Nestled in a 10 acres of farm landscape in Omaha, Nebraska is the family-run Nova Treatment Community. Founded in 1981, its community-focused program provides treatment for substance abuse, alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorders to both adolescents and adults. It offers an array of options, including short term (30-60 days), long-term (four to six months) and youth residential treatment, as well as youth-oriented outpatient treatment and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). Adult outpatient is available on a case-by-case basis.
Accommodations and Food
The quaint residential treatment home for adults can can accommodate 24 clients with room based on double occupancy. Each room comes equipped with twin beds and a private bathroom. The facility has an on-site gym with basketball and tennis courts, a baseball field and a small weight room. As part of the accountability-based model, residents are responsible for cleaning up after themselves.
Meals are included and prepared in-house. Although the menu options are generally standard comfort food staples such as soups, pasta and sandwiches, the kitchen staff is always willing to accommodate dietary restrictions.
Treatment and Staff
All potential clients undergo a substance abuse evaluation before they can be admitted. For clients in need of detox, referrals will be made to outside agencies. However, a bed can be held until that phase of treatment is complete.
A typical day begins with hygiene and self-accountability courses, followed by group therapy and a series of team-building activities. Individual therapy is also built into the schedule and clients can attend up to three times a week (minimum of once a week). Nova offers dual diagnosis support and gives preferential admission to pregnant women, women with children and IV drug users.
After the first week, clients are allowed to have visitors and make phone calls; however, cell phones and computers are not allowed. Residents must provide staff members with a list of contacts they wish to communicate with, and upon approval, clients are allowed three phone calls and three visitors a week. Some are even allowed visitation from their pets under certain circumstances.
Nova always has a nurse on staff but no doctor on-site. At certain times, Nova will coordinate the presence of a doctor, and if patients require a specific doctor, it will do its best to accommodate. The staff-to-client ratio is six-to-one and staff members are predominantly women. The main staff consists of four program managers, and all but one have a wide range of credentials such as LADC, MS and PLMHP. Though these staff members are not on duty at all times, they are in charge of most day-to-day activity and therapy. At night there is always a nurse on duty, as well as at least three other staff members.
Additional services include yoga, pet therapy and meditation.
Another exciting feature of Nova is its pay structure, which accommodates most insurance as well as those without insurance. Nova is a well-funded facility, and prides itself on being able to accept clients regardless of their financial situation. If the client has no insurance there are several grants that allow Nova to accept the client at no charge. If the client does have insurance, that will play a factor in the cost, but if, after insurance, the client is still unable to meet the cost of the program, Nova will do all it can to cover the remaining balance. This combined with the beautiful setting and the wide range of therapies offered makes Nova an enticing option.
With its appealing cost and many offerings, Nova Treatment Community is a good choice for those looking for a peaceful, animal friendly, team-based program that provides a solid balance of group therapy and individual attention.
Nova Treatment Community
8502 Mormon Bridge Rd
Omaha, NE 68152
Nova Treatment Community Cost: Varies (30 days). Reach Nova Treatment Community by phone at (402) 455-8303 or by email at [email protected].
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