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There is still so much to be learned about mental illness and addiction. More often that not, they are so heavily correlated, it’s impossible to distinguish which came first, if a person is suffering from one or both and whether treating one will in turn help repair the other. Enter the Lindner Center of HOPE just outside Cincinnati, Ohio, a solid resource for mental health and chemical dependency problems in the Midwest since 2006.

Accommodations and Food

A comprehensive facility that welcomes myriad cases across the mental illness and substance abuse board, the Lindner Center is located on a secluded 36 acres in Mason, Ohio, just northeast of downtown Cincinnati. The 64 private rooms are divided into four wings and are each furnished with quality bedding and adjacent bathrooms. One of these four wings is the 16-room Sibcy House, which provides intensive residential care for those suffering specifically with addiction as it relates to mental health issues. Another wing, The Williams House, offers a similar residence and program for adolescents. There is an abundance of natural light and comfortable furniture throughout the interior of the facility, which is surrounded by several walking paths and greenery and the Lindner Center is a completely smoke-free environment.

All clients have access to a common dining hall, exercise facility, “Faith Center,” library and common areas/activity spaces. Meals are individually selected from a provided menu, and clients have access to staff dietitians should they want or need guidance. There is no food allowed in the private rooms but all of the nursing stations have snacks available.

Treatment and Staff

The program at Sibcy House begins with a 10-day diagnostic assessment, a relatively long period compared to the evaluation time for other rehabs but essential for determining patients’ underlying issues or possible trauma. The 10-day diagnostic time frame is considered part of the entire 28-day program. Each patient is assigned a team comprised of a psychologist, CSW, clinician, group therapist, nutritionist, recreational therapist and spiritual counselor, in addition to registered nurses and a mental health specialist, all led by a psychiatrist. During this phase, this multidisciplinary group conducts psychiatric, psychopharmacological, addiction, nursing and nutritional assessments. They also do a standard physical, Structured Clinical Interview, neurological test, if needed, and spiritual assessment, if requested. The staff at Lindner is thorough in their diagnosis, to say the least.

The treatment itself revolves heavily around a combination of CBT and DBT used alongside Electroconvulsive Therapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, if recommended. There are individual sessions with a psychiatrist and a psychologist multiple times a week. There is a specialty addiction track that includes group education/counseling, recreational therapy, clinical work with families and spiritual nourishment. Here at Lindner, though, the focus is on the treatment of the individual, rather than the healing power of the group.

Potential program participants can expect a fairly regimented 9 to 5 schedule. There are 10-minute breaks allotted between therapy sessions but otherwise, the only free time here is built into the evenings after dinner and any planned activity/meeting. At the end of the 28-day period, the patient does have the option to stay for additional increments of seven days for an extra fee.

Visitors are allowed at Lindner seven days a week, between 6 and 9 pm, but must be approved through the front office.

Clients heading to the Lindner Center should leave behind weapons, items containing or advertising even a trace of alcohol, candles or inappropriate reading/viewing materials (nothing over PG13, please). Phones and computers are permitted but have a very restricted usage. Cell phones are kept at the front desk, accessible to use for texting or calling upon request and approval, but photos or videos are strictly forbidden. Clients should pack five to seven changes of comfortable clothes and undergarments; shoes and gym shoes; sleepwear and toiletries. All clients are assigned photo wristbands for identification purposes throughout their stay.

In Summary

Lindner is up there with the best of them in terms of cost and it’s worth noting that only certain portions of the treatment here are covered by health insurance and it does not provide medical detox. There is a pronounced emphasis on individual and psychiatric treatment. There are group meetings and therapy but no 12-step meetings or resources for support groups beyond the intense residential stay. The heavy medical emphasis here—not to mention treatment as extreme as Electroconvulsive Therapy—might not appeal to all but does promise that every possible symptom and potential cause is at least acknowledged in an evidence based, methodical manner.

Lindner Center of HOPE Location

4075 Old Western Row Rd
Mason, OH 45040

Lindner Center of HOPE Cost

$67,500-$76,500 (30 days); $2,250-$2,550 (per day). Reach Lindner Center of Hope by phone at (513) 536-4673. Find the Lindner Center of HOPE on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or YouTube

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