Centra Health - Pathways Recovery Lodge in Amherst, VA

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1770 Earley Farm Road
Amherst VA 24521

Centra Health - Pathways Recovery Lodge Philosophy

Pathways Treatment Center offers individualized substance abuse treatment programs for men and women 18 and older. Services include residential programs and intensive outpatient care. Treatment options feature individual and group counseling, evidence-based therapy, 12-step groups, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a year-long continuing care program. Medically supervised detoxification is also available.

Areas of Specialization

  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

  • 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

Gender-Specific Groups

12 Step Support Groups

Continuing Care Program

Meet the Staff

Brent McCraw, MEd

Director of Acute Psychiatric Services

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Brent McCraw, MEd, is Director of Acute Psychiatric Services. He holds a bachelor degree in business administration from James Madison University and a master’s of education from Lynchburg College. His clinical experience includes mental health, employee assistance and chemical dependency services.

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ABOUT PATHWAYS RECOVERY LODGE

Surrounded by Virginia’s scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Pathways Recovery Lodge has provided residential treatment to adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction since 1984. The facility’s intensive outpatient program and medically supervised detox services are operated at an affiliated location in Lynchburg, Va., called Pathways Treatment Center.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the facility's website, all clients are evaluated upon intake in order to determine the most appropriate course of care.

For the clients that require medical stabilization, Pathways Treatment Center offers a medically-assisted detox service, which consists of a 3-5 day hospital stay with round-the-clock supervision. The client can opt to attend Pathways Recovery Lodge afterwards.

Residential treatment at Pathways Recovery Lodge typically lasts three to four weeks, though all treatment plans vary depending upon the needs of each client.

The program combines 12-step methodologies with addiction education and evidence-based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The center's website notes the residential program address the needs of the whole person, including their mind, body and spirit. There are AA/NA meetings and relapse prevention groups on-site.

Pathways Recovery Lodge hosts a monthly family program as well. Aftercare services are available at the outpatient center in Lynchburg.

STAFF CREDENTIALS
The center's website notes Pathways Recovery Lodge employs master’s-level counselors in addition to peer support workers, who have personal experience with addiction and recovery.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility's website indicates the treatment center is set on 100 acres of mountainside land. The facility’s recently renovated lodge has private and semi-private rooms with bathrooms, as well as exercise facilities and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The seven alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback. Most alumni indicated they would recommend Pathways Recovery Lodge.

"Pathways saved my life," an alum wrote in a representative review. "Upon going there I learned so much about myself and 12 step programs and now I am 2 years clean from any mind altering or mood changing substance."

Alumni reviews highlighted the personalized treatment practices and well-trained staff. Barbara wrote to Rehabs.com about the “great classroom discussions and counselors.” While another alum wrote:“I liked the small groups and the staff was great! However, it was expensive.”

However, holistic offerings received the worst ratings among alumni.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The five loved ones provided mixed feedback. Based on four reviews, they gave the center 3.5 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Pathways Recovery Lodge.

They rated cleanliness and family participation the best with four stars, and holistic offerings the worst with 3.5 stars.

"Great program, staff is wonderful, helped my family during the process, easy admission process, food was alright," a loved one wrote.

WHAT STAFF SAY

Staffer K.G. wrote to Rehabs.com to list the strengths about the facility. “Treatment team communication, access to support groups, contingency planning, and medical modeling. Consistency in treatment are some of the great things about this place,” he wrote.

FINANCING
According to the center's website, Pathways Recovery Lodge accepts most private insurance and has worked with providers such as Cigna, Aetna, Health Smart, Optima Health, and MHNET Behavioral Health in the past. Residential treatment is $10,000 for 28 days for private pay.

Published on June 2017

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Absolutely DO NOT attend this retreat if you or your loved one is at all serious about getting clean. While my sisters was a patient here, one of the patients here snuck in drugs and distributed them to the other patients. This is more of a summer retreat than any sort of wellness program- the regulations are lax, nobody checked me or the bags I brought into the facility on visitation day, and they take the patients into town to shop or participate in activities in public settings, and apparently don't keep track of what they're doing or bringing back when they return. When I talked to the other patients, serveral told me they'd been back to the same facility several times, dozens of times in some cases. I just can't bring myself to put one scrap of faith in the efficacy of the practice here. This is not a healthy environment for adults of any level.

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I cannot recommend Pathways enough. The only complaint I can truly give is the quality of the food. But during my stay (December-January 2016-17) I did notice improvements in the meal quality. Considering how awesome the facility is though I don't think the food should discourage anyone from going to Pathways.

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I'm so grateful for my time at Pathways. The staff was helpful and accessible, the vibe was laid-back and the view was absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much. It's exactly what I needed in that it provided a strong foundation for my recovery. I was there for ~23 days and am coming up on 90 days sober!

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beautiful place with relaxing a atmosphere.

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patient care was very good. they've been around a long time and are high quality.

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Introduce you to outside NA/AA meetings. Lots of one on one time with counselor. Lots of indoor and outdoor activities with other patients. Pathways saved my life. Upon going there I learned so much about myself and 12 step programs and now I am 2 years clean from any mind altering or mood changing substance. The staff are phenomenal there and are willing to help at any time. Only weakness of the facility was that it was small and enclosed.

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They had great classroom discussions and counselors.

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I liked the small groups and the staff was great! However, it was expensive.

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Price, staff, follow up, admissions and family treatment were all positive aspects of the facility. However the pillows were bad, bring your own.

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This rehab does okay in making family and visitors feel welcome, but I haven't heard great things from people who have stayed there. However, this may be because he didn't want to be there to begin with. They offer aid but are not well staffed.

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Helped me get clean.

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Stressed alcoholics anonymous!

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Treatment team communication, access to support groups, contingency planning, and medical modeling. Consistency in treatment are some of the great things about this place.

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Would recommend this place.

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