Frequently Asked Questions

A typical day for a person in our intensive program includes a wellness or educational activity in the morning, clinical recovery groups or one-on-one services in the afternoon, and mutual aid recovery groups or wellness groups in the evening. Residents in our Step Down program are able to participate in our evening or weekend wellness groups, while maintaining employment or attending school and engaging in their recovery pathway.
YES. Starfish is able to offer same day admission based on space availability.
As a VARR-certified organization, our environment does not support the use of marijuana.
Friends and family often become frustrated when ultimatums, tough love, or interventions don’t work. What do 40 years of study and research show works? Kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies. These strategies are explored in Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change, and its companion guides for parents and partners.
“Court advocacy”, as it relates to recovery residences, is testimony given by a person in sustained recovery with the goal of securing release of a person suffering from SUD. Court advocacy for a person who has not been convicted of a crime can result in “pre-trial intervention” or a person being “bonded” or “mandated” to a specific recovery program. The court will order that the individual complete a program of a specific length and that the individual follow the rules and regulations of the program. If a person has already been convicted, or entered a guilty plea, the court can sentence the individual to a recovery program as an “alternative sentence”. Starfish Recovery & Wellness is well regarded in Central Virginia and the Middle Peninsula areas for its program and its work in the area of court advocacy.
YES. Starfish coordinates with local court systems to get enrollees placed into our programs. We offer “bed to bed” transfers to seamlessly get enrollees out of the system and into a safe, welcoming, sober environment.
YES. Enrollees have come to Starfish from all over the country including Maine, Florida, and Kentucky.
YES. Enrollees must adhere to standard recovery center rules and regulations including drug testing and curfews. Residents are overseen by a trained Recovery & Wellness Peer.
YES. Starfish accepts clients with co-occuring disorders, as long as they also suffer from Substance Use Disorder and are seeking assistance with SUD. Starfish provides coordination of clinical care, and if necessary, referrals to higher levels of care, including acute/inpatient settings.
Storywork is the process of transforming both our internal and external dialogue through journaling, focused breathing, and a strong emphasis on using productive language. The four-step Storywork process allows individuals to better integrate the hurtful experiences in our past and expel from our bodies the negative emotions that no longer serve us. Learn how to overcome soft talk, negations, projections, and the victim mentality by supercharging your affirmations, breathing better, and writing stuff down!
Our Recovery CrossFit Program was specifically designed to address the mental barriers that often affect those struggling with SUD. When we are pushed physically and go to our weakest point, what will we do? Pushing develops mental toughness, character, strength and integrity. Two studies (one American, one British) show that CrossFit creates a socially supportive environment, increases preference and tolerance to intense exercise, and decreases depression and anxiety. https://today.tamu.edu/2021/05/03/crossfit-and-addiction-recovery/ https://journals.rcni.com/.../substance-use-disorder.../abs
No, Starfish Recovery & Wellness does not offer detox, but we partner with a clinical provider to provide access to same-day medically supervised detoxification.
Dozens of studies have proven mindfulness reduces stress and anxiety, but did you know there are also multiple studies indicating that it is a powerful tool to assist in recovery from SUD? In an article for Greater Good Magazine, Dr. Sarah Bowen, a co-author of a leading study on Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, posited that "mindfulness is likely an effective tool in helping people with addiction because it’s a single, simple skill that a person can practice multiple times throughout their day, every day, regardless of the life challenges that arise." Click through to read about the science behind mindfulness: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3280682/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5907295/
At this time, Starfish does not accept health insurance. However, our facility accepts patients with insurance and assists them with coordination of care.