The Recovery Village Columbus Welcome Guide:
What to Expect from Intake to Aftercare

The Path to Health Starts Here

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.

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 successful 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 cold weather clothing
    • 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)
    • Unopened sunscreen
    • Unopened face wash and moisturizer
    • Unopened lotion
    • Unopened lip balm
    • Unopened feminine products
  • 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 of this, certain items are prohibited from The Recovery Village Columbus to help you focus on recovery. 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
    • Products that contain alcohol (mouthwash, etc.)
    • Cameras or handheld video or tape recorders
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Vaporizers (vapes)
    • Dental floss (dental floss will be provided)
    • Opened toiletry products
    • Weapons (including pocket knives)
    • Clothing depicting drugs, drug paraphernalia, explicit language and/or images

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.

Expectations After Arrival

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.

Cell 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 signed in and out by your therapist during specific sessions. After an initial 72-hour blackout period, you may use the phone three times per week for 20 minutes during non-clinical hours.

The Facility

Located right 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 to overcome substance use disorder. Feel free to 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 a sample of the amenities and activities offered at our facility*:

  • Two exercise gyms
  • Shuffleboard, pool table, additional games and big screen TV in recreation room
  • Prepared meals
  • On-site laundry and 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. Your access to these amenities will vary depending on situational medical recommendations.


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, the sample schedule below will give you an idea of what to expect at The Recovery Village Columbus.

Types of Therapy

During your stay, you’ll participate in a variety of personalized therapy sessions. These sessions are designed to help you conquer 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

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    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 support to your family members and help you all gain awareness into how to begin healing together.

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    Off-Site Visits

    While your treatment will take place at The Recovery Village Columbus, there may be off-site opportunities available. Off-site visits may vary between residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. 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.

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    Smoke Breaks

    For some recovering substance users, smoking can be helpful in curbing cravings and staying focused on sobriety. Because of this, The Recovery Village Columbus allows residents to take periodic smoke breaks. The timing and frequency of these breaks will be determined based on situational medical recommendations. Differing levels of care have separate designating smoking areas. If you smoke, you will need to bring enough cigarettes or tobacco products for the anticipated length of your stay. Only cigarettes are allowed, no vaporizers, e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes. Smoking cessation products will be offered during your treatment.

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 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 a nationwide alumni network of former patients to help keep you sober and accountable. Staying connected with others who understand your struggle with virtual and in-person meetups 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 is currently practicing addiction and general psychiatry in Columbus, Ohio. Her background includes working with a multitude of mental illnesses and substance dependencies.

  • Heath Bechler
    Executive Director

    Heath Bechler has been a leader in the addictions and mental health treatment field for over 20 years. He got his start in the mental health field working in a group home in Colorado, where he worked as a counselor and administrator. Most recently, Heath has been the CEO of EMPAC, a non-profit employee assistance company. He also spent the past four years teaching as an adjunct professor for two community colleges.

  • Judy McGlone

    Judy McGlone
    Director of Nursing

    As director of nursing, Judy McGlone encourages and leads her staff to provide exceptional, patient-centered care to everyone who comes through the doors of The Recovery Village Columbus. She has dedicated her career to helping patients overcome substance use disorders and accompanying co-occurring disorders with a caring approach to individualized treatment.

  • Lena Wooten

    Lena Wooton
    Clinical Director

    Lena Wooten, the clinical director of The Recovery Village Columbus, provides a compassionate approach to each patient and helps them work toward long-term recovery. Each encounter with Lena showcases her expertise in substance use disorder treatment. She empowers people to overcome personal obstacles and understands that empathy and compassion are key to working with individuals who suffer from addiction and mental illness.

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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