Amethyst is one of the only long-term residential rehabs in the state of Ohio that allows children to stay with their mothers during treatment. In addition to helping homeless women confront and overcome substance abuse, the facility empowers its clients by teaching them appropriate parenting and coping skills, and helping them find permanent housing and employment. Utilizing a distinctive, gender-specific treatment model, Amethyst focuses on the roles that poverty and trauma play in drug and alcohol abuse in women.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, the nonprofit Amethyst is one of thecenters in the state that provides substance abuse treatment and sober living support for women and their children, many of whom are homeless or struggling financially. The center’s trauma-informed care is offered at intensive outpatient (IOP) and standard outpatient (OP) levels. Recovery housing allows for children to stay with their mothers for the duration of treatment. Amethyst also facilitates other services including medical care, career training, and job placement.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, the average length of stay for clients and their families is 23 months. During this time, clients receive case management and comprehensive treatment that includes individual counseling for addiction andgroup therapy, parenting education, medical care, and job preparedness training.
Intensive outpatient treatment, which requires daily sessions, is available, as is a standard level of outpatient treatment, which is more flexible and can be customized according to the individual client’s needs.
In addition to substance abuse treatment, Amethyst providesthat includes counseling and medical care for children, as well as after school programming and summer camp. It is amongst the just treatment facilities in the state to offer child-care services.
According to the facility’s website, the executive team includes two licensed social workers, and all services are administered by licensed or certified clinicians. Allhave continuing education requirements for staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Amethyst maintains up to 150 sober living units that can accommodate women who are enrolled in treatment, as well as their children. Few details regarding the facility itself are available, but individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com gave accommodations above average marks, with four out of five respondents to date awarding perfect five-star ratings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The four alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com to date had mostly positive things to report about the treatment they received. One anonymous reviewer gave her experience five out of five stars and characterized Amethyst as “an overall great facility.” The facility’s holistic offerings were awarded two, three, and four stars out of five from three different respondents.
Jeneane reported that the center’s treatment was effective because it addressed issues underlying her addiction. “They gave me the tools to be successful and I chose to relapse because I held back and didn’t discuss the things I have been through. They provided all I needed to live,” she wrote.
The two alumni surveyed on staff level of support both awarded this category perfect five-star ratings. The most consistent comment from former clients was praise for the staff. An anonymous alum found the center’s employees to be “a family,” and S.J. described them as “understanding,” “loving,” and “caring.” S.J., though, also found staff to be too lenient at times. “Gives too many chances sometimes,” she wrote.
On Google, three former clients all gave perfect five-star ratings to date. L.C., the only individual to leave written feedback, commented: “I still use my tools till this very day.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole anonymous loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com gave the center’s treatment effectiveness four out of five stars and described it as a “very good facility.” Other high, four-star ratings went to effectiveness in treating co-occurring disorders, staff level of experience, the level of family participation, and extracurricular activities. Perfect, five-star ratings were awarded for holistic offerings and affordability. This reviewer commented on the strong health and safety classes, but felt that there was too much “fussing about” in groups.
The sole Yelp reviewer to date, an individual who had hoped to volunteer at this center, left a one-star rating and expressed concern that the staff were rude.
Amethyst’s website indicates that all women, regardless of their financial situation, are provided treatment.