The Recovery Village Columbus Welcome Guide

On behalf of everyone at The Recovery Village Columbus, congratulations on taking the first step toward a healthier you. This guide will introduce you to our treatment center and therapy programs and help answer your most pressing questions before your arrival. Here you’ll get an idea of what to bring with you and what daily life will look like. You’ll also familiarize yourself with the different levels of care offered at our treatment center. We are excited to welcome you and are honored to be a part of your healing process — we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Important Notice Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are closely monitoring all developments associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of all patients, employees and the communities we serve. Your cooperation during this time is greatly appreciated.

Please note the following updates:

Face Mask Policy:
Following the latest CDC recommendations for controlling the spread of COVID-19, all patients and employees will be required to wear a face mask while at the facility.

Screening Policy:
ARS facilities are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and we have strong infection control policies, procedures and systems in place. As recommended by the CDC, our clinicians are screening all patients and employees for fever, respiratory symptoms and for travel to/from China and other affected locations within a month prior to symptom onset.

A pre-admission acceptance is a preliminary determination that indicates you are appropriate for admission to our facility. Based on your presentation upon arrival or during your stay, it may be determined that a different facility may be more appropriate.

Quarantine Policy:
Admitting patients will be tested for COVID-19 at the facility, prior to admission. Patients will be admitted only if their test is negative. Upon admissions, patients will be required to Quarantine for 48 hours and will be retested for COVID-19 prior to ending their quarantine. In most cases, Quarantine involves being housed in a private room with access to all of the appropriate services and personnel for their level of care. Staff will be available to you throughout the quarantine time. Meals, snacks and medications will be delivered to your room In some cases, Quarantine will take place in a shared room with one or more additional patients who have admitted to the facility on or around the same date, who have also tested negative for COVID-19 prior to admission. Our Quarantine Policy is designed to help aid in the prevention of spread of COVID-19 that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

Visitation Policy:
For the safety of all patients, family members, visitors and staff, ARS has temporarily suspended visitation at our facilities. Staff will provide alternatives for maintaining contact with loved ones during this time as we know how important the support of friends and family is to your recovery.

Offsite Travel & Activities Policy:
For the safety of all patients, Advanced Recovery Systems is actively restricting offsite travel and activities until further notice.

Questions or Concerns?
If you have questions or further concerns about any of our policy updates, please check back frequently, or you can reach out directly by calling 855-387-3291.

Next Steps

Now that you’ve decided to begin treatment at The Recovery Village Columbus, it’s time to prepare for your stay. Knowing what to bring, what to leave behind and how to reach our Columbus facility sets the stage for your lifelong recovery.

What to Bring

This guide ensures you have everything you need while you’re with us, so you can focus on what’s really important — healing. We recommend that new residents pack the following items:

  • Season-appropriate clothing, including outerwear when appropriate
  • Sweater or jacket for indoors
  • Comfortable sleepwear
  • Toothbrush, unopened toothpaste, and alcohol-free mouthwash
  • Unopened shampoo and conditioner, if you prefer a specific brand, or you may use supplied products (cannot contain alcohol in the first 3 ingredients)
  • Unopened sunscreen
  • Unopened face wash and moisturizer
  • Unopened lotion
  • Unopened lip balm
  • Unopened feminine products
  • Unopened makeup (limited amount)
  • Unopened essential oils or fragrances (if desired)
  • Contact lenses and unopened contact solution (if necessary)
  • Glasses and/or sunglasses (if necessary)
  • Any tobacco product you wish to use during the length of your stay if you’re under the age of 21
    • Our facility staff will not be able to purchase tobacco products for patients under the age of 21. Patients under the age of 21, and in our care, will not be able to purchase tobacco products while with us.
  • Hair brush
  • Blow dryer/styling tools (must be in safe and working condition)
  • Hobby items (journals, sketchbooks, etc.)
  • At least one form of government-issued ID
  • Necessary travel documentation
  • Relevant medical records
  • A list of family members and their contact information
  • A form of payment (debit card, credit card, cash or checkbook) for shopping during certain levels of care

What Not to Bring

Rehabilitation is an opportunity to distance yourself from the people, places and ways of thinking that contribute to your drug or alcohol use. Because your focus is on recovery, certain items are prohibited from The Recovery Village Columbus. Items NOT permitted at our facility include:

  • Computers
  • Tablets
  • Video game consoles
  • Kindle e-readers or other devices that connect to the internet or take photos
  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Drug or alcohol paraphernalia
  • Pornographic material
  • Card decks, games and sporting equipment
  • Hygiene products that have alcohol listed as one of the first three ingredients (mouthwash, conditioner, etc.)
  • Aerosol products (hairspray, deodorant, etc.)
  • Cameras or handheld video or tape recorders
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Vaporizers (vapes) and electronic cigarettes
  • Dental floss (dental floss will be provided)
  • Opened toiletry products
  • Weapons (including pocket knives)
  • Clothing depicting drugs, drug paraphernalia, explicit language and/or images
  • Inappropriate, overly revealing clothing like short shorts and tank tops
  • Any device that can connect to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

Travel Details

Wherever you’re coming from, our intake coordinators at The Recovery Village Columbus make sure you arrive at our center in a safe and timely manner. During the admissions process, all necessary travel accommodations are booked and confirmed by you or your loved ones. If you’re traveling by air, you’ll be picked up from the airport and transported to the center.

Arriving at the Designated Times & Expectations After Arrival

Admission times are scheduled to ensure each person arriving at our facility gets the full attention of our care team, when not arriving on time this may cause you not to immediately be treated and may cause you to have a wait time. Please do your best to arrive at your scheduled admission time.

To ensure the safety and sobriety of both new and current patients, each resident must consent to a search of both their person and belongings upon arrival at The Recovery Village Columbus. During this search, staff members will collect any items not permitted during treatment and store them in a safe and secure place until your stay is over. Additional random searches may be conducted throughout your time at The Recovery Village Columbus.

Phone Use

Because healing is your first priority, keeping distractions to a minimum is key for recovery. For the safety and privacy of all patients, cell phones will be securely stored upon arrival and used during case management. After an initial 72-hour stabilization period, you may use the facility phone three times per week for 15 minutes during non-clinical hours.

The Facility

Located in the heart of Ohio, just 10 miles from downtown Columbus, our facility provides a relaxing environment for healing. Franklin County is home to lush green spaces and public parks, perfect for reconnecting with nature during the early stages of recovery from substance use disorder. Visit our website to learn more about The Recovery Village Columbus, including the amenities and treatment programs.

Amenities and Therapies

Our amenities are part of what makes The Recovery Village Columbus so unique. The following are samples of the amenities and activities offered*:

  • Two exercise gyms
  • Shuffleboard, pool table, additional games and big screen TV in recreation room
  • Prepared meals
  • On-site laundry (done by clients)
  • General housekeeping services
  • Yoga therapy
  • Art therapy and studio
  • 12-Step and SMART Recovery meetings

*Activities may change from time to time or from season to season. Access to these amenities varies depending on situational medical recommendations and level of care.

The Recovery Village Columbus Fitness Center


Our facility features a full cafeteria with on-site meals prepared in a kitchen managed by our on-site chef. Typically, you will have a few different meals to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with vegetarian and vegan options available. Salad options are also available for lunch and dinner. Snacks are provided. No outside snacks or meals are permitted in the facility. If you have any food allergies, please let us know prior to your arrival so we can appropriately accommodate you.

Sleeping Arrangements

Rooms at The Recovery Village Columbus provide you with a comfortable place to rest during your recovery. Two patients typically occupy each room. Each room includes a bathroom shared with a roommate and the adjoining room for a total of four people. Each room has its own sink. The number of residents in each room may vary depending on your individual treatment stage and care needs.

A Day in the Life

Your days at The Recovery Village Columbus will be spent learning how to live a life free from drug and alcohol use. You’ll find new hobbies, make lasting connections with others and rediscover your own personal interests without relying on substances.

As you move through the different levels of care, your daily life will change as you gain new insight and advance through treatment. Depending on the level of care, your day may include group and individual therapy sessions, recreational activities and more. While no two programs are exactly alike, you can expect personalized care and healing groups throughout your stay.

Types of Therapy

During your stay, you’ll participate in a variety of personalized therapy sessions. These sessions are designed to help you heal from addiction by recognizing and overcoming triggers, personal scars and past struggles. Your treatment may include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectic behavioral therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
  • SMART Recovery meetings
  • 12-Step and Back to Basics meetings

Family Visits and Therapy

During treatment, it’s important to reconcile with yourself and your family. We provide once-weekly family therapy sessions for you and your parents, spouse, children or other family members. Your family may choose to come to our facility for in-person counseling sessions and visits, or your sessions can be provided by phone. We also hold monthly family weekends, where loved ones can learn more about the treatment process and how to best support you in recovery. Our goal is to provide guidance to your family members and help you all gain awareness into how to begin healing together.

Off-Site Visits

While your treatment will take place at The Recovery Village Columbus, there may be off-site opportunities available. Off-site visit opportunities are determined by level of care and medical needs. With a range of recreation options, including yoga, exercise gyms, a recreation room and more available on-site, there are plenty of activities available to aid in your recovery.

Update on Offsite Travel & Activities Policy: For the safety of all patients, Advanced Recovery Systems is actively restricting offsite travel and activities until further notice.

Smoke Breaks

The Recovery Village Columbus allows residents to take periodic smoke breaks during designated times. The timing and frequency of these breaks will be determined based on programming. If you smoke, you will need to bring enough unopened cigarettes or tobacco products for the anticipated length of your stay. Smoking cessation products may be offered during your treatment. Please note that vaporizers are not permitted.

Please note: patients under the age of 21 will not have the opportunity to purchase tobacco products during their stay. Our staff is not able to provide or purchase tobacco products for patients under the age of 21.

The Treatment Process

There are a variety of treatment programs at The Recovery Village Columbus, ranging from around-the-clock medical detox and residential care to intensive outpatient care. The treatment programs that you participate in will depend on your own personal needs. Care often starts with medical detox, an intensive process that typically takes between five and 10 days. From there, you’ll either move to residential care, partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient care, where you’ll continue treatment before formulating an aftercare plan with your medical, clinical and case management team.

The entire treatment process varies in length based on individual needs, but often lasts between 35 and 45 days. After treatment, you’ll return home equipped with the tools and resources you need to continue your recovery at home, work and everywhere in between. Your treatment may include:

Medically Assisted Treatment

Depending on the substance, quitting cold turkey can be dangerous and life-threatening. That’s why The Recovery Village Columbus provides a regulated medical detox plan and 24-hour care for those in residential treatment. Individualized clinical care and tapering medications ensure that you have a healthy and comfortable transition. Before leaving The Recovery Village Columbus, our staff will provide you with a list of local resources and clinics for continuous care as you start your substance-free life.

Alumni Program

During your treatment, you’ll become part of a dynamic recovery family. But that camaraderie doesn’t end when you leave The Recovery Village Columbus. After treatment, you’ll have access to local physicians, 12-step groups and clinicians. Staying connected with others who understand your struggle can be a strategic and essential part of continuous recovery.

Our Team

Tiffany Bell

Tiffany Bell

Medical Director


Dr. Tiffany L. Bell is a Central Ohio-trained physician in Psychiatry. She currently practices Addiction and General Psychiatry in Columbus, Ohio. She has a background working with a multitude of mental health conditions and substance dependencies. Dr. Bell has worked and trained in broad and...

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Amy Cochran

Amy Cochran

Director of Nursing


Amy Cochran MHA, RN is an experienced nurse leader, with 15 years of experience in addiction and mental health nursing. She’s worked as a staff nurse in hospital-based detox, residential treatment and outpatient medication-assisted treatment programs before moving into administrative and...

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Christine Curtis

Christine Curtis

Executive Director


Dr. Christine Curtis has joined Advanced Recovery Systems as the new Executive Director of The Recovery Village at Columbus. Dr. Curtis brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in behavioral health and addiction treatment. She has held previous executive leadership roles including...

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Robert Fishman

Robert Fishman

Vice President of Admissions

Robert Fishman is the vice president of admissions at Advanced Recovery Systems, a position he has held since May of 2013. Robert prioritizes customer service by ensuring a seamless experience for patients, insurance providers and other partners. Before joining the ARS team, he was the...

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Jenna Moran

Jenna Moran

Clinical Director


Jenna Moran is the Clinical Director at The Recovery Village Columbus. Jenna has worked in the mental health field since 2011, with extensive experience in treating addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Jenna is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor and Licensed...

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Insurance and Your Obligation During Treatment

As you are probably aware, nearly all health insurance plans require you to pay some out-of-pocket costs in order to access your healthcare benefits. These expenses may include Deductibles, Co-Pays, Coinsurance % and Maximum Out-of-Pocket Expenses (collectively, the “Patient Responsibility”).

Your individual Patient Responsibility will vary based on a number of factors including:

  • Your individual benefits plan
  • Length of stay at center
  • Type of services received during treatment
  • Other services offered at center, but not covered by your insurance provider (lab tests, non-covered prescriptions, etc.)
  • Reasonable boarding fees (should you decide to stay with the facility for treatment at outpatient levels of care)

An intake coordinator will review your Patient Responsibility with you at the time of admission or as soon as possible once you are medically stable. They will explain that the deductible is due upon admittance to the facility and the co-insurance amount and out-of-pocket balance will be billed and paid for after treatment once services are complete. On-site financial counselors will again review your financial responsibility during treatment with case managers who can help you navigate FMLA.

It is your responsibility to check with your insurance provider prior to admitting at The Recovery Village Columbus to understand your individual benefits plan. Please note that your insurance plan may not be a “participating provider” with The Recovery Village Columbus. You are responsible for all non-covered and out-of-pocket costs related to your treatment stay.

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