ABOUT LAKEVIEW BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Lakeview Behavioral Health offers residential and outpatient care for adolescents and adults. Based in northern Atlanta, Georgia, the facility provides dual diagnosis and addiction treatment that includes on-site medically monitored detoxification.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment is individualized and begins with an evaluation to assess substances used and dual diagnosis needs. Separate treatment tracks exist for adults 18 and older and children between the ages of nine and 17. The center offers inpatient crisis stabilization, partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP).
Dual diagnosis treatment includes specialized programs for suicidal thoughts, depression, schizophrenia, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder.
Lakeview combines evidence-based treatments with holistic activities. Adult clients will participate in 12-Step meetings, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and individual and group therapy. Holistic treatments include art, music, and expressive therapies, nutrition and wellness counseling, and recreational therapies. Educational meetings may focus on relapse prevention, medications, and triggers for using. Family therapy may be incorporated as needed.
For adolescents, a specialized treatment staff work with clients and their families to treat mental health disorders.
Staff will create aftercare plans for clients that may include therapy or outpatient treatment. Holistic treatments like expressive arts and recreational activities are incorporated.
Lakeview Behavioral Health employs doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), and therapists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Gardens and a heavily forested area surround the modern facility. An outdoor deck leads to pathway next to a lake. Clients will have access to a basketball court and community areas equipped with ping pong tables, chess tables, open seating, and a TV. Bedrooms host two twin beds and a desk.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Sixteen of 19 alumni commenting through a Best-rehabs.com survey gave overwhelmingly negative reviews, with common concerns including unprofessional staff and a lack of quality care.
Several complained of a lack of individualized care. Alum Lexis wrote: “I hardly received any treatment and when I did it was subpar.” Kari added: “Treatment was nonexistent and the doctors were never there.”
Reviewer Leah added that while clients were required to attend therapy four times daily, “It is not targeted therapy… when [you’re] not in group, you are vegetating in front of the television.”
Others compared the facility to a prison, citing unclean conditions. Others reported dissatisfaction with the “horrible” food.
Alum also called staff “unprofessional,” “rude,” and lacking compassion. “The nurses & technicians were great,” Bernadine commented, “However, the psychiatrist and social worker were less than poor in their responsibilities.” “I have never been treated with such disrespect,” wrote Dianne.
The only alum to praise the facility, T.M.S., enjoyed therapy and treatment plans. “You get that much needed time to gain the tools to help fix your issues with mental and or addiction. The staff is very friendly and want to help.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Four family members responding to a Best-rehabs.com poll echoed concerns and dissatisfaction with treatment at Lakeview. Two loved ones compared the facility to a prison. Two loved ones referred to staff as “rude” with another calling employees “power hungry, petty.”
One parent called the facility “unprofessional” with horrible communication that they would not recommend anyone attend. The parent, A, also critiqued sensitive information being shared.
Respondent D.G. wrote that Lakeview “seemed to keep her longer than necessary so they could bill insurance.” Parent J. commented: “Our daughter was there for three days and if her experience was even half as bad as ours, as parents, it is awful.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
No current or former staff members have responded to a Best-rehabs.com poll to date.
Lakeview accepts major health insurance providers such as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and Humana. Medicare replacement and managed Medicare plans (such as Amerigroup and Wellcare) are accepted. Intake professionals will work with clients prior to admission to review insurance coverage and benefits.