Atchison Valley Hope, located just 30 minutes outside of bustling Kansas City, is part of the Valley Hope Association, a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those who suffer from substance abuse since 1967. Overlooking the Missouri River, Atchison Valley Hope offers medically monitored detox and residential and day treatment in a rural, quiet setting.
Accommodations and Food
Housing up to 65 people at a time, the sprawling grounds at Atchison Valley Hope are set up like a college campus. Clients live in dorm-style accommodations, sharing modest rooms with two twin beds and matching dressers. While the bedrooms may not have been designed with comfort in mind, the campus does offer stunning views of the river. When treatment gets stressful, clients can relax by going outside, walking and connecting with nature.
Meals are eaten as a group in the dining hall, just a short walk away from clients’ rooms. Three meals a day are cooked on-site by the staff and served cafeteria-style. Cereal, juices, soups and a salad bar are always available in case residents don’t feel like eating the main entrée served during that particular meal. Adequate nutrition often comes before award-winning taste.
Clients can get in some physical activity using a variety of amenities located on the grounds. When the weather permits, they can play volleyball, shoot some hoops with group members on the basketball court or take a dip in the pool. For those who want to reclaim their schoolyard days, a full swing set is available during free time.
Family visits are encouraged after the first week of treatment. Off-site passes allow clients and their families to have lunch in town or hit up the local drug store for toiletries and such.
When it comes to vices, caffeine is not allowed on campus, although clients can find a way around this during off-site visits to the local coffee shop. As for nicotine, smoking breaks are provided throughout the day.
Treatment and Staff
Atchison Valley Hope’s program is typically from 21 to 30 days and offers an initial medically monitored on-site detox when needed. During this period of three to seven days, a team of nurses provides 24-hour medical observation and assessment services. Medications to minimize withdrawal symptoms are used when necessary. Once detox is completed, a team of certified addiction treatment counselors, physicians, nurses and psychologists work together in order to address the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each client.
With more than 40 hours per week of active therapy, clients get a real opportunity to delve into the causes of their addiction and mental health problems. In order to properly formulate an individual treatment plan, a residents will undergo a physical exam, nursing assessment, psycho-social history and psychological screening assessment. Once a program is mapped out, a client enters into a rigorous schedule of one-on-one therapy with a licensed chemical dependency counselor, group therapy, 12-step meetings and educational lectures on addiction. Group topics range from emotional processing to relapse prevention to family dynamics.
Clients will also have a chance to heal with family members. Both individual and group therapy sessions are conducted with clients and their families. With the involvement of loved ones, clients have a greater chance of long-term recovery and healing.
The day treatment program is used as a step down from residential or for those who wish to stay involved with their community and home life during their recovery. Clients spend six to eight hours a day in group therapy, weekly individual therapy, 12-step meetings and educational lectures.
Staff includes a mix of certified chemical dependency/addiction counselors, as well as 24-hour nursing staff, consulting physicians and psychologists. All counselors have extensive training in the area of substance abuse and mental health issues.
In addition to the volleyball area, basketball court and pool, staff can call in an off-site massage therapist on an ad hoc basis. There is an additional cost for the service.
Atchison Valley Hope provides an adequate window of time to absorb a large dose of therapy and traditional treatment. For those who cannot afford some of the more luxurious rehabs, Atchison gives clients an intensive 12-step based treatment at a good price.
Atchison Valley Hope
1816 N 2nd St
Atchison, KS 66002
Atchison Valley Hope Cost: $13,000 (30 days). Reach Atchison Valley Hope by phone at (405) 482-0448. Find Atchison Valley Hope on Facebook
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