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