Located in the Shenandoah Valley, Augusta Health opened their doors in 1994 as a small hospital serving the Fishersville and surrounding communities in Virginia. Offering basic outpatient and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) called “Recovery Choice,” Augusta Health employs holistic treatment with group and individual therapy, psychoeducation and required 12-step program involvement to treat substance abuse and addiction.
The staff at AH work with employers through the Employment Assistance Program (EAP) to intervene on behalf of companies who are concerned about a staff member’s behavior. The facility offers a flexible schedule to support the schedules and responsibilities of their clients while offering a positive treatment experience on a sliding-scale basis.
Treatment and Staff
Augusta Health offers two different substance abuse treatment tracks that vary in time commitment and treatment goals. Before deciding which program is the best fit, clients undergo a bio-psycho-social assessment. All assessments are proctored by an intake counselor. If a client requires medication or detox, they are referred to a recommended facility or psychiatrist for further assistance.
Clients ready to proceed are enrolled in treatment and assigned to a counselor and case manager with whom they work for the duration of their care. Working with their counselor, all clients develop an individualized treatment program and establish treatment goals.
The Recovery Choice program is AH’s IOP. Clients participate in treatment three days a week for three hours a day. Group therapy is the primary form of treatment, with individual therapy scheduled once or twice a week. Clients in IOP are required to attend three 12-step meetings every week.
The second track—a basic outpatient program—includes two groups per week and one individual counseling session. Group sessions typically have a staff-to-client ratio of one-to-10, with 15 clients max. Topics include psychoeducation, relapse prevention and self-care. Individual therapy is scheduled at the discretion of the client’s counselor. Staff members are either LPCs, LCSWs or CSACs. Outpatient clients are encouraged but not required to attend AA/NA meetings.
The length of treatment varies depending on the client’s treatment goals; treatment may last anywhere from 30 days up to six months depending on progress. Substance abuse education classes are available for both adolescents and adults. Family therapy is also available upon request and focuses on the disease model of addiction and how to create a home environment conducive to recovery. Families are also encouraged to attend Al-Anon meetings.
An aftercare program is available for clients who have completed their treatment objectives with the option of attending weekly relapse prevention groups or scheduling individual counseling sessions with their appointed counselor. Clients are encouraged to attend 12-step meetings and develop a relationship with a sponsor. Creating a strong foundation and support network after outpatient treatment is highly encouraged by the clinical staff.
With the choice between an IOP and basic outpatient counseling, Augusta Health provides accessible treatment for individuals needing to meet and maintain responsibilities in their work and personal lives.
As a full-service hospital facility, clients requiring dual diagnosis support will find they are in good hands, with particular help for individuals suffering from anxiety and depression.
79 North Medical Park Dr
Fishersville, VA 22939
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