Over 175,000 people have received some aspect of the continuum of care at Maryhaven. In operation for over 50 years, it’s the oldest and largest behavioral health center in Columbus. Funded by a variety of donors from the United Way to The Ohio State University Medical Center, this treatment network has restored the lives of countless Ohioans affected by addiction and mental illness.
Maryhaven offers treatment services for adults and adolescents, from detox to extended care. In addition to myriad outpatient services, Maryhaven offers inpatient programs for adults and adolescents. It operate two hybrid treatment/extended care residential programs for women through the Women’s Center. It has the Aster Program, the original women’s track, created specifically for chemically dependent women, who are pregnant or already have children, and the AYA Program, created for women of color.
Aster Program participants live in a collection of nondescript homes on the main Maryhaven campus, which itself looks like a typical medical facility; brick sided and clinical looking. The Dan Cannon Hall residential program for men and women is located here, as is the residential program for adolescents. Young men and women in their teens are housed separately and carried through gender-specific programming. These teens are treated in another wing of the Maryhaven campus, even going to academic classes through the Maryhaven School, accredited by Columbus City Schools.
The AYA Program’s house can accommodate up to 15 women and seven children for a maximum of six months but the location is not disclosed for legal reasons.
Treatment and Staff
Maryhaven can provide either residential or ambulatory outpatient medically supervised detox before all of its residential programs. The detox unit is 22 beds and the process usually takes seven days. Because this is a behavioral health facility and not just a drug rehab, an attempt is made right from admission to identify co-occurring mental health issues and to get them properly managed in addition to providing substance abuse treatment. Medical guidance and nutritional education are both key elements of finding balance with dual diagnosis clients. From there, Dan Cannon Hall residents are given an education on addiction and the tools to get sober. A combination of AA, group and individual therapy, family programming and alternative therapies are utilized.
The AYA program takes a holistic standpoint with addiction treatment and in addition to the treatment protocol mentioned above, uniquely applies the seven principles of Nguzo Saba, the African Value System. These principles are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
Aster residents must have completed some form of primary treatment prior to entry though their stay here is considered a continuation of treatment, not just Sober Living. As such, treatment here is multi-faceted with process groups, 12-step meetings, parenting skills classes, life skills training and anger management.
The staff at Aster is comprised of drug and alcohol addiction counselors, a case manager, one medical doctor and one registered nurse. AYA staffs counselors and nurses. Both Women’s Centers also employ an early childhood education specialist to work with the kids of the women in treatment.
The adolescent treatment services provided in the residence include 12-step counseling, anger management, life skills education, medication management, individual therapy and family counseling. The latter includes a special division of the program called MDFT, Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy, which addresses the needs of families who have kids involved in the juvenile justice system are addressed. They learn how problem behavior in the adolescent develops and steps they can take to foster change. The graduates of the teen program are honored yearly at graduation time for not only receiving their high school diploma but also for their sobriety.
Maryhaven is of service to its community in many ways. One of those is its Stable Cradle Program, which provides outpatient substance abuse treatment for pregnant women, insuring they receive the prenatal care they need. In addition to mental health care and substance abuse treatment, Maryhaven offers prevention services, cultural programming, gambling addiction services, court-ordered treatment and homeless outreach.
Continuing care is available for all programs, offering alumni support, group counseling and 12-step community when applicable.
The multitude of services available through Maryhaven make it an appealing option for treatment. Because it’s a behavioral health facility, clients with co-occurring disorders are well supported. Their online presence is minimal at best, however, so potential clients will definitely need to get the right person on the phone to receive all the information they need to make an informed decision.
1791 Alum Creek Dr
Columbus, OH 43207
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