Mount Regis Center Philosophy
Mount Regis Center – a 27-bed, fully accredited and licensed drug and alcohol treatment center located in historic Salem, Virginia – offers a structured inpatient recovery plan tailored to each individual client. Mount Regis’ team of caring and dedicated providers knows that recovery is both an individual and community undertaking. Many of the staff members at Mount Regis have at one time battled addiction themselves, and can easily empathize with clients who have chosen to travel the bumpy road to recovery. At Mount Regis, clients will discover a calming and inviting environment in which to realize their potential, and move towards a fulfilling life free from drugs and alcohol.
Areas of Specialization
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.
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
Mukesh P. Patel, M.D.
Mukesh P. Patel, M.D. is a psychiatrist and addictionologist. He has been serving as the medical director of Mount Regis Center since 1985. As the medical director, Dr. Patel is primarily responsible for overseeing the medical care of all inpatient and outpatient clients. He provides the facility with oversight of all detox tapers, conducts all patient histories and physical examinations, provides medical supervision, and is actively engaged in all programming decisions.
Bonnie Stewart, LPC
Bonnie Stewart, LPC has been a member of the Mount Regis Center team, since November 2011 and was recently promoted to clinical director, where she is responsible for oversight of inpatient and outpatient treatment services. Ms. Stewart ensures that professional services plans, policies and procedures are in compliance with all regulatory agency requirements, monitors quality improvement and evaluation activities, plans, assigns, supervises and evaluates clinical activities performed by the members of the counseling department, interfaces with referral sources and the admissions department, serves as the primary counselor for all direct admissions to IOP services, and conducts group, individual and family counseling sessions.
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ABOUT MOUNT REGIS CENTER
Located in the outskirts of Salem, Va., only 20 minutes from historic Roanoke, Mount Regis Center provides substance abuse and co-occurring mental health treatment services. Treatment options include inpatient, day treatment, and intensive outpatient programming. Medically monitored detox services are available here.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, residential treatment programming lasts 40 days for young adults, and up to 45 days for adults, depending on each client’s specific needs.
The 12-step based residential program incorporates individual, group, and family counseling, and emphasizes physical fitness through trips to a local gym three times a week. Clients are engaged in educational topics such as grief and loss, relapse prevention, stress management, and conflict resolution. For the young adult residential program, which treats individuals ages 18 to 25, peer support is encouraged, and equine therapy, art, yoga, and a ropes course are also incorporated into programming.
Following a similar format, the partial hospitalization program (PHP) is geared towards clients who require a more moderate level of care, enabling them to stay at home.
The facility’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) takes place three nights a week, three to four hours per night. With a focus on helping clients integrate back into their communities, roughly five weeks of the IOP assists clients in accessing stable employment and sober support networks.
Free for three months, aftercare services provide continued support through various events.
Mount Regis Center prides itself on its staff. Led by a medical doctor who is a psychiatrist and addictionologist, the multidisciplinary treatment team consists of clinicians, social workers, certified addiction counselors, nurses, and recovery coaches, according to the center’s website.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 25-bed facility provides a comfortable but modest environment for recovery. Phone usage is limited to certain nights after 9:00 p.m., and laundry machines are available at no additional charge.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The seven alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly favorable reviews. All alumni indicated they would recommend Mount Regis Center, and many alumni praised the staff in their reviews.
An anonymous alum, for instance, found the staff members friendly. “I would happily recommend this facility as they helped on my journey to sobriety immeasurably,” they wrote.
Another anonymous alum polled by Rehabs.com described their experience as “incredibly helpful,” they wrote. “Overall, I enjoyed my time there and learned a lot.”
“They treated me with coutesy and respect,” Lisa wrote. “Had very good counseling sessions.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, of the eight loved ones polled by Rehabs.com, one provided a negative review, two left neutral feedback, and five loved ones provided positive reviews.
The loved ones indicated that Mount Regis Center’s treatment is effective provided that the individual must be willing to put in the effort. For example, an anonymous reviewer wrote: "The person entering treatment must want to get better; if not, the facility cannot do it for them. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink." Regardless, at least three reviewers specifically cited the high quality of staff.
Nancy, however, was frustrated with how the center managed her daughter’s care, mentioning “false advertising.” Another reviewer thought there wasn’t enough family participation — this metric received an average rating of three out of five stars based on feedback from five reviewers.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The one staff member surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided a mostly positive review, and gave the center four out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Mount Regis Center.
They gave the center four stars in a number of categories including counseling options, and the staff’s level of experience and training. Yet, they rated the center holistic offerings and the visitor policy the worst with two stars.
“I know that the programs here worked by the success stories we had,” they wrote.
The center’s website notes Mount Regis Center accepts private-pay and most major insurances, but does not work with Medicare or Medicaid. Financing is available via American Healthcare Lending.
Updated March 2017
Published on April 2017
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