West Virginia’s Prestera Center was opened in 1967 in the wake of President Kennedy’s passage of the Community Mental Health Act of 1963, which called for further development of regional mental health centers. Now with nearly fifty locations across eight counties, Prestera provides substance abuse and mental health treatment to residents in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Wayne counties. Prestera is a non-profit, funded through a blend of federal, state and local tax funds, grants, contracts, Medicaid and Medicare. It is named for Michael Prestera, the organization’s first president who fought hard to obtain federal construction grants for the facility.
Accommodations and Food
Prestera offers an inpatient program where residents stay in a remodeled hotel. Rooms are shared with one other person, where each individual gets their own twin bed and uses a shared en suite bathroom. There is a communal living room equipped with a TV, board games and musical instruments.
Three meals and snacks are provided daily and there are also snack machines. Cell phones and use of the Internet are not allowed, though Prestera does provide a pay phone, which is available during free time for residents to make calls.
Treatment and Staff
Detox is offered, if necessary, and typically lasts between five and ten days, during which time residents are monitored by medical professionals around the clock. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) with methadone is provided to to ease opiate withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is also offered at some locations.
After detox, clients enter the three to six month rehab program. Mondays through Fridays, residents spend the bulk of the day in group therapy. Outside of group, clients are mandated to attend three on-site 12-step meetings per week. The doctor will see residents once a week and may prescribe medication as needed. Residents are taken for some outdoors time approximately every four hours, at which point smoking is allowed. Regular drug and alcohol testing along with weekly room inspections is a requirement for residents.
Upon successful completion of the program, residents develop a discharge plan with there primary counselor. They will get help accessing community resources and be provided referrals to other Prestera facilities for outpatient or aftercare, if necessary. Prestera offers a long-term residential program for women in Huntington and Charleston, titled Renaissance Program. Here, women and women with children typically stay six-nine months. This program incorporates children and family into treatment.
Prestera offers outpatient care at several of its locations. Individualized treatment plans are designed to address individual needs. Clients attend group and individual therapy and required 12-step meetings. Structured groups focus on anger management, relapse prevention, the recovery process and other identified needs. Families may or may not be involved in treatment services, depending on the preferences of the client.
For clients in the residential program, crafts time and yoga are offered, but are not required.
West Virginia residents who make less than $22,000 typically qualify for subsidized care.
Prestera offers a wide range and variety of affordable recovery care options to residents of West Virginia. With many locations, a highly-trained staff and a long history of service to the community, this organization can provide each individual with personalized care close to home.
Prestera Center Cabell County
3375 U.S. Route 60, East
Huntington, WV 25705
Prestera Center Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Prestera Center by phone at (304) 525-7851 or Toll-Free at 1-888-399-7776. Find Prestera Center at Facebook
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