Stonington Institute Philosophy
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Areas of Specialization
Family Program, Medical 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 adults and adolescent boys struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Inpatient detox, partial hospitalization (PHP), and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) are available to adult clients, and adolescent boys may enroll in the center’s residential program for males ages 12 through 18. 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, 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, and music or 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. Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), loss and grief, and other military-specific issues is offered. 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.
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.
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.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing there have been five alumni polled by Rehabs.com. The alumni gave very mixed reviews of the facility. One anonymous alum gave the facility three out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, two stars for accommodations & amenities, and two stars for meals & nutrition; these ratings were similar amongst all the alumni except one, C.S., who gave four stars for accommodations & amenities and five stars for meals & nutrition.
One alum, D.J., added commentary about the facility writing, “Horrible off-site housing and food largely outweigh decent classes.” Another alum, C.S., spoke more highly of the program and wrote, “they program helps you if the person wants to recover for himself not because he has to for others. you have to want it.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing there have been nine friends or family members polled by Rehabs.com. The loved ones gave generally neutral to negative reviews of the facility. The gave the facility an average rating of 2.6 out of five stars for treatment effectiveness (seven individuals responded), 2.7 stars for accommodations & amenities (six individuals responded), and 3 stars for meals & nutrition (six individuals responded).
The loved ones gave the highest average score of 3.14 out of five stars for the facility staff’s level of experience and training. They gave the lowest average score of 1.29 stars for the facility’s quality of holistic offerings. The group also gave an average of 2.9 stars for the facility’s cleanliness, 2.7 stars affordability, and 2.5 stars for the variety of counseling options to choose from depending on the client’s preference.
Several loved ones felt that a strength of the facility was the variety of facility locations and availability of beds. Several loved ones mentioned a weakness of the facility was that residents have smuggled drugs into the halfway house, rules were not enforced or followed at the residences, personal items were stolen, treatment was not effective, and there was little to no additional follow up after the program.
The cost of treatment at the facility is not published. Stonington Institute accepts most major insurance plans as well as TRICARE. Clients are encouraged to contact the facility directly for additional information regarding financing and insurance coverage.
Published on August 2017
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