

Sobriety:

A lifestyle that reflects the stability and positive growth of one’s emotional mental, physical and spiritual or attitudinal state without the use of any mood-altering chemicals, substances or behaviors.

Tolerance:

Physiological adaptation resulting in increased or decreased use of the mood-altering chemical, substance, or behavior.

Using:

Being active in one’s addiction with chemical use/abuse.

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