ABOUT KOLMAC CLINIC – GAITHERSBURG
Established in 1973, Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers operates six alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers in northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland. The facility in Gaithersburg, Md., about 22 miles north of Washington D.C., offers comprehensive, outpatient-based treatment services for adults at least 19 years of age who are struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. In addition, it provides medication-assisted detoxification services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
To determine if detoxification is necessary, clients participate in an initial substance abuse evaluation. The detox process may utilize **medication to lessen withdrawal symptoms, including *buprenorphine (Suboxone( and naltrexone (Vivitrol)* for opioid dependency. If deemed medically necessary, clients in detoxification may be supervised at the clinic for up to 10 hours a day.
The rehabilitation phase of treatment — an intensive outpatient program (IOP) — usually involves 20 to 30 sessions during the day or evening over the course of eight weeks. Clients attend group therapy and education sessions for three hours each day for five days per week initially, then less frequently after several weeks. Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in group counseling. These sessions address a number of issues, such as coping with triggers and understanding the phases of relapse. Clients also can meet individually with clinicians, and those with co-occurring psychiatric disorders receive medication management.
After primary treatment and rehabilitation, continuing care promotes sustained recovery. This phase involves a weekly two-hour group session for a variable length of time, but typically one to two years. Clients also are highly encouraged to participate in a community-based support group, such as 12-Step. Both during and after a client’s treatment, family members are encouraged to attend a separate weekly support group.
Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Center (CARF) and led by a team of medical doctors, psychiatrists, and licensed professional counselors. The facility in Gaithersburg is led by a licensed clinical social worker and employs a multidisciplinary team with backgrounds in substance abuse and mental health, as well as nurse practitioners, psychiatric nurses, and physician assistants.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The four alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing submitted mainly favorable feedback. Three of them awarded perfect five-star ratings for treatment effectiveness, which came to an average of 4.25 out of five stars for all four survey participants. While most offered high four stars for staff experience/training, family participation, and whether they would recommend the facility, they gave lower ratings in the two and three star range for cleanliness, counseling options, holistics offerings, and affordability.
“They had a good program to help acclimate into life and helped a lot in explaining my addiction,” Erin told Best-rehabs.com. Supporting this opinion, former client Sarah enjoyed the “very experienced and wonderful counselors.” However, Brady offered a different point of view: “Kolmac offers a flimsy IOP program in large group settings (12-25 patients), which means not a lot of real therapy happens. The rare one-on-one sessions are primarily for paperwork, but there is not much in the lines of counseling.” This former client had a more favorable opinion of the continuing care groups, which they said “tend to be smaller, are long term and populated with people truly committed to sobriety.”
The four alumni gave a lower average of 2.75 out of five stars for the facility’s accommodations and several commented about the appearance of Kolmac Clinic’s site. “Facilities were a bit outdated,” Erin wrote. Sarah commented: “I don’t understand where all the money goes — it’s pretty run down.” Brady described it as follows: “The DC facilities look like they haven’t been renovated since the practice began several decades ago.”
According to the Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers website, the current cost of treatment is $140 for the initial clinical evaluation, $475 per day for detoxification, and $210 per day for rehabilitation sessions. Continuing care services are $140 per session. The organization accepts a range of private insurance plans, including Aetna, Cigna, Magellan, and United Behavioral Health. Interest-free payment plans are available to help clients afford treatment.