Located in Springfield, Ohio, about 25 miles from Dayton, McKinley Hall was launched in 1992 by Clark County’s Mental Health & Recovery Board. McKinley Hall offers outpatient substance abuse treatment, including detox for men and women, and residential treatment for men.
Accommodations and Food
This 12-bed facility has three large bedrooms, each with four twin beds, and clients share the use of four bathrooms. The facility also has a group room, TV lounge, dining area and three offices (treatment and housing are under one roof). TV watching is permitted at night and on the weekends.
Men enjoy fun, comfort foods at McKinley with breakfast items including Pop-Tarts, waffles, pancakes and cereal. Lunch and dinner consist of chicken strips, french fries, spaghetti, lasagna, chicken, roast beef and pulled pork. All dishes are served with a starch, a vegetable and usually a salad. Special dietary requests can often be accommodated. Clients are treated to barbecues on the weekends. No caffeine is permitted on-site but clients can drink coffee at outside 12-step meetings.
Treatment and Staff
The program is six weeks long and comprised of group and individual therapy with evidence-based techniques like CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI)—an introduction to the 12-steps and attending accompanying meetings. Those with co-occurring disorders are welcome as dual diagnosis support is available. For medical assistance, McKinley employs a staff doctor. Clients who come in addicted to opiates have access to Suboxone but it must be administered on an outpatient basis.
Group therapy goes on all day and clients are entitled to as many one-on-one sessions as they need—counselors have an open door policy. Clients are taken to 12-step meetings seven days a week and are expected to get a sponsor.
Days begin with a 7 am wake-up. Breakfast and chores are to be done by 8:30 and treatment starts at 8:45. Residents are in groups until 5 pm, with a break for lunch at 12:30. After dinner, clients are taken to a 12-step meeting and then have some free time before lights out at 11.
No outside electronics are permitted during treatment. Upon admission, there is a seven-day blackout period, after which clients are allowed to make one phone call. Moving forward, outgoing calls are made on Sundays. Family and friends who have attended the family program on Wednesdays are welcome to come on Sundays afternoons for two-hour visits.
In addition to evidence-based therapy, McKinley uses art and music therapy as a part of their treatment. While there is no official aftercare, the do offer graduates of the residential program the opportunity to step-down to outpatient treatment for extended care. For vocational purposes, McKinley employs a professional who assists clients with building their resume, job searching and networking.
Family programming takes place every Wednesday night, starting with a therapy session just for family members themselves. Occasionally, an Alanon speaker leads the group and educates loved ones on addiction. Otherwise, family therapy consists of clients and their relatives participating in a large group meeting.
On Fridays, residents are taken to go bowling and play billiards at a local AA club.
The McKinley Hall men’s residential program focuses on building a support system among same-sex peers, understanding the 12-step principles and working that program while maintaining family involvement. Clients spend six weeks together where they build relationships, trust and self-esteem. In preparation for transitioning back into society, vocational help and the option of stepping down to outpatient care is available and really helps this gender-specific Ohio treatment center stand out.
255 East Street
Springfield, OH 45505
McKinley Hall Men’s Residential Cost: $9,375 (30 days). Reach McKinley Hall Men’s Residential by phone at (937) 328-5300 or by email at [email protected]. Find McKinley Hall men’s Residential on Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
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