MCCA – McDonough House

MCCA - McDonough House Danbury Connecticut

Starting from the perspective that substance abuse is a treatable condition, the McDonough House works to provide help and hope to those struggling with addiction by individualizing treatment to meet the needs of each client. The program offers 12-step meetings for clients and families, in addition to individual and group counseling.

ABOUT MCCA — MCDONOUGH HOUSE

McDonough House is a residential substance abuse treatment facility located in Danbury, Conn. The center is part of the Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism, Inc. (MCCA), a nonprofit substance abuse treatment provider established in 1972 that serves adults and families throughout western Connecticut. Medically-monitored detox is also available on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

According to the center’s website, residents at McDonough House begin their stay with an initial assessment, the findings of which help determine the most appropriate course of treatment. If detox is needed, clients may be prescribed medication, including Librium and methadone. Throughout the detoxification period, clients participate in individual counseling, educational workshops, and 12-step groups.

Once stabilized, clients transition to the center’s residential program, which is highly structured and includes individual and group therapy, relapse prevention education, daily 12-step meetings, recreational activities, medical and psychiatric consultations (if needed), and continuing care planning. The center also offers specialized groups for men, women, and seniors.

McDonough House also offers a weekly family program for loved ones that addresses how addiction affects family members, how relationships may change after treatment, and how loved ones can find their own support systems.

Clients who have completed treatment at McDonough House are welcome to continue their care at one of MCCA’s seven outpatient facilities.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According to its website, McDonough House’s detox and residential treatment team includes physicians, registered nurses, counselors, and other support staff.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

McDonough House is a modest, 22-bed facility set in a low-rise, red-brick building located on a tree-lined street. The center’s website indicates that clients sleep in twin beds and share bedrooms with one other resident.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Four of the five alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided negative reviews of McDonough House. Two alumni specifically complained about the center’s detoxification program, citing ineffective treatment and subpar facilities. “The certain drug they use for the actual DETOX I was there for isn’t any good,” an anonymous alum wrote. A.J., also an alum, characterized the detox unit as a “basement.” “In detox, there is no real treatment. Occasionally we get a group or a nightly speaker. The groups are sometimes run by the facilitator, who has no qualification or experience in counseling,” A.J. wrote.

Other alumni found the treatment team to be rude and patronizing. “The staff is absolutely HORRIBLE,” Joe told Best-rehabs.com. Similarly, M.B. noted that the staff was nonresponsive and, in some cases, poorly trained. “The counselors there frequently disseminate incorrect information,” M.B. wrote.

Cheryl, the one respondent to give the center’s treatment effectiveness an above-average rating, described McDonough House as a “no nonsense facility,” indicating that highly motivated clients would benefit from treatment. She did, however, note that there was a lot of “down time.” “I would have liked more AA meetings or AA member interaction during the day,” she wrote.

On CiteHealth, two of the three reviewers were disappointed with the care they received.[1] One reviewer cited rude and dismissive staff, and another respondent felt that staff had “no experiernce only school books experience.” However, one reviewer gave the facility an overall rating of five stars and credited the program with saving their life. “If you have a drug/alchohol problem they will help you find a better way of life,” they wrote.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The two loved ones surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mixed feedback. One anonymous alum gave the center’s treatment effectiveness five out of five stars and complimented the “Knowledgable staff.” However, this parent felt that their son’s treatment was “To short.”

The second survey respondent gave the center’s treatment effectiveness just one star and described the facility as “old” and “a bit grungy.” “State paid program, so don’t expect much,” they added.

FINANCING

According to the facility’s website, MCCA accepts insurance and participates in many managed care plans. A Medicaid application is available for download on the facility’s website, and clients may also benefit from MCCA’s involvement with the Connecticut General Assistance Behavioral Health Program.

[1]http://citehealth.com/rehab-centers/connecticut/cities/danbury-city-in-fairfield-county/mcca-mcdonough-house#reviews

Reviews about MCCA – McDonough House

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  • I have been to the McDonough House 28 day Rehab as well as their IOP and Relapse Prevention groups. I must say it is a great program and has seriously given me a lot of tools and information to help me stay sober. The Rehab has a full schedule of groups during the week and some rec time on the weekends. I was very welcomed by both the mostly excellent staff, Techs and the group members. Many will be friends for a very long time. There are no pools or tennis courts because these people are very serious in helping you to get and stay sober and clean. I highly recommend MCCA if you want to get sober and clean.
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  • STAY AWAY FROM MCDONOUGH HOUSE. They promise meetings once a day and don’t even have one every other day. Half the time all you do is sit around and watch tv. They have no safety precautions for if you do need to report something and there is no safety for patients who actually are trying to overcome their addiction. The staff is unprofessional and lack basic training skills to be working in a recovery facility. This place is a hell hole that no one should put money into or have their insurance company put money into. Absolutely disgraceful.
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  • 7/18/2017 - Update Well I finally got into this place and I'll I can say is STAY AWAY. It's a seriously negative community. This place is horrible. Especially the head counselor. This guy is something else. His ego is huge and he insults the clients, talks down to them and is totally disrespectful. Last night they had an AA speaker come speak with 4 months of sobriety talking about how he has no problem hanging out in bars and said he didn't think it was a big deal. The counselors there frequently disseminate incorrect information. The counselor told everyone that in NA a sponsor is required to have 5 years of sobriety which is absolute nonsense. I woke up one night at 1am with a splitting headache. I went to get some Advil and the tech (CNA) was asleep in the office with all the lights off. I came back 2 hours later and he was still asleep. Finally I went out at 3:40am and he was awake but told me he couldn't give me Advil after 2:30am. What!? Advil? He said he didn't know how it would affect my other medication...makes no sense whatsoever. This place is a joke. 6/14/2017 They never return my phone calls. I completed an assessment over the phone. Ive called them EVERY DAY for the past month. They are not 24 hours. Do they not understand how hard it is for an alcoholic to ask gor help to begin with? The fact that they dont even recognize this is a testament to their treatment method. How can you call yourself a treatment center if you don't even respond to people that call in for help? What does that say about them?
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  • Went here for the 28 day inpatient (even though they kept me for 29 days without a choice). First off, the facility is tiny and claustrophobic. They put a bunch of chairs on the walls of a hallway in a basement, and that's it. Again, in case you misunderstood me, you LITERALLY spend 28 days in a hallway in a basement. You get to go outside a few times a day to smoke, and walk to the cafeteria three times a day to eat. If you're lucky, once a week they'll walk across the street with everyone to go to the park (but one of the weeks I was there the counselor didn't feel like walking so we didn't go). The staff is absolutely HORRIBLE. The head counselor is patronizing... He always talks down to the patients... I really can't express how bad of a human being he is. There is another counselor there that is awful... he lies nonstop and really doesn't put any effort above the bare minimum into patient care. One woman is the only good counselor. If by some horrible act you are forced to go to MCCA, try to get her. I have been to two other rehabs in CT that were paid by medicaid, and MCCA was by FAR the worst one. Do yourself a favor and try as hard as you possibly can to go anywhere else.
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  • Ability to get a person through an initial detoxification. Aren't enough beds in the facility. The certain drug they use for the actual DETOX I was there for isn't any good. This is a "on the fly" detoxification facility so it really isn't their fault but its really all its good for. Getting a person thru the first 72 hours of a DETOX. Somebody needs to help people find a way to get thru the next steps of staying clean. I would have to say that 99.9 percent of people that go thru this DETOX are using again within 48 hours. Something needs to change there. And at least as far as opiates are concerned, this problem has reached being an epidemic.
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  • Knowledgable staff. To short. My son was in treatment just for detox.
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  • A place to stay whiley keep you off drugs. old, a bit grungy, programs limited. State paid program, so don't expect much
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  • Overall I would say my stay here was a waste of money. First of all, this facility is located entirely in a basement and there is not much room to move around. In detox, there is no real treatment. Occasionally we get a group or a nightly speaker. The groups are sometimes run by the facilitator, who has no qualification or experience in counseling. Detox is literally just sitting in a tiny room for 4 days and not dying. Then you move over to the rehab wing. Not a whole lot changes. You attend one AA meeting a week. You have one day a week where you can actually go outside and move. There is no psychiatrist on staff. The food is on the low end and un-nutritious. If you get sober here, you probably did it on your own. It seems more like a cash grab than a rehab facility.
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  • it was a no nonsense facility-- if you want sobriety the tools are there. There was a lot of down time. This was not okay for some there, and they walked out. i would have liked more AA meetings or AA member interaction during the day. I was very glad there was a no visitor policy!