An ever-expanding Tennessee institution since 1979, Buffalo Valley, Inc. provides a number of substance abuse services including outpatient, residential treatment and medical detox. With strong ties to the people of central Tennessee, Buffalo Valley also provides case management, job placement, GED screening, vocational rehabilitation, psychological evaluations, self-esteem enhancement and life skills counseling. They have five distinct locations across the state in Nashville, Lewisburg, Castalian Springs and Hohenwald, which boasts two gender-specific facilities that serve as flagship locations.
Accommodations and Food
The men’s Hohenwald facility is a large, one-story building that resembles a retirement home. Treatment begins with on-site detox, where clients typically share a room with two or three other residents (as well as a bathroom with an additional three). The men’s location can hold up to 100 clients in total, though there are generally only 80 at any given time. After that, residents move on to a separate apartment house for inpatient, where the number of roommates gets knocked down to one or two. Bedrooms are furnished with twin beds, small dressers and night tables with drawers; each room also comes with a private bathroom.
The woman’s facility is also a sprawling one-story located across town, and comes equipped with similar furnishings though without a separate unit for apartments. Instead, female residents stay together in the main facility, which can accommodate a maximum of 45 at a time. Both locations have cooking staff who provide three hot meals a day, with snacks provided at night and vending machines to be used at clients’ leisure (provided they have change to spend).
Because Buffalo Valley supports exercise as a tool in recovery, their Hohenwald facilities include a basketball court, horseshoes, a punching bag, a volleyball court and a treadmill on-site; residents are also encouraged to take walks around the premises during their free time.
Treatment and Staff
Buffalo Valley’s residential program typically lasts 28 days, with a five to seven day detox period when necessary. Men and women attend group therapy and individual therapy at separate facilities. Overall, clients can expect a streamlined program with weekly care reviews to make sure everyone is on track with their recovery, and that all needs are being addressed. The facility also offers a variety of other rotating sessions including life skills and relapse prevention workshops, substance abuse lectures, therapeutic work activities and family program. Several evenings a week, residents are transported to local off-site 12-step meetings.
While Buffalo Valley does offer a dual diagnosis component in the form of mental health counseling, it does not diagnose illnesses or prescribe medication; however, there is a psychiatrist on staff who can provide medication management for those already on it. While the majority of the daily staff are licensed counselors, there’s also a medical doctor available as needed (in addition to the psychiatrist), as well as 24-hour nursing care in the facility’s detox unit. In addition to the above programs, Buffalo Valley also has a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), which offers care up to seven days a week.
As a nod to modern modes of communication, Buffalo Valley also offers “e-therapy” in the form of screening, assessment, treatment and aftercare, all available through phone and web-based services. The program also includes special tracks for veterans, homeless, elderly, disabled and low-income clients, all of which help them find stable housing in counties across the state.
With several locations and a variety of social services, Buffalo Valley provides the necessary support and options for those who need them. Residents can take care of detox, treatment, dual diagnosis care and re-entry all under one proverbial roof. While the program lasts only four weeks and their client rolls are fairly large, this program still has low fees compared to many similar residential offerings.
Buffalo Valley, Inc.
501 Park Ave South
Hohenwald, TN 38462
Buffalo Valley, Inc. Cost: $8,100 (28 days with detox and no insurance). Reach Buffalo Valley, Inc. by phone at (800) 447-2766 or by email at [email protected]. Find Buffalo Valley, Inc. on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Vimeo.
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