Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers - Youngstown in Youngstown, OH

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(3.3 of 5)
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2151 Rush Boulevard
Youngstown OH 44507

Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers - Youngstown Philosophy

Addiction is a chronic disease, not a lack of self-control. If you are abusing alcohol or other drugs, Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic's personalized treatment plans can help. Our highly trained experts will give you the tools you need to reclaim your health - and rediscover a life worth living.

Areas of Specialization

  • Medical Detoxification
    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.

  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Facility Highlights

Relapse Prevention

Gender-Specific Groups

Early Recovery Skills

Meet the Staff

Gerald (Jerry) V. Carter, LPCC-S, LICDC

Executive Director

Photo of Gerald (Jerry) V. Carter, LPCC-S, LICDC

Jerry Carter is the Executive Director of the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic (NKRC) where he oversees all activities of the organization’s four locations throughout Ohio. He also is the executive vice president for Ohio Operations within Gateway Rehab, NKRC’s parent organization. He is a past president of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Licensure Board and is past vice president of the Ohio Alliance of Recovery Providers. He is a part-time instructor in the graduate program at Youngstown State University as well as an experienced trainer and consultant. Mr. Carter holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Certified Reality Therapist, an Ohio Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (with supervision endorsement) and an Ohio Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor.

Douglas Wentz, M.A., OCPS II

Community Services Director

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Douglas Wentz is Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic’s Community Services Director in charge of programs involving prevention, training and community relations. In his role, Mr. Wentz also consults and provides training for professional and community organizations. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Mahoning County Family and Children First Council and has served as a regional epidemiologist for the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network (OSAM) as well as an outcome framework trainer for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. He chaired the credentialing Board Committee which developed the prevention credentials for the State of Ohio and is the past president of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Mr. Wentz received his bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and holds a master's degree from Kent State University.

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ABOUT NEIL KENNEDY RECOVERY CLINIC - YOUNGSTOWN

Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers are a group of treatment facilities in the greater Youngstown, Ohio metropolitan area. The inaugural facility, located in Youngstown proper, offers detox services and inpatient treatment for adults and adolescents struggling with substance misuse. Two additional centers located in Austintown and Warren, Ohio, provide outpatient and other related programming.

Founded in 1946 by Jack Deibel, Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers became part of Gateway Rehab in 1999, an organization that now operates 22 treatment facilities throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

According to the facility’s website, all clients begin their stay with a series of screenings and diagnostic assessments that help determine the most appropriate course of treatment. Clients may be prescribed medication to ease withdrawal symptoms and help with stabilization if needed. The facility is one of only 14 residential facilities (3.4 percent) in Ohio to use medically-assisted detox treatment.

Customizing treatment plans according the individual client’s needs, Neil Kennedy Centers utilize a holistic approach that includes assessment of physical, psychological, and emotional issues. Additionally, counselors utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to teach patients to develop new cognitive and coping skills to prevent relapse.

In addition, clients are also instructed on the 12-step model of recovery, which may include attending meetings and studying fellowship literature. Throughout treatment, clients also participate in individual, group, and family therapy.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According to the centers' website, the facility employs counselors, therapists, physicians, and nurses. Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers are certified by the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services and are among only 100 treatment facilities (24.6 percent) in the state to be accredited the Joint Commission.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

While there is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings, 24 individuals polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave an average of four out of five-star rating for the facility's accommodations and amenities, as well as their meals and nutrition. However, several specific aspects of accommodations received mostly neutral feedback from reviewers.

Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 3.4/5

The facility does not indicate the number of beds on their website, however, one reviewer polled by Rehabs.com, Tammy, noted that the facility is small and "holds 16 people 8 woman and 8 men."

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Of 15 alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing eight gave positive reviews, three gave neutral reviews, and four gave negative reviews. While the accommodations and amenities as well as meals and nutrition were rated highly, most specific categories evaluated received neutral or negative rating.

Family Participation: 3.2/5
Connectivity/Visitor Policy: 2.3/5
Holistic Offerings: 1.5/5

Reviews of the staff were mixed, with the staff-to-client ratio being a particular concern to many alumni, even to those who left otherwise positive feedback. "There was no 1 on 1 counseling,"alum K.J.L. wrote..

Staff Experience and Training: 2.7/5

On Google, the facility received two five-star reviews and a single one-star review from alumni.[1]

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

At the time of this writing, there have been nine loved ones polled by Rehabs.com, most of whom left positive reviews. Many highlighted family participation, the staff, and the overall effectiveness of treatment as strengths. Many also felt moderately confident in recommending the facility to others.

Family Participation: 4.1/5
Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 3.4/5

However, echoing the sentiment of alumni, several loved ones noted that there were not enough counselors. "Too many people and not enough one on one time for each individuals needs," anonymous loved one wrote in a representative review, but added: "My son was there for about one year, and it helped quit a bit."

On Google, two loved ones left five-star reviews, both of whom highlighted the staff as a strength.

FINANCING

While Neil Kennedy Recover Centers did not indicate the price of treatment, their website notes that they are in-network with most insurance providers. Individuals polled on the matter offered moderate opinions concerning the facility's cost.

Affordability: 3/5

[1] GoogleReviews

Published on July 2018

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FU

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Because they don’t believe in long term use of Suboxone/Subutex I wasn’t allowed to see a counselor who I had been seeing for years at another facility! Been clean for years and just wanted to be able to see the counselor who had been with me from the beginning at another facility but Neil Kennedy didn’t care! The intake process I was treated like I was wrong for taking the meds I do! If this place really cared about addicts staying clean and being in recovery they would of let me see my counselor and not judged me! So if they’re willing to judge someone over something so small I can only imagine how they judge others. This place sounds like if they can’t make the most money from you as a patient then they don’t want you.

JK

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What a joke this place is. Basically telling my husband to leave me and his son. didn't even get to the core of his addiction. what kinda councling tells u to leave the love and support of your family! you cant beat addiction alone. why is there support groups for NA if u are just gonna tell them to do it on their own anyways. dont make sense to me. i would never recomend this place to anyone.

T K

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Sure, thanks for your extremely poor counseling to an addict to think about himself first, which he has always done and hasn't done much of anything for his family for years but cause grief and pain even though they have stuck by him. All you did was add to the emotional and terrible pain he has caused them. You really failed this time. Thanks for the grief and now probably family breakup. There are two side to every story but chose just to listen to just the addicts side. I will NEVER recommend your facility and counseling to anyone. F- fail If you consider this abusive or a fraudulent comment or review then you are also a fraud.

Tim

Neil Kennedy is a great place if you WANT Rehab. I now work in the industry a year later and use alot of what was learned there Thanks to the staff. May I reccomend The California Palms If You find Neil Kennedy Is Full/ Same Principals, just extra luxury.

T

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Mediocre services all around

Papa

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God saved me by coming here was well worth the effort they expected of me thanks to the staff I\'ve got some what of my life back after 40th years of drinking and partying I thank them and my God as I understand him

Anonymous

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Great support system. Wonderful experience from beginning to end

Anonymous

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Knowledge of the treatment needed. Too many people and not enough one on one time for each individuals needs. My son was there for about one year, and it helped quit a bit. I feel though that he may have needed to want to be there for the program to help instaed of being forced.

Anonymous

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good counseling service location, facility itself, too much emphasis on relapse this facility tries to treat too many clients at once.

Anonymous

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counselors were a strength. location was an issue for me. the counselors are good and knowledgable

Loraine

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The counseling could've been better. My counselor was mean and kicked me out. She told me that there was no help for me

Anonymous

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Staff are well involved and schooled. The people attending the place must be willing to except the change, so I feel they need to inform the, better of this. I was a visitor of a patient and had an easy going experience to visit.

Anonymous

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Compassion which was a strength but crowded. Clean, close to home area

Anonymous

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It helps those with addictions. It has helped numerous people with addiction problems

Anonymous

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Location was a strength but theft of personal items was not.

kjl

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The staff is constantly at each others throats. There was no 1 on 1 counseling. There were bedbugs. Just another rehab mill. Very bad experience.

George

This treatment center should be a 5 star across the board. Never have I had better counseling and treatment. This group of counselors and staff know how to make us Recovering addicts and Alcoholics confront your addiction head on and start living in a good orderly direction. Neil Kennedy saved my life and gave me hope when I felt hopeless.

Src

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The women\'s counselor is very rude, lazy, and unhelpful. Most of the time she won\'t help you with anything and will actually tell you to ask another staff member instead of trying to be helpful.It\'s hard to recover without a good counselor that you can relate to.the facility itself is filthy.they had bed bugs and the bedrooms are disgusting.there\'s no type of exercise or relaxation.It\'s just group after group in uncomfortable chairs.Most of the groups are unorganized with nothing to be gained from being there.

Anonymous

Unorganized and your belongings will come up missing.

Tammy

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Great food!! No exercise program,not enough one on one counseling. Small facility,holds 16 people 8 woman and 8 men. Some of the nursing staff is rude. Detox is not long enough.

Brenda

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Good recovery program, knowledgeable in the 12 step program. On site nurses available. Unlike it used to be, the food is not readily available as it used to be, so nutritionally it's not up to par. My experience from 17 years ago is definitely not as agreeable friendly as my niece and others experience in the past 10 years.

YL

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Strenghts: Groups encouraging advice good food great staff aa meetings. lack of communication with counselors dealing with outside treatment options. With my group experience i learned so much about myself and my addiction. It was tough to get through mentally but i must say that youngstown saved my life. I will always be forever so greatful to the staff there who helped me and taught me how to live clean and sober. I have 14 months clean today. Thank you for rehab. I could never have done this alone.

M.D.

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Alot of classes and meeting were nice. Not enough spiritual or other things to do no ecercise equipment or arts and crafts. When your not in a class or meeting your bored.

anonymous

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Need more government funded rehabilitation.

SR

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I was only able to stay for 3 days, just longer enough to detox and I relapsed within 6 mos. They did set me up with aftercare and AA meetings. I got sober on my own 3 yrs later and have almost 10 yrs of sobeirty

Joshua

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Just worked the program with my sponsor once I left.

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