Valley Hope Association Philosophy
The very first treatment program offered within the Valley Hope network, the facility at Norton provides individualized substance abuse treatment for patients 16 and older. 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 Norton also offers family support programs both on-site and online.
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.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Meet the Staff
Megan K. O’Connor
Director of Development
Megan K. O’Connor began her career in business, after acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Oregon State University. Megan began her work with Valley Hope in 2003 in Norton, Kansas. Megan was certified as an alcohol and drug addiction counselor in 2004, after completing the Valley Hope Counselor Training Program. She worked as a counselor at Norton Valley Hope and enjoyed her work with individuals, families and continuing care groups. Megan was promoted to Director of Development for Valley Hope Association in November 2005 and her work with the Foundation began a new journey. Goals as Director of Development focus on fundraising and alumni relations. Megan has acquired a certificate of fundraising management from The School of Philanthropy, from the University of Indiana. She enjoys traveling and meeting longtime alumni of Valley Hope and others, who support our mission.
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ABOUT VALLEY HOPE ASSOCIATION - NORTON
Set in the hilly, rural, picturesque town of Norton, Kan., Valley Hope Norton was founded in 1967 as the first rehab in the now-extensive, multi-location Valley Hope Association. The facility offers medical detox, residential treatment, as well as partial day care to men and women over the age of 16 who are struggling with substance abuse issues.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
All patients receive a comprehensive assessment upon admission, which includes a medical exam, nursing assessment, psychosocial history, and psychological screening.
The program is 12-step based and length of stay varies depending upon individual need. Clients receive more than 40 hours of treatment a week, including individual counseling, small group therapy, psychoeducational groups, and spiritual counseling with a nondenominational chaplain. They also attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and/or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings in the community.
A major emphasis is placed on family at Valley Hope, and family members are encouraged to participate in their loved one’s recovery. The facility runs family programs that include specialized small groups, educational lectures, and individual counseling sessions.
In addition to a 24-hour nursing staff, the treatment team includes consulting physicians/psychologists and certified chemical dependency counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 56-bed facility is set in a straightforward, low-rise building along US-36.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni response to Valley Hope Norton is highly positive. When asked if they would recommend treatment at Valley Hope Norton to others, the three alumni polled on this metric gave two four-star ratings and a perfect five-star rating. Those surveyed by Rehabs.com gave the facility four or five out of five stars in most categories, including treatment effectiveness, the staff’s level of training and experience, counseling options, family participation, and cleanliness.
The program received low ratings for holistic offerings, as each alum gave only two out of five stars, and a couple of former clients specifically called this out when surveyed by Rehabs.com.
On Valley Hope Norton’s Facebook, which the center can manage, 44 reviewers to date gave an average rating of 4.7 out of five stars. 40 of the 44 reviews were perfect five-star ratings, with three outlying one-star ratings. A handful of reviewers who chose to leave commentary mentioned that they received treatment decades ago and still have lasting sobriety.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The four loved ones polled to date also offered positive feedback and when asked if they would recommend the facility, gave an average rating of 4.25 out of five stars. Counseling options were especially lauded, receiving an average rating of 4.6 out of five stars. Praise in loved ones’ comments focused on the good reputation of the experienced staff, while criticisms mentioned outdated accommodations and the short length of treatment.
There's currently no specific information available on pricing via the facility's website. According to its website, Valley Hope accepts most forms of private insurance. There are discounted treatment programs for clients who agree to pay in cash without the use of health insurance. A patient loan program is also offered to clients who qualify.
Updated February 2017
Published on March 2017
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