Mountainside Treatment Center Philosophy
Located at the base of the Berkshire Mountains of Connecticut, Mountainside Treatment Center offers comprehensive treatment programs for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Mountainside combines evidence-based methodology with the latest advances in the treatment field to provide an experience unlike any other. Mountainside’s integrative care philosophy ensures that each client follows a program specifically designed to meet his or her individual needs and issues. With a professional and dedicated staff, Mountainside is committed to helping clients achieve lasting, meaningful recovery from addiction.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
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.
Meet the Staff
Randall Dwenger, MD
Throughout his 30-year career, Randall has built extensive knowledge in psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and individual psychotherapy services. His career path has led him to a variety of experiences, from his development and management of a detox center to his psychiatric work with veterans. He has been the Consulting Psychiatrist at Mountainside since 2008 and believes that there is great hope that each person who wants to recover has the ability to do so. At Mountainside, he provides guidance and leadership over the detoxification program, ensuring that safe and efficient services and practices are provided to our clients.
Sarah Osbourne, LPC, LADC, NCC, MATS
Director, Clinical Operations
Sarah holds a dual Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist. Sarah has extensive experience working with individuals suffering from addiction, including those with co-occurring disorders, personality disorders, and a history of trauma. As the Clinical Director, Sarah oversees all clinical programming in detox, residential and out-patient treatment. In partnership with the Program Development team, she develops and coordinates programming updates to ensure all clients are receiving the highest quality care and treatment interventions. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys gardening, running with her dog, learning about Buddhism, and reading about neuropsychology.
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ABOUT MOUNTAINSIDE TREATMENT CENTER - CANAAN, CT
Mountainside Treatment Center, located in Canaan, Conn., offers residential, outpatient, and detoxification treatment to adults struggling with addiction. The facility also offers outpatient treatment to adolescents and sober living homes to clients needing extended care. Founded in 1998, Mountainside is located in the foothills of the Berkshire mountain range in northwest Connecticut. The facility is able to accommodate clients who have co-occurring conditions.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
To be admitted, clients begin by calling the facility for a quick phone screening to determine what treatment program will be best.
Detoxification treatment, which is offered on-site, lasts an average of five days, the intensive outpatient program usually lasts four to six weeks, and the outpatient program usually lasts three to six months. Teenagers between fifteen and seventeen years old may participate in Mountainside’s twelve week adolescent outpatient program, which has an accompanying twelve week family program. Residential treatment lasts for 30 days, and extended care treatment averages 90 days.
Mountainside’s treatment program uses a wide range of evidence-based treatment methods, and also incorporates holistic addiction treatments. Throughout treatment, clients receive individual and group therapy, stress and anger management, relapse prevention resources, and 12-step education. Medication-assisted treatment at Mountainside may involve buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) or naltrexone (Vivitrol). Families are included in the treatment program through individual counseling, family counseling, a half-day family wellness orientation for family members of new clients, and full-day family empowerment workshops.
In addition to offering a range of treatment levels, Mountainside offers holistic treatments such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, massage therapy, and adventure-based counseling. Adventure-based counseling involves overnight wilderness trips, high and low ropes courses, fitness classes, hikes, and rock wall climbing.
Discharge from Mountainside involves individual aftercare planning, and all clients who successfully complete the program are able to participate in alumni services programming. The alumni programming includes weekly recovery meetings, regular alumni events, volunteer opportunities, and an alumni newsletter.
The treatment team at Mountainside includes licensed and credentialed clinicians including family therapists, addiction counselors, board-certified psychiatrists, medical doctors, and registered nurses, and practitioners trained in alternative healing.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility offers both shared and private rooms for male and female clients in a luxurious, well-appointed campus sitting on 75 acres of private land. The rooms offer panoramic views, abundant natural light, and soothing color pallets. Private suites are available for individuals going through detoxification treatment. These luxury detoxification suites include a king-sized bed, dining area, desk, flat-screen TV, lounge area, and full private bathroom.
Mountainside’s grounds are equipped with an auditorium, dining hall, acupuncture and yoga studios, basketball courts, a rock climbing wall, a fitness center, a chapel, a large outdoor patio, activity fields, jogging paths, challenge courses, a zipline, hiking trails, and waterfalls.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the twenty alumni polled by Rehabs.com at time of writing, eighteen gave positive feedback and wrote that they would recommend the facility to others. The anonymous clients gave the facility an average of 4.8 out of five stars for cleanliness, 4.5 stars for staff experience, 4.1 stars for family participation, and 3.6 stars for counseling options.
When asked about strengths of the facility, many alumni commented that they enjoyed the meditation and spiritual activities, scenic grounds, nice accommodations, and alumni network. One alum added additional commentary, writing, “I cannot emphasize enough what a first-rate, progressive place Mountainside is, and it is the sole place I'd recommend to others, and that I would return to if I run into difficulty that requires in-patient treatment again.”
Despite positive reviews, many alumni noted a high cost of treatment as the facility's most glaring shortcoming.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At time of writing, nine friends and/or family members gave Mountainside positive reviews. The anonymous loved ones gave the facility an average of 4.2 out of five stars for cleanliness, 4.2 stars for family participation, four stars for staff's level of training and experience, and 3.6 stars for counseling options. When asked about strengths of the facility, many loved ones commented that the location was peaceful and serene, accommodations were nice, and staff members were caring and competent.
When asked to comment on facility weaknesses, loved ones said that aftercare planning was lacking and the food could be improved.
There is currently no information provided by Mountainside regarding the cost of treatment. However, the facility accepts “most insurance plans” including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare, ValueOptions, and more. The facility offers to connect clients to healthcare loans if necessary.
Published on November 2017
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