Greenleaf Hospital Philosophy
Located in the heart of South Georgia, Greenleaf provides behavioral health and substance abuse treatment for adults, adolescents and children. The residential rehab believes in meeting each individual wherever they are in their struggle, then guiding them firmly but compassionately to the path of recovery. A qualified team of board-certified psychiatrists, therapists and support staff are committed to helping clients restructure and reclaim their lives, so they may give up their addictive behaviors and build a solid foundation for life-long recovery.
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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 GREENLEAF HOSPITAL
Located in the community of Valdosta in southern Ga., Greenleaf Hospital offers a full continuum of treatment programs for adults and adolescents (ages 12 to 17) struggling with mental health disorders, chemical dependency, as all as co-occurring disorders. The facility offers inpatient, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). One of the only private acute-care psychiatric facility in the area to provide services for both adults and adolescents, Greenleaf Hospital also provides on-site detoxification services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, patients undergo an initial substance abuse/ psychiatric assessment to help clinicians determine an appropriate level of care. If detoxification is necessary, the patient will be referred to inpatient treatment. Treatment plans for both adults and teens are individualized and include a myriad of approaches. During treatment, patients participate in one-on-one counseling, group therapy, recreational therapy, addiction education, and relapse prevention workshops. Individuals with a primary psychiatric disorder or co-occurring difficulties also receive ongoing medication management.
Patients struggling with substance abuse disorders are also introduced to the principles and practices of 12-Step. AA and NA meetings are regularly held on-campus, and patients may also be required to study fellowship literature and perform associated step-work. Treatment for individuals struggling with a primary psychiatric disorder focuses on establishing healthy coping skills through counseling, therapeutic activities, and educational classes. In all programs, family involvement is highly encouraged, which may include education classes and family counseling sessions.
Once an individual completes an inpatient program, clinicians may encourage the patient to utilize PHP or IOP as a “step-down” aftercare service. Typically lasting between three and six weeks, the group-oriented intensive outpatient program and the partial hospitalization substance abuse program are available to both adults and adolescents.
Greenleaf Hospital’s treatment team is comprised of physicians, board-certified psychiatrists, registered nurses, licensed professional counselors, family and adolescent therapists, mental health technicians, and a support staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 73-bed facility, which was once a part of the Southern Georgia Medical Center, houses clients in simple, double-occupancy dorm rooms with wood furnishings. On-site amenities include a gym, a swimming pool, and a basketball court. Adolescents and adults are housed in separate wings, and specialized units are available to individuals struggling with a primary psychiatric disorder. Eighteen of the 22 individuals polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the facility’s cleanliness and upkeep an average rating of 3.78 out of five stars. Four individuals did not rate this metric.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The eight alumni polled by Rehabs.com offered polarized opinions of the facility. Five of the eight individuals who rated the metric gave an average rating of 2.92 out of five stars for the treatment staff’s level of training and experience. S.J. told Rehabs.com: “Great Facility. Friendly Staff… I found it very comfortable, great groups - love my therapist and doctor. ” Offering a rating of four stars for the effectiveness of group counseling options, one anonymous alum added: “The people were great and the doctor always cared. I benefited greatly and even found out who I was in life while I was there.”
In contrast, however, one anonymous alum did not appreciate how group therapy functioned. “You get lumped in with mental patients as well as addicts it can make group a little frustrating,” the anonymous wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The 13 loved ones polled by Rehabs.com offered mostly positive feedback, reporting a “friendly atmosphere” and “great nursing staff.” The 13 survey respondents provided an average rating of 3.46 stars for the level of family participation. Offering a rating of four stars for the treatment staff’s level of training and experience, a child of a client wrote: “My mom spent about 4 months there when I was about 18. It was difficult but she made it through and never had to go back so they did their jobs well.” Another loved one added: “It was a great place. The people were friendly and everyone helped each other out.”
Regarding areas for improvement, loved ones noted that the facility seemed understaffed and the discharge process was lengthy. Some loved ones also felt the facility was expensive. “Overpriced and the problem at hand is not solved when rehab is complete,” an anonymous loved one wrote.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The sole employee polled by Rehabs.com felt the expertise of staff was the facility’s weakness. The survey respondent also gave two-star ratings for the facility’s ability to treat co-occurring disorders and its discharge planning.
The facility accepts many private insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, and TriCare.
Published on July 2017
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