ABOUT SOUTHWESTERN — STEPPING STONE
Southwestern is a behavioral healthcare organization that offers support to teens and adults struggling with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders. Stepping Stone, located near St. Mary’s Medical Center toward the east of Evansville, Ind. is its residential treatment facility. Modified medical detox (for sub-acute cases) and outpatient treatment are also available on-site.** It is one of onlyPregnant women, women with children, and IV drug users are given priority for admission.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the facility’s website, treatment follows the principles and practices of 12-Step. Residential treatment typically lasts 21 to 28 days, depending on the client’s needs.
The treatment center utilizes a combination of individual and group therapy; 12-step meetings both on-site and in the community; educational classes; and family therapy and education. Families may visit on Saturdays.
Alongside the 12-step model of recovery, the center uses evidence-based treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and trauma-informed care. Relapse prevention andstart on the first day of treatment, and clients leave with complete aftercare plans covering areas including employment, health, recreation, legal issues, family, and recovery support.
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) meets three times a week for at least eight weeks, and also requires clients to attend three 12-step meetings a week during treatment and obtain a sponsor. An IOP that followsis also available, which lasts six months and is split into four phases.
General outpatient groups are available on topics such as early recovery skills, anger management, awareness, and gambling. Alumni services include weekly meetings, support groups, and mentoring.
There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website or otherwise regarding its treatment staff, however, at the time of this writing, the eight reviewers polled by Best-rehabs.com on the staff’s level of training and experience generally approved of staff effectiveness.
Staff Experience and Training: 3.7/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, the 10 individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave a four out of five average rating for the quality of the accommodations and amenities, while eight polled on the matter approved of the facility’s upkeep.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.1/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the six alumni surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing, three gave very positive feedback, and three gave lukewarm appraisals.
The more positive reviewers gave four- and five- out of five stars across almost all 15 categories evaluated, including the facility’s affordability and counseling options, and credited the facility with their sobriety. “Very effective… Its a very clean professional rehabilutaton,” Mary wrote.
But even the positive reviewers generally gave low ratings for the facility’s holistic options. The less enthusiastic reviewers praised the staff and the structured environment, but indicated that treatment was a little basic. “It was state-funded. It didn’t have much,” an anonymous alum wrote. Another wrote Best-rehabs.com: “It was unorganized and only based on one substance.” Overall, the four alumni polled on the matters gave moderate ratings for the facility’s counseling options and the amount of family participation.
Counseling Options: 3.3/5
Family Participation: 3.3/5
On the it’s Facebook page, which the facility may have the ability to manage, 18 reviewers gave an average rating of 4.6 out of five stars. Seven reviewers on Google concurred and gave an average rating of four stars. “They showed me how to be the real me and gave me the tools to stay clean from drugs” wrote Larry in a representative review.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the four loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing, three indicated that they would strongly recommend treatment here, appreciating the level of family participation and counseling options.
Likelihood to Recommend: 4.3/5
Family Participation: 4/5
Counseling Options: 3.8/5
“Some of the counselors are past addct/alcoholics and understand the patients wants/needs,” a loved one wrote in a representative review. However, offering two-star ratings for the facility’s discharge planning and counseling options, a mother of a client wrote: “My son went and it did not help. The facility is not up to date.”
There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website regarding its costs, however, the eight individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com on the matter generally appreciated the facility’s cost.