Greenleaf Hospital has been offering behavioral health programs in the southern Georgia city of Valdosta for almost 30 years. It provides adult and adolescent residential and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) substance abuse treatment as well as an adult Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and programs for children, teens and adults who struggle with mental health issues. Greenleaf uses a 12-step approach and offers on-site detox as well as dual diagnosis support.
Accommodations and Food
Greenleaf’s inpatient programs provide beds for 77 residents at a time. While the common areas are warm and inviting, with colorful area rugs and comfortable couches, the bedrooms have a distinctly institutional vibe. Every client shares a room with one other person—clients get a twin bed, a small dresser and a set of shelves for their personal belongings. The mental health clients and adolescents and adults in the substance abuse program are each housed in separate wings of the facility. Meals are prepared by the staff and served cafeteria-style in the dining hall, three times a day.
Treatment and Staff
Greenleaf’s residential treatment starts with a three- to five-day detox, if necessary, then follows individualized treatment plans. Adult and adolescent treatment have a similar month-long curriculum, but the teens are encouraged to communicate—in person or on the phone—at least three times a week with their family members during treatment. Group therapy takes place several times a day, while individual sessions are provided as needed. Substance abuse education, relapse prevention and family programming are also part of the curriculum, as well as mandatory AA and NA groups. Greenleaf has a diagnostic evaluation and treatment unit (DET) for adult clients who have been admitted to Greenleaf involuntarily.
The adult PHP and IOP both last three to six weeks, providing group, individual and family therapy in addition to medication management, if necessary. Both programs can be used as a step down from inpatient treatment.
Adult IOP and PHP clients take part in two to five groups weekly, for two to four hours each day. PHP clients attend at least 15 hours of treatment a week, while the IOP minimum is six hours. Clients in the adult program also meet with a therapist individually once a week to address treatment plans and goals.
The adolescent IOP program meets for group therapy three to five days each week, for three hours after school. Additionally, adolescent clients have family therapy sessions to address issues involving family dynamics and participate in family education, as needed. All IOP and PHP clients are required to attend at least one AA/NA meeting a week.
Greenleaf always has a therapist and a medical doctor on site, while nurses run the unit 24/7. The staff also includes a number of Master’s-level counselors who specialize in substance abuse or dual diagnosis.
Greenleaf offers art therapy and recreation therapy. Clients are encouraged to exercise in the on-site gym and pool during their free time.
Greenleaf Hospital provides comprehensive, 12 step-based substance abuse treatment services. While the accommodations are not luxurious, the staff certainly provides care in a highly professional and pleasant environment. Greenleaf accepts most insurance and Medicare, which is a huge plus for those covered. However, for those who pay out of pocket, $700 per day may be pretty steep.
2217 Pineview Drive
Valdosta, GA 31602
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