Berkshire Health Systems - McGee Recovery Center Philosophy
Berkshire Health Systems’ McGee Recovery Center specializes in the medical detoxification and treatment of individuals 18 years of age and older struggling from opiate, alcohol, benzodiazepine, or prescription drug addiction. Individuals seeking care are provided medical supervision while receiving inpatient withdrawal treatment. Upon discharge, clients are offered resources for continued treatment and are provided with a referral to the appropriate transitional residential recovery or outpatient facility.
Areas of Specialization
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.
Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
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ABOUT BERKSHIRE HEALTH SYSTEMS - MCGEE RECOVERY CENTER
Located on the main campus of Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., the McGee Recovery Center provides acute alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adult men and women. The Department of Health-licensed facility is one of 42 (12 percent) in the state that specializes in medically monitored detox services, offering group programming as well.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Prior to admission, all referrals undergo medical screening at the Berkshire Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Once screened, clients may access safe, medically monitored detox from alcohol or opioids, such as prescription narcotics and benzodiazepines.
Clients may also participate in group programming throughout their recovery. There is a group that focuses on early recovery and relapse prevention, as well as a pain management group for those dependent on non-prescribed opioids and/or other substances.
Once medically stabilized, clients may receive referrals to separate facilities for residential or outpatient care, or another program of the appropriate level.
Key members of McGee’s treatment team include a medical doctor, registered nurse, licensed social worker, a consulting psychiatrist, and licensed addiction counselors. The 12 Rehabs.com survey respondents to date reported favorable experiences with staff care.
Staff's Level of Training and Experience: 4.1/5 stars
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
McGee Recovery Center can accommodate up to 21 clients at a time. This suggests above-average availability, given that the average number of clients in a residential facility at a given time is 18 individuals, as of 2016. Though details on the facility itself are limited, the 12 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date provided high ratings.
Cleanliness: 4.2/5 stars
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, six alumni submitted feedback for McGee to Rehabs.com. The feedback indicated mostly positive experiences.
Some of the alumni claimed that a brief stay here gave them their life back, while others praised the facility’s “caring” staff. Alum A.G., for example, credited McGee for providing them with a strong start on their path to recovery. “Was given the tools to succeed and was allowed to make better decisions. The rehab got me going in the right direction,” alum A.G. wrote. Five alumni indicated that they would recommend the facility to others.
Would Recommend: 4.4/5 stars
On the more critical side, an anonymous alum wrote, “It's not all that good,” and another added, "short staffed." Indeed, programming was repeatedly criticized.
Holistic Offerings: 1.6/5 stars
Family Participation: 1.8/5 stars
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The seven loved ones polled by Rehabs.com about McGee tended to be more generous in their ratings. "A small facility able to provide a lot of one on one treatment," one loved one praised, with another remarking, "offers an out patient check up after release from program." Still, counseling options and extracurricular activities earned only slightly above-average ratings, and the facility's costs and location earned some criticism as well.
Exercise and Leisure Options: 2.6/5 stars
Counseling Options: 2.8/5 stars
Berkshire Health Systems works with private insurance companies, as well as being one of the 203 (57.9 percent) centers in the state that accepts Medicare. Eleven individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date provided above-average ratings for this category.
Affordability: 3.9/5 stars
Published on December 2018
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