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
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.
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ABOUT SAGEBRUSH - GREAT FALLS
Sagebrush operates multiple private drug and alcohol rehab facilities throughout northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The small residential program in Great Falls, Va., provides dual diagnosis, holistic addiction treatment built on 12-step concepts and practices. The facility’s website emphasizes nonjudgmental support for the recovery process with attention to each client’s mental and physical wellbeing. Detox services aimed at alleviating withdrawal systems are offered.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients requiring detox at the beginning of their rehab may receive holistic support at Sagebrush in Great Falls. A naturopathic doctor is available onsite; 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, residents work with therapists to heal through a broad array of traditional, experiential, and alternative treatment modalities. Counselors are available for one-on-one sessions, according to the facility’s website, and clients also attend groups addressing such topics as gender-specific issues, trauma, relationships, and communication.
In combination with 12-step programming, treatment options include art and music therapy, nutritional counseling, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, yoga, sound therapy, herbal medicine, spiritual counseling, and Reiki.
Families are encouraged to participate in the recovery process, and multi-family education and support groups as well as visitation hours are offered each week. 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 themselves in recovery, according to the facility’s website.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Sagebrush supports eight residents at a time, each with their own private bedroom and bathroom in a comfortable, secure facility set on wooded, manicured grounds in the Virginia countryside. Inside the residence are bright, windowed communal meeting areas and outside are a gazebo, pond, and walking trails. Massage, acupuncture, and personal training services are available onsite.
In addition, a team of professional chefs prepare meals which can accommodate special needs such as vegetarian and gluten-free diets.
Smoking and vaping are allowed outdoors during scheduled periods, and clients may also choose to participate in smoking cessation therapy. While personal phone and computer use are restricted, residents do have access to the facility’s technology for outside communication.
The alumni program includes a monthly service project and regular alcoholics anonymous meetings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has not received any reviews from this facility’s former clients. CiteHealth reviews, however, reveal positive trends in alumni perspectives. Each of 19 reviewers gave five out of five star ratings for the facility’s accommodations, quality of care, and staff. More than 25 percent described Sagebrush as life-saving or positively life-changing.
Mentioning both cognitive behavioral and exercise therapy, one alum wrote: “I appreciate the balanced approach I found.” Another praised a “perfect mix of options” and also wrote that they “felt safe and comfortable.”
Two reviewers did report problems with the facility’s overemphasis on money as well as a lack of respect from staff members. A third alum acknowledged the high cost of treatment but noted that it was worth it because they had achieved “the longest amount of sobriety I’ve had since I started using 25 years ago.”
Four of five Yelp reviews by alumni (just one for the Great Falls location and the others for MacLean) rated Sagebrush five out of five stars. The exceptional one-star review included complaints about staff, accommodations, and financial issues. Strengths cited on Yelp and CiteHealth included the family and aftercare programs.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com gave almost all four- and five-star ratings for the 15 metrics measured. Asked to rate the effectiveness of treatment on a scale of one to five, three selected five while the fourth chose just two. Other features assessed favorably on average included opportunities for family involvement in the treatment process, the facility’s general accommodations and cleanliness, exercise and leisure options, and the staff’s supportiveness and level of training and experience. Their opinions about the facility’s costs were mixed. One indicated that the price was not fair, while two others awarded affordability four and five stars.
Two loved ones’ positive Yelp reviews 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.
Sagebrush accepts several insurance coverage plans including Aetna, ValueOptions, PHCS, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Humana.
Updated April 2017
Published on May 2017
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