First Hospital - CHOICES (Chemical Dependency Treatment) in Kingston, PA

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562 Wyoming Avenue
Kingston PA 18704

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ABOUT FIRST HOSPITAL - CHOICES (CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY TREATMENT)

CHOICES Chemical Dependency Treatment at the First Hospital in Kingston, Pa. offers a full continuum of treatment services for individuals struggling with substance misuse and co-occurring disorders. Programming includes inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, and medication-assisted therapy (MAT) for opiate dependence. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 5.6 percent of treatment centers in the U.S. offer some kind of MAT as part of an opioid treatment program.

First Hospital is part of the Commonwealth Health hospital network in northeastern Pennsylvania. Commonwealth also operates facilities in Kingston, Scranton, Berwick, Wilkes-Barre, and Tunkhannock.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Clients may be referred to CHOICES by a healthcare professionals or seek out an initial consultation with one of the hospital’s intake staff. Individuals who require an intensive level of care typically opt for inpatient treatment, which offers counseling and guidance based on 12-step principles. Family members are encouraged to participate in their loved one’s recovery and may enroll in the center’s family program at no additional cost.

CHOICES’ outpatient treatment offers similar programming, but affords clients more flexibility with day and evening sessions. For individuals struggling with opiate addiction, the center offers two options: the CHOICES Recovery Program, a methadone-to-abstinence program that includes medical care. The facility’s website notes that eligibility is based on federally mandated guidelines, and pregnant patients are given priority admission.

Alternatively, the OASIS Program provides Suboxone-assisted programming. This level of care is supervised by a physician who specializes in opiate addiction. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 32.9 percent of rehabs in Pennsylvania utilize Suboxone.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According to the facility’s website, the CHOICES treatment team includes physicians, nurses, certified addiction counselors, and drug and alcohol therapists. To date, the nine individuals polled on the matter generally appreciated the aptitude of staff members.

Staff Experience and Training: 3.4/5

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

In its entirety, First Hospital can accommodate up to 155 patients. Though the facility's website does not provide any additional information regarding accommodations and amenities at CHOICES, nine individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mixed ratings to relevant categories, including cleanliness and exercise and leisure options.

Cleanliness and Upkeep: 3.7/5
Exercise and Leisure Activities: 2.4/5

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The three alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mixed feedback. Two individuals noted that they would recommend the program and awarded four or five stars out of five to most categories evaluated, including the staff’s level of training and experience, the center’s accommodations, its level of cleanliness, and the facility’s meals and nutrition.

However, the third alum noted they would not recommend the facility, citing the center’s limited visitor policy, lack of exercise programming, “poor nutritional options,” and a staff that “sometimes appeared high.” Though the anonymous reviewer gave four stars to the program's effectiveness of treatment and five stars to both its affordability and treatment for co-occurring disorders, they gave only one or two stars to all other categories evaluated.

Reviews were far more negative overall on Google, where First Hospital, as a whole, holds an average rating of 1.9 out of five stars based on the opinions of 48 reviewers.[1] Reviews, however, covered a broad range of treatment and care offered at the hospital and did not necessarily refer to the hospital's addiction treatment program in particular.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The nine loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mixed reviews. Reviewers were most impressed with the center’s affordability and its cleanliness, while most also had positive things to say about the staff and opportunities for family participation. Based on seven reviews, the level of family participation and staff experience received relatively high ratings.

Family Participation: 3.6/5
Staff Experience and Training: 3.4/5

“Staff knew what they were talking about, sessions helped, location was good,” one anonymous loved one wrote in a representative review. However, loved ones were less impressed with the program’s counseling options, holistic offerings, and the center’s exercise and leisure activities.

Exercise and Leisure Activities: 2.6/5
Counseling Options: 2.6/5
Holistic Offerings: 1.9/5

FINANCING

Along with private insurance plans, First Hospital is one of 126 treatment facilities in Pennsylvania (25.1 percent of all facilities in the state) to accept Medicare and one of 410 (81.7 percent) to accept Medicaid. Payment plans are also available. To date, the nine individuals polled on the matter generally approved of the facility's cost.

Affordability: 3.7/5

[1] GoogleReviews

Published on March 2019

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Anonymous

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Very respectful facility, just needs more leisure activities.

Anonymous

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The main physician that my son saw was very good and also his counselor was helpful. The nurses' station head was a bit condesending. The physician and counselors are well trained and approachable. I suppose you need to understand that the nurses are very busy and sometimes quick to have a temper flare up. The rooms were clean and adequate. Programs were very limited though and the food was not that good.

Anonymous

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Staff knew what they were talking about, sessions helped, location was good, funding. Needs more time duration was short,

B D W

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The facility offers continuous 12-step program involvement for Alumni.

Anonymous

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The program needs improvements in several areas

N B

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Small unit. Needs more staff. Program use to go out for meetings in local area to aa and Na doesn't do it as often. Should start.very helpful to c others in recovery.

Anonymous

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Good program but the price is high.

Anonymous

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A person has to follow up treatment in order to be successful, and my sister did not.

Anonymous

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The structure is the most important, because it gets you back on schedule. No visitors, we had to stay in the unit during the duration of stay, no exercise, smoking room barely fit 10 people and 20 would squeeze in, big fire hazard. Poor nutritional options. I wouldn't recommend it, as some f the staff sometimes appeared high.

Anonymous

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My father went to the center for alcohol addiction. He is now sober.

Anonymous

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It did the job for my relative.

Anonymous

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Employees were a strength. Pricy. My family member has been sober for a year

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