Turning Point Philosophy
Turning Point Chemical Dependency Treatment Center consists of two separate campuses, both located in Franklin, Pennsylvania. The main campus is located on 24 wooded acres overlooking the Allegheny River. The cornerstone building on this campus, Assisi Hall, was originally the mansion of a lumber baron and was built in the 1890’s. The detoxification unit and men’s short and long-term treatment programs are located on this campus. The detoxification unit is licensed for 14 clients, and the treatment program can accommodate 54 males.
Areas of Specialization
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
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ABOUT TURNING POINT
Located in Franklin, Pa., the multi-campus Turning Point facility provides a continuum of treatment services for adults struggling with substance abuse. Offerings include medically-supervised detox, short-term inpatient treatment, long-term inpatient treatment, and standard outpatient care (OP). The center is one of 256 (51 percent) of Pennsylvania treatment facilities to offer intensive outpatient treatment (IOP).
The center also runs a weekly family program for client's loved ones.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Depending on the results of an initial assessment, clients may begin with medically-monitored detoxification, a process that typically takes four days. Once stabilized, clients typically move on to either short- or long-term inpatient programming. Short-term stays tend to be 30 days in duration while long-term treatment is between 90 and 120 days in length.
Treatment for short-term clients includes individual therapy, group counseling, recreational activities, and educational workshops that cover topics like anger management and relapse prevention. Residents also attend nightly 12-step meetings that are held on-site.
Clients enrolled in Turning Point’s long-term treatment focus on developing the skills needed for sober living. In addition to counseling and process groups, long-term clients participate in life skills training, financial management classes, and, if needed, GED prep classes.
Outpatient treatment, which may be used as a step-down treatment, is conducted in a group setting and offered Monday through Friday.
Turning Point’s treatment team is led by a medical director and consists of physicians, counselors, licensed therapists, and a 24-hour nursing staff. It is one of 151 (30.1 percent) of Pennsylvania treatment facilities to be certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Turning Point’s campus is located near the Allegheny River on 24 acres of wooded land. Men and women reside in gender-separate residences. The men’s unit can accommodate 54 clients and is located on the main campus near the detox center. The women’s facility, which can accommodate 28 clients, is located three miles from the main campus. Pictures on the facility’s website show that residents have access to dining rooms and furnished common areas.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The 20 alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mixed reviews of Turning Point. While a few reviewers felt that the staff was unprofessional and “not up to the workload,” most survey respondents found the staff to be helpful. “For the most part staff had been through addiction in some way themselves in a personal level. I believe that knowledge is much more valuable than book knowledge,” Bobbi wrote in a representative review.
Alumni were also split on the facility itself. Some respondents characterized the center as “crowded” and inadequate, but multiple reviewers praised the “clean,” “nice” accommodations. “If someone is looking for a luxury facility to be babied this is not the place for you. However it is comfortable, clean, in a peaceful setting and gives you the skills to succeed,” E.H. wrote in a representative review.
Staff's level of experience and training: 3.5/5
Holistic offerings: 2.75/5
Some alumni reported feeling disconnected once they were admitted to Turning Point. “If you go voluntarily and would love to try to find how to get in touch with your loved ones after they take you to somewhere you have no clue where you are without a cellphone this is the place for you!” one alum wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Four out of the six loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing indicated that they would recommend the facility to others. “Very much a atmosphere of becoming a family with staff and other patients,” R.C. wrote in their review. Yet, one anonymous loved one noted the high rate of relapse, and another commented on the lack of education for family members. “I would have liked to have had more support and counseling from the staff on dealing with an addict and how to leave an addict without feeling guilty,” they wrote.
Counseling options: 4/5
The two respondents who would not recommend Turning Point felt that that the center’s staff and its treatment fell short. “High rate of relapse They don't help pts w follow up care after discharge,” one respondent told Rehabs.com.
Holistic offerings: 2.5/5
WHAT STAFF SAY
N.T., the single staff member polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, noted that they would recommend the facility. This employee felt that the center’s long-term treatment was a strength of the facility, but they expressed concern over Turning Point’s poor treatment of staff.
According to its website, Turning Point is one of 350 (69.7 percent) of treatment facilities to accept some insurance plans. The four alumni polled by Rehabs.com on the center’s affordability submitted an average rating of 4.25 out of five stars.
Published on December 2018
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