Sunrise House knows that addiction is a disease that doesn’t just affect one person, but creates ripples throughout a person’s life, affecting their friends and loved ones. Hence, Sunrise House offers family luncheons every Tuesday and has half-day family programming every Saturday. This allows family members of patients the opportunity to learn about addiction and recovery through lectures and educational courses, check in on their loved ones and their progress, and make connections with others who are helping a loved one through treatment.
Staying in recovery is hard work, and Sunrise House believes that those who keep with it deserve recognition. That’s why Sunrise holds monthly award nights to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments in recovery made by its alumni. The ceremony is designed to be inspirational and empowering, as alumni are awarded chips for recovery milestones. Those who have been in recovery for 25 years are invited to give speeches.
The staff at Sunrise House recognize that many with addiction may also struggle with other types of mental health disorders. Clinicians at Sunrise House are able to treat patients with co-occurring mental health disorders such as PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety disorders, and controlled bipolar disorder.
Sunrise House is equipped to care for medically-compromised patients, including those with lung conditions (such as COPD), high blood pressure, and diabetes. Additionally, Sunrise House is one of the few treatment facilities in the state of New Jersey with the ability to accommodate pregnant women in their residential program.
Our highly trained and knowledgeable multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, other medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and therapists. About 60% to 70% of the staff is in recovery, so they understand firsthand what it’s like to battle addiction and thrive in recovery. This gives the staff a level of compassion and empathy that is evident throughout the treatment process. Sunrise House has excellent staff-to-patient ratios, enabling each patient to get individualized attention. Counselor-to-patient ratios are 1:8, and nurse-to-patient ratios in detox are 1:9. These high staff-to-patient ratios help optimize individualized patient care.
At Sunrise, there are several groups that address unique client needs. There are groups for older patients, for young adults, for patients with depression, for patients with a history of trauma, and more. These specialty groups are just some of the many ways that Sunrise House provides customized treatment to meet all of a patient’s needs. The director of admissions at Sunrise House is fluent in Spanish and can act as an interpreter when needed.
Tim Palus, MA, is the CEO of Sunrise House. His career in behavioral health covers more than 3 decades and includes the establishment of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse services in over 20 states. He has also worked with other vulnerable populations including children, adolescents, geriatrics and troubled youth. In addition, he created physician-based practices that incorporated telemedicine for behavioral health. Tim holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Duquesne University and is a member of several professional associations, including the VHHA Behavioral Health Executive Steering Committee; the Metro Richmond Addiction Recovery Treatment Services Initiative; MHA-America, Greater Richmond Chapter; and the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Richmond Chapter.
Jon Boschen, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor with almost a decade of experience within the mental health and substance abuse fields in community-based and hospital settings. Boschen has worked extensively with adolescents and adults during this time, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Seton Hall University and a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University. He has served on several professional advisory boards, task forces, committees and advocacy groups within the state of New Jersey. Clinically, Boschen identifies himself as a “strengths-based, solution-focused clinician”. He is trained in a variety of therapeutic disciplines and his experience has centered around both psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse, including caring for individuals suffering from various forms of trauma, mood disorders, and self-harm behaviors.
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Sunrise House is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, an international symbol of healthcare quality and the gold standard of care for the industry. Sunrise has maintained this rigorous accreditation for over five years and are due for renewal in September 2018. For patients, it means they can trust that Sunrise House meets or exceeds national standards for patient safety and effective care.
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