Staff Spotlight – Erica Boyce

Erica Boyce – Director of Recovery Care

Erica Boyce is a nationally and state Certified Recovery Specialist and Interventionist. She has been trained through Spectrum Recovery as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist and has gone through training with the International Recovery Institute as a Certified Recovery Specialist. She has been trained in A Relational Intervention Sequence for Engagement (the ARISE® Intervention) with Dr. Judith Landau and the Love First Intervention model. She has completed training through the Addictions Academy as a Level I & II Recovery Specialist. Along with her certifications as a Recovery Specialist, she is also CPR certified with the American Red Cross.

Erica is an active member of the Dallas TAAP organization and a proud member of NAADAC. She believes in helping those who suffer with drug addiction and alcoholism gain a new life and become productive. Erica’s experience and knowledge helps families understand they cannot fight this disease alone. By working together, they can help their loved one live a life of freedom.

What brought you to the field of addiction treatment and Restored Path Detox? 

My husband, children, and I moved to Celina, Texas, in February 2016 from Paris, Texas. I got sober on May 25, 2012, and my whole life was set up in Paris. The adjustment from moving was difficult. My husband, Henri, and I began to pray every day about why God brought us back to the Metroplex area. A colleague of Henri’s at the time asked us to help him and his family with an intervention. With no formal training, only guidance from friends whom we had met in recovery that worked in the treatment industry, we did our first intervention and fell in love with the beauty of watching what God could do to restore and give others the opportunity at life.

After spending some time in prayer and meditation and exploring what the treatment industry can look like, Henri and I talked about the ugliness we saw. We had a luncheon scheduled with a colleague of ours and discussed with him the things we were seeing. God spoke through that man and posed a question to us, “Why don’t you both be the difference?” At that moment, we both knew our calling was to be the difference in this industry. I carry this same principle with me today whenever I am sitting across from a client, colleague, family, or anyone from a facility.

After experiencing that “God moment,” our journey began. About three years later, I was blessed with the opportunity to become the Program Director at Windhaven. I was originally introduced to Windhaven when I moved back to Dallas in 2016. I had the opportunity to sponsor quite a few of the women who lived there prior to working with Alison Watros, the founder of Windhaven. I loved working with these women because many of them have come from very challenging upbringings. I love being able to sit across from a woman who has been through the wringer of addiction and watch them transform into a beautiful woman in recovery who can trust and rely on a Power greater than themselves. It’s an experience that must not be missed!

In February 2022, I felt God was calling me to something different. So, my journey at Windhaven as Program Director came to an end. This summer presented some challenges that brought me to my knees once again, asking God to show me the path He wanted me to take, and His will be done. I spoke with Alison, and God opened the door for the opportunity to become the Director of Recovery Care at Restored Path Detox. I am excited about the growth and the new opportunities that will come here at Restored Path Detox. 

If there was only one thing you could tell us about working with people in recovery, what would it be?

It is truly exhilarating to watch people “get it” and change their entire lives. In this field, you see a lot of failed attempts at staying sober and living a full life. A lot of people do not make it. However, seeing someone who comes in beaten and broken from addiction and fights for their recovery with the odds against them is an experience that can’t be described. I get the privilege of watching these people become sober, successful parts of their families again and be forever changed. It truly is the power of a loving God. The way that God can use me to do this work is truly a miracle, and I am grateful to be a part of it.

What have you learned through your experience working with families facing addiction?

Not every family is the same. There is no “cookie-cutter” way of dealing with things when it comes to a loved one suffering from addiction. Each situation is a process and should be handled gently yet appropriately. Sometimes families show me more about myself and how I can improve.

How do you collaborate with other professionals to assist patients leaving Restored Path Detox?

Here at Restored Path Detox, we love collaborating with other professionals to help patients on to the next steps in their recovery journey! Of course, our number one focus is what is best for the patient, but we value our relationships with the professionals in this community! 

If a professional refers a patient to our facility, we will keep them informed of all updates during the patient’s stay at Restored Path Detox. Usually, a professional or colleague has been working with their client for a period prior to them entering our care. We will communicate with the professional directly on recommendations for the next level of care that is appropriate for their client. Communication is key, and we always want to have open communication with the professionals who refer patients to our services.

If a patient comes in without a professional that has helped them into our care, we will do what is in the patient’s best interest and connect them with the appropriate level of care to help the patient get on the path to recovery! We love working with our community and having good relationships with others in residential care, intensive outpatient care, aftercare services, sober living, therapists, and psychiatrists. 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 

I love spending time with my family! My husband, Henri, and I have one son, Korbin, together, and a little baby on the way! Our baby is due April 9, 2023! I have three stepchildren, Cobey, Mariah, and Noah. Saturdays are usually spent on the football field all year long because my son, Korbin, is our future NFL player! The boy eats, sleeps, and breathes football. My family and I love to spend time at the beach, at the lake, camping, hiking, and pretty much anything that involves being outdoors. Henri and I love to spend time together. There doesn’t have to be much on the agenda for us! Noah is usually on the baseball fields, which keeps us steadily busy with sports all year round. Mariah is now a freshman in high school, and we don’t see her much, but when we do, you can bet there isn’t a dull moment. Cobey is busy building a life of his own, and I couldn’t be prouder of him! We also have three pets. We have two German Shephard puppies, Benny and Bella, and a Maltese, Chip. You can say there is never a dull moment in the Boyce Household!

 

 

Restored Path Detox is DFW’s premier location for sophisticated medical detox. Conveniently located in Frisco, we provide a safe sanctuary for healing that is also a state-of-the-art detoxification facility for a wide range of substances. Our compassionate physicians and therapists want you to get well and are committed to removing any existing barriers to your care. Restored Path’s board-certified medical professionals and highly qualified RNs have extensive critical care experience and are available to monitor your detox program 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

If you or a loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol use, call us today and take your first step towards recovery: 561-841-1268.

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Life after Detox: Importance of Continuing Care

Short-term and long-term goals are part of any effective substance use disorder treatment. Taking the first step towards recovery can begin with going through detox, but sustaining sobriety over a longer period of time requires new tools, support and continuing care options. So let’s look at how continuing care can be part of the larger sobriety plan you put in place before the first day at detox begins. 

Once you finish detox, the work to remain in recovery is just beginning. Returning to familiar environments and routines without ongoing support can increase your risk of returning quickly to alcohol or drug use. Setting up a plan to follow detox before the withdrawal process begins is recommended. That plan may include inpatient or outpatient programs, 12-step programming, a sober living house, individual or family counseling, or a partial hospitalization program. 

What Happens After Detox?

A stay in detox rids the body of problem substances and interrupts the pattern of drinking and drug use. However, it does not begin a sustainable recovery on its own. After detox, patients who return to their normal lives go back to the same environments (and often the same habits) that led to their need for substance abuse help. 

Spending time again with people who enable your drinking or drug use can lead to relapse. Thinking you’re capable of ending a substance use disorder alone may keep you from recognizing the power that drug or alcohol use has over you. Without some type of ongoing help, it may be a matter of days or weeks before you’re back to the self-destructive behaviors and risking even more harm to your health and wellness.

Recognizing Your Individual Needs

Even people who spend time in a residential program of 30 days or more are at risk for relapsing without some kind of continuing care. Spending a shorter time in detox alone means you may be neglecting what you need to stay sober for even a short-term period. 

Your needs to stay sober depend on your circumstances. You may need a new living arrangement, new employment, a new set of friends and acquaintances, medical care, mental health care, and more. You will need coping skills and strategies to replace the desire to drink or do drugs when feeling anxious, depressed, or stressed. 

Options for Continuing Care

There is no need to choose one option for continuing care after detox. Multiple options can be explored in succession or at the same time. Your goal is to find a form of continuing care that feels like a good fit. It doesn’t have to be automatically comfortable to have potential, though. You’ll want to spend time learning about each option and even talking to people about them to get a sense of which one may be the place to start.

  1. Individual Therapy

Talk therapy in a one-on-one setting is one form of continuing care that might fit your needs. It’s private, structured, and consistently scheduled. The focus remains on you entirely, and you can learn strategies to practice in between sessions. 

  1. Online Therapy

An online option for individual therapy allows you to connect with a professional virtually. These sessions can accommodate people without easy access to in-person therapy due to finances, lack of transportation or work and family demands. 

  1. 12-Step Programming

This option for continuing care can come from meetings at a consistent location or at different locations. Mentors and peers help guide you to making healthier decisions regarding sobriety with a theme of accepting powerlessness and relying on a higher power. Learning how to take responsibility for harming others in the past is a fundamental part of this programming. 

  1. Sober Living

A sober living environment can be a valuable continuing care option and way to remain connected with peers with similar sobriety goals. House rules banning substance use are clearly established and enforced to protect the recovery work going on. Friendships can be made in this kind of setting with mutual support and understanding of each other’s challenges in staying sober. 

  1. Inpatient Treatment

Residential stays of 30 days or more can address both substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. The exceptional treatment centers use evidence-based therapies and personalized care to meet each patient’s needs. 

  1. Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient options can provide regular support for people in recovery while still allowing them to maintain their jobs and keep up with family responsibilities. An intensive outpatient program (IOP) typically involves more time at a facility to treat substance use and mental health disorders. IOP participants may be in their program for several hours at a time and during portions of several days a week. 

  1. Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

A PHP resembles an outpatient program as a person still lives at home while attending a program at a hospital. This program may involve daily visits for treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. A PHP is considered a short-term treatment option as it typically lasts only a few weeks. 

 

Restored Path Detox is DFW’s premier location for sophisticated medical detox. Conveniently located in Frisco, we provide a safe sanctuary for healing that is also a state-of-the-art detoxification facility for a wide range of substances. Our compassionate physicians and therapists want you to get well and are committed to removing any existing barriers to your care. Restored Path’s board-certified medical professionals and highly qualified RNs have extensive critical care experience and are available to monitor your detox program 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

If you or a loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol use, call us today and take your first step towards recovery: 561-841-1268.

Restored Path Detox is Now Open

DALLAS METROPLEX– Origins Behavioral HealthCare has opened the doors of its premier medical detox facility for the Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding metro areas. Restored Path Detox began receiving patients on Monday, August 1, 2022. The brand-new facility will provide state-of-the-art, medically monitored detoxification within a safe, nurturing sanctuary for recovery.

Dr. Geri Richardson is the Medical Director for Restored Path Detox. Dr. Richardson is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology who has been in practice for over 25 years. Before joining the Origins family, she served as Medical Director of Behavioral Health for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, HCSC. Dr. Richardson has had the distinction of being a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 1995.

Dr. Richardson says, “Restored Path Detox is here to provide safe and supportive methods of withdrawal management which are rooted in evidence-based research. I am excited to collaborate with our team of medical professionals as we guide our patients on their first steps toward recovery. Our sophisticated medical services and compassionate team of clinicians will enable every patient to find happier and healthier versions of themselves.”

Dr. Richardson and her dedicated team of highly qualified registered nurses draw on years of experience and provide 24/7 medical supervision for each patient. The facility works closely with referral sources and with most major insurance companies to offer detox from all types of substances, including alcohol, heroin, cocaine, suboxone, opioids, methadone, benzodiazepines, crystal meth, stimulants, Ambien, and other drugs.

Rick Hubbard is the Executive Vice President of Professional Relations for Origins Behavioral HealthCare. Rick began working in the addiction treatment industry in 2002 and has significant experience in multiple aspects of treatment administration, including admissions, utilization review, marketing, referent relations, and business development. In addition, Rick is a trained intervention specialist, and his extensive professional and personal experience has empowered the recovery of many patients and families.

Hubbard says, “Restored Path Detox was created to provide the means to safely manage withdrawal symptoms in a comfortable and dignified manner. As a local provider of transitional and outpatient services, Origins has seen firsthand the need for high-quality, competent, safe, and compassionate medical detox services. Additionally, in our conversations with local providers, practitioners, and collaborators, they too have expressed to us the need for withdrawal management services for their patients. Origins is proud to be a resource for our local patients, families, and collaborators in this new and exciting endeavor.”

Upscale amenities include spacious private and semi-private rooms, flat-screen televisions, queen-size beds, nutritious meals, and inviting common spaces, including an outdoor courtyard. Patients enjoy cable, high-speed Wi-Fi, and access to their electronics and cellular phones, as clinically appropriate. Restored Path Detox emphasizes ultimate patient comfort and privacy.

 

For more information about Restored Path Detox, call 1.561.841.1268. All calls are free and confidential. Visit RestoredPathDetox.com to browse facility photos, read our blog, and learn about our individualized admission process.

About Origins Behavioral HealthCare

Origins Behavioral HealthCare offers a range of treatment programs targeting recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical and medical care for substance use and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting recovery. Visit OriginsRecovery.com or call 1.844.843.8935.

About Restored Path Detox — An Origins Behavioral HealthCare Facility

The experts at Restored Path Detox have decades of experience in withdrawal management from a wide range of addictive substances. We leverage evidence-based medical care in a tranquil environment to deliver care that helps patients feel at home. Regardless of background, medical history, or the substances used, we can help you safely and comfortably overcome withdrawal complications. Our multidisciplinary team also provides support for co-occurring disorders and co-morbid medical conditions for patients of all ages, including younger, middle-aged, and older adults. We work with most major insurance providers and are conveniently located in the Dallas Metroplex. Call 1.561.841.1268 today for more information.

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