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, Idaho, offers inpatient and outpatient-based treatment programs to veterans and active military struggling with substance abuse and mental illness. The facility is one of only three hospital-based inpatient facilities in Idaho to offer substance abuse treatment. The mission of the VA is “to serve the veteran who served us.” On-site detoxification is available.
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, short-term hospital inpatient, as well as medication-assisted treatment, utilizing methadone, buprenorphine or Vivitrol, on an outpatient basis. Social work services and case management are also available when applicable. In Idaho, the facility is among the 11.9 percent of facilities to prescribe buprenorphine.
In addition to substance abuse treatment, the facility also specializes in offering mental health services. Services include consultation, evaluation, and treatment for concerns that commonly affect a veteran’s emotional well-being. Treatment may included individual and group counseling, educational classes, and pharmacological intervention.
In addition, the facility offers a free online course on parenting for service members and veterans that addresses needs unique to this group, such as reconnecting with children after deployment, helpful exercises, and a practical parenting tips. In Idaho, the hospital is among 23.8 percent of facilities to offer specialized programming for veterans.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff. However, the one alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave five out of five stars for the staff’s level of training and experience, while a loved one gave four stars for the same survey metric.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, the one alum polled by Rehabs.com gave the facility five out of five stars for the facility's overall cleanliness and upkeep.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The one alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave perfect five-star ratings for the facility's ability to resolve conflict, the effectiveness of lead counselors, and the respect shown to patients. "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," the alum wrote.
On Google reviews, the facility has an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars across 59 reviews. Positive reviews almost uniformly praised the high quality of the staff. "The staff is great and everyone is helpful" wrote Louis, in a representative review. However, the reviews address the VA hospital as a whole, not specifically its substance abuse treatment.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The anonymous loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date, S.C., gave a mixed review of the facility. Although offering a five-star ratings for the facility's ability to treat co-occurring disorders and its counseling options, they gave three stars for the involvement of family members and one-star for the inclusion of holistic offerings. “Low number of patient intake, so staff becomes very involved with patients." However, she wrote: “Give weekend passes based on behavior which led to many patients relapsing" and also cited lack of follow-up care as a weakness of the facility.
The cost of treatment at the facility is free to active service members and veterans. In addition, the facility accepts private insurance, as well as Medicaid, Access to Recovery (ATR), and TRICARE.
Published on July 2018
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