Founded in 1907 in Rockville, Maryland, Adventist HealthCare is a non-profit, Christian-based treatment center for those struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Adventist HealthCare offers medical detox, acute inpatient and outpatient treatment, as well as an aftercare program for substance abuse.
Accommodations and Food
Adventist operates out of a large hospital and the residential facilities for inpatient treatment reflect this environment. With 14 rooms and 28 beds, most clients share their living space with another resident but some get lucky and get their own room.
In typical hospital fashion, food at Adventist is provided from the on-site cafeteria and includes three meals a day, plus snacks. The facility’s chef makes most meals in bulk but can accommodate most dietary restrictions. A vegetarian option is provided with each meal.
Treatment and Staff
While most residential programs last 30 days or more, the inpatient program at Adventist is acute, lasting just five to 10 days. The goal is stabilization and detox, rather than a place to acquire tools for long term sobriety. But, for clients experiencing withdrawal or chemical imbalances due to mental illness, this is a good stop before beginning a longer, more in-depth treatment program.
Acute treatment focuses on discovering and addressing core issues and deciding what medication is needed for the client. The client receives daily individual counseling and group counseling is highly encouraged, but optional. Adventist’s goal is to provide the next level of service to the client within seven days of discharge from the inpatient program. The program makes sure clients are mentally stable—not a danger to themselves or others—before discharge. If the client requires further immediate mental health stabilization and treatment, they will be placed in a partial mental health program for ten days.
Once the client is discharged from either the acute inpatient or the mental health program, they have the option to step down into outpatient treatment. The outpatient program runs eight weeks and mandates three group sessions per week. Therapeutic methods include CBT as well as journaling. The program is not directly 12-step-oriented but does borrow some aspects from that philosophy, including connecting the client with outside meetings and an AA sponsor.
The hospital always has a doctor on staff and four therapists in the 28-bed unit. The staff is a mixture of clinical social workers and mental health counselors. All staff employees are either licensed or are in the process of receiving their Masters degrees.
Adventist approaches aftercare on a case-by-case basis, creating a program tailored to the client. For people who are struggling strictly with chemical dependency, Adventist generally assigns a therapist to meet with the client once a week. However for those with multiple stints in treatment programs and a history of relapsing, Adventist recommends a case management service that meets three times a week.
Although Adventist does not offer an official family program, there is a family session during the first three days of the inpatient program. During the family session, clients and family members meet with the therapist to discuss the client’s stabilization, the major issues surrounding substance abuse and possible next steps following discharge.
Adventist’s hospital environment is a good fit for people struggling with mental illness and substance abuse who need detox and stabilization. Although Adventist is well-respected facility, the programs generally cost more than other treatment centers offering the same services.
Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services
820 W Diamond Ave, Ste 600
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services Cost: $1,300 per day (inpatient program); $400 per session (outpatient chemical dependency). Reach Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services by phone at (301) 251-4545. Find Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube
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