Morris Village Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center Philosophy
South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s Morris Village Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center provides inpatient substance abuse treatment services to chemically dependent adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Services provided include medically supervised detoxification, medical care, group, individual, and family counseling, addiction education, 12-Step services, and more. Treatment services cater to individuals’ specialized gender and cultural needs and address individualized co-occurring substance abuse and psychiatric issues.
Areas of Specialization
Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
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.
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ABOUT MORRIS VILLAGE ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER
Morris Village Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center is a state-run facility located in Columbia, S.C., that assists adult South Carolina residents who are struggling with substance misuse. Evidence-based treatment is offered on an inpatient basis, with specialized programming for gender-related concerns and co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders.
Morris Village also provides medical detox and stabilization services. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, only two non-hospital treatment facilities in South Carolina (1.9 percent of all facilities in the state) offer detox on an inpatient basis. The same survey indicates that 16 (14.8 percent) treatment facilities in South Carolina are operated by the state government.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Admission to Morris Village Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center can be voluntary, emergency, or court-ordered. All incoming individuals undergo comprehensive psychological assessments and psychiatric evaluation is provided as needed.
According to a 2011 profile by the state, the average length of inpatient treatment is between 20 and 30 days. A 2017 SAMHSA survey indicates that 7.4 percent of non-hospital treatment facilities in South Carolina offer a residential program that lasts 30 days or fewer.
The rehab center draws from 12-step principles and relies heavily on group therapy sessions. In addition, clients are offered individual and family counseling, educational sessions, activity therapy, case management, and vocational counseling. One specific treatment modality referenced on the facility's website is trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings are led on-site by local community members.
The director of Morris Village holds a Master's of Divinity degree and is an experienced alcohol and drug counselor. The medical director is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. The treatment team also includes nurses, licensed and certified counselors, and activity therapists. Morris Village is licensed by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s website, the center is structured as a small community; clients share bedrooms in 14 cottages set around the periphery of an inner courtyard. A library, barber shop, and cafeteria are located in the center of the campus. To date, the seven individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com appreciated the upkeep of the facilities.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the 12 alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date, opinions were mixed but skewed positive. A common point of praise among alumni was the skill and compassion of the staff. Though most reviewers spoke highly of the treatment effectiveness, several complained of insufficient counseling options and poor holistic offerings. These sentiments were reflected in the five alumni who evaluated more specific metrics of the facility:
Staff Experience and Training: 4.4/5
Holistic Offerings: 2.2/5
Counseling Options: 2.2/5
Opinions were split on the quality of meals as well as exercise and leisure options. However, the five alumni felt positive about referring the facility to others,
Likelihood to Recommend: 4.2/5
In a representative review, one anonymous alum wrote, "Informative classes, nice counselors. No holistic approach or exercise. Not much for activities. Cafeteria type meals, not very good or substantial."
On Google, four alumni all gave five-star reviews. "The staff is wonderful and very concerned about your well being," Nick wrote in the only commentary left on Google, echoing the sentiments of many alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Feedback from eight loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com to date was split between five critical reviews and three positive reviews. Areas of overlap with alumni complaints included poor meals, lack of activities, and lack of ability to communicate with clients. "A loved one of mine was forced to endure a daily lack of respect...He was treated like a criminal rather than an individual in treatment," W. wrote in a representative review
The two individuals polled extensively by Rehabs.com granted higher ratings than alumni for family participation and holistic offerings, though opinions of staff experience were mixed.
One anonymous loved one wrote that there were "amazing caring doctors" but added that the facility "needs better trained entry lvl staff."
Treatment costs are not published on the Morris Village or South Carolina state website, but the facility does report that services are offered regardless of an individual's ability to pay. Many insurance plans are accepted, but not Medicaid or Medicare. The seven individuals polled on the matter offered mixed opinions concerning the facility's cost.
Published on December 2018
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