ABOUT CHARLES K. POST ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTER – BRENTWOOD
Founded in 1955, the Charles K. Post Addiction Treatment Center (CK Post) in Brentwood, N.Y. is a state-operated, residential program for adult residents of Nassau and Suffolk County struggling with substance abuse issues. As a state-operated facility, Charles K. Post offers cost-effective substance abuse treatment to the underprivileged, uninsured, and underinsured.
The Charles K. Post facility is largely run by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services department of New York State. The office also runs the Ward facility.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Along with crisis intervention and medical care, the Charles K. Post ATC inpatient treatment consists of a highly structured program. Upon assessment and admittance, residents participate in motivational enhancement therapy (MET) for the first four days of treatment. This evidence-based therapy involves individual sessions, which allows new residents to voice their initial fears and feelings of treatment. Treatment services also include individual and group therapy, 12-step support groups, recreational therapy, and extensive discharge planning.
Supporting the facility’s claim of individualized treatment, the C.K. Post ATC offers multiple specialized programs, including options to participate in a women’s program, a criminal justice program, a methadone maintenance program, educational services, and a vocational readiness program.
The multidisciplinary treatment team at Charles K. Post includes physicians and a psychiatrist, registered nurses, social workers, a psychologist, recreation therapists, and credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselors. Seven reviewers polled by Best-rehabs.com rated staff’s level of experience and training an average 3.4 out of five stars.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Along with 51 inpatient beds at the facility, Charles K. Post maintains 42 beds in its community rehabilitation network of halfway houses. The facility is tobacco-free. 12 alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com to date rated the facility an average 3.9 out of five stars in cleanliness, while 14 reviewers overall rated the facility an average 3.9 stars in accommodations an amenities and four stars in meals and nutrition.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Feedback from the 12 alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com to date regarding Charles K. Post is largely positive. When asked, on a scale from one to five, whether they would recommend treatment at CK Post, the six alumni polled to date rated the facility an average 4.2 out of five stars, and they rated the facility highest in affordability and counseling options at 4.5 stars. Holistic treatment offerings received the lowest average rating, at just 1.3 out of five stars, followed by connectivity/visitor policy at two out of five stars. Six more alumni rated the facility highest in the level of staff support at an average 4.5 stars, and lowest in connectivity/visitor policy at just 1.8 stars.
In general, alumni praised the counseling staff as effective in their treatment and the low costs of the program. Alum J.Z. wrote: “Fancy rehabs with all the perks are nice of course, but if I needed to go back and finances were not an issue I would still choose CK Post because of the amazing staff.” Complaints included poor meal options and a rigid smoking policy.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Two loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com to date expressed more mixed responses to Charles K. Post. One family member described the program as too rigid, commenting: “Need to be assigned one of the good counselors,” but that reviewer also gave the facility an overall rating of four out of five, including high marks in cleanliness and affordability.
Another resident’s family member did express concern to Best-rehabs.com regarding post-discharge care. The family member stated: “There was NO follow up. My son did not get the counseling or get to the bottom of his real reason for his addictions. Six months later my son relapsed.”
Treatment fees are based on a client’s ability to pay, and Charles K. Post maintains that no individual will be denied treatment based on his or her inability to pay.