Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic - Youngstown in Youngstown, OH

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2151 Rush Boulevard
Youngstown OH 44507

Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic - Youngstown Philosophy

Addiction is a chronic disease, not a lack of self-control. If you are abusing alcohol or other drugs, Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic's personalized treatment plans can help. Our highly trained experts will give you the tools you need to reclaim your health - and rediscover a life worth living.

Areas of Specialization

  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

  • Medical Detoxification
    Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.

Facility Highlights

Group Therapy

Family Therapy

Individual Therapy

Meet the Staff

Gerald (Jerry) V. Carter, LPCC-S, LICDC

Executive Director

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Jerry Carter is the Executive Director of the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic (NKRC) where he oversees all activities of the organization’s four locations throughout Ohio. He also is the executive vice president for Ohio Operations within Gateway Rehab, NKRC’s parent organization. He is a past president of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Licensure Board and is past vice president of the Ohio Alliance of Recovery Providers. He is a part-time instructor in the graduate program at Youngstown State University as well as an experienced trainer and consultant. Mr. Carter holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Certified Reality Therapist, an Ohio Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (with supervision endorsement) and an Ohio Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor.

Douglas Wentz, M.A., OCPS II

Community Services Director

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Douglas Wentz is Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic’s Community Services Director in charge of programs involving prevention, training and community relations. In his role, Mr. Wentz also consults and provides training for professional and community organizations. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Mahoning County Family and Children First Council and has served as a regional epidemiologist for the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network (OSAM) as well as an outcome framework trainer for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. He chaired the credentialing Board Committee which developed the prevention credentials for the State of Ohio and is the past president of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Mr. Wentz received his bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and holds a master's degree from Kent State University.

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ABOUT NEIL KENNEDY RECOVERY CLINIC - YOUNGSTOWN

Located in Youngstown, Ohio, Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic is one of 22 recovery centers managed by Gateway Rehab. While outpatient services, extended care, and community programming are offered through the organization’s other facilities, the Youngstown center provides detox and inpatient treatment for adults and adolescents struggling with substance abuse.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

According to the facility’s website, all clients begin their stay with a series of screenings and diagnostic assessments that help determine the most appropriate course of treatment. Clients requiring medical attention for withdrawal symptoms may be prescribed medication to help with stabilization.

The clinic utilizes a “bio-psycho-social-spiritual” approach that is customized according the individual client’s needs. Counselors employ cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and instruct clients on the 12-Steps. Therapy is conducted in one-on-one, group, and family settings.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According to the center’s website, the facility employs counselors, therapists, physicians, and nurses.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Few details regarding the center’s housing are available. However, the 22 survey respondents polled by Rehabs.com (a mix of alumni, friends, and family members) provided an average rating of 3.5 out of five stars for accommodations. The six alumni who were surveyed regarding the center’s cleanliness provided a rating of three out of five stars.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Ratings for this facility were low overall, but the highest ratings went to the program’s family participation and the center’s cleanliness, which received 3.17 and three stars respectively, based on feedback from six respondents. An anonymous alum liked the counseling they received, as well as the location and the facility itself, but noted that the center “tries to treat too many clients at once.”

The staff’s level of training and experience received a rating of 2.67 out of five stars, and the program’s counseling options received 2.83 stars. Survey respondents shared mixed reviews regarding the center’s staff. One anonymous alum described staff as “good and knowledgeable,” while Loraine found her counselor to be “mean.” “She told me that there was no help for me,” Loraine told Rehabs.com.

Alumni were least impressed with the center’s exercise and leisure options and holistic offerings, which received respective ratings of 1.83 stars and 1.5 stars out of a potential five. “No exercise program,not enough one on one counseling,” Tammy wrote in a representative review.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The eight friends and family members polled by Rehabs.com were most impressed with the program’s family participation, which received a rating of 4.13 out of five stars. “I was a visitor of a patient and had an easy going experience to visit,” one anonymous respondent wrote. Loved ones also provided high ratings for the center’s cleanliness, affordability, counseling options, and the staff’s level of training and experience, all of which received an average rating of 3.75 stars. “Good recovery program, knowledgeable in the 12 step program. On site nurses available,” Brenda wrote.

The center’s holistic offerings received the lowest rating of three stars. Other areas of critique include the number of clients treated at one time, as well as a lack of security. One loved one reported the theft of a client’s personal items, and another anonymous reviewer felt their son could have benefited from more individualized attention. “Too many people and not enough one on one time for each individuals needs,” they wrote.

FINANCING

Per the facility’s website, the center is in-network with most insurance providers.

Updated November 2016

Published on April 2017

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Mediocre services all around

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God saved me by coming here was well worth the effort they expected of me thanks to the staff I've got some what of my life back after 40th years of drinking and partying I thank them and my God as I understand him

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Great support system. Wonderful experience from beginning to end

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Knowledge of the treatment needed. Too many people and not enough one on one time for each individuals needs. My son was there for about one year, and it helped quit a bit. I feel though that he may have needed to want to be there for the program to help instaed of being forced.

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good counseling service location, facility itself, too much emphasis on relapse this facility tries to treat too many clients at once.

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counselors were a strength. location was an issue for me. the counselors are good and knowledgable

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The counseling could've been better. My counselor was mean and kicked me out. She told me that there was no help for me

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Staff are well involved and schooled. The people attending the place must be willing to except the change, so I feel they need to inform the, better of this. I was a visitor of a patient and had an easy going experience to visit.

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Compassion which was a strength but crowded. Clean, close to home area

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It helps those with addictions. It has helped numerous people with addiction problems

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Location was a strength but theft of personal items was not.

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The staff is constantly at each others throats. There was no 1 on 1 counseling. There were bedbugs. Just another rehab mill. Very bad experience.

This treatment center should be a 5 star across the board. Never have I had better counseling and treatment. This group of counselors and staff know how to make us Recovering addicts and Alcoholics confront your addiction head on and start living in a good orderly direction. Neil Kennedy saved my life and gave me hope when I felt hopeless.

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The women's counselor is very rude, lazy, and unhelpful. Most of the time she won't help you with anything and will actually tell you to ask another staff member instead of trying to be helpful.It's hard to recover without a good counselor that you can relate to.the facility itself is filthy.they had bed bugs and the bedrooms are disgusting.there's no type of exercise or relaxation.It's just group after group in uncomfortable chairs.Most of the groups are unorganized with nothing to be gained from being there.

Unorganized and your belongings will come up missing.

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Great food!! No exercise program,not enough one on one counseling. Small facility,holds 16 people 8 woman and 8 men. Some of the nursing staff is rude. Detox is not long enough.

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Good recovery program, knowledgeable in the 12 step program. On site nurses available. Unlike it used to be, the food is not readily available as it used to be, so nutritionally it's not up to par. My experience from 17 years ago is definitely not as agreeable friendly as my niece and others experience in the past 10 years.

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Strenghts: Groups encouraging advice good food great staff aa meetings. lack of communication with counselors dealing with outside treatment options. With my group experience i learned so much about myself and my addiction. It was tough to get through mentally but i must say that youngstown saved my life. I will always be forever so greatful to the staff there who helped me and taught me how to live clean and sober. I have 14 months clean today. Thank you for rehab. I could never have done this alone.

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Alot of classes and meeting were nice. Not enough spiritual or other things to do no ecercise equipment or arts and crafts. When your not in a class or meeting your bored.

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Need more government funded rehabilitation.

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I was only able to stay for 3 days, just longer enough to detox and I relapsed within 6 mos. They did set me up with aftercare and AA meetings. I got sober on my own 3 yrs later and have almost 10 yrs of sobeirty

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Just worked the program with my sponsor once I left.

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