Valley Hope - O'Neill Philosophy
Founded in 1977, the O'Neill Valley Hope facility offers residential treatment for men and women ages 16 and up. The facility takes a 12-step approach to recovery, and combines AA’s principles with psycho-educational and small-group counseling to give each client a solid foundation for long-lasting sobriety. Family support and education is also provided, as is a plan for continued care long after treatment is complete.
Areas of Specialization
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
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
Community Services Clinician
Deb Ludemann has been with O’Neill Valley Hope since 2002, when she entered the counselor training program. She is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) and, after working as a counselor at O’Neill Valley Hope for 8 years, took the position of Community Services Clinician. Her job now includes some of the duties of counselor when in O’Neill, but also has her on the road networking and helping get people into treatment. When substance abuse gets in-between a person and what is important to them, Deb believes in the need for people to begin their recovery journey to get back what is important to them in their lives.
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ABOUT VALLEY HOPE — O’NEILL
Valley Hope in O’Neill, Neb., is one of 16 substance abuse treatment centers operated by the Midwestern nonprofit organization. Located in a rural area in the north-central region of the state, Valley Hope treats clients ages 16 and older through programs including on-site detoxification, residential treatment, aftercare.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Duration of stay varies by person, but most clients remain on-site for up to 30 days. Those who require medical assistance for withdrawal symptoms receive a complete physical and remain under close supervision until detox is complete. During this time, they may be prescribed medications to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
Once stabilized, clients begin a treatment program that consists of 40 hours of therapy per week. Treatment combines individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, non-denominational pastoral sessions, addiction education, 12-step work, and general health and wellness activities. Family members are encouraged to play an active role in their loved ones’ treatment through specialized sessions and interactive lectures.
Valley Hope’s staff is comprised of physicians, psychologists, nurses, counselors, and chaplains.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The O’Neill facility accommodates up to 76 clients at a time. Clients are permitted to bring cell phones with them to treatment, though they must follow the facility’s guidelines regarding usage. Few details regarding the residence are available, but Rehabs.com reviewers – a mix of alumni and loved ones of clients – gave both the facility’s accommodations and meals an average rating of four out of five stars. The five alumni who were polled regarding the center’s cleanliness provided an average rating of 4.6 stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing there have been five alumni polled by Rehabs.com. On average, alumni gave the facility four out of five stars for both affordability and staff experience/training, 4.2 stars for the facility’s cell phone and visitation policy, 4.6 stars for cleanliness, 4.8 stars for family participation, and 2.6 stars for counseling options offered at the facility. Alumni offered specific praise for the staff. Reviewers described the counselors as helpful, caring, and experienced. When asked if they would recommend the facility to a friend or family member, the alumni gave an average rating of 3.6 stars.
Most surveyed alumni directed their criticisms at the lack of fitness, recreational, and holistic options. Based on survey results from five alumni, the facility’s exercise and leisure offerings received an average rating of 3.2 out of five, while its holistic offerings received just two stars. “Absolutely NO fitness program, equipment or classes,” Sheryl told Rehabs.com.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones of alumni also shared mostly positive reviews of their experiences with Valley Hope. They were particularly impressed with the facility itself; the center’s accommodations, cleanliness, and meals received respective ratings of 4.17, 4.5, and 4.33 out of five stars, based on survey results from six friends and family members. One anonymous loved did, however, feel that there was “too much smoking.”
The center’s family programming was also well-received by loved ones, garnering an average rating of 4.33 out of five stars. One survey respondent, Kathy, who described her brother as a “changed person,” told Rehabs.com: “We were encouraged to visit and attend classes to learn how to help.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
The two staff members polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing shared praise for their employer. Both respondents noted that they would recommend the facility to others and provided five-star ratings for the center’s quality of care. Among the facility’s strengths, J.V. listed: “Willingness to accept clients despite financial issues.”
Valley Hope accepts many insurance providers and managed care plans, but Medicare and Medicaid are not accepted. The center offers a 10 percent discount to those who opt to self-pay for their treatment in cash. For individuals facing financial hardship, some scholarships are available. Additionally, Valley Hope offers affordable monthly payment plans.
Updated April 2017
Published on May 2017
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