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Pine Grove Behavioral Health


Photo courtesy of USDA Natural Resources Conservation ServicePine Grove Behavioral Health

A beacon amongst the pine trees of southern Mississippi, Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services originally opened in 1984 as an inpatient service center for adults. Now the largest rehabilitation facility in the state and one of the most extensive in the nation, Pine Grove provides a range of treatment services for addiction and psychiatric issues to people of all ages, ranging from children to senior citizens.

Accommodations and Food

Located on 22 acres of land in the small town of Hattiesburg, not far from the Gulf of Mexico, Pine Grove has four core inpatient 45-90 day programs for drug and alcohol addiction (in addition to an inpatient program specifically designed for sexual addiction): the Next Step Men’s Program, the Women’s Center, Legacy: Addiction Treatment for Older Adults and the Professional Enhancement Program (or PEP, designed solely to treat the specific stresses of working professionals).

In the two primary programs, women and men are housed separately, with the women located on a different campus entirely, just a few minutes’ drive from the primary headquarters. Women live in a large, 24-bed manor home complete with a state of the art kitchen and pool. Women stay three per room and have access to the main campus gym. Many of the female residents are dual-diagnosed eating disorder clients, which dictates both mealtime etiquette and the type of food served. Good nutrition and developing healthy relationships with food are prioritized in the women’s kitchen.

The men live in cottage-style apartments on the main campus and are housed one to two people per room, depending on availability and their amount of time in the program. There are a total of 36 beds but eight of those beds are assigned for the sober living inpatient program graduates. The men eat cafeteria-style at the primary campus’ dining hall. Home cooking, Southern style (picture collard greens and various fried items) is the staple menu offering at Pine Grove meal facility. The men are expected to prepare their own meals in residences on the weekends. They shop for and cook meals together as a part of the treatment’s emphasis on learning to work with others and help each other in a group setting.

The Legacy program participants are housed in a separate 16-bed unit in private, cozy rooms and there are apartments available for those in the PEP program as well.

Treatment and Staff

If necessary, treatment begins with on-site medical detox. From that point forward, the treatment at Pine Grove is not only gender-specific but also age and profession-specific, as seen by both the Legacy and PEP programs. The curriculum for all of the addiction treatment is 12-step oriented and primarily conducted within a group setting. Group counseling is king here. Beyond that, the treatment incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, stress management teachings, family conferences, expressive therapy, recreational therapy, dietary advice, anger management, medication management, EMDR therapy trauma treatment, lectures and films.

Each day, beginning usually around 8 am and concluding with evening activities after a 5 pm dinner, is a combination of group therapy in the morning then wellness activities and meetings in the afternoon. Nights are often designated for guest speakers, yoga and continued group counseling. Community involvement, such as volunteering at the detox unit after a certain length of stay, is a common thread throughout any patient’s time at Pine Grove.

The Women’s Center treatment program is a little different from the men’s program because it’s made up of four phases: Assessment, Breakthrough, Acceptance and Empowerment. Each phase transitions a patient from stabilization to removal of any traces of denial then self-discovery and spiritual freedom. In addition to the aforementioned aspects of treatment, the Women’s Center also utilizes, eating disorder treatment, experimental therapy (art, drama and music) and hypnotherapy, just to name a few. Women’s specific trauma healing is also available.

The Legacy program is geared for those aged 55 and up, so expect grief and loss counseling as well as more extensive medical treatment that might be unrelated to any addiction or psychological problems. The Professional Enhancement Program targets the specific issues that arise for those who might have developed addictive tendencies or deviant behaviors due to extreme stress in the workplace. Part of a larger national program, in addition to 12-step treatment, PEP also involves schooling participants on boundary setting, ethical principles, leadership, teamwork, professionalism and creating a healthy work-life balance.

The goal of the staff is to help clients focus on their individual lives and how sobriety will change their future. To this end, leadership patients work closely with the staff to express the needs of each community as a whole.

Due to its association with Forrest General Hospital, the staff at Pine Grove includes 12 full-time medical doctors in addition to a licensed nursing staff and a Master’s level therapy team, with expressive therapists, counselors, registered dietitians and nurse practitioners. The number of employees working full-time and just associated with the facility in some way, shape or form is at 5,000. Some former clients in recent years claim many of the staff that Pine Grove was renowned for in its glory days have left but the extent of their backgrounds and qualifications are definitely not up for debate.


In 1990, Pine Grove started offering REACH (Realistic Experiences and Challenging Horizons), a fully equipped ropes course where both its patients and groups from the general public can participate in problem solving and team building. Viewing climbing trees and mining obstacle courses as a form of therapy, both the staff and patients at Pine Grove bond through this outlet and it’s provided at no additional cost to residents.

Four times a year, Pine Grove hosts Day of Hope events where their alumni can revisit the campus to catch up with both staff and fellow former patients. They can also meet with current residents in an effort to inspire and relate.

In addition, Pine Grove has an on-site book store, gym and pool, as well as offering yoga, art, drama, music and hypnotherapy to its clients.

In Summary

Pine Grove seems to truly offer something for everyone in a serene, supportive setting at a bargain basement price for such a bounty. They accept insurance and even offer a relapse payment track for those who might have to enter the facility more than once. All housing, food and recreational activities are covered under the cost of treatment. Additional costs might only arise with a person’s specific medical needs. Its association with a prominent hospital and it’s deeply rooted community connection are also selling points that assure patients will have anything and everything they might need at their disposal in order to garner successful, long term recovery.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services Location

2255 Broadway Dr
Hattiesburg, MS 39402

Pine Grove Cost

$8,000-$11,670 (30 days, depends on specific program). Reach Pine Grove by phone at (888) 574-4673. Find Pine Grove on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn

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  1. This facility was very promising of high success rate that there was a good chance to beat the alcohol addition my wife of 30 yrs has suffered for many years. This was her 3rd rehab facility attempt so I can’t blame the lack of success totally on Pine Grove. However, after stating to a staff member that she no longer had cravings for alcohol, they reported that comment to the insurance company which promptly stopped paying for the inpatient care she so desperately needs. She wasn’t there even for 30 days! Now she’s back to the lies and drinking once again, and it’s only been 4 days since discharge. They really could have done a better job of reporting to the insurance carrier that the patient is now lying to get out of the treatment. They boasted about having a polygraph….. maybe they should have connected it to her prior to release to see if she HONESTLY had no craving for alcohol.

  2. Guido Orefice on

    Specifically regarding the PEP staff it can not be said that they are uncaring. But the program as a whole is adversarial and crazy. They are puritans always looking for fault where there is none. If you there as a requirement for a professional violation, god bless you. They’ll have you by the balls.

    I was diagnosed with an eating disorder because I enjoy eating and running. Also they have this nutty Sunshine Shadow policy. For the first week of PEP participants must ALWAYS (bathroom and sleep excluded) be in the presence of another participant. It’s a drag and I would actually the program again for a tune up if it weren’t for this nonsensical practice.

    The PEP facilities are great.

    Hattiesburg is a real nice town with great people. It was the polar opposite of what I expected.

    Anyhow, PEP staff are great in their Puritan crazy way.

  3. Bertrand Tillery on

    Pine grove evaluuation for professionals is completely daunting. The relationship is painted as completely adversarial. My eveluation was a joke as they are only interested in finding the most cost effective plan for them. I went for professional boundary violation and was tested for drugs and alcohol which proved negative. However from results of my question responses concerning a use of recreational marijuana one time 2 years prior, in Denver x 1 dose, I was recommended for 4 weeks inpatient substance abuse rehab. It is completely about revenue generation. I can not recommend this facility for any professionals

    • I agree completely! wont recommend this place for anyone, and don’t have a single positive thing to say about this place, were rude, lied to entire time.

  4. This article really sounds like an advertisement. I was at next Step, its a standard 12 step program. There are no “cottages”. Its more like a dorm-its not bad but I wouldn’t refer to it as cottages. There is no Gym or swimming pool onsite. There is no use of risk reduction meds like Naltrexone or buprenorphine. Those drugs can mean life or death and there is more than adequate data to support use; that is why Medicaid pays for buprenorphine. I did 45 days at Next Step, its not bad. Its a pray hard, work the program, get a sponsor model. They do evaluate and treat mood disorders but that is now standard in rehab facilities. I also spent 45d at the Professional Enhancement Program. Avoid that place if u can. It is punitive and restrictive. I did make some needed changes but over time I had to transfer my care. They were trying to send me to expensive additional treatment that I didn’t need, wasn’t covered by insurance and would have been financially and professionally devastating. I got tested when I transferred and I didn’t have the problem. I haven’t been there for 9 months and I’m still angry about my treatment. I went there for a week every 6 months for 4 years. Its like getting a tooth pulled without an anesthetic. Good luck

  5. This place is s joke. I went to their family program and it was a complete waist of time. It’s been 3 yrs and I curse this program and the money I had to spend every day. It is a con. Your husband is a man, deal with it!

    • Hollis van Sant on

      This is not a very helpful review. I’m looking for a place to send my brother, and you don’t give any examples of why it was a waste of time. What specifically were the shortcomings of this organization?

    • I agree on it being a joke. I just went for anxiety was described the place wrongfully, lied too several time, and I got home today from there and my anxiety has never been as bad as this place made it, just by lieing about everything.

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