Joseph S. Massie Unit Philosophy
The Joseph S. Massie Unit provides comprehensive, high quality addictions treatment to individuals who are chemically dependent or abuse chemicals, and their significant others. We work cooperatively with our community in achieving our purpose. The Joseph S. Massie Unit is a multi-modality treatment facility for adults experiencing the devastating effects of alcoholism and other chemical dependency. The Unit provides comprehensive, high quality treatment to individuals and their significant others.
Areas of Specialization
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
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ABOUT JOSEPH S. MASSIE UNIT
The Allegany County Health Department’s Joseph S. Massie Unit serves adults seeking residential rehab treatment for chemical dependency, substance abuse, and other addictive and mental health disorders, including gambling. Staff members take pride in the facility's commitment to supporting clients' loved ones and to collaboration with other social service organizations in the community. The Massie Unit is located on the grounds of the Thomas B. Finan Center, a state-run psychiatric hospital in Cumberland, Md.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients receive medical and psychiatric assessments for treatment planning, along with medical care and nutritional therapy. While treatment is individualized, clients enrolled in the holistic, residential program typically stay 28 days.
Common elements of treatment programming include individual, group, and family counseling; drug, alcohol, and gambling addiction education; vocational counseling; recreational/leisure evaluation and activity therapy; medication management, and dual diagnosis counseling for clients receiving treatment for co-occurring conditions. Educational sessions cover such topics as parenting, self-concept, coping skills, and relapse prevention.
Clients receive additional support through referrals to appropriate outpatient facilities, assistance with legal obligations, and HIV testing and counseling. All program graduates have access to follow-up appointments with the unit’s staff three times in the year following discharge.
The treatment team consists of consulting psychiatrists, licensed and certified alcohol and drug counselors, nurse practitioners, and a certified therapeutic recreation specialist.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Joseph S. Massie Unit is tobacco-free; however, smoking cessation assistance is provided. On-site amenities include a fitness center with a weight training system and transportation to and from the facility for recreational activities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, Rehabs.com has polled three former clients of this facility, each of whom expressed strong satisfaction with their experience. All three highlighted the quality of the treatment staff, characterizing team members as helpful, supportive, and caring. Alum B.B. also wrote that the personal experience of facility leaders in recovery was "great." Brian, who reported having sought treatment twice and being welcomed without judgment, wrote that clients would need to "do the work" for treatment to be effective.
The two individuals asked to rate the facility's cleanliness and upkeep award four and five stars. Opinions were split on the quality of available exercise and leisure activities and policies regarding internet and phone use, ranging from three- to five-star ratings.
By contrast, three alumni also submitted reviews to CiteHealth, but were split two-to-one between negative and positive opinions. The most favorable review supported Brian's comment regarding the need for client effort and with the common depiction of staff as "kind, caring, and professional." However, one CiteHealth reviewer reported the opposite, writing that staff members "act more like police then counselors and overall its up to you to learn how to stay sober because of your day is spent sitting around doing nothing."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The overall consensus in reviews written by clients' loved ones is positive. The two parents polled by Rehabs.com offered favorable reviews. Ruth wrote that her son "loved everyone there" and L.S. rated the effectiveness of treatment for their daughter four stars. They awarded five stars for family participation opportunities, but just three for exercise and leisure activity, which might support criticisms discussed elsewhere regarding insufficient structured programming.
Even though their son left treatment early, another anonymous parent praised the Massie unit on CiteHealth, describing their son's counselor as patient. "Even though he was asked to leave, you have been a part and the start of his recovery. Thank you," they wrote. On the other side, another parent complained of a lack of communication from the facility.
Dave, also a client's parent, submitted a tentatively positive review on Yellowpages.com, reporting that the treatment program "seemed to have helped my daughter with her meth addiction."
The facility's website notes that insurance covers treatment for most clients and that a sliding fee scale is applied for those with a demonstrated need.
Published on August 2017
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