MCCA - McDonough House Philosophy
Starting from the perspective that substance abuse is a treatable condition, the McDonough House works to provide help and hope to those struggling with addiction by individualizing treatment to meet the needs of each client. The program offers 12-step meetings for clients and families, in addition to individual and group counseling.
Areas of Specialization
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
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.
Meet the Staff
Joe Sullivan, LCSW, CAC
President and CEO
Joe Sullivan has been a leader in the substance abuse and behavioral health field in Connecticut for almost 40 years. In 1980, he took the helm of Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism as their CEO. During the past 33 years Joe has led the growth of MCCA from a small outpatient clinic and 15-bed residential treatment center in Danbury with 12 employees serving 300 clients a year – to its current level of 175 employees serving more than 5,000 people a year. Today, MCCA is one of the most respected, top-rated recovery organizations in the state, operating seven outpatient clinics and three residential treatment centers in Western Connecticut.
Glenn Connan, MBA
Vice President and CFO
Glenn has extensive experience managing both the operations and financial affairs of organizations. Glenn joined MCCA in 2008 and is responsible for the financial health and well-being of the agency. As a member of the company’s senior management team he directs all financial and accounting activities, is involved in strategic planning, as well as assisting in the management of day-to-day operations of the company. Glenn is committed to the success of MCCA and its clients recovery. Under Glenn’s leadership and with a philosophy of “doing well by doing good” MCCA has substantially increased the number of clients served. In the four years Glenn has been with MCCA, the organization has experienced significant growth.
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ABOUT MCCA — MCDONOUGH HOUSE
The Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism, Inc. (MCCA) is a nonprofit substance misuse treatment provider established in 1972, which serves adults and families throughout western Connecticut. The network's facilities are among the 86.2 percent of Connecticut-based rehabs that operate as private nonprofits.
Located in western Danbury, MCCA's McDonough House offers medical detox and short-term residential treatment for individuals struggling with substance use disorder. The center is among the 4.3 percent of Connecticut rehabs that offer medical detox in a residential setting.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The McDonough provides a fixed-length, 28-day program, positioning the facility among the 13.8 percent of Connecticut rehabs that offer residential treatment lasting fewer than 30 days. McDonough House follows 12-step methodology.
Residents at McDonough House begin their stay with an initial assessment, the findings of which help determine the most appropriate course of treatment. If detox is needed, clients may be prescribed medication, including Librium and methadone. Throughout the detoxification period, clients participate in individual counseling, educational workshops, and 12-step groups.
Once stabilized, clients transition to the center’s residential program, which is highly structured and includes individual and group therapy, relapse prevention education, recreational activities, medical and psychiatric consultations (if needed), and continuing care planning.
The center also offers specialized groups for men, women, and seniors. Clients participate in daily 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings, and also have the option to attend Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings.
McDonough House also offers a weekly family program for loved ones, which addresses how addiction affects family members, how relationships may change after treatment, and how loved ones can find their own support systems. Clients who have completed treatment at McDonough House are welcome to continue their care at one of MCCA’s seven outpatient facilities.
According to its website, McDonough House’s detox and residential treatment team includes physicians, registered nurses, counselors, and other support staff. The five individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff gave mostly positive feedback.
Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
McDonough House is a modest facility set in a low-rise, red-brick building on a tree-lined street. With 20 beds, the facility is smaller than the state average of 29 beds per residential facility. To date, the five individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter gave generally positive ratings for the facility's cleanliness, though reported a lack of amenities.
Exercise and Leisure: 2.6/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the eight alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, two were positive, one was mixed, and five were negative. Satisfied alumni tended to note that the program had given them the tools they needed to get and stay sober. "It was a no nonsense facility-- if you want sobriety the tools are there," Cheryl wrote in a typical comment.
However, numerous alumni complained of a lack of adequate programming and a dingy environment. "Detox is literally just sitting in a tiny room for 4 days and not dying. Then you move over to the rehab wing. Not a whole lot changes. You attend one AA meeting a week. You have one day a week where you can actually go outside and move. There is no psychiatrist on staff," A.J. wrote in a typical comment.
The reviews also feature recurring complaints of unprofessional or disrespectful staff: "The staff is unprofessional and lack basic training skills to be working in a recovery facility," K.A. wrote in a representative review. Both of the alumni polled on the facility's performance in a variety of treatment metrics gave it two stars for its holistic offerings, family participation, and counseling options.
McDonough House also has mixed feedback on secondary sites, with a 2.4 out of five-star average rating based on 13 reviews on Google, and ratings for one, three, and five stars on CiteHealth.  The reviewers echoed those polled by Rehabs.com by repeatedly complaining about the center's rude or disrespectful staff. "Staff at the Sobering House trained in the now discredited "break 'em down" style. They are bossy and patronizing," Jennifer wrote in a typical comment on Google.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the three reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, two were mostly positive and one was negative. Mother Kristen reported that staff was "extremely supportive," and that the facility had helped save her son's life. Another reviewer praised the center's "knowledgeable" staff, though they felt that treatment was too short.
"Old, a bit grungy, programs limited. State paid program, so don't expect much," was the appraisal of the negative reviewer. When asked whether they would recommend treatment at McDonough House, two of the three reviewers remained neutral, while the other reported that they would not. They gave the center a two-star rating and two four-star ratings for its family participation, and two three-star ratings and a four-star rating for its ability to treat co-occurring disorders.
According to the facility’s website, MCCA accepts insurance and participates in many managed care plans. A Medicaid application is available for download on the facility's website, and clients may also benefit from MCCA’s involvement with the Connecticut General Assistance Behavioral Health Program. The five individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's affordability gave mostly positive feedback.
Published on October 2019
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