Blue Willow LLC

How the Program Works

Outpatient Recovery Program for Professionals

Blue Willow understands the importance of balancing career, personal life and sobriety, which is why our Recovery Blueprint Program is designed for professionals and their families.

Blue Willow focuses on utilizing innovative recovery programs and solutions designed for professionals and families struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.

The program is strictly outpatient and lasts for one full year.

Why choose an outpatient program over a more traditional inpatient facility?

The long-term sobriety outcome data for inpatient centers is weak. Many inpatient plans do not include effective plans for continuity of care upon release, and many people relapse when they return home and are once again faced with the triggers for alcohol and substance use.

Outpatient care allows for recovery that’s integrated into a person’s day-to-day life and responsibilities. Blue Willow’s program lasts for a full year, which further allows each client to create strategies and stability for long-term success.

Additionally, if you or a loved one has a demanding career, leaving professional responsibilities behind during an extended 60-90-day inpatient residential treatment center admission may not be possible.

Blue Willow’s program allows clients to continue working and living at home while participating in their recovery program.

While clients live and work at home when participating in the Blue Willow program, they still spend a significant amount of time on their care plan. Each client will be seen in person face-to-face with either Dr. Lalonde, the program director or another team provider almost every day of the week including most weekends. Team providers include a professional therapeutic counselor, personal trainer and nutritionist and when appropriate other trusted associates may provide a variety of holistic and recreational activities. The team-based approach allows Blue Willow to effectively tackle every aspect of every stage of your recovery.

Insurance

Insurance companies require certain diagnoses in order to authorize treatment and have access to private medical records. For some people, those records could result in stereotyping and other situations that may be best handled with discretion. Blue Willow keeps our recovery work totally confidential and completely private, and client anonymity will always be of the utmost of importance. We do not accept payment from any health care insurance. The program is cash only for all services rendered.

Dr. Lalonde dedicates his recovery program to the professional client and family and specializes in concierge services. Dr. Lalonde will direct your recovery program and take charge of your day-to-day recovery plan in the setting of your own home, office or other convenient and comfortable locations of your choice. Also, if you have a schedule that changes frequently, we can always be flexible, and you can be seen by Dr. Lalonde on different days and different times of the week. The program offers the opportunity to communicate with Dr. Lalonde directly through cell phone service, texting or tele-video, whenever needed, 24/7 to discuss any nonemergency questions, situations or concerns. Dr. Lalonde also starts his workday every day at 3 AM which provides the client an opportunity to meet with him early in the day regardless where you may reside in the Houston area.

Convenience, flexibility, completely private and unmatched daily personalized care provides the client with the best of recovery outcomes. Dr. Lalonde limits the number of patients accepted to the Blue Willow program at any given time to ensure the highest level of care with immediacy, convenience and 100% privacy to address your individualized recovery needs throughout all the stages of your recovery.

A Custom Recovery Blueprint

Recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is an extremely complex and personal journey.

There is no "one size fits all" road to recovery.

Which specific services and tools that help one person maintain long term sobriety may not help another person. Only you can decide which programs work best for you, so Blue Willow requires clients to try a wide variety of recovery services particularly at the beginning of their program in order to find the most effective combination. All we ask is that clients keep an open mind as we work together to create the most effective care plan.

Our staff will stay in close communication with each client to determine whether specific therapies should be substituted or continued. We believe that a great recovery plan is dynamic and may be changed as client needs shift and evolve.

See our "Network of Trusted Providers" section for more information on our providers and their areas of expertise. Blue Willow may advise additional services including those listed below:

SMART Recovery

Founded in 1994, SMART Recovery stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. Smart Recovery

SMART Recovery is an abstinence-based addiction treatment program that believes the power to change addictive behaviors resides within each individual and does not necessarily depend upon adherence to a spiritual viewpoint. Our brains are hard-wired to seek out things that provide pleasure. From a neuroscience and neurochemical perspective, substances and behaviors that light up the pleasure centers in the brains can turn destructive if the desire for them turns into a need. SMART Recovery combines the science of addiction with the use of psychological treatments to help people manage behavioral problems and achieve successful changes.

SMART Recovery emphasizes the self and a person’s individual role in their recovery. SMART Recovery emphasizes choice and teaches self-empowerment, self-reliance and provides the tools and techniques for self-directed change.

Meg Wilson, MA, LCDC, LPC heads the office-based SMART Recovery program. The SMART program is not intended to be a substitute for mental health professional help but instead a useful adjuvant therapy. During office visits, Ms. Wilson will work side by side with you through the SMART Recovery handbook which provides a variety of worksheets and exercises to help self-manage addiction recovery and life.

Clients are also encouraged to attend SMART Recovery meetings held at several locations in Houston. SMART Recovery meetings are mutual help groups focused on abstaining from alcohol, substances or any obsessive-compulsive behaviors that may cause addiction. Clients can share their successes and challenges and receive guidance from others. Meetings are action-oriented, positive and focused on the present and future. These self-empowering discussions include science-based tools that enable participants to become increasingly self-reliant in their efforts to change and to lead lives that are more meaningful and productive.

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12 Step Programs: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Beyond

12 Steps of RecoveryWhile the spiritual pathway to recovery takes many forms for different individuals, Blue Willow recommends new clients to begin the program by attending several Alcoholics Anonymous and/or Narcotics Anonymous meetings each week, begin to work the 12 Step program, and secure a sponsor. You may find individual meetings have a different “personality” and Blue Willow will help you find the meetings that best fit you. There are many types of meetings to consider including open or closed, speaker, general discussion, Big Book, Twelve Steps and men’s/women’s recovery groups and more.

Addiction can create feelings of fierce resentment, loneliness and isolation, constant and paralyzing fear and despair, self-pity, shame, remorse, as well as defiant and hostile behaviors rooted in self-centeredness. The fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous supplements mere physical abstinence with community support in order to combat the negative feelings those suffering with substance abuse issues acutely feel. Additionally, spending time with other individuals in recovery provides accountability as well as a model for living in recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings are spiritual and not religious programs. Repairing or discovering a spiritual connection can be one of the most powerful influences to getting and staying clean. Addiction is a lifelong illness and spiritual life and community can help fill the void left by addictive behaviors. In addition to motivating abstinence, spirituality provides healing and recovery for the mind and soul, further preventing relapse.

Recovery Blueprint for Spouses, Partners, and Families of Clients

Family members are among those most deeply impacted by the addictive process. Blue Willow is committed to helping the family of addicted professionals through available counseling and therapy, education, support and other resources. Blue Willow will not let you become the "forgotten victim."

Blue Willow recognizes addiction is a family disease, and the trusted network of providers at Blue Willow will treat the whole person, which often includes those who are most affected by an individual’s addiction.

Family and loved ones are invited to participate in the educational portion of Blue Willow’s program. It may also be beneficial for a client’s family to participate in individual and group therapy with the provider. Blue Willow may also recommend that members of a client’s family attend Al-Anon or Alateen meetings.

Al-Anon and Alateen

Founded in 1951, Al-Anon meetings are a support group for anyone who has been affected by someone else’s drinking. Al-Anon Family Groups are anonymous and completely separate from Alcoholics Anonymous, but both programs are rooted in the same principles. Al-Anon also has a specific group called Alateen for young people. Alateen meetings are restricted to people under age 20 who live, or have lived, with someone who abuses alcohol.

Al-Anon treats the disease of alcoholism as a family illness because it has a negative impact on both the drinker and those around them. Support groups like Al-Anon can help family members and friends affected by alcoholism better cope and serve their loved ones and selves. Most Al-Anon Family Group meetings are topic discussion meetings and the session’s conversation will center on that topic. Common meeting topics include acceptance, alcoholism as a disease, dealing with anger, changing attitudes, dealing with change, choices, control issues, dealing with crises, denial, detachment, enabling, emptiness, a family disease, fear of abandonment, focus on ourselves, forgiveness, gratitude, honesty, looking after you, one day at a time, powerless, dealing with rejection, self-esteem, serenity, trust, and understanding and encouragement.

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