Treatment Center Setting
Recovery Centers of America at Westminster Philosophy
Our addiction treatment philosophy centers around offering evidence-based, individualized treatment solutions for individuals and families struggling with drug and alcohol addiction as well as co-occurring disorders. With an individualized approach to addiction treatment and a comprehensive continuum of care, we heal patients and their families from a life of active addiction and alcoholism to a life of hope and healing.
We deliver comprehensive addiction treatment services in a safe and comfortable environment. Our addiction treatment services include drug and alcohol detoxification, individual and group therapy, family counseling services for both patient and family, case management, life skills training, 12 Step education, psychiatric care, individualized aftercare planning, and recovery resources designed to support patients for life. With evidence-based treatment practices at each one of our neighborhood-based locations, we offer each patient and their family the highest quality addiction treatment services and an opportunity to heal, regain hope, rebuild and recover – for life
Areas of Specialization
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Michael oversees Westminster with a patient-centered philosophy that he’s honed over his 27 years in behavioral health and addiction treatment. As he managed other large addiction treatment centers in Massachusetts, he built positive treatment experiences for patients through Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) and Client Stabilization Services (CSS) programming. That success came from his face-to-face experience providing direct care, counseling, interventions, and family treatment. He holds a BA in psychology and a master’s degree in business.
Kat Stevens has a BS in Psychology, with concentration in Women’s Studies. She also has an MA in Counseling Psychology with concentrations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child & Family Interventions and is a Massachusetts Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). With over 13 years of experience in Behavior Healthcare, including 10 years of working specially with substance use and co-occurring disorder treatments, Kat has provided leadership in multiple modalities of treatment, including acute treatment services, inpatient and residential services, and community-based support professionals.
Kat's background is in project management, clinical treatment, direct care, training facilitation, and quality improvement, with clinical experience in CBT, suicidality assessment, motivational interviewing, group, individual, community based, and family therapies. She also has experience working with diverse populations, such as trauma survivors, LGBTQI, adolescents, adults, and families. Stevens provides quality, patient-centered, individualized treatment to help engage and support patients and their families in a safe, therapeutic environment.
Meghan Wood has a BA in Psychology and Criminology/Sociology, as well as an MA in Counseling Psychology with concentrations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child & Family Interventions. Wood is also a Massachusetts Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). She has experience providing clinical oversight and direct services treating substance use and co-occurring disorders to diverse populations.
Meghan is experienced in the full continuum of care of treatment, including inpatient and residential services, outpatient, and family therapy. Her specialties include Massachusetts Tobacco Education Coordinator, trauma-informed care trainer, Seeking Safety facilitator, suicidality assessment, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness techniques. She is committed to providing the highest quality care to address each patient’s holistic needs, including safety, emotional, behavioral, relational/familial, and spiritual domains while fostering a treatment environment that creates healing to patient, family, and the greater community.
Heidi Ginter, MD, FASAM
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Ginter has nearly two decades of experience working in the addiction treatment field and is a prominent voice in medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT, the use of FDA-approved medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, is widely considered to be an effective tool in battling addiction to opioids and other drugs.
Dr. Ginter graduated from Yale University and earned her doctorate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has lectured extensively on MAT and opioid dependence. Dr. Ginter started her career as a family doctor for underserved populations and eventually found a passion for helping pregnant women struggling with addiction. Most recently, she was the Regional Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for an outpatient addiction treatment provider with 16 sites in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
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ABOUT RECOVERY CENTERS OF AMERICA AT WESTMINSTER- WESTMINSTER, MA
Recovery Centers of America at Westminster located in Westminster, Mass., offers residential treatment to adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Recovery Centers of America currently operates four locations along the east coast with a purpose “to save 1,000,000 lives, one neighborhood at a time”, according to the facility’s website.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
In order to be admitted, clients can call the facility directly to speak with someone 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. An initial free, confidential assessment is conducted and, upon establishing a start date, the facility will send out a “black car service” to pick up the client at their door.
The facility’s treatment program follows an evidence-based, holistic, and individualized approach to recovery as well as 12-step programing. Throughout treatment, clients receive 24 hour nursing care, individual and group therapy, recreational therapy, educational seminars, and psychiatric and psychological services as needed. Participants receive medication monitoring and families are included in the treatment program through family services.
A typical day of treatment includes structured activities. The morning routine incorporates a nutritious breakfast followed by community meetings and/or group therapy sessions. The afternoon activities include fitness and recreation, a nutritious lunch, and group seminars. Evenings commence with with dinner followed by seminars or 12-step meetings, men’s/women’s group meetings, and/or evening community meetings. Free time for activities is worked into the evening schedule as well.
This facility offers unique treatments and therapy including nutritional assessments and guidance, a wellness program, yoga, massage, Reiki, and Tai Chi, art therapy, music therapy, and more. Discharge planning and alumni services are offered for all clients who successfully complete the program. The alumni programming includes ongoing education, continuous support, opportunities to help others in recovery, and assistance in resolving legal, family, or employment issues.
The specific credentials of the treatment team at Recovery Centers of America at Westminster are not provided on the facility’s website. The administration team at Recovery Centers of America employs individuals with credentials including medical doctors and a licensed mental health counselor.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility offers a home-like setting with modern, deluxe accommodations. The home has a professionally trained chef to prepare all meals, on-site Reiki and massage, yoga classes, and a flat-screen HD TV in each room. Clients in need are provided with one long-sleeve shirt, one short-sleeve shirt, one pair of pants, a hat, and a tumbler upon admission. Clients who are able should bring their own clothing and shoes, toiletries, and other personal items. Cigarettes are allowed in designated outdoor areas. Clients may not bring any electronics, alcohol containing mouthwash/cologne/perfume, or financial items.
There have been no alumni, friends or family, or staff members polled by Rehabs.com at time of writing.
On the facility’s Facebook page, which it can manage, there is an overall rating of five out of five stars based on three total reviews. Only one reviewer left a comment. The alum, B.S., had a very positive experience. They gave five stars and wrote, “This place saved my life I am so grateful for all the wonderful people I had the pleasure of meeting.”
On the facility’s Google page, there is an overall rating of 3.8 out of five stars based on four total reviews. Opinions of the facility were mixed with two five-star reviews, one four star review, and a one star review. Reviewer A.D, who gave five stars, felt that they had the best experience possible at the facility. A.D. wrote, “Best detox around hands down ..great staff..great food..meetings ...and Staff , overall great experience and i would recommend to all friends and family who is in need of treatment.” Another alum gave four stars and wrote, “The reason I stayed had a lot to do with the Staff at RCA… I have a lot of people to be thankful for today.”
The reviewer who gave a one star review indicated that their ex-boyfriend was receiving treatment at the facility and was upset that the client was still allowed to contact her while in treatment.
The cost of treatment at the facility is not published. Recovery Centers of America accepts most major private insurance plans including BlueCross BlueShield, Magellan health, Aetna, Cigna, and more. Clients are encouraged to contact the facility directly for additional information regarding insurance coverage and financial options.
Published on December 2017
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