Northeast Georgia Health System – Laurelwood

Northeast Georgia Health System - Laurelwood Gainesville Georgia

A part of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Laurelwood is dedicated to providing quality substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment to men and women suffering from the disease of addiction. The rehab offers a full continuum of care, including detox, inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization and outpatient services, along with evidence-based treatment modalities and an interdisciplinary treatment team. All levels of treatment are 12-Step based and provide structured programs designed to facilitate self-awareness and self-sufficiency.

ABOUT NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM – LAURELWOOD

Located on the campus of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Laurelwood offers a short-term residential program for both adults and adolescents aged 12 to 17 struggling with chemical dependency, mental health concerns, and co-occurring disorders. Detox services are available on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Designed as a short-term and stabilization measure, the residential treatment program at Laurelwood typically lasts three to five days. The admission process starts with a comprehensive and confidential assessment to determine each client’s needs. The assessment specialist determines if the client is a good fit for the residential program and can recommend other treatment options as needed.

The treatment process follows a holistic approach combined with traditional therapy methods. Counseling is available in individual and group settings with family counseling sessions available as needed. In terms of medical treatment, clients have access to nurses and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help minimize the discomfort of withdrawal. Clients with co-occurring disorders can also receive psychiatric treatment through medications and counseling.

Education plays a significant part in the treatment process. Clients participate in scheduled courses designed to teach coping and sober living skills needed to establish a sober lifestyle after treatment.

Laurelwood is a part of the nearly 48% of treatment facilities across the United States that use the 12-Step method in treatment. All clients are introduced to 12-Step and are encouraged to continue their participation after the formal treatment process.

To ensure the successful reintegration of clients into the community, Laurelwood offers an aftercare program. The aftercare group meets on Mondays in the evening. There is also an Emotions Anonymous (EA) group that meets on Sundays.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The treatment team at Laurelwood includes medical doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, and case managers, as well as a diverse team of administrative and support staff.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

In terms of available space, the 54-bed facility is similar in size to 18.8% of U.S. facilities based on the number of available beds. Laurelwood is tobacco-free, and smoking is prohibited anywhere on campus. To date, the individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com on the matter appreciate the condition of the facility.

Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.3/5

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

At the time of this writing, the 10 alumni reviews of the facility were mixed, with five negative and five positive reviews. Several former clients expressed the need for stronger substance abuse programming. L.F. said that while the mental health treatment and groups were great, “the substance abuse section has a lot to be desired.” Ellen agreed, writing: “There needs to be more focus on getting to the root of your addiction and why you are an addict as opposed to just working a program.”

Overall, alumni tended to appreciate the amount of family participation, though offered mixed opinions concerning the training and experience of staff and their likelihood to recommend the facility.

“Great resources,” Elizabeth wrote in a representative review, “The groups where very good, something to talk about at each group. Great with counseling!” However, another described the staff as “rude” and “unthoughtful.”

Family Participation: 4/5
Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 3.3/5

On Google, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, as a whole, earned an average rating of 3.2 out of five stars from 232 to date.[1] Some reviewers indicated that the facility wasn’t clean, such as Patricia who described the facility as “Disgusted and feeling unclean and in sanitized.” Some indicated that the staff were “unprofessional,” while others felt staff was “Very nice.”

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The five loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com to date felt the program helped their loved ones recover. Several praised the facility’s staff, describing them as “caring,” “friendly,” and “kind.” Loved one Marilyn wrote: “The counselors were able to find philosophical modalities that my daughter could relate to for her aftercare and ongoing care portions or her recovery.” Survey respondents also appreciate the amount of family participation and the facility’s counseling options.

Family Participation: 4.4/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4.2/5
Counseling Options: 4.2/5

FINANCING

Laurelwood accepts most private insurance plans, as well as Medicaid and Medicare. Individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com on the matter generally approved of the facility’s cost.

Affordability: 3.8/5

CONCLUSION

Laurelwood and Northeast Georgia Health System is in an aggressive expansion phase, making it one of the fastest growing health organizations in the state. This expansion is expected to stretch across 18 counties and greatly expand the number of facilities it operates.

[1] GoogleReviews

Reviews about Northeast Georgia Health System – Laurelwood

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  • I went here the first time after a suicide attempt and it was completely and udderly a joke. Yeah I talked to a doctor alright, and a therapist and they seem to think I was all fine and dandy. I was discharged and came back that night cause they didn't fully explain what I was going through with my guardian and totally neglected my specific situations and problems. In turn I got so overwhelmed that I had a nervous breakdown and the police was called out, I was taken back to the ER and was re-admitted because of far worse suicidal thoughts then before I was firstly admitted. Once I got there the staff that was fairly nice to me the first time was now rude and annoyed I was back, it only made me feel worse. When I was woken up, I was segregated and put on full restriction. I couldn't talk to anyone, I couldn't choose what I ate, the only time I had any other human contact was my therapist and groups. And yet again it was the same bullshit as before, I'm sitting here feeling like I'm in prison for mental health issues that I couldn't control and didn't know how to cope with effectively cause they're too blinded by their paychecks to do their job and help me and properly diagnosis me. I was yet again discharged later that day, I decided enough was enough, so I decided to go to an actual DECENT psychiatrist and I was diagnosed with major depression with psychotic features, ADHD/add, and ODD. Which may I remind you that the doctors at laurelwood thought I was fine and dandy just going through a little teenage depression. so after I was treated like that at laurelwood psychiatric hospital I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND THIS PLACE EVER! You'll only come out with more problems then you started with.
    I was here many years ago & it was top notch help. Groups & therapy all day every day. I was there 2 wks. I recently went back & it was a joke! Maybe 2 groups a day, focused on addiction, which I don't have. Seemingly led by students. They kept me 3 days, their norm now. I was shocked. Employees are just there for a check & it shows. No one can get better in 3-5 days. It's a glorified jail. They keep you there & feed you & that's about it. I'd never recommend this place to anyone who really needed help. Don't know if Obamacare destroyed it or what, but it's pathetic now. Go elsewhere if you need help! You won't get it there!
    Aweful company. No organization. Profit is more important than people!
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  • they are always there when you need them they really need to keep a very good eye on you and other people that is in there and wake you up for breakfast and the morning other then that they are good place they help you with all your problems that you have they also take of your meds for you they give it out to you they also have group time to ask how you feel and why
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  • Very clean and nicely put together ...Not enough accommodations The facility is too pricy
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  • Care Help clean fun great programs -- a good things about the program. time outside time out of your wing both seemed short. Great AA program Inpatient or out patient.
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  • Some were nice and caring Rude, unthoughtful, could not think of ever going back there I admitted myself and later decided this was the worst place I could have admitted myself. They put several people of different levels of need in the same place and the staff was incredibly rude.
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  • The counselors were able to find philosophical modalities that my daughter could relate to for her aftercare and ongoing care portions or her recovery. Somewhat expensive if you don't have insurance. The counselors realized that there were co-occurring mental health issues and addressed them early in my daughter's treatment. They were able to stabilize her on medications that didn't create additional problems - something that happened in the past.
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  • Caring people. No real weakness, just the nature of the business is rough. My uncle was admitted for alcohol abuse. This seemed to help. The rules were strict but fair.
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    they got the job done quick and easy. they helped my loved one be able to get clean and to stay clean, the staff was friendly and kind.
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  • Strengths: they are always around to watch you. Weaknesses: no internet usage cant get in touch with anyone. its a very great place.
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  • they got the job done. i would tell anyone that is need treatment to check them out because it a great place to go.
    The Mental Health section is GREAT!!! The substance abuse section has a lot to be desired. The Groups are Great though. Most of the staff does not know how it is to be a addict much less have a very strong addiction problem. When you're ready it is a great start.. But YOU HAVE TO BE READY!!!
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  • There needs to be more focus on getting to the root of your addiction and why you are an addict as opposed to just working a program. Yea you can be taught to work a program but until you get to the root of the problem will you then be able to learn from and change your behavior. It was good that they were very strict on group participation efforts and would not let anyone stay in bed during group or recreational times. However, they didn't seem to be to good at roommate placement.
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  • Great resources. The groups where very good, something to talk about at each group. Great with counseling!