Prestera Center Philosophy
Prestera Center offers behavioral health care services, including addiction treatment, to those in need, regardless of ability to pay. Services include medically monitored detoxification, outpatient care, short- and long-term residential treatment, transitional housing programs, DUI treatment programs, public shelters for safe sobering up, and mental health care for co-occurring issues.
Areas of Specialization
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
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 PRESTERA CENTER
Since 1967, Prestera Center has provided addiction recovery, behavioral health, and co-occurring disorder services to adults, adolescents, and children from all socioeconomic levels and circumstances. This nonprofit organization delivers a full continuum of care across 55 facilities throughout West Virginia. Its Huntington location offers short- and long-term residential programs, outpatient services, transitional living programs, and medically monitored detoxification.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Prestera Center's residential programs are gender-specific with varying levels of intensity and typically last three to six months. Long-term residential clients undergo psychiatric evaluation and psychiatric treatment/case management and participate in individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy. The long-term "Renaissance" program supports women and their dependent children and can last from three months to one year or longer.
The Huntington location maintains six to eight beds in its Crisis Residential Unit (CRU) for adult psychiatric stabilization and detox. The organization's medication assisted treatment (MAT) program provides Suboxone to adults physically dependent on pain killers and other opiates/opioids for six to nine months. The Pinecrest program offers housing to single adults with no active/current drug or alcohol use, subject to weekly testing.
Outpatient services for adults incorporate professional counseling, 12-step recovery coaching, structured groups, and relapse prevention. The Huntington location offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP) specifically for individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders as well as "family-centered, office-based therapy” for adolescents.
Prestera Center also provides community services, such as a driving under the influence (DUI) treatment program, employment assistance, community engagement, and peer support specialist training.
Prestera Center has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 2001. Its website references members of the professional treatment team, including psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, registered nurses/nurse practitioners, therapists, behavior rehabilitation specialists, and recovery coaches.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There currently is no information provided on the facility’s website or elsewhere regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, the 10 former clients surveyed by Rehabs.com gave the accommodations and amenities an average of 3.6 out of five stars.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The 10 alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing submitted generally favorable reviews about Prestera Center. Former clients offered the highest praise for the staff, who received an average of 4.1 out of five stars for their experience and level of training** and described them as "caring," "supportive," "kind," and "helpful." The reviewers awarded an average of 4.4 stars for the facility's cleanliness and 4.3 stars for affordabiity and whether they would recommend the program to others.
Most criticism concerned the lack of exercise and leisure activities, which drew an average rating of 3.2 out of five stars, and holistic offerings at 2.7 out of five stars. And although former clients appreciated the contributions of staff members, they lamented there were not enough of them. Tash told Rehabs.com there were “no extracurricular activities such as exercise, meditation, yoga, etc.,” while Regina added: “Not enough one on one and no exercise.”
That said, one reviewer said about Prestera Center: "It gave me the chance to learn a new way to live. I have already referred 2 friends, one is there now." Yet another expressed: "It saved my life."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Most loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date provided positive feedback about Prestera Center. The seven friends and family members who participated in the survey awarded 4.1 out of five stars for both the counseling options and staff's level of experience and training, as well as four out of five stars for recommending the facility to others. They also offered an average of 3.9 stars for affordability and 3.6 stars for family participation.
An anonymous five-star reviewer wrote: "Prestera has affected the lives of several people I am close to and would recommend this facility to anyone." Another five-star reviewer, the cousin of a former client, commented: "Strengths: care, food, clean, helpful. Weaknesses: not much free time to yourself."
According to its website, Prestera Center accepts many major insurance providers as well as Medicare and West Virginia Medicaid, but not Kentucky or Ohio Medicaid. It also takes self-pay patients and notes: "Prestera Center offers care and services to everyone who needs it regardless of their ability to pay."
Published on November 2017
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