Holly Hill Hospital Philosophy
Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Holy Hill has been providing quality mental health and substance abuse treatment for more than 35 years. The facility offers programs for adults, adolescents and children, and is committed to improving the quality of life for each and every client that walks through the door. Addiction treatment combines traditional group therapy with 12-Step facilitation and peer-to-peer support.
Areas of Specialization
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Meet the Staff
Thomas Cornwall, MD
Medical Director and Clinical Director for Child Services
Jessica Lincoln, LCSW
Director of Clinical Services
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ABOUT HOLLY HILL HOSPITAL
Located four miles east of downtown Raleigh, Holly Hill is a behavioral health hospital that treats a range of mental health disorders, including substance abuse and dual diagnoses. It operates two locations: one for clients under the age of 17, and one for those 18 and older. Substance abuse programs (which are provided on the adult campus) consist of medically managed detox, a residential program, and outpatient care.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Holly Hill views addiction as a treatable medical illness. All programming is firmly rooted in the 12-Steps. Clients are admitted voluntarily, but a 72-hour notice is required for early discharge.
Residential care is offered in the context of a traditional 28-day residential program that supplements 12-step work with individual and group therapy. The residential program also uses a strengths-based program called Treatment Trails. A partial hospitalization program (PHP) follows the Matrix Model, which uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) alongside contingency management, motivational interviewing, family participation, and 12-step work.
According to the facility’s website, the treatment team includes psychiatrists, physicians, registered nurses, mental health technicians, social workers, therapists, and recreation therapists. The 15 individuals polled on the staff’s level of training and experience at the time of this writing gave it an average rating of 3.27 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photos published on the facility’s website show comfortable but sparsely decorated bedrooms, an indoor basketball court, shared computers, and some outdoors seating. The 14 reviewers polled on the facility’s cleanliness at the time of this writing gave it a 3.29-star average rating.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni reviews are evenly split between positive and negative, but survey results overall indicated a lack of holistic and exercise offerings.
More than one client praised the facility’s staff. “The Dr., was one of the best therapists I have ever had… The therapists that ran our classes were excellent in getting everyone involved,” A.J.K. wrote. However, A.J.K. added that there were “a few bad eggs” — a conclusion echoed by several individuals, such as R.M. who wrote that nurses were “snappy and overworked.”
Yet others complained of dirty, run-down facilities. More seriously, Aiden told Rehabs.com: “I felt extremely unsafe in this hospital, being in the middle of several violent and dangerous fights. I was misdiagnosed while here and was treated as if I were incapable of feeling emotion.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from loved ones were also split roughly evenly between positive and negative experiences. The 10 individuals polled on a variety of treatment aspects at the time of this writing cumulatively gave the facility 2.9 stars for its family program, 3.3 stars for its staff’s level of training and experience, and two stars for its holistic options. When asked, on a scale from one to five, if they’d recommend the facility, the 10 individuals gave an average rating of 3.1.
Positive commentary described the facility as clean and well maintained, with plenty of counselors — though both some alumni and other loved ones disagreed, saying they felt the facility was understaffed. Furthermore, more than one reviewer said they felt clients were discharged too early. “Do not keep long enough to really treat the problem. The one who was admitted was discharged too soon,” one anonymous individual wrote.
According to the facility’s website, it is a preferred provider for most commercial insurers, and also accepts Medicare, Managed Medicaid, and TriCare. The 15 individuals polled on the facility’s affordability at the time of this writing gave it an average rating of three out of five stars.
Updated August 2016
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