Valley Hope - O'Neill in O'Neill, NE

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1421 North 10th Street
O'Neill NE 68763

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

  • Aftercare Support
    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.

  • Family Program
    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.

Facility Highlights

Psycho-educational Lectures

12-Step Lectures

Spiritual Counseling

Meet the Staff

Deb Ludemann

Community Services Clinician

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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.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

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.”

FINANCING

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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Valley hope is a Great treatment centre ever was

Just wanted to say hello! I'm doing great and hope u r too. Still doing the wonderful work u do. Think of Valley often and will be forever great full for all the knowledge and help i received. Always think of you when NU has their first game. I didn't get to watch much of it cuz had homework for one guy. First discipline lesson. Anyway just wanted to say hi and hope u get this becuz this something new for me, computer stuff. I try my bosses patience at work,not a stronger point of mine! Thanks again! Tell everybody hi!

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Caring counselors!!!

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Keeps individuals busy. Lots of information. I feel the others should stay at facility busy but sometimes they were able to go into town. My relative was there and I wish he could have stayed longer.

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Very experienced counselors, many of whom have been through treatment themselves. Pretty good family program. Great at encouraging patients to support one another and help push each other, while still working on their individual recovery. There were several people as well as myself, that found out days to a week into detox/treatment that their insurance would only be covering a few days of their time there. Any additional time outside of that would have to come out of pocket. The troubling part was that this happened almost daily to someone and the facility never warned anyone that it may be an issue when they gave their insurance information. So everyone admitted is told they will be in the facility for thirty days and it will cost 'x' amount, when in reality it could be both a short time and more money. This facility is amazing. There is no better way to describe it. Is it a brand new, four star resort? No. There are no mani-pedis, hot stone massages or an exercise room with a personal trainer. But there are amazing counselors (many who have been through recovery themselves), a great staff, and more support than anyone could ever ask for. Valley Hope plants the seeds of recovery and by the time a patient is discharged, those seeds have taken root. One of the best things about this facility is that once patients are out of detox, they are permitted to leave campus for up to two hours at a time. Since O'Neill is a small town, there are several small restaurants and shopping areas that patients can take advantage of without leaving town (which isn't allowed). One of the best things about being able to leave campus is that patients can take advantage of the nightly AA and NA meetings in town. These are great starter meetings for beginners in the program, those returning after a relapse or to alumnae back in town for one of Valley Hope's monthly renewal days. Lastly, The Valley Hope Association has several locations that really assist in transitioning from inpatient treatment to a continuing care program or outpatient treatment. This place literally saved my life and I will be forever grateful!

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Knowledgable staff. Very open programming. A good program.

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They're very good at taking your money but that's all they are about.

My son needs help now and they tell you to call back tomorrow!! Thanks but it'll probably be too late by then.

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Some of the counselors were good. Absolutely NO fitness program, equipment or classes. Poor quality of MD who manages medications. Campus setup forces you to go outdoors a lot in the cold Nebraska winter No recognition of dual diagnosis. I would not go back there. I went to rehab for opiate dependence. Had taken Xanax for 30 years as prescribed with no abuse. They stopped the Xanax cold turkey. It took over a year for me to get my anxiety down to a manageable level. No one would listen. Cookie cutter rehab

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Wonderful staff and counselors who truly care about the success of patients.

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They helped me to lay a very solid foundation for my recovery. All of the counselors are recovering alcoholics/addicts and they were easy to relate to. The food selections were limited and not the healthiest of choices; the meals were heavy fat/calorie-laden. Valley Hope and the treatment I received there literally saved my life and gave me a rock solid foundation for my recovery.

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Excellent counselors. However, there was too much smoking. Stay for the entire time.

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My counselor was awesome in getting me to accept the fact that I would need to go to long term treatment at women's empowering lifeline. Lectures are great and I loved small group. I just celebrated 11 months sober. However, they need to medically monitor and listen better.

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The staff was very supportive but I was displeased with their holistic offerings.

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There was too much leisure time and that should have be spent will a group. I was disappointed with their recovery program; I thought I would get help with my alcoholism.

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Very unprofessional. I don't know why some of the people here haven't been fired...

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She was going through some very hard times; she had legal issues and an abusing relationship as well. Therefore, the 30 day program did as much as they could under the circumstances.

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Strong facility.

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Good place to get help.

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They explained my addiction, factors contributing to it, where, how to maintain a sober life, that is was totally up to me to carry forward. I am welcome back at any time to their facility and once a month they have a renewal day where alumni and their families can attend.

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Helpful staff.

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They taught me how to take responsibility for my life, from doing kitchen work to cleaning bath room and introducing others that came to the center. How to care for others

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Excellent facility, great staff, 12 step type

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Introduction to twelve step programs, Allowed to go to local mtgs.Encouraged to use outside support

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Helped my husband get clean.

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Willingness to accept clients despite financial issues. People have an opportunity to become accountable, we allow people to make choices, we do not make them for them.

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My brother came home a changed person. He is sober, happy, hopeful, active in meetings that have members from Valley Hope. The Valley Hope community have a Facebook page, social events, meetings and life long friendships. We were encouraged to visit and attend classes to learn how to help.

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Still sober 27+ years. Recommend it to people all the time.

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The counselors 1 on 1 are very good otherwise not worth the money. Patients are given too much freedom and people are allowed to yell at each other at group meetings.

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The facility guided me where I needed attention effortlessly. The facility's resources along with my willingness for change were very helpful..

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