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 FARLEY CENTER AT WILLIAMSBURG PLACE
Located beside the scenic Waller Mill Park near colonial Williamsburg, Va., the Farley Center at Williamsburg Place offers medical detox, short- and long-term residential care, and outpatient treatment for adults struggling with substance abuse. Though some co-occurring difficulties 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, and step work is supplemented by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and pharmacotherapy. 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 struggling with unresolved problems, such as chronic relapse, chronic pain, and/or dual diagnosis. An intensive outpatient program (IOP) offers a minimum of three hours of therapy, four times a week.
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.
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.
According to the Farley Center’s website, staff include an addiction medicine physician, a psychiatrist, psychologists, licensed social workers and counselors, and nurses.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The residential facility was remodeled in 2015, according to the Farley Center’s website. 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 two dozen former clients surveyed at the time of this writing indicated that the facility provided mostly above-average treatment. The 11 alumni who evaluated the metrics gave the facility average ratings of 3.91 out of five stars for its family participation; 3.7 stars for its cleanliness, its connectivity, and its exercise and leisure options; 3.55 stars for its affordability; and 3.27 stars for its counseling options. The lowest-rated metric evaluated was the center’s holistic offerings, which received an average of just 2.9 out of five.
The 10 alumni who evaluated the staff’s level of treatment and experience gave it an average rating of 4.8 out of five stars. “The 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 in a representative review.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones gave Farley Center above-average ratings for its treatment. The seven friends and family who evaluated the following metrics awarded the facility 4.71 out of five stars for its cleanliness, 4.28 stars for its level of family participation,
4.23 stars for its counseling options and its staff’s level of training and experience, and 4.14 stars for its connectivity policy and its exercise and leisure activities. “I am very pleased with the progress (my daughter) made in the 28 day program which is mostly group based,” said one representative reviewer. “She has taken ownership and is now PERSONALLY accountable to sobriety.”
According to its website, the Farley Center at Williamsburg Place accepts insurance from providers including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Value Options, and TRICARE. It also has a relationship with the medical loans company M-Lend Financial.
The 11 alumni who evaluated the facility’s affordability to date gave it a rating of 3.55 out of five stars. One Rehabs.com respondent, C.D., indicated that although their insurance neglected to cover the end of treatment, “the Center gave me a scholarship so I could stay and finish the program.”
Published on December 2017
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