About an hour from Birmingham, Mountain View Hospital in Gadsden, Alabama, was founded in 1918 as the Etowah County tuberculosis treatment camp. The facility, consisting of six canvas and lumber structures, was built on Lookout Mountain in the belief that the fresh mountain air would help cure patients. In 1926, the camp was destroyed by a fire and rebuilt.
Throughout the years, Mountain View Hospital has evolved, initiating substance abuse treatment in 1979. Today, it operates in three locations under the Southeastern Psychiatric Management network, providing an adult partial hospitalization program (PHP) for substance abuse treatment and individual therapy for adults, adolescents and families facing addiction.
Treatment and Staff
Prior to admission at Mountain View Hospital, an in-person assessment with a psychiatrist is required. Outpatient detox services are provided, if necessary and medication-assisted treatment, including Suboxone, is available. Clients receive individualized treatment plans; weekly treatment uses a CBT approach and can include individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy.
Mountain View Hospital’s adult PHP, for clients 18 and over, is scheduled from noon to 5 pm on Mondays, and from 11 am to 4 pm Tuesdays through Thursdays at the main hospital campus. PHP involves a minimum of 15 hours of group and two hours of individual therapy per week. Group topics include stress management, depression, anxiety, anger management, relapse prevention, grief and loss, self-esteem, and relaxation techniques.
Outpatient substance abuse treatment for both adults and adolescents is provided at the main hospital campus, as well as clinics in nearby Anniston and Opelika. Treatment includes individual and/or family therapy, scheduled per client’s needs. Outpatient treatment is not as intensive as the PHP and appointments are scheduled according to the availability of the attending physician, counselor or psychologist.
Mountain View Hospital employs between 75 and 100 workers, including certified substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, physicians and nursing staff. Dr. G. Michael Shehi, a psychiatrist, has served as the hospital’s medical director since 1991.
The hospital has 68 beds available for psychiatric patients, in addition to a 40-bed unit called Summit Crest Lodge that provides psychiatric residential treatment services for pre-teens and adolescents. The psychiatric program combines medication management and counseling.
For those who like a good ghost story, an added bonus is that the hospital is reportedly haunted—there have been reported sightings of ghosts in several of the wards.
Mountain View Hospital’s PHP program is a good choice for those seeking detox, as well as medication-assisted treatment in combination with therapy. However, for those seeking to use the 12 steps in their recovery, which Mountain View Hospital doesn’t offer, they might best search for another rehab.
Mountain View Hospital
3001 Scenic Hwy
Gadsden, AL 35904
Anniston, AL 36201
Opelika, AL 36801
Mountain View Hospital Cost: Varies per program. Reach Mountain View Hospital by phone at (800) 245-3645 or (800) 662-1002 (careline).
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