Buffalo Valley Inc. - Hohenwald Philosophy
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Areas of Specialization
Intensive Outpatient (IOP), Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
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Founded in 1979, Buffalo Valley Inc operates a number of substance abuse treatment centers in Tennessee, including locations in Lewisburg and Castalian Springs. The Hohenwald facility, which is located about 80 miles southwest of Nashville, offers medical detox, residential care, and outpatient treatment for individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment begins with a screening to assess the nature of the substance use disorder as well as determine whether any co-occurring disorders are indicated.
Programming is 12-step based and combines individual and group counseling with motivational interviewing (MI), meditation classes, a family program, life skills workshops, and relapse prevention work. The center also offers job training and job placement services, GED support, and vocational rehabilitation services.
A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is available up to seven days a week, and intensive outpatient programming (IOP) typically consists of three sessions a week.
Aftercare options include transitional housing run by Buffalo Valley and connections to support systems such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
According to the facility’s website, the treatment team includes a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and a full nursing staff, along with licensed counselors. Five former clients evaluated the staff’s level of training and experience, giving it an average rating of four out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. The 14 former clients who evaluated Buffalo Valley’s accommodations and amenities gave it an average rating of 3.1 out of five stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni reviews for the Hohenwald location were mixed. Of the 17 alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, eight gave the facility positive reviews, six gave the facility negative reviews, and three gave the facility mixed reviews. Complaints included ineffective treatment, unkempt and unsafe facilities, uncaring and inexperienced counselors, and the inability to properly treat co-occurring disorders. Two former clients even went as far as to describe the program as a “nightmare.”
Satisfied clients reported that the facility was clean, well-maintained, and offered staffed with knowledgeable doctors and psychologists. Three reviewers credited the facility with changing their lives, while another told Rehabs.com that attending the program was the best decision they ever made.
The seven alumni polled on the following metrics provided average ratings of just two out of five stars for holistic offerings, 2.9 stars for exercise and leisure opportunities, three stars for the program’s connectivity to the outside world, 3.6 stars for family participation, and 3.7 stars for cleanliness and general upkeep of the center.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from loved ones gathered by Rehabs.com were split down the middle. Of the eight loved ones polled to date, four were negative and four were positive. The most common concerns were poor communication with family and a lack of individualized treatment and client concern. In a review representative of negative feedback J., whose son attended the facility, wrote: “They are only out for the grant money. They don't give a [care] about the people, hands down. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere besides here.”
On the other hand, the four friends and family who offered positive feedback told Rehabs.com that the program, while not a spa getaway, was perfectly adequate for their loved ones. “If you are looking for a place to help heal from an addiction this is a good place to start,” said one anonymous commenter in a representative review. “They will do a good job meeting you where you are at in your addiction & knowing how to move forward with your life.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
While not a Buffalo Valley staff member, Vae, who told Rehabs.com that she volunteers at a homeless shelter that has helped several women who have attended the Hohenwald program, gave the facility negative feedback. “We have had several women go through this program with no reduction in their additions,” she wrote. “They all have stated that the facilities, kitchen especially is not well maintained. No individual counseling was provided to them, which could be because their way was paid for by the state.”
According to HealthGrove, Buffalo Valley Inc. accepts military insurance, state insurance other than Medicaid, and Access to Recovery vouchers. The four former clients who evaluated the facility’s affordability gave it an average rating of 4.25 out of five stars, while the seven loved ones who evaluated the rehab’s cost gave it a average rating of four stars.
Updated April 2017
Published on June 2017
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