Elk River Treatment Program Review
In 2005, the Elk River Treatment Program was founded as a co-ed residential treatment center, in Huntsville, Alabama. It offers specialized programs for troubled teens 12 to 18 dealing with behavioral and emotional issues, as well as drug rehab for teens struggling with addiction. In addition, Elk River has a fully accredited academic program on campus so residents don’t fall behind in school while receiving care. This unique program insists that caregivers are in family therapy while their child is in treatment, provides a 12-step component as well as an overall holistic approach.
Accommodations and Food
Located on an 120-acre property, Elk River boasts a cafeteria, its own medical facility and school building. As Elk River is an outdoor-based program, no Internet, TV, or cell phones are allowed unless scheduled. Clients use sleeping bags, on camping mats and a pillow to sleep. Their dorm rooms are constructed on a 5,000 square foot deck and each have heaters inside. Staff supervises around the clock. All meals are provided in the cafeteria, with a focus on nutrition and health.
Treatment and Staff
The length of treatment varies depending on the individual, but the average length of stay is 60 days. While in treatment with Elk River clients attend school for four hours a day, during weekdays. They may attend either at 8 am to 12 pm or 1 to 5 pm. The remainder of the time and weekends are spent taking part in different therapies. Group and individual therapy, vocational training and equine therapy, as well as physical fitness classes are offered every day.
Specialized group sessions available cover abandonment and adoption issues, anger and defiance, co-occurring disorders like anxiety, ADD, ADHD and ASD, depression and bipolar disorder, as well as divorce and family issues and more which clients attend according to their individualized treatment plan. Staff has weekly treatment team meetings to re-evaluate clients’ progress while weekly updates and parent coaching are facilitated by clients’ primary therapist. Elk River also offers on-site AA meetings and parenting workshops.
Elk River staff includes LCSWs and a psychologist. Psychiatric care and medication management is coordinated by a child, adolescent and forensic psychiatrist while physicians and nurses provide any necessary medical care, 24/7. State certified teachers can be found in the classrooms where the accredited academic program for grades six to 12 is offered.
All clothing and gear is provided. Medication co-pays are the only additional out of pocket fees. The Elk River facility features a pool, basketball courts, grounds for equine therapy, gardening and access to hiking.
Other programs offered at Elk River include Transitions—a less restricted transitional care program for graduates of the main program and a teen weight management and healthy lifestyle program.
For teens facing behavioral and substance abuse issues who love the outdoors, the Elk River Treatment Program is the ideal match. The program is well-rounded, with nature-emphasizing facilities and way of living. Elk River offers a $550 daily rate for those whose insurance covers treatment (60 days are expected upfront, then billed monthly thereafter) which goes down to $500 for cash pay for those with no insurance.
Elk River Treatment Program Location
500 Governors Dr SW
Huntsville, AL 35801
Elk River Treatment Program Cost
$15,000-$16,500 (30 days). Reach Elk River Treatment Program by phone at (256) 518-9998 or by email at [email protected]. Find Elk River Treatment Program on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn
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