ABOUT WHITE OAKS
A program of Human Service Center (HSC), a behavioral health agency based in Illinois, White Oaks Knolls for Men offers residential and outpatient addiction and mental health treatment programs, as well as medication-assisted treatment and medically monitored detox.
Offering similar services for women, a program called New Leaf Lodge is located only a few miles away.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to HSC’s website, White Oaks Knolls for Men offers “individualized services based on assessment, exploration of the individual’s community support system and their motivation to change.” Men enrolled in residential treatment progress through a phase-like process in which they learn to develop positive behaviors and build a system of recovery supports.
There are two medication-assisted outpatient programs: The Outpatient Methadone program, which includes case management services and requires participation in both group and individual sessions, and the Outpatient Suboxone program, which, in addition to group and individual sessions, provides “physician consultation and regular medication evaluations with a nurse.”
Graduates of the residential program may attend the Transitions Outpatient groups to help with any post-treatment adjustments and challenges. Participants may choose to attend the number of groups that best matches their needs.
According to its website, HSC employs over 250 professionals, including psychiatrists, physicians, counselors trained in the fields of mental health, drug abuse, and alcoholism, and administrative and support staff.
The eight individuals polled to date on White Oaks Knolls’ staff’s level of training and experience gave it an average 3.75-star rating.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the organization regarding its living arrangements and related offerings; however, the 11 individuals polled to date on the center’s accommodations shared an excellent rating of 4.54 stars out of five.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni reviews are limited but mixed. Nick, for example, gave the facility a perfect five stars for accommodations and four stars for treatment effectiveness. “I love it,” he told Best-rehabs.com. “I feel safe. The counselors here are the best and always strive for complete care! Great counseling, subjects and classes.”
Alan, another alum, however, described the facility as “dysfunctional” and the counselors as “terrible.” “The only thing that saved me was the AA meetings,” he noted.
White Oaks for Men also fared very well on Google, where it only has four- or five-star reviews from three Google reviewers. “Love this place, the people were awesome!” wrote Michael, a five-star reviewer.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from loved ones were also mixed. When asked, on a scale from one to five, how strongly they’d recommend the program to others, eight loved ones gave the center a lukewarm overall score of 3.5 out of five stars. Strengths, according to eight loved ones, were affordability (4.25 out of five stars), exercise and leisure (four out of five stars), and the connectivity/visitor policies (four out of five stars).
One recurring issue reported by several reviewers was a lack of follow up and general long-term ineffectiveness of the program. “It was for my brother who is and currently addicted to drugs,” an anonymous loved one wrote. “He went into treatment and came out better, however, it didn’t last. Wish follow up was better and more family involvement.” Another similarly noted how it “seems like once they leave they fall right back into their old ways.” Two reviewers, in addition, mentioned that treatment was costly.
Still, others told of solid treatment and knowledgeable counselors. “The counselors were very nice and helped my cousin a lot,” an anonymous five-star reviewer told Best-rehabs.com. “He was very apprehensive at first but it turned out very well for his time there.”
According to its website, HSC receives funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services. Treatment is also covered by “most private insurance policies” as well as Medicaid and Medicare.