The Farley Center Philosophy
The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place subscribes to the philosophy that addiction is a primary, progressive, chronic disease that affects the individual physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Our goal is to restore strength, hope, and recovery to individuals and families struggling with the disease of addiction.
Areas of Specialization
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.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Meet the Staff
Don McCourtney, MBA, Ph.D.
MBA, PhD, Chief Executive Officer
In January 2011, Don McCourtney joined The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place from HarborCrest Behavioral Health, an addiction treatment program at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington. For over three years, Don provided leadership at HarborCrest as the Director of Behavioral Health. Don has been with Diamond Healthcare since 2007 and brings over thirty-six years of extensive experience in the field of addiction and mental health to Williamsburg. His background includes clinical and managerial skills with inpatient, outpatient, and managed care settings.
John Colaluca, DO
Dr. Colaluca is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 1994 and has practiced addiction medicine at Palmetto since 2002. Dr. Colaluca’s background is in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. He is certified in Addiction Medicine through the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
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ABOUT THE FARLEY CENTER
Located beside the scenic Waller Mill Park near colonial Williamsburg, Va., The Farley Center offers medical detox, short- and long-term residential care, and outpatient treatment for adults seeking treatment for substance abuse. Though some co-occurring disorders are addressed - including process addictions, trauma, and relationship issues - the Farley Center treats addiction as a primary illness.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment is firmly rooted in the disease concept of addiction and the 12-Steps. Performing step-work is supplemented by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and pharmacotherapy. The goals of treatment include reconnecting with feelings, identifying issues underlying the addiction, and developing strategies for relapse prevention. Families are encouraged to attend a weekend-long family program.
The main treatment modality utilized is group therapy, although individual counseling is also offered. Experiential therapies include the Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (MARI) and activity therapy.
In addition to primary residential treatment, there’s an extended residential program for those seeking treatment for unresolved problems, such as chronic relapse, chronic pain, and/or co-occurring disorders. An intensive outpatient program (IOP) offers a minimum of three hours of therapy, four times a week.
The Farley Center also offers a range of specialized treatment tracks. There is a military support program for active servicemen and veterans, a young adult track for those aged 18 to 25, and a track for professionals, including those in the medical profession. In Virginia, there are only 31 (13.9 percent) facilities that offer specialized treatment for veterans. The Farley Center is also one of the 46 (20.6 percent) facilities with treatment options for young adults.
Aftercare consists of a clinical group and referrals to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings. All successful graduates are also eligible to enroll in a 12-month recovery support program, which includes weekly check-ins from a clinician.
The Farley Center's staff includes an addiction medicine physician, a psychiatrist, psychologists, licensed social workers and counselors, and nurses. It is one of 33 (14.8 percent) treatment facilities in Virginia accredited by the Joint Commission.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Farley Center's residential facility was remodeled in 2015. It offers semi-private accommodations in two-bedroom apartments, each equipped with a kitchen and a washer/dryer. The entire campus is tobacco-free, and support with smoking cessation is provided.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Reviews from more than four dozen former clients surveyed at the time of this writing indicated that The Farley Center provided mostly above-average treatment. “Staff are professional and compassionate. They are well trained and it shows. Money is not their objective but saving my life was,” wrote alum B.L. To date, the 11 alumni polled on more granular metrics tending to appreciate most aspect of the facility's programming, and all reported a strong likelihood to recommend the facility.
Would Recommend: 4.8/5
Family Participation: 3.9/5
Counseling Options: 3.3/5
On Google, The Farley Center has an average rating of 3.6 out of five-star rating based on 76 reviews to date. Feedback was mixed, with some reviewers indicating that they “felt more like a number” and did not appreciate the “One size fits all programs with little if any individualized treatment planning.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date also gave Farley Center above-average ratings for the facility. The seven friends and family polled by Rehabs.com to date reported a high likeliness to recommend the treatment program, as well as praised the facility's programming.
Would Recommend: 4.7.5
Family Participation: 4.3/5
Counseling Options: 4.2/5
“I am very pleased with the progress (my daughter) made in the 28 day program which is mostly group based,” wrote one loved one. “She has taken ownership and is now PERSONALLY accountable to sobriety.” Loved ones also praised the facility's upkeep and its staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.2/5
The Farley Center accepts insurance from a range of providers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Value Options, and TRICARE. It also has a relationship with the medical loans company M-Lend Financial. To date, the 18 individual polled by Rehabs.com on the matter generally approved of the facility's cost.
Published on September 2019
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