About the Facility
As our approach to treatment has changed over the years, our commitment to patient care has never wavered. Our treatment philosophy is predicated on the belief that chemical dependency is a highly treatable disease and can begin to be arrested through a multi-disciplinary treatment approach that utilizes medical, pharmacological, clinical, behavioral and 12-step interventions. Relapse prevention and discharge planning are also key components in the fight against the deadly disease of addiction. Our commitment to clinical excellence, cost-effective treatment programs, and innovation have made Bowling Green Brandywine a true leader in chemical dependency treatment field. We hold the distinction of being one of the only free-standing facilities in PA to treat pregnant females and were one of the first to utilize methadone maintenance as part of a treatment regimen.
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.
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.
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ABOUT BOWLING GREEN BRANDYWINE
Founded in 1982 and located in rural Kennett Square, Pa., 40 miles west of Philadelphia, Bowling Green Brandywine offers medically monitored detox, residential treatment, and step-down outpatient programming including a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for adult men and women who are seeking treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The treatment process begins with an evaluation to determine the specific needs of each client. Clients are referred to the detox program. The average length of stay in the detox program is five days, and there are separate programs for opiate and other drug options. Once completed, clients move to the residential program.
In residential care, there are separate programs based on the substances that each client is being treated for. Bowling Green Brandywine is one of the 182 (36.3 percent) of facilities in Pennsylvania that offer Vivitrol to control withdrawal symptoms. It also offers Buprenorphine and Methadone treatments. Clients must be able to identify the specific drugs that they took in order to enter these programs.
Bowling Green Brandywine is one of 119 (23.7 percent) of Pennsylvania facilities that have programs specifically for pregnant women (who are given priority admission). There is also a program specifically for opiate treatment.
Aside from medical treatments, experiential therapies such as music therapy and medication are provided. This center offers a highly structured program based on the 12 Steps, supplemented by medical, pharmacological, clinical, and behavioral interventions. The facility also endeavors to stay up to date with the latest evidence-based methods.
Residential treatment is split into two tracks: substance abuse and dual diagnosis, each of which typically lasts 21 to 28 days. Clients participate in at least one individual therapy session per week, plus group therapy and medication management. Dual diagnosis clients also have weekly meetings with a psychiatrist. Family therapy is only provided as-needed, but all families are invited to attend a family program every Sunday, which provides educational sessions and a visiting opportunity.
A step-down partial hospitalization program (PHP), which typically lasts 10 days, is offered for male clients. PHP clients stay in off-campus housing and attend six hours of programming a day, plus external 12-step meetings.
Upon discharge, clients receive a tailored discharge plan that includes lifelong access to aftercare meetings.
Employees include physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, and Ph.D., master’s, and bachelor’s level counselors. The facility is also one of 151 (30.1 percent) of facilities in the state accredited by CARF.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There are 46 beds for substance abuse treatment and 60 beds for dual diagnosis. Residents share rooms for two to four people. There’s a large pond on the grounds, and plenty of green space nearby.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, more than a dozen alumni of Bowling Green Brandywine submitted mixed reviews to Rehabs.com.
Positive commentary tended to be general, citing the staff and the program’s success: “Fantastic recovery program. Still sober after 6 years and 4 months,” Peter wrote representatively. E.H. added: “The staff is amazing and helpful.”
The negative reviews described an understaffed facility with insufficient individual programming and supervision. “They're is always roughly 100 patients so it's more difficult to get one-on-one care and causes grouping and fights amongst patients,” Holly wrote. Alum Gregory also cited a lack of aftercare, and Katie complained of a lack of amenities.
Holistic Offerings: 2.3/5
Family Participation: 3.3/5
Staff Experience and Training: 3.6/5
Counseling Options: 2.7/5
On Google, Bowling Green Brandywine Treatment Center has a 2.4 out of five star average rating from 69 reviews to date. There are some negative reviews about the low staff to patient ratio, alleged drug use within the program, the effectiveness, and one man who wrote how the “staff stole my property”. There are some positive reviews with specific notes about the quality of the staff and the “community leader”.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has received more than a dozen reviews from loved ones of Bowling Green Brandywine. The feedback was mixed.
Staff Experience and Training: 3.4/5
Counseling Options: 3/5
Family Participation: 3.6/5
Most positive comments referred to the staff: “Friendly staff whom will talk at length with you and answer all your questions,” one anonymous reviewer wrote representatively. However, others echoed alumni by describing an understaffed, under-supervised, and sometimes chaotic environment. “The counselors there let the patients do what they want. They do not have the manpower to supervisor and guide them in their recovery,” C.M.B. wrote. Other loved ones wrote that this problem was exacerbated by the client base, who, Jeff wrote, were “a bunch of younger adults who weren’t serious about treatment.” Otherwise, several reviewers also echoed the alumni complaint about a lack of aftercare, and one reviewer complained of a lack of provisions for dual diagnosis.
Treatment is covered by most insurance plans and Union Trust funds, and county assistance may be available. The facility also accepts Medicaid.
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AnonymousThe staff does not do their job what so ever when a person is admitted they are supposed to keep an eye on them especially if their pregnant and once you're admitted they forget about you. Some of the staff were very kind but you could tell they had no personal experience dealing with them types of situations or people. Lack of support, security, nursing care, nourishing meals, and activities.
SharonI've had 2 children attend this facility. 1 is 4 years clean and very involved in outreach programs. 2 is 8 months clean. Currently in a sober living house and working very hard to get his life where he wants it. The Rehab gave them both the start they neede
ShaneThere is always someone there to help you with your problems.
E.HThis place is forever in my heart. The staff is amazing and helpful. This place saved my life.
KatieDo not go to this facility if you have mental health issues and are expecting individual counseling. I spent 9 days at this place and received not ONE one-on-one therapy session. I left against medical advice because they did not know how to treat my depression and anxiety. You will not receive individual care, \"small\" groups consist of around 10 people, they give you an hour or two of \"recreation time,\" AKA downtime, yet have no activities to do on campus besides sit in a room and watch music videos. Amenities are bare minimum for a rehab. Meals are one step above jail food, consisting of hot dogs, flavorless oatmeal, beans, and mashed potatoes nearly everyday. There is probably one staff member for every hundred patients, which results in daily physical fights and all-around chaos. If you suffer from anxiety, stay away. This place states to be specialized in dual-diagnoses, but there are way too many people to get the individual treatment that one with mental health issues needs. Bowling Green has failed me, but my recovery will continue elsewhere.
CMBThe counselors there let the patients do what they want. They do not have the manpower to supervisor and guide them in their recovery. My significant other went there for help, he was obviously not in a good place. I called to check on him periodically, they said he was fine and doing good... come to find out he was misbehaving... Once you leave that place they are done with you! He said he doesn\'t have the time to follow up on all his previous patients...I said I get that, but a phone call to him may help. Well he can call me anytime. If you are serious about recovery, then I recommend going elsewhere.
AnonymousCounseling and group sessions were a strength. Lack of patient check in for bringing drugs during admission. I believe because I wanted the help it was available. The counselors we're supportive, the group leadership positions we're helpful in being responsible and preparing to live life on life terms.
AnonymousUnderstaffed, Too many immature personalities there at the time and tolerance from staff was to be desired. Clients got away with too much.
AnonymousStaff, comfort but Expensive
AnonymousUnderstaffed, no programs, just meetings all day. Lack of one on one interaction, and lack of aftercare preparation
AnonymousVwry Disciplined, Excellent Food, Friendly staff whom will talk at length with you and answer all your questions,+ if they don't have an answer, will find someone who will help and answer any questions. Sone ateas are too week whike sine are too strictly enforced, mainly over nonsense. I found it to be a great facility, especially when we needed one in a hurry, they got my (late) husband right in, despite all the red rape with workets compensation AND Meducare covetage.
GregoryThe staff is very supportive; however, they don't push enough for aftercare.
CPNeeds to focus more on sobriety. There was only one tech who had an impact on me. He was amazing & helped anyway he could. Unfortunately, he is no longer there. It's not a rehab I would recommend for someone serious about getting & staying clean.
AnonymousThe staff was wonderful. However, they do not do enough for mental health and addiction.
ToniImpressed with over all care. Until someone in active addiction wants help there is nothing any facility can do for them.
AnonymousPoor quality facility.
AnonymousI have been sober ever since the day I entered. Only downfall of the facility was the cleanliness.
AnonymousMy son was there twice it is too easy to leave the facility and get back without being caught and they just bring you home without letting you know they are being released. ... However, they have a good staff and are family and faith based.
Anonymousit was a clean and affordable facility. I greatly enjoyed the connectivity and family involvement.
HollyI think, considering my biggest problem while staying in rehab, is to verbally ask your counselors who else, if anyone, is also going to hear what I tell them. ... There wasn't anyone I could genuinely talk to. They're is always roughly 100 patients so it's more difficult to get one-on-one care and causes grouping and fights amongst patients. With so many patients, I think it is harder for some patients to get the counseling or time with counselors they need for recovery. Much of the facility's employees are recovering addicts and share their stories of addiction and recovery. Staff is knowledgable and genuinely want to be there.
JeffMy son has been to 3 other programs since he left Bowling Green. I don't think this program was very helpful, he said it was more like a sober living. My son said the staff members were the best thing about the program. It is a chaotic environment filled with a bunch of younger adults who weren't serious about treatment. They were a bad influence and caused a lot of problems while he was there.
VFIt was no good. They are not a good facility and I would not recommend it. He was supposed to receive a scholarship since we didn't have insurance, but they only kept him 5-7 days. My son has passed away.
anonymousIt was a great place if your ready to take the advice offered.
PeterFantastic recovery program. Still sober after 6 years and 4 months.
LBDon't go here.
CMHelped me recover.
RobinNeed to have more information about care the program offers and more aftercare
anonymousIt's a great place. It is the persons choice and responsibility to take what's learned and offered and apply it to their life. Ive now been sober 6 months.
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