Valley Hope Philosophy
Valley Hope at Atchison provides individualized substance abuse treatment for patients 16 and older. Treatment services include assessment, medically monitored detoxification, residential and partial/day programs, group, individual and family therapy, 12-step meetings, spirituality counseling, psycho-educational instruction and continuing care strategies. Valley Hope at Atchison also offers online family counseling and training.
Areas of Specialization
Suboxone Use for Opiate Addiction
The primary use of Suboxone is to treat addiction to opiates, including both heroin and prescription pain medications, although its base product, buprenorphine, is also approved to treat moderate to severe pain. According to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) website, “Suboxone [and a related drug, Subutex] are the first narcotic drugs available under the Drug Abuse Treatment Act (DATA) of 2000 for the treatment of opiate dependence that can be prescribed in a doctor’s office. This change will provide more patients the opportunity to access treatment.”
Drug And Alcohol Rehab Continuing Care
It is imperative that the patient has a well-defined continuing drug rehab care plan. Valley Hope offers weekly group therapy sessions to support recovery. The focus of the group sessions is relapse prevention and support. We encourage regular participation in a 12-step program as part of the drug and alcohol rehab continuing care plan.
Meet the Staff
Community Service Clinician for Valley Hope’s Kansas City/Atchison
Dee is our Community Service Clinician for Valley Hope’s Kansas City/Atchison continuum for alcohol, drug and related treatment services. Dee is a credentialed counselor and has been involved in the chemical dependency treatment field since 2004. She is an alumni of the Valley Hope Counselor training program and prior to accepting the community relations position, Dee worked as a counselor at Atchison Valley Hope for four years and in turn knows the value that Valley Hope can offer loved ones struggling with addiction.
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ABOUT VALLEY HOPE OF ATCHISON
In a scenic and historic town conveniently located just 30 minutes north of Kansas City International Airport, Valley Hope of Atchison is a residential treatment program that has a strong reputation for treatment effectiveness. Since having opened its doors in 1972, the nonprofit has provided 12-step based treatment for thousands of clients ages 16 and over. Medically monitored detoxification is offered on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
This residential program engages adult clients in more than 40 hours per week of multidisciplinary, individualized treatment. In addition to attending one-on-one counseling and group and therapy sessions, residents participate in psychoeducational courses, 12-step meetings and lectures, and non-denominational spiritual counseling. When appropriate, medical staff provide medication assisted treatment (MAT). According to the facility’s website, “most patients experience a residential treatment program that averages 17-30 days in length.”
Continuing care is seen as an imperative component to a successful recovery. Clients and their counselors develop plans that consist of follow-ups and regularly held alumni groups and meetings. Family members and significant others are strongly encouraged to join their loved ones in the recovery process and attend an online counseling option (for those unable to attend in person).
As an organization, Valley Hope employs a multidisciplinary staff of physicians, nurses, psychologists, chaplains, and counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Valley Hope of Atchison provides semi-private living arrangements for up to 72 adults at a time in simple, low-rise brick buildings overlooking the Missouri river. Residents regularly partake in wellness activities and are allotted personal time for “reflection, reading, and treatment assignments.” The kitchen and dietary staff prepare nutritious, home-cooked meals daily.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, a group of more than 40 former clients have been polled by Rehabs.com. Out of that group, 11 alumni gave the facility 3.45 out of five stars for its leisure options, 3.9 stars for its connectivity and visitor policy, and 4.3 stars for family participation. 10 alumni gave the facility 4.1 stars for staff experience and training, 4.2 stars for affordability, and 4.4 stars for cleanliness, and 4.5 stars when asked if they would recommend the facility to a friend or family member who was seeking treatment.
Many raved over their experiences. Alum R.J.T., for example, referred to hers as “the best experience of my life,” and alum D.H. told Rehabs.com: “They saved my life. Rehabs are like anything in life you get out of it what you put into it.”
Others praised the facility’s rigorous 12-step approach. “Valley Hope taught/supported me in my life long endeavor to live sober,” S.A.R. told Rehabs.com. Similarly, Mike proudly told his story: “Finally got it through my noggin that for me to have a peaceful and serene life, I needed to be cleaned. I have been clean and sober for over 12 years now.”
The facility does not make any pretenses at luxury, as former client S.A.R pointed out, there are “no frills, thrills or pampering." This sentiment was echoed by R.J.T., who told Rehabs.com: “This place is not fancy. No chocolates on the pillow. Not very comfortable, but the treatment is stellar.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Thirteen friends and family members were polled by Rehabs.com. Six loved ones gave 3.2 stars for the facility’s exercise and leisure options, three stars for affordability, 3.5 stars for staff experience and training, and 3.2 stars when asked if they would recommend the facility to a friend or family member seeking treatment.
Many also praised the facility for its welcoming family involvement, such as one anonymous parent who told Rehabs.com: “Valley Hope really gave our family some insight into the issues one of our family members was facing.”
Though loved one Stacy felt similarly, calling the staff “considerate of her part" in her child’s recovery, she did mention that she wasn’t taken seriously when “trying to explain to them he had more than a drug problem.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
There has been one staff member polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing. The staff member, C.S. is a former employee who last worked at the facility in 2007 and held a bachelor's degree. C.S. wrote that the facility is a private for profit facility that follows the 12-step model.
C.S. gave the facility five out of five stars when asked about the facility’s honesty in marketing/public relations, the willingness to put patients’ interests first, and the experience of the addiction staff. C.S. also gave the facility four stars for overall quality.
She wrote that Valley Hope had one of the best treatment philosophies that she ever saw after working in the field for 38 years.
Valley Hope works with an extensive list of insurance and managed care companies. The nonprofit also operates a cash discount program, financing options such as monthly payment plans, and a number of financial “scholarships.”
Updated April 2017
Published on May 2017
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