Valley Hope Association Philosophy
The very first treatment program offered within the Valley Hope network, the facility at Norton provides individualized substance abuse treatment for patients 16 and older. Services include assessment, medically monitored detoxification, residential and partial/day programs, group, individual and family therapy, 12-Step meetings, spirituality counseling, psycho-educational instruction and continuing care strategies. Valley Hope at Norton also offers family support programs both on-site and online.
Areas of Specialization
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Megan K. O’Connor
Director of Development
Megan K. O’Connor began her career in business, after acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Oregon State University. Megan began her work with Valley Hope in 2003 in Norton, Kansas. Megan was certified as an alcohol and drug addiction counselor in 2004, after completing the Valley Hope Counselor Training Program. She worked as a counselor at Norton Valley Hope and enjoyed her work with individuals, families and continuing care groups. Megan was promoted to Director of Development for Valley Hope Association in November 2005 and her work with the Foundation began a new journey. Goals as Director of Development focus on fundraising and alumni relations. Megan has acquired a certificate of fundraising management from The School of Philanthropy, from the University of Indiana. She enjoys traveling and meeting longtime alumni of Valley Hope and others, who support our mission.
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ABOUT VALLEY HOPE IN NORTON, KS
Valley Hope, located in Norton, Kan., offers residential care and detoxification for adults struggling with substance abuse. Founded in 1967, Valley Hope operates 16 other treatment facilities in seven states across the Midwest. The Norton location, the first Valley Hope facility to open, has served clients for almost 50 years. It is one of only 18 facilities in the state that offers residential detox.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
To be admitted, clients begin by either calling the facility directly or by submitting a short form on Valley Hope’s website. Detoxification treatment is available on-site and usually lasts just a few days. Clients who need detoxification receive medication and 24-hour supervision by doctors and nurses in order to ease withdrawal symptoms.
After detoxification, most clients remain in residential treatment for an average of 17 to 30 days, making it one of only 20 short-term residential facilities in Kansas.
The facility’s treatment program follows the 12-step method. In the residential treatment program, clients receive 40 hours per week of individual therapy, pastoral counseling sessions, family therapy, group therapy, and wellness activities.
Clients attend local 12-step meetings regularly throughout treatment and receive nutritious meals seven days a week. Families are included in the treatment program through a program called Family Intensive Treatment (FIT), which involves daily online group discussions and individual therapy facilitated by a family counselor once a week.
The treatment team at Valley Hope includes a licensed clinical psychologist, a doctor of psychology, a certified addiction counselor, and a medical doctor. It is one of only 21 facilities in Kansas accredited by The Joint Commission. To date, the seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter appreciated the aptitude of staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.3/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Valley Hope facility in Norton offers 56 beds for adult clients in a small town in the northwestern corner of Kansas. There is currently no further information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. To date, the seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter felt the facility was overall well-kept.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The eight alumni polled by Rehabs.com at time of writing gave generally positive reviews about Valley Hope's Norton facility. In general, alumni typically praised the facility's programming and staff. Alumni polled on the metric typically gave perfect five-stars ratings for the level of staff support. "Great counselors who are well trained," alum Whitney wrote, "Really take time with patients. Works if you work it!" Whitney also gave perfect five-star ratings for the facility's family involvement and 12-step facilitation.
One anonymous alum, despite a generally lukewarm attitude towards the services offered wrote, "That place is nothing but a joke...it is like a jail rather than a caring facility."
On third-party sites, reviews were similarly positive. On Google, 17 reviewers gave an average rating of four out of five stars. "The staff are amazing, the counselors are amazing," wrote J.H. in a representative reveiw. "The food is good. They really care about ur well being there"
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave positive reviews regarding the facility, with particular praise given to the counselors and level of family participation. They also reported a high likelihood to recommend the facility.
Family Participation: 4.5/5
Would Recommend: 4.3/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4/5
Overall, the loved ones praised the staff's level of training and experience. "Very well trained staff," one loved one wrote, "Very professional." Another anonymous loved one wrote: “My daughter just celebrated 3 years of sobriety from drug addiction. I will always be so thankful for Valley Hope. My family has her back!”
There is currently no information provided by Valley Hope regarding its costs. However, the facility accepts insurance but does not accept Medicaid or Medicare. The facility offers discounts for out-of-pocket payments made up front and works with two healthcare lending companies. To date, the six individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter felt the facility was moderately affordable.
Published on August 2019
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