ABOUT SOUTHEASTERN COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG DEPENDENCE, INC. (SCADD) – LEBANON PINES
The Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SCADD) is a nonprofit agency founded in 1966 that now serves 3,500 people annually. The 110-bed SCADD Lebanon Pines facility, set on 46 acres of serene woodlands in southeastern Connecticut, offers long-term residential treatment for adult men struggling with substance abuse as well as co-occurring mental health disorders. Detox services are available at the organization’s New London facility. Aftercare services are also offered in that the facility can provide referrals for outpatient and sober living facilities and programs.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The treatment process begins with a phone screening to determine if the client fits the requirements of the facility. An individualized treatment plan is created for each client that tailors their length of stay and type of services to their needs. Clients are admitted for a minimum 90-day stay, with additional time allowed as determined in consultation with a counselor. The structured treatment program builds on a 12-step model, emphasizing the importance of developing support systems and self-awareness. Residents attend Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Several methodologies are used to help clients address their substance abuse issues. Lebanon Pines is a work therapy program and clients participate in jobs which allow them to learn skills and develop personal responsibility while reintegrating into the community. Vocational training is provided along with individual and group counseling and addiction education sessions. Education sessions focus on developing ways of managing healthy lifestyles including relapse prevention strategies.
During treatment, referrals are provided when necessary for medical and psychiatric services. After completing the SCADD program, counselors help clients to arrange for continued outpatient counseling and sober housing.
While there is little information regarding the staff members that work in the SCADD program, there are likely to be staff members including counselors and therapists, as well as facilities management staff onsite. The website notes that there is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APRN) onsite for medical practices when needed. There are staff members on site 24/7 for the safety and well-being of clients. The SCADD website notes that applications are accepted frequently for treatment staff including licensed counselors and registered nurses.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
At the 110-bed facility, residents have access to numerous recreation activities and resources, including a weight room and a swimming pool. Laundry services are provided. Access to phones and the internet is limited, and clients may not have their own cars on-site. Visitation is scheduled on Sunday afternoons.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Six alumni provided feedback for SCADD’s Lebanon Pines to Best-rehabs.com. Two alumni provided only written feedback without rating categories.
Five of the former clients polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing would recommend the program to others, giving an average rating of more than four out of five stars for the effectiveness of treatment. In written comments, all indicated in some way that SCADD helped them, with two commenting that the program was life-saving. Staff especially received positive reviews, with an average rating of 4.8 for their level of training and experience.
On the other hand, alumni generally rated the available holistic therapy options and counseling options less favorably and in an exceptionally critical review, one former client described the counselors as “horrible.” The same individual complained of poor food quality.
However, overall alumni appeared to appreciate both living arrangements and related amenities. For instance, metrics measuring the quality of meals and nutrition and the facility’s cleanliness and upkeep received 4.2- and 4.4 out of five star ratings, respectively. Opinions about opportunities for exercise and leisure were somewhat less positive, with an average of 3.7 stars.
On Google, the facility earned 2.8 out of five stars from four reviewers to date. One of the reviews was positive. In a representative review, alum Andrew wrote: “This ‘rehab’ facility is poorly ran and offers little therapeutic value to men who are brand new to recovery.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one surveyed by Best-rehabs.com indicated that they would recommend the program. While they gave four out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, they gave the facility only three out of five stars for its counseling options, holistic treatment, and exercise and leisure. Metrics measuring accommodations and the program’s affordability each received four out of five stars.
According to the facility’s website, only State Assistance General Assistance (SAGA) is accepted.