Carrier Clinic – Blake Recovery Center

Carrier Clinic – Blake Recovery Center

ABOUT CARRIER CLINIC — BLAKE RECOVERY CENTER

Founded in 1910, Carrier Clinic is one of the largest not-for-profit behavioral health facilities in New Jersey. Alongside an array of psychiatric services provided from its 100-acre campus in central New Jersey, the organization offers the Blake Recovery Center (BRC), which provides detox, residential, and outpatient services for individuals struggling with substance abuse and dual diagnosis.

BRC offers medication-assisted treatment (MAT), including a Suboxone program.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Blake Recovery Center’s website notes it uses the 12-steps alongside a fairly traditional array of clinical practices, and the length of programming varies according to the individual client’s needs.

Upon completion of a thorough assessment, many clients begin their recovery with detox, under the facility’s 24/7 medically supervised care. BRC’s residential program aims to address the “medical, emotional, and social needs of each individual,” by taking a comprehensive, individualized approach to treatment.

Residential programming typically includes individual and group counseling, family intervention and involvement, addiction education, and 12-step meetings. The program seeks to actively involve the client and their family members in every stage of treatment, from admission to discharge. For families, the facility offers a weekend codependency program.

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) meets on weekdays evenings, for three hours at a time. Clients continue to work the 12-Steps while receiving education and participating in mandatory, random urine tests.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According to Blake Recovery Center’s website, the treatment team includes psychiatrists, social workers, physicians, nurses, and addiction counselors. The 32 individuals surveyed by Best-rehabs.com to date gave an average of 4.25 out of five stars for the staff’s level of training and experience.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Blake Recovery Center’s website indicates the treatment facility is a bright, open space that features a cafeteria-style dining room and simple shared bedrooms. According to MyCentralJersey.com, a renovation was completed in October 2015, and created a 32-bed facility. The 32 individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the center’s cleanliness and exercise/leisure offerings gave them average ratings of 4.63 stars and 3.69 stars, respectively.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The more than dozen alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback, with few notes of complain. Fourteen alumni gave an average of 4.07 out of five stars when asked if they would recommend Blake Recovery Center.

The same 14 alumni were polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics, and gave it average ratings of 3.71 stars for both is family participation and its counseling options, and 2.85 stars for its holistic offerings.

In their comments, several reviewers credited the facility with their long-term sobriety and even with saving their lives. They also frequently praised the center’s staff, the variety of therapeutic options, and the attractive campus and accommodations.

However, some alumni noted that treatment was very expensive. “Very comprehensive staff and therapy programs but very expensive,” one anonymous reviewer wrote in a representative review. “Located on a beautiful well kept campus inside and out,” another added. One or two alumni also noted a lack of aftercare.

The reviews also yielded a few isolated notes of strong complaint, citing poor accommodations, inattentive nursing staff, and “unqualified” group therapy leaders — though each of these accusations was contradicted by praise from other alumni.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

The 18 loved ones reviewed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided more mixed feedback. When asked if they would recommend Blake Recovery Center, the 18 loved ones gave 4.33 out of five stars. They also gave 4.33 stars for family participation and 3.89 stars for counseling options.

Like alumni, the loved ones repeatedly praised the center’s staff and campus, but noted that treatment was very expensive. “The facility is beautiful… expensive… The staff was abundant and helpful,” one anonymous reviewer wrote in a representative review.

Reviewers also repeatedly cited a lack of proper care and attention and a lack of communication with clients’ families. “They isolate all of their patients from anyone in the outside world,” S.A. wrote.

“Terrible care,” describing their suicidal son being sent home after a single meeting with a social worker another loved one wrote. One reviewer also cited a lack of aftercare.

FINANCING

BRC’s website indicates it accepts private insurance, but asks that prospective clients first call their insurance provider to verify coverage. In addition, Carrier Clinic accepts Medicare and Medicaid for clients aged under 18 and over 65, but it’s not clear if this coverage extends to BRC. The 31 individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it an average rating of 3.61 out of five stars.

Reviews about Carrier Clinic – Blake Recovery Center

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  • Doctor was inattentive. Bad experience and aftercare not intense enough. Child Relapsed due to the addiction they said did not exist. Campus is quiet. Rooms are clean. The staff is nothing special.
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  • Overall the facility was good, did have a bit of an issue when detoxing that involve me having to be taken to a traditional hospital. The staff was a little bit reluctant with that part of my care, because they didn't want to have to send me to the hospital so I did find that irritating that they would allow me to get as bad as I did before they took me to a hospital. But eventually they did everything was sorted out and I detox effectively. Despite that small incident the staff was very very friendly and very kind and very understanding. They did not treat patients with a sense of Shame or judgement. And that alone is enough to make a facility acceptable.The facility's strength includes a very professional staff and quick turnover. Facilities weakness was that there was a lot of down time and nothing to do but sit outside.
    I have brought my wife and dropped off others here and the intake process is horrendous. There is no sense of urgency at all. I am very disappointed with this place. With only 2 patients for admittance, 41/2 hours is rediculous to wait just to see the doctor. This does not even reflect how much longer we will have to wait. Unacceptable
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  • Terrible care. My suicidal/heroin addict 18 yr old child was discharged 4 days after ONE meeting with a social worker who refused to speak with me (even though a release was signed giving permission for discussion). ONE exam with a doctor and was went home with a script for an anti depressant and an anxiety medication. No referrals for any doctor and/or therapist. No family involvement which is critical IMO. Awful just awful not recommended!
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  • Positive experience
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  • Be cautious of sending your loved one here.
    I have no experience. Clean and relatively affordable.
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  • alot of one on one treatment poor follow up after release to much money for treatment
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  • One of the best I have been to, it's not a vacation...it's rehab & detox It has been around a long time & the staff are knowledgeable and understanding
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  • It was organized I would have liked to be more involved I felt like the doctors should have taken more time with me as a spouse
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  • Talk Therapy, Medicine tracking, water available all the time. Parking is not convenient. I was impressed with how the encouraged my sister to help herself.
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  • Great staff, good programs, great food Can't think of any As long as you are willing to try you can get a lot of help overcoming your addiction at Carrier. I felt very well cared for and learned a lot.
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  • Private dignified treatment with qualified staff. Families are involved. Has a somewhat home environment. Support services on grounds. Large spread out grounds to take walks. Swimming pool and cafe for patients and families to enjoy. Well equipped day rooms.
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    the facility is beautiful. staff is well trained and helpful expensive It is a nice facility. The staff was abundant and helpful. As to whether it will keep my relative clean has yet to be determined
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  • Treatment was good. Extra programs were a negative Doing important work
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  • excellent doctors and staff with very effective programs very expensive . clean for past 7 yrs
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  • great doctors and staff EXPENSIVE
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  • It was a quiet place physically far from where I was struggling with my life. The food was pretty dull, but they had plenty of it.
    Horrible!
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  • very close supervision and help, very expensive with drawing from meth addiction. excellent place to get straight
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  • excellent staff and doctors, very expensive for meth addiction
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  • good rep and long history but hard to get into. treatment is good but it is a distance away and would like more associated local satellites for out patient follow up
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  • very comprehensive staff and therapy programs but very expensive. was addicted to meth five years ago but haven't used since I left Carrier
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  • I have been to Carrier twice. Honestly saved my life. Rehab is what you *make of it. The facilities are clean & safe. New Blake unit was stunning. Why anyone has narry a thing to say about the food? One goes to rehab to get well, not obtain 5 star dining. Get a grip! I will say that I felt more understood by with employees who were addicts/alcoholics in recovery, which is not to say that the rest of the employees were not empathetic nor caring; they were. Bare in mind that they deal with addicts/drunks who sometimes leave & come back in a matter of mere hours. Tough job! They really are diligently attempting to save your life. More so than most of us have attempted to help ourselves.
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  • comprehensive treatment plan. no downfalls really except maybe price. Some of the best doctors I have ever met.
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  • Friendly staff and great food. Unable to use Internet or phone. I would highly recommend carrier clinic to anyone seeking treatment for a mental health or substance abuse problem. I had a great experience here and my medications were stabilized.
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  • Poor treatment. Did not help my daughter and caused medical problems.
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  • Highly trained professionals provide excellent one on one care. Located on a beautiful well kept campus inside and out. Very expensive care facility. Meals are online with that of hospital food preparation. A well done care facility with highly trained care providers.
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  • I was shocked to see poor facilities and treatement provided to Acute Care Unit patients. Stereotypical insane asylum atmosphere. The staff for promotes this environment. Other units were "better" but still not great. Definitely would not recommend to anyone.... ever.
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  • The staff was extremely supportive.
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  • The staff was caring; it is a good place to detox and get help. However, the facility was not very clean.
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  • Well trained facility on a beautiful campus. Very expensive care. Have many approaches to individual care that involve one on one and group sessions. Family and friend involvement is encouraged.
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  • Very nurturing. Great staff. Lots of meetings for counseling and recovery. I loved the facility but found one of the doctors to be more interested in talking or texting on her phone than paying attention to me. After a complaint by several patients the problem was alleviated however. I would highly recommend this facility. I learned a lot from the program and left feeling I had the knowledge needed to help myself stay in recovery.
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  • If you love your child please don't send them to Carrier Clinic! They lack an individualized approach to the patients admitted. They tend to use a "rules are the rules and no exceptions" approach rather than addressing the fact that not every child's situation is the same. The biggest example of this is how they isolate all of their patients from anyone in the outside world. They only allow calls to parents. While this may work for some patients, it certainly isn't healthy for all patients. Especially those with abusive parents. Secondly, they treat even the most sensitive at-risk-of-suicide patients in the same harsh way as those who are in there for violent and oppositional behavioral issues. And they speak over and invalidate the feelings of those they deem untrustworthy instead of taking them seriously or at least looking further into the situation. Overall, don't send your kid here or you'll risk them coming out worse than when they came in!
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  • They have been around a long time & are very knowledgeable. However, there are no holistic or alternative options.
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  • Be cautious of sending your loved one here as they over medicate and have an emergency response team which violently overreacts to any type of disturbance. The staff acts out violently against patients.
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  • The lacked holistic offerings. However, the staff was very supportive.
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  • I have been sober for 10 years. It worked!
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  • The group talks and surplus of support of was great. They had great follow up once the patient was released.
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  • They give caring help. However, the facility is very costly.
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  • Kept substance abusers separated from mental patients. Great facility for the addict, but not the co addict; pushing the patient back into an environment not healthy for the co addict.
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  • It was a pretty good facility.
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  • One of the worst experiences of my life. Accomodations (3 to a room and group bathrooms) were the worst. The nursing staff was inattentive to individual patients medical as well as emotional needs. All ages were grouped together, as well as those who wanted to be there for help and those who were court ordered. While outside on frequent "breaks" I learned more about illicit drug usage including where and when to get whatever one might want. I had never heard of half of that stuff before. No supervision while outside so patients who wanted to be positive had no choice but to listen to these kids who had no desire to change. The doctors were a JOKE. Especially the medical doctors who used a stethescope to listen to my lungs and heart which never actually touched my skin. I actually heard nurses (RN's) negatively talking about me when I was standing right there. Unqualified people leading groups,who were on a power trip. Would never recommend this facility to anyone that I cared about. I must say that the food and dining room was excellent. and the grounds were beautiful. But, that's not what I was there for.
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  • They have a great family support program! So informative & helpful! They also have a great community program!
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  • Thought the level of counseling could be better.
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  • The help, treatment is medical combined with an AA approach which worked very well for me
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