The Woods at Parkside Philosophy
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Areas of Specialization
Short Term Education Program, Intensive Relapse Program
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ABOUT THE WOODS AT PARKSIDE
Set on eleven acres in a residential neighborhood in Gahanna, Ohio, just outside of Columbus, The Woods at Parkside offers a comprehensive suite of treatment services for individuals struggling with substance abuse. Clients may opt for residential treatment, partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), and continuing care. Additionally, specialized care is available for individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Clients begin their treatment with a clinical assessment, the results of which determine the details of their individualized treatment plan. The Woods bases much of its treatment on 12-step philosophy, but also incorporates psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as individual and group therapy. A heavy emphasis is placed on family programming and involvement.
Partial hospitalization offers the most intensive treatment through eight-hour sessions seven days a week. Most clients remain at this level of care for 10 days. Intensive outpatient care, which may be used as a step down option, consists of three three-hour sessions each week, and most clients remain at this level of treatment for six to eight weeks. Continuing care, which is offered free of charge, consists of weekly, two-hour sessions. Clients may remain in continuing care for up to two years.
The Woods’ clinical team includes a physician, registered nurses, licensed social workers, licensed chemical dependency counselors, and licensed professional clinical counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to the facility’s website, The Woods’ 50-bed residential facility offers scenic views of a neighboring golf course. The center includes a communal dining hall, theater/auditorium, and multiple recreational areas. Both private and semi-private rooms are available, and all meals are prepared by an on-site dietary staff.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The 25 alumni who submitted reviews to Rehabs.com provided mixed feedback for The Woods’ facility and treatment program. Of the 25 reviews, 15 were overall positive, nine negative, and one neutral.
When asked to rate the staff’s level of training and experience, 12 alumni provided an average rating of 3.91. In addition, only one out of the 11 alumni asked whether they received the proper tools to aid in recovery indicated they didn’t. The 11 alumni also gave an average rating of 3.91 stars for the quality of group therapy. “Hope and patience kindness, I enjoyed it there they focused on me,” one anonymous alum wrote.
However, frequent complaints centered on a dirty facility and overall disorganization. “The facility was old and run down,” S.L.G. wrote, while another alum, Rachel, described stain bed linens, uncomfortable beds, and dirty bathrooms. B.B.’s experience of the facility was “total chaos and confusion,” adding, “Day to day staff had no management.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from nine loved ones include mostly negative feedback with only two overall positive reviews. Not all Rehabs.com survey respondents noted that they would recommend the facility to others, and some respondents used their reviews to issue warnings to potential clients. “This place is to be avoided like the plague. It is no place for a person to heal,” one anonymous loved one wrote. Three family members surveyed on the program’s holistic offerings gave only one and two out of five stars.
Several loved ones mentioned a high rate of staff turnover and ineffective treatment for heroin addiction. “My brother has been there 2 weeks and they completely changed staff to times. stability is key and parkside seems unable to provide it at all,” A.R. wrote.
Some friends and family members noted some positives, albeit, with major weaknesses. “I was able to stay in contact with my loved one and his counselor. It was disorganized at times...I felt like they were churning people in and out,” Jessica wrote. Similar to alumni comments about the facility, B.K. wrote, “From my wife's experience the place is a dump on the inside.”
According to the facility’s website, The Woods accepts self-pay and most major insurance plans, including Medicare. The seven individuals surveyed on the facility’s affordability gave it an average rating of 3.43 out of five stars.
Updated April 2017
Published on June 2017
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