ABOUT ST. FRANCIS ALCOHOL AND DRUG TREATMENT CENTER
The Saint Francis Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center is a self-contained facility with its own entrance and parking, located behind the St. Francis Medical Center building in Grand Island, Neb. It offers detoxification and treatment for individuals 14 years or older who are struggling with substance abuse issues. Treatment is based on 12-step principles, and also involves one-on-one counseling, group and family therapy, and educational sessions.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Each patient’s experience begins with a comprehensive evaluation to determine the necessary treatment. Services available on-site include medically supervised detoxification and short-term residential rehab (less than 30 days) beginning with an intensive treatment intervention and 24-hour supervision. At the end of intensive treatment, patients are transitioned into less intensive programs.
St. Francis also offers several outpatient treatment options, ranging from partial hospitalization (a minimum of eight hours/day of in-hospital programming), intensive outpatient (programs of four hours or more, four days per week with both day and night schedules available), and customized outpatient treatment plans.
Family needs are addressed with educational programs and support groups.
According to the facility’s website, the treatment team is comprised of licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselors. The facility has medical operations for other specialists, so medical personnel from other disciplines may be available.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
While few details on accommodations are available, the center’s hospital-based location lends itself to an environment that is clinical in nature.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
For the most part, the four alumni reviews for this facility are favorable. All alumni that were asked about the level of staff support gave this aspect of the facility four or five out of five stars, as well as high ratings for cleanliness and affordability.
Patients held varying opinions on the Catholic Church’s influence on the facility and its care. One anonymous alum awarded their treatment four out of five stars overall, despite experiencing some discomfort with the presence of religion. “I would prefer a non-religious medical experience,” one anonymous alum wrote. Another anonymous alum, also a four-star reviewer, had a different perspective. “I liked my councilor. They work with your religious/spiritual preferences. Overall the treatment was a quality experience,” the alum wrote to Best-rehabs.com.
Other reviews, like the one submitted by J.B., were more enthusiastic with their praise. J.B. gave five stars across the board and wrote: “My treatment experience was amazing. I found a counselor for aftercare that was a perfect fit for me.”
Another alum, S.J.J., gave the facility mostly positive ratings, but wrote “I feel I would have benefited more with more one on one time with a professional counseled. Left on your own too much”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The seven loved ones surveyed by Best-rehabs.com registered some minor complaints, but most reviews were positive and gave the facility and treatment effectiveness high ratings.
One anonymous reviewer noted that the wait time for an evaluation was lengthy, but they appreciated the “many options for treatment.” This anonymous respondent also wrote: “Almost all of the staff here are in recovery themselves. They are much more understanding about the problems and experiences that clients have had.”
While the average ratings from loved ones for the facility’s holistic offers was a lukewarm 2.8 out of five stars, they gave the facility on average 4.57 out of five stars for family participation. One Best-rehabs.com reviewer liked the “nice visiting policy” and wrote: “I was there only a few days but they seemed to be a good facility.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
One anonymous staff member submitted a survey to Best-rehabs.com. The employee stood firmly behind their employer’s services, issuing five out of five stars in every category. This staffer commended the “excellent family counseling” and added: “Staff works well together in developing a treatment plan and coordinating counseling, group therapy, lectures and study times.”
As a hospital-based program, St. Francis works with most health insurance companies, as well as Medicaid. If finances are an issue, the hospital will work with patients to process Medicaid eligibility paperwork, set up payment plans, or find suitable financing from different sources.