Turning Point Philosophy
Turning Point Chemical Dependency Treatment Center consists of two separate campuses, both located in Franklin, Pennsylvania. The main campus is located on 24 wooded acres overlooking the Allegheny River. The cornerstone building on this campus, Assisi Hall, was originally the mansion of a lumber baron and was built in the 1890’s. The detoxification unit and men’s short and long-term treatment programs are located on this campus. The detoxification unit is licensed for 14 clients, and the treatment program can accommodate 54 males.
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.
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.
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ABOUT TURNING POINT
Situated on two expansive campuses in Franklin, Pa., Turning Point provides inpatient substance abuse treatment for adult men and women. Both long- and short-term residential programs are offered, and there is a detox unit located on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Depending on the results of an initial assessment, clients begin treatment with medically monitored detoxification. Once stabilized, clients move on to either short- or long-term programming; stays may last anywhere from 24 to 120 days. Treatment for short-term clients includes individual therapy at least twice a week and group therapy five days a week, while both short- and long-term clients participate in workshops on anger management and relapse prevention, and addiction education.
Turning Point bases its treatment on the 12-Steps, and residents attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings both on- and off-site. Clients are encouraged to obtain a local sponsor to help them attend meetings. A family program is held every Saturday for loved ones who wish to participate in the recovery process. Lunch is served during sessions.
Turning Point’s treatment team is led by a medical director and consists of physicians, a nurse practitioner, licensed addiction counselors, and a 24-hour nursing staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Men and women reside in gender-separate residences. The men’s unit can accommodate 54 clients and is located on the main campus near the detox center. The women’s facility, which can accommodate 28 clients, is located three miles from the main campus. The women’s facility has two apartments attached to the house. Pictures on the facility’s website depict a dining area and comfortable furnishing.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing there have been 20 alumni polled by Rehabs.com. Out of this group, four gave ratings of three out of five stars for the variety of counseling options offered, 3.5 stars for the cell phone and visitation policy, 3.5 stars for staff experience, and 3.75 stars for the facility’s exercise and leisure options. They also gave 4.25 stars for three categories, including the family participation policy, affordability, and how likely they were to recommend the facility to a friend or family member seeking treatment.
There were mixed reviews offered by multiple alumni. Alum D.P.R. wrote that the facility was poorly run. The alum added, “Just an overall bad experience. I'm sure the operators of the facility would say it was my own fault.” D.P.R. entered treatment for substance abuse in 2014 (at the age of 40 to 59) and chose Turning Point Franklin based on the referral of a friend/family member. The alum stayed for 15 to 29 days, completed treatment successfully, but did not enter aftercare. D.P.R. relapsed and wrote “I would NEVER return to Turning Point.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Four out of the six loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing indicated that they would recommend the facility to others. Loved one R.C. praised the treatment environment, writing: “Very much a atmosphere of becoming a family with staff and other patients.” R.C.’s child, who entered treatment for substance abuse, stayed at the facility for 61 to 90 days. R.C. played an active role in treatment.
Yet one anonymous loved one noted the high rate of relapse and another commented on the lack of education for family members, writing: “I would have liked to have had more support and counseling from the staff on dealing with an addict and how to leave an addict without feeling guilty.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
The only staff member polled by Rehabs.com to date, N.S.T., wrote that a strength of the facility was its wonderful long term care. N.S.T., a current employee at the time of this writing, has worked at the facility for one to five years, and gave four stars for the overall quality of patient treatment and care.
No specific prices are listed online, but according to the facility’s website, Turning Point works with several insurance providers. For those without insurance, “competitive” self-pay rates are available. CiteHealth reports that Turning Point accepts private insurance.1
Updated April 2017
Published on June 2017
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