Sagebrush in McLean, VA

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7921 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 400
McLean VA 22102

Sagebrush Philosophy

Our philosophy is grounded in the twelve step model of recovery and our programs are built upon that foundation.

Sagebrush creates a center for healing that provides authentic and fundamental changes in our clients through a deeper, more comprehensive treatment program.

Meet the Staff

Vanessa Vergnetti, ND, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

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Vanessa Vergnetti is the CEO of Sagebrush, and she takes a personal interest in the progress of each client. She is passionately committed to assisting those suffering from addictions, in identifying blockages to health and the joyful experience of life. Creating sacred space where transformation can occur is at the core of her life’s work. Addictions can only be adequately relieved by identifying and addressing the root causes of illness. Restoration of a sense of purpose in one’s life, a deep knowing to who and what they belong, and the knowledge of what their life is about is the central focus of healing.

Dr. Vergnetti holds a Masters Degree in Natural Health and a Doctor of Naturopathy Degree. While she has 20 years of experience in alternative treatments to addictions and other chronic and degenerative disease, she remains a perpetual student of life, healing, spirituality and truth. 360 Guide

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Sagebrush operates multiple private drug and alcohol rehab facilities throughout northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The small program in McLean, Va. is one of the 35 (15.7 percent) of Virginia treatment facilities that provides residential treatment. In addition, the center offers outpatient treatment and detox services aimed at alleviating withdrawal systems are offered. Dual diagnosis treatment is available.


According to Sagebrush's website, clients requiring detox at the beginning of their rehab may receive holistic support at Sagebrush in Great Falls. However, if medically monitored detox is necessary, the staff will assist clients in accessing that at another facility and then in transferring to Sagebrush for continued rehab.

During a minimum stay of 30 days, clients work with therapists to heal through a broad array of traditional, experiential, and alternative treatment modalities. Counselors are available for individual sessions, and clients also attend groups addressing such topics as gender-specific issues, trauma, relationships, and communication. The center is one of the 164 (73.5 percent) of Virginia facilities that has 12-step treatment.

In combination with 12-step programming, holistic treatment options include art and music therapy, nutritional counseling, hypnosis, mindfulness, yoga, sound therapy, herbal medicine, and spiritual counseling.

Families are encouraged to participate in the recovery process, and multi-family education and support groups as well as visitation hours are offered. Clients begin planning for aftercare early in their stay, which prioritizes developing support systems and may incorporate recovery coaching.


Many of the master’s level therapists and licensed addiction counselors on staff are in recovery themselves, according to the facility’s website. Sagebrush employs a Ph.D.-level naturopathic doctor.


Up to eight clients at a time stay in private rooms. Photos of the Great Falls facility depict a large, spacious house, comfortable furnishings, and a scenic pond and garden. Clients may not bring electronic devices, and smoking is limited to outside areas during specified times. The executive chef can accommodate special dietary needs for meals.


Two alumni polled by to date had contrasting opinions about Sagebrush. While alum S.G. rated gave five out of five stars in every category, alum C.M. rated its treatment effectiveness only one star and wrote: "Make sure you ask about their treatment. They claim to provide holistic practice but there was no acupuncture and the medical director was not helpful at all."

To date, the 25 individuals who left reviews on CiteHealth gave an average of 4.16 out of five stars, with five negative reviews and 20 positive. More than 25 percent described Sagebrush as life-saving or positively life-changing.[1]

Positive reviews praised the variety of treatment options and compassionate therapists. Mentioning both cognitive behavioral and exercise therapy. "Now I know that treatment works, and for the first time in my life I look forward to living life sober. Thank you Sagebrush," one alum wrote.

Negative reviews complained about staff, accommodations, and financial issues. Two reviewers reported problems with the facility’s overemphasis on money as well as a lack of respect from staff members.

To date, the 15 individuals who left Yelp reviews (including 10 that are not currently recommended) gave an average of four out of five stars, and mostly positive feedback. Positive Yelp and CiteHealth reviews cited the family and aftercare programs as strengths. [2]


Four loved ones polled by to date had positive reactions to Sagebrush.
cleanliness and family participation received ratings of four and five stars.
However, opinions about the facility’s costs were mixed. Loved one B.L. wrote that treatment was "Very Expensive," though two others rated the facility's affordability four and five stars.

Holistic Offerings: 5/5
Exercise and Leisure Activities: 4.8/5

The two loved ones providing Yelp reviews to date highlighted the program’s “very unique approaches” and staff’s proactive, team approach as strengths. One warned that, in their experience, Sagebrush did not provide adequate detox services for alcohol addiction.


The one staffer who left a review on to date gave negative commentary. "THE SAME WORK THAT CAN BE DONE AT ANOTHER COMPANY THAT’S WAY MORE SUPPORTIVE. Listen, DON’T WORK HERE trust me. They have NO regard for their employees and management is INCOMPETENT," the staff member wrote.


Sagebrush accepts several insurance coverage plans including Aetna, ValueOptions, PHCS, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Humana.


Published on August 2019

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Promises of massages, yoga, a bunch of amenities etc - but they never did that. The client handbook was completely false. If you are going to pay this amount of money go somewhere else. Therapists changed 3 times while I was there, they left or got fired or something. Kind of a ridiculous place


This rehab has all the glitz and glam of a utopia BUT needless to say it IS NOT, it is FAR from it. The facilities are ran by incompetent leadership staff (not the day/evening/overnight staff) and a residential director who has no operational experience and does not admit the many mistakes he's made thus far. This company just had their best team walk out on them for lack of support. It appears the CEO cares ONLY about bed filling and numbers. She'll risk employees lives in inclement weather in Outpatient just to get a dollar because she's built a home in Arizona and in Great Falls that have extended her budget beyond belief. The facilities are nice yes, just like a cult, always appealing initially, until you see the cracks in the foundation and this place has MANY cracks, actually not cracks HOLES. However, as long as incompetent and/or new people get employed, it'll continue to be open as a business. Have you ever seen the movie GET OUT?! If not, review it then re-read this post. If you have, you know exactly what I mean. This company has changed management over a dozen times because no one can sustain the constant changing of procedures and policies and the toxicity of the company. The envirornment is non-sustainable and toxic, yet they keep having the person with the most blood on their hands lead Council as if dirty hands can purge and make something clean. Each day here is like ground hogs day. Same speech by the CEO and management, but NO changes and if changes are made, they aren't done effectively AT ALL nor communicated correctly. Their strongest and best employees again have all left one after another and clients and staff have seen it crumble. However, because in today's times people are desperate for jobs, it will continue to run, but so will the employees after they see the joke this place is- toxic and nasty. Some people stay beyond their time thinking they’re doing greater work, THE SAME WORK THAT CAN BE DONE AT ANOTHER COMPANY THAT’S WAY MORE SUPPORTIVE. Listen, DON’T WORK HERE trust me. They have NO regard for their employees and management is INCOMPETENT and don't know how to make decisions that benefit and make their employees feel supported in ANY CAPACITY. This is actually a nice post, I could SAY WAY MORE WITH ALL THE INFORMATION I HAVE, BUT TRUST ME THIS IS THE BEST WATERED DOWN VERSION TRUTH THAT I COULD COME UP WITH.


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Make sure you ask about their treatment. They claim to provide holistic practice but there was no acupuncture and the medical director was not helpful at all. Their staff is nice but the counselors are young and not very experienced. I was disappointed with the treatment and it was very different from what they say on the website.


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One of the best rehab in the area!


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Overall a good treatment


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Program can be improved.


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wonderful staff excellent environment, they treat you like a caring family not just a paient


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The ability to work one on one with every patient to determine the best and efficient treatment plan. Exceptional place to go for recovery. They help you find you. It's an internal detox that will refresh and renew your life. They are professionals that make you feel good about the next chapter of your life.

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