Valley Vista is a central Vermont haven for New England men, women and adolescents struggling with addiction and/or co-occurring disorders. It provides a medically supervised, individualized treatment plan tailored to a client’s age and gender. It proudly claims a consistent ability to help the whole individual, not just the chemical dependency issues, welcoming anyone who has also continuously suffered with psychiatric and medical issues.
Accommodations and Food
Valley Vista resides amidst the Green Mountains of the picturesque Connecticut River Valley, an area that’s pretty easily accessible via major highway from most major New England cities. Valley Vista has 28 beds available for adults and 16 beds available for adolescents (ages 14 to 18). The residences are set up dormitory-style, two to four residents per room, with long hallways and group meeting rooms at the end of every hall. The campus has a basketball/volleyball court, soccer field and a small weight room but no gym or designated fitness center.
Clients dine cafeteria-style. The food is described as tasty and there are healthy options available. A full salad bar is offered at every single lunch and dinner.
Treatment and Staff
The treatment at Valley Vista is three separate divisions: Women’s Treatment, Men’s Treatment and Adolescent Treatment. Detox can be administered on-site before entering any of these programs. Some of the common threads through all three programs are individual therapy, 12-step meetings (at least one every day), medication management, relapse prevention and daily group therapy. Clients have individual therapy once a week.
The Women’s Treatment program accommodates women from all walks of life, from the corporate professional to the newly pregnant. In fact, OBGYN services are available and pregnant women with chemical dependency are given a high priority in admissions. The individualized treatment for women aims to build self-esteem, foster skills for maintaining better relationships and accomplish goals specific to each woman. Case managers work side by side with women to identify the stresses that led to substance abuse before deciding what specific issues (mental health or family dynamics, for example) should be the primary focus moving forward in sobriety.
As with the Women’s Treatment Program, the Men’s Treatment Program at Valley Vista tries to tailor treatment in the context of common issues faced by men in the modern world. CBT alongside mindfulness practice and psycho-education supplement the 12-step recovery foundation of the men’s program. Program participants are also expected to maintain a sense of awareness and gratitude around the opportunity to receive treatment.
Young people in the adolescent program confront the behavioral problems that have manifested through substance abuse. If they are in treatment during the school year, they also receive proper education in addition to drug and alcohol treatment. Valley Vista supervises re-entry into regular school once treatment is complete. Each adolescent’s strengths are identified and cultivated in the safe confines of the program. The hope is for the teens to feel, above all, safe under the roof of Valley Vista and in the care of the staff. Group education and recreational activities are age and gender specific. Anger management and psycho-education are also incorporated.
A team of 90 qualified clinical, medical and psychiatric recovery specialists facilitate all of the treatment at Valley Vista. They have a 24-hour nursing staff, a psych nurse practitioner and a psychiatrist (the latter is not necessarily on-site but is on-call around the clock). There are a few Master’s-level therapists but mostly addiction counselors. Vermont state-certified teachers work in the educational unit of the adolescent treatment program.
A lot has changed at Valley Vista in the wake of health care reform laws. Many of their incoming clients no longer have health insurance that will cover more than two to four weeks of treatment. As such, they had to make some cuts to their offerings. Family programming is not a part of the treatment anymore except for the possibility of a counseling session on a client’s final day.
All three of the treatment programs offer yoga and meditation to supplement the core aspects of rehabilitation. The women’s program also offers writing and art therapy and therapy dog services. Time for exercise isn’t really structured into the daily schedule but during down time clients are encouraged to go walking or take advantage of the aforementioned athletic courts and field.
A peaceful, isolated location, a relatively small staff-to-client ratio and gender/age-specific programming make Valley Vista a solid choice for those seeking recovery. The offering to treat co-occurring disorders is another perk but since the bulk of treatment is AA-based, it might not be the ideal facility for severe dual diagnosis clients.
23 Upper Plain
Bradford, VT 05033
Valley Vista Cost: $26,850 (30 days). Reach Valley Vista by phone at (802) 222-5201 or by email.
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