Amethyst is one of the only long-term residential rehabs in the state of Ohio that allows children to stay with their mothers during treatment. In addition to helping homeless women confront and overcome substance abuse, the facility empowers its clients by teaching them appropriate parenting and coping skills, and helping them find permanent housing and employment. Utilizing a distinctive, gender-specific treatment model, Amethyst focuses on the roles that poverty and trauma play in drug and alcohol abuse in women.
Areas of Specialization
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Meet the Staff
Kate Saylor, Psy.D.
Dr. Kate Saylor is a Columbus native with 14yrs experience in nonprofit leadership and proven success in advocacy and collaboration. Formally, ED of the New Hampshire Psychological Assoc. she has broad experience managing behavioral healthcare organizations for women and children in recovery.
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Based in Columbus, Ohio, the nonprofit Amethyst provides substance abuse treatment and sober living support for women and their children, many of whom are homeless or struggling financially. The center’s gender-specific, trauma-informed care is offered at intensive outpatient (IOP) and standard outpatient (OP) levels, and recovery housing allows for children to stay with their mothers for the duration of treatment. Amethyst also facilitates other services including medical care, career training, and job placement.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, the average length of stay for clients and their families is 23 months. During this time, clients receive case management and comprehensive treatment that includes individual counseling for addiction and co-occurring disorders, group therapy, parenting education, medical care, and job preparedness training. Intensive outpatient treatment, which requires daily sessions, is available, as is a standard level of outpatient treatment, which is more flexible and can be customized according to the individual client’s needs.
In addition to substance abuse treatment, Amethyst provides family-centered programming that includes counseling and medical care for children, as well as after school programming and summer camp.
According to the facility’s website, the executive team includes two licensed social workers, and all services are administered by licensed or certified clinicians.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Amethyst maintains up to 150 sober living units that can accommodate women who are enrolled in treatment, as well as their children. Few details regarding the facility itself are available, but individuals polled by Rehabs.com gave accommodations above average marks, with four out of five respondents to date awarding perfect five-star ratings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The handful of alumni polled by Rehabs.com had mostly positive things to say about the treatment they received. One anonymous reviewer gave her experience five out of five stars and characterized Amethyst as “an overall great facility.” More than one survey respondent praised the staff. An anonymous alum found the center’s employees to be “[like] a family,” and S.J. described them as “understanding,” “loving,” and “caring.”
S.J. also found staff to be too lenient at times. “Gives too many chances sometimes,” she wrote. Jeneane reported that the center’s treatment was effective because it addressed issues underlying her addiction. “They gave me the tools to be successful and I chose to relapse because I held back and didn't discuss the things I have been through. They provided all I needed to live,” she wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The one anonymous loved one polled by Rehabs.com gave the center’s treatment effectiveness four out of five stars and described it as a “very good facility.” This reviewer commented on the strong health and safety classes, but felt that there was too much “fussing about” in groups.
Amethyst’s website indicates that all women, regardless of their financial situation, are provided treatment.
Updated December 2016
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