New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center

New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center

ABOUT NEW BEGINNINGS ADOLESCENT RECOVERY CENTER

Set on a 20-acre campus in Opelousas, La., New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center offers residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment for male and female teens ages 13 to 18. This is one of the state’s only 39 (24.8 percent) treatment centers with programming specifically-tailored to adolescents.

According to the facility’s website, the center is dedicated to meeting the emotional, mental, and psychical needs of every client. Co-occurring mental health disorders are also addressed and this is one of the just 13 (8.3 percent) centers where detox services are provided on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

According to the center’s website, treatment at New Beginnings is deeply rooted in 12-Step. Regular therapeutic activities include individual, group, and family counseling, which tend to be based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), as well as trauma-focused modalities such eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and psychodrama.

Residents move through phases of treatment toward recovery and must submit a written request to advance. Clients meet with staff and their peers for feedback on why they should or should not advance, though the ultimate decision is up to an employee.

High-school-aged clients may participate in an on-site, fully accredited education program, and credits earned can be transferred to the student’s home school. For residents 17 years and older, there is a GED course.

Extended care is available in the form of various outpatient programming.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Led by a medical director certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the multidisciplinary treatment team includes a licensed clinical social worker, a registered dietitian, and a psychiatrist. In Louisiana, 98.2 percent of all substance abuse treatment facilities have continuing education requirements for staff.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center houses up to 44 residents. This suggests high rates of availability, as the number of clients in a residential treatment facility was 18 individuals, as of 2016. Living quarters are gender-specific and set up dormitory-style, with two clients per room. Meals are served in a community dining hall three times a day and are nutritional, according to the facility’s website. Adventure-based activities like ropes courses and horseback riding are incorporated into treatment, and there is an on-site fitness center for recreational and therapeutic use.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

At the time of this writing, six former clients have provided Best-rehabs.com with feedback for New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center. Based on the five who left star ratings, the facility received one one-star rating, a three-star rating, and three five-star ratings for overall treatment effectiveness.

While Delaney noted that “some techs are not experienced” and “staff can be unfair,” the alum also reported to Best-rehabs.com, “This place really taught me a lot. Even things I didn’t think I’d need I’ve used now that I’m home. I’m thankful for this place. They really care about your sobriety.” Tim, another former client, remarked, “It far exceeded my expectations!”

On the other hand, Jonathan’s review was more negative. He complained of bad food and poor living conditions, writing to Best-rehabs.com, “This rehab has much potential, but needs much work to be done.” Another alum was also displeased. Chase wrote, “The meals were the same thing week by week which caused me to gain 30 pounds. There was promised outings to horse riding ranches and pools, we left campus twice in the 97 days I was there to go to non AA or NA event. We were forced to stay inside for the entire day.”

On secondary sites, alumni and their loved ones alike left extremely mixed feedback. With a 1.5 out of a five-star rating on Yelp from four users to date, two of whom were loved ones and two being alumni, the center was repeatedly critiqued for false advertising.[1]

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

To date, the five loved ones who left reviews for Best-rehabs.com also reported mixed experiences. One anonymous parent “Would recommend this place to anyone trying to find a place to send their loved one for help getting clean.” Additionally, S.R. commented, “I cannot believe the difference they have made for my daughter. Great communication with family members.”

However, Angie proclaimed, “This rehab it the absolute worst I have In countered. My child was court order to be there on the 6th day she walked out the front door. Later that night I spoke on the phone to the most heartless cold person I’ve ever spoken to in my life.” Parent S.S. added, “…the financial side of this operation seems very suspect. The 3 weeks my child was there cost me an absolute fortune.”

Feedback from loved ones was largely mixed on Google as of this writing as well, where 14 users produced an average rating of 3.9 out of five stars.[2] One anonymous parent praised the communication from the facility and the level of connectivity they were allowed with their child. On the other hand, a representative negative reviewer wrote, “the care was questionable to say the least. We were never able to speak to the doctor who was prescribing medications to our child.”

FINANCING

According to New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center’s website, the rehab accepts most private insurances and private pay options.

[1] https://www.yelp.com/biz/new-beginnings-adolescent-recovery-center-opelousas

[2] GoogleReviews

Reviews about New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center

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  • My child attended New Beginnings, he was dismissed after only 3 weeks. The staff is good, and facilities are clean. HOWEVER, the financial side of this operation seems very suspect. The 3 weeks my child was there cost me an absolute fortune. The day rate amount they bill insurance is more than 5X's any comparable facility. They debited my checking account for additional funds more after my child left stating it was due and part of the agreement. They also have no way to explain their billing. I have been advised to file a complaint to the LA insurance commission due to the amount they charged to my insurance and my out of pocket cost. If you send your child here, do not allow them to debit any accounts for funds, and make sure what the day rate is they claim to your insurance. Overall, this place seems very suspect financially, especially since they have no way to explain their cost.
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  • This place was awful. I should have looked elsewhere when the guy in admissions kept forgetting to call me back for days at a time. The insurance person didn't know anything about how my insurance coverage would work. The counseling was a nightmare. My son's counselor was never at work and she never returned my calls or emails. Her supervisor was a very rude man who didn't care at all about my son. I didn't meet any techs but my son said they were mostly very nice and caring. The nurses were the only ones who returned my calls and gave me honest answers when I would ask how my son's day was going, especially this one woman The doctor was able to get his medications well adjusted and I am grateful for that. But I expected more from the counsellor department since that was the reason my son was at their rehab.
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  • New Beginnings taught me how to live again. They showed me a way out from addiction when I had very little hope. Honestly I was completely hopeless. I really connected with the therapist and tech staff. They didn't judge me they guided me and shared their own experience. New Beginnings showed me how to Recover from Addiction
    I went there and they admitted to us they had a 1 in 10 success rate. The staff disregards the children. The meals were the same thing week by week which caused me to gain 30 pounds. There was promised outings to horse riding ranches and pools, we left campus twice in the 97 days I was there to go to non AA or NA event. We were forced to stay inside for the entire day.
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  • Good overall treatment in a well-kept facility
    This rehab it the absolute worst I have In countered. My child was court order to be there on the 6th day she walked out the front door. Later that night I spoke on the phone to the most heartless cold person I've ever spoken to in my life. I thought my child was n a safe place. Only if I would of known! I requested a refund for the amount I had put forth at the time n was told 30 days if anything was left I would be refunded. I expressed to them I felt nothing was owed bc services were not rendered! My daughter showed up at New Beginnings and was kicked out for getting into a fight whit a girl... This has been a living HECK! There is absolutely no way to explain this feeling!!It is truly a fight against the devil for her soul. Well 30 days later they hit my account for 750.00 and the woman I spoke to on the phone gladly lets me know she tried to get 3700.00 and that is still owed! Such a cold person. That was my rent money ...I did inform them of this and of course it mattered to them none. State is better than this place. There is so much more that has happened! I am trying to contact the CEO of the company now. I would NOT TRUST THESE PPL WITH MY CHILD IF I WERE U.
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  • wonderful, caring staff. I cannot believe the difference they have made for my daughter. Great communication with family members. Highly recommend.
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  • Strengths: Comfortable environment Good therapy Offers EDMR therapy Good recreation program. Weaknesses: Some techs are not experienced Staff can be unfair Only allowed 1 phone call a week. This place really taught me a lot. Even things I didn't think I'd need I've used now that I'm home. I'm thankful for this place. They really care about your sobriety.
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  • Bathrooms were all disgusting (showers and toilets). The food was a step above jail food, and a step below school food. Drug groups were not taken seriously due to the fact that staff were incapable of disciplining the adolescents. All apartments and group rooms are infested with bugs. My first night in treatment I was given dirty bedding to sleep on. This rehab has much potential, but needs much work to be done.
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  • Would recommend this place to anyone trying to find a place to send their loved one for help getting clean.
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  • I didn't know what to expect. Actually, I expected it to be much more like the state-run facilities I had tried in the past. It far exceeded my expectations! It's a good treatment center full of people who really want to make a difference in the world. They care, first and foremost.