Stonington Institute in North Stonington, CT

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75 Swantown Hill Road
North Stonington CT 06359

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Areas of Specialization

Medical Detoxification, Family Program

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Specialty Tracks for PTSD, Pain Management, and Sexual Trauma
Detoxification
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ABOUT STONINGTON INSTITUTE

Stonington Institute, based in the New England town of North Stonington, Conn., offers inpatient and outpatient treatment to individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. The facility is also one of the only 43 (19.2 percent) centers in the state with programming for adolescents.

This facility is one of just seven (3.1 percent) in Connecticut with inpatient, non-hospital detox services available, along with a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) for adult clients. The facility also offers a residential program for adolescent males (ages 12-18). In addition, the facility’s Starlight Program provides specialized treatment for veterans and active military personnel.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

An initial assessment with a trained counselor is provided to all clients free of charge. Based on assessment findings, the most appropriate level of care is determined. Individuals requiring intensive care may begin their stay in the 18-bed detox unit. Detox is structured, medically monitored, and rooted in the 12-step recovery model.

Once stabilized, adult clients may transition to PHP or IOP treatment. PHP clients receive individual case management and spend most of their time in small group therapy, psychoeducation groups, spirituality discussions, as well as music and art therapy. Individual consultations with the on-site psychiatrist are scheduled on an as-needed basis. IOP is a step-down from PHP; treatment is similar, but IOP clients attend three evening sessions each week.

The Starlight Program provides residential treatment for male and female Veterans and active military personnel. Starlight uses 12-step principles and a mix of other treatment methods while addressing issues that are common among service members, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), loss and grief, and other military-specific issues. Clients typically remain on-site for 28 days.

Programming for adolescent boys is conducted in a small group environment; the residential unit houses only 10 boys at a time. In addition to providing counseling and education for addiction and co-occurring disorders, the adolescent program focuses on teaching independent living skills and helping participants with educational goals.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According to the facility’s website, the center employs physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, licensed social workers, licensed alcohol and drug counselors, master’s level therapists, and other healthcare professionals. In Connecticut, 97.2 percent of all substance abuse treatment facilities have continuing education requirements for staff. Of the 23 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date, the eight survey respondents polled on the matter offered mixed opinions concerning the aptitude of staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 3/5

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

According to the facility’s website, the co-ed detox unit offers both private and semi-private rooms. PHP and IOP clients have the option to stay in one of the facility’s 13 off-campus housing units. These sober group homes do not provide treatment, but clients may participate in daily AA/NA meetings and find a sponsor. No details regarding adolescent housing are available.

Starlight Program participants reside in a homelike, 30-bed facility located on 25 acres of farmland in rural Connecticut. The women’s program within Starlight includes weekly sessions of equine therapy. The eight individuals polled on the matter were moderately critical of the cleanliness of the facilities.

Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 2.9/5

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

At the time of this writing, there have been 13 alumni polled by Rehabs.com who offered very mixed opinions of the facility. Offering five-star ratings for the facility's ability to resolve conflict and the effectiveness of group counseling, alum C.T. wrote: "If you are not ready for the harsh reality of becoming clean and sober and cannot get along with groups of people this is not the facility for you."

Providing five stars for the effectiveness of lead counselors but three stars for facility cleanliness, one anonymous alum agreed. "It's definitely not a place you go to be coddled, but that's not what i needed," they wrote.

However, one alum, D.J., wrote:, “Horrible off-site housing and food largely outweigh decent classes.” Others also commented on the quality of housing and facilities.

Similarly, 11 former clients on Google also shared mixed opinions of the facility and produced a 3.4 out of five-star average rating.[1] Two-star reviewer J.K. wrote:"Although this Is a beautiful area and beautiful facility, there are issues among the staff with unprofessionalism," while five-star reviewer C.E. simply wrote:"Awesome place."

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

At the time of this writing, there have been nine friends or family members polled by Rehabs.com. Loved ones generally gave moderate-to-negative reviews of the facility, offering neutral ratings for the level of family involvement and visitor policies, as well as low ratings for holistic offerings.

Family Participation: 2.3/5
Connectivity/Visitation Policy: 2.3/5
Holistic Offerings: 1.3/5

"Relapse is almost guaranteed," one loved one remarked, echoing several other loved ones who expressed concerns that over rule enforcement, supervision, a lack of follow-up, and general ineffective treatment.

On the other hand, several loved ones felt that a strength of the facility was the variety of facility locations and availability of beds. One anonymous loved one wrote: "I was able to visit my loved one regularly. The institute helped achieve goals." Overall, however, loved ones were generally unenthusiastic concerning recommending the facility.

Likelihood to Recommend 2.4/5

FINANCING

The cost of treatment at the facility is not published. Stonington Institute accepts most major insurance plans and TRICARE. Clients are encouraged to contact the facility directly for additional information regarding financing and insurance coverage. The eight individuals polled on the matter provided moderately low ratings regarding treatment cost.

Affordability: 2.8/5

[1] GoogleReviews

Published on September 2018

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TD

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Staff was completely unprofessional. At one point they told a client to "kill himself". Counselors/Case Workers don't follow up. I believe they may be racist.

Anonymous

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Great location. didn't work...my brother went right back to drinking seemed like my brother was getting a lot out of the program. he seemed much better when he got out...but relapsed pretty quickly

LG

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I went to Stonington after many years of drug abuse. I lost EVERYTHING. I have read the reviews, and mostly all of them are about the housing. Just a reminder....this facility is NOT AN INPATIENT treatment. They provide the och houses as a service for clients who can not regularly get transportation to and from program everyday. Insurance does not pay for them. So, i attended, came to terms with where i ended up because of my drug use, and was grateful for being taken in. I had an amazing CLINICIAN (among many there) and they helped me find a place to live when i left, a way to pay for it, and started my network in the community so i could keep my recovery going. And based on all that, i stayed clean. If you are overly sensitive, or require a full hospitalization facility, i would suggest an inpatient. For me, i reached my rock bottom and took advantage of the help and treatment that they steadily offered. The person needs to want to change for themself

O,U

I was at this place just a week ago - Dec 27, 2015, and even after reading the comments and reviews I still gave it a shot (against my better judgment) and everything was 10x worse than what the online reviews said. Mice, Bedbugs, ...HORRIBLE LIVING CONDITIONS - Every worker, counselor and employee should be made to spend the night in one of those dorms before EVER recommending this program and then they would have a different story to tell. I left the program the next morning and have not looked back since. Stonington is a JOKE.

Anonymous

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Strengths: Personable. Weaknesses: Cleanliness meals. It was ok. Poor follow up.

cliants mom

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Counselors dosent mean rehab. Cliants need good diet and nice place for rest, after all day of education

Candy

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i'm doing good today. working, clean and got my family back in my life. they program helps you if the person wants to recover for himself not because he has to for others. you have to want it.

DJ

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Allergy attack, didn't receive decongestants, ended up with bronchitis for first time in life. Instructors were good, but off-site housing and diet were horrible.

Kelli

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It was close by. Relapse is almost guaranteed. This place is a joke. People go there to get out of jail sentences and to find other addicts.

CD

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Detox worked with hospital transfer. No good follow up. Unless military.

AE

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Stonington Institute was my first rehab in 2013. I completed the 28 day program. The food was in no way healthy. ... I completed the program and stayed clean for 30 days before I relapsed. I went back a year later and stayed for 2 days before I left ... After I left Stonington I went to a rehab in Las Vegas (which was 1,000 times the facility that Stonington is and was also hundreds of dollars cheaper). I've now been clean for 6 months and I'm going strong.

Anonymous

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I was able to visit my loved one regularly. The institute helped achieve goals.

Ruth

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They have several locations, plenty of rooms and a lot of open beds. They need more experienced aids and counselors to attend to the clients' needs... My husband spent time at Stonington Institute for drug addiction and relapsed the day he got out.

Megan

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If this is your only rehab option then make the best of it but I would not recommend Stonnington for anyone serious about recovery. It is local and covered by state insurance albiet a short time. The staff did not seem to have control over the other patients' behaviors and actions. There was a general feeling of addicts helping other addicts over professionalism and there are many stories.

DJ

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Only go to Stonington Institute if you are desperate and unable to find/afford another treatment facility. The staff tries hard, but this is outweighed by the horrible housing and food. Stonington does not have a central housing facility (ie: hospital ward or dormitory) or housing in an on-site campus. Instead, Stonington has “off-campus housing” that is located anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes away from the building where “school” is held. Overcrowded vans shuttle clients to and from the treatment center, dropping people off up to two hours before “school” starts and often causing delays of more than two hours at the end of the day. Most of the housing is in decrepit, century-old buildings in New London. And I mean truly decrepit. The buildings have holes in the walls (which probably haven't been painted in 10 or 20 years), badly worn carpeting, horrible beds, threadbare linens and inadequate, old furniture. Stonington's housing was worse than any frat house or dorm I encountered. My building had roaches and mice, which I gather were present in most of the housing. Diet was beyond horrible – I only had vegetables once during the 11 days I was there before fleeing in a panic. No exercise facilities. Visits with friends and family are prohibited and phone access is very limited, verging on impossible. If possible, go elsewhere.

James

The houses aren't [upscale] but it's a roof over your head. And the program is where the help is. If your willing and wanting to help yourself. I was humbled and stayed clean for quite a while before a slight relapse in judgement. Like how I worded that? So do I. Clinicians,instructors, administration ,and director.... VERY POSITIVE and helpful! I hope someone sees this and also can relate or comment on this. Thanks!

BC

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Absolutely would not recommend! Poor watchfulness, way too much freedom!!!! Too loose, security was much too relaxed.

NA

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A respected friend of mine recommended this program. I got my loved one in and hoped for the best. I wasn't aware of the living conditions until I went to supply some personal care items. I cried all the way home. Leaving my loved one in such a deplorable place broke my heart. Still – I hope for the best. The best quickly spiraled into the worst. My loved one was able to make one call a day telling me about the chaos going on in the home. ... The halfway house was filthy and run down. There was no family contact, no feedback given. Terrible. Honestly, my dog boards at a cleaner, better place. ... No respect for anyone. Terrible place. They should have their license to treat revoked.

J.L.

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I attended the Juvenile Program at the age of 16. It was a 28 day program with off campus housing in Jewett City. Back then my stay was a good experience. That being said I returned 12 years later and things were very different. I was assigned to an off campus house in New London known as Huntington 2. The house was a total disaster, My bed was held up by four milkcrates. My first night we had dinner and there wasn't enough food or even utensils for us to eat. The house is totally run down and unacceptable. We had 28 guys in one house and a number of them were getting high and drinking.... my first night. I left the next day and went to (another facility). I definitely can't recommend Stonington unless you have nowhere else to go.

anonymous

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They have a well respected and effective 6 week program and my cousins healthcare has this facility in it approved in network listings. As a union officer I have referred many members with substance/alcohol abuse and gambling habits to this facility over the past 20+ years with a high success rate.

anonymous

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A 10% success rate means to me that it is a dangerous choice for those who've become desperate. My daughter died of a heroin overdose shortly after her stay there.

anonymous

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It was fine overall but just fine. Okay for basic needs, etc.

anonymous

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It's definitely not a place you go to be coddled, but that's not what i needed. we had to learn to work together, carry in the grocery delivery, make our own meals, clean up the house. It's not a fancy place. It's real. but maybe that makes it easier to carry it back over into real life on the other side when you get out. All I know is that place saved my life. I wouldn't change anything.

CT

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I was ready to become sober. My life was on a downward spiral. I almost died many times. If you are not ready for the harsh reality of becoming clean and sober and cannot get along with groups of people this is not the facility for you.

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