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
As a state-run facility, Morris Village Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center assists adult South Carolina residents who are struggling with substance abuse. Evidence-based treatment is offered on an inpatient basis, with specialized programming for gender concerns and co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. The Columbia facility also provides medical detox and stabilization services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Admission to Morris Village Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center can be voluntary, emergency, or court-ordered. Typically, clients have a history of prior treatment and relapse or are experiencing severe consequences or symptoms of chemical dependency. 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.
The rehab center draws from 12-step principles and relies heavily on group therapy sessions. Clients should also expect to participate in 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.
Morris Village strives to address holistic recovery in culturally appropriate ways, through non-denominational spiritual guidance, medical care, and physical activity. 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. Also included on the facility's treatment team are nurses, licensed and certified counselors, and activity therapists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to the state’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. Also on-site are a physical activities center and occupational therapy building.
Visitation can be scheduled following loved ones' participation in a Morris Village Alcohol and Drug Addiction family education course. No personal electronic devices are allowed.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Eleven former clients had submitted feedback for Morris Village to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing. Nearly 75 percent would recommend the facility to others and found the treatment effective.
The six individuals surveyed more extensively tended to agree on both strengths and weaknesses, awarding an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars for the staff's level of training and experience, but just two stars for holistic therapy offerings, the latter presented as a priority on the facility's website. Alum B.P.H. characterized counselors and case managers as helpful, committed, and knowledgeable, while another reviewer appreciated the fact that some staff members were in recovery themselves. On the other hand, three alumni expressed disappointment in exercise and leisure activities, depicting a facility with limited options beyond group therapy.
Opportunities for family participation, another Morris Village priority, also fared less favorably, with an average 2.6-star rating from five individuals polled.
Opinions were split on the quality of meals and the facility's cleanliness and upkeep, averaging ratings of 3.8 and 3.7 respectively. One reviewer wrote that meals were unsubstantial, while another acknowledged food was not restaurant quality but still "good." Andrea characterized Morris Village as "dirty, understaffed" and Becky agreed, especially noting inadequate supervision of clients.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Feedback from seven loved ones was split between five overall critical and two positive reviews. Areas of overlap with alumni complaints included meals and insufficient staff attention to clients. The two individuals polled by Rehabs.com granted higher ratings on average than alumni for family participation and holistic offerings. Opinions of staff experience were mixed. Two of the seven Rehabs.com reviewers mentioned that staff members did not treat their family members respectfully and praised the doctors' expertise while noting a need for more support staff training.
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. Seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the affordability of treatment contributed to an average rating of 3.1 stars.
Published on October 2017
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