Veterans Affairs Medical Center Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Philosophy
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ABOUT VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT PROGRAMS
Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center Substance Abuse Treatment Programs,located in Boise, ID, offers inpatient and outpatient treatment to adult Veterans struggling with substance abuse and mental illness. The mission of the VA is “to serve the veteran who served us” and their five core values include integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to Healthgrove, the facility offers a wide variety of substance abuse treatment services including Residential Long-Term Treatment, Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment, Hospital Inpatient, Hospital Inpatient Detoxification, and Outpatient Methadone/Buprenorphine or Vivitrol treatment. Social work services and case management are also available when applicable.
In addition to substance abuse treatment, the facility also specializes in offering mental health services. Services include consultation, evaluation, and treatment for many issues that can affect the Veteran’s emotional well-being. The facility also offers a free online course on parenting for service members and Veterans that addresses needs unique to this group, guidance for reconnecting with children after deployment, helpful exercises, and a practical parenting tip sheet. Finally, group therapy and community resources are provided during mental health treatment.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff. However, one alum polled by Rehabs.com gave five out of five stars for the staff’s level of training and experience while one friend/family member gave four stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, one alum polled by Rehabs.com gave the facility five out of five stars for accommodations & amenities and meals & nutrition while a friend/family member gave four stars for these metrics.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing there has been one alum polled by Rehabs.com. The anonymous alum, who is between the ages of 40-59 years old, chose the facility based on a medical referral from his doctor and gave a generally positive review. The alum was treated for PTSD. He gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations & amenities, and meals & nutrition.
He indicated that the treatment did not cost him any money and he appreciated that he was able to meet and talk with a counselor one-on-one for a total of 30 hours per week. He indicated that he continues to meet with that counselor after treatment. He gave five out of five stars for the counselor’s training/experience and the counselor’s respect for patient’s treatment preferences.
The alum notes that he continues to see his doctor every month or sooner as needed. The alum indicated that the facility and its program overall met the expectations he had formed prior to entering treatment and he would recommend this facility to a friend or loved one who was considering rehab.
The alum gave the facility an overall score of five out of five stars and added additional commentary writing, “This V.A. Hospital has done wonders for me. It got me through some bad times and help me try to deal with my life. They stated that I can no longer work. I still cannot around lots of people.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing there has been one friend/family member polled by Rehabs.com. The anonymous loved one, S.C., gave a mixed review of the facility. She gave the facility two out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, four stars for accommodations & amenities and meals & nutrition. The loved one strongly agreed that the facility’s cell phone and visitation policy was fair and that the treatment and services offered at the facility were affordable and worth the cost. She also agreed that the facility staff were experienced and well-trained and that there were many counseling options to choose from depending on the client’s preference.
The loved one felt that a strength of the facility was, “Low number of patient intake, so staff becomes very involved with patients. Group outings to show a way of life without drugs or alcohol.” However, she felt that a weakness of the facility was that they “Give weekend passes based on behavior which led to many patients relapsing. Didn't stress follow up care after being released. Patients able to do and say what caregivers wanted to hear to get out.” She also added: "I didn't have a lot of interaction with the hospital itself. He did leave on one weekend pass that I know of and drank. He told me once after his 30 day stay, after I found out he had been drinking, that he had gone to rehab to learn how to drink more responsibly, not to quit altogether, because he doesn't view himself as an alcoholic.”
The cost of treatment at the facility is free to military service individuals and Veterans. In addition, the facility accepts insurance including Medicaid, Access to Recovery (ATR) Voucher according to HealthGrove.
Published on July 2017
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