ABOUT NEIL KENNEDY RECOVERY CENTERS – AUSTINTOWN
Opened in 1946, Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers provides a full continuum of treatment programs for individuals struggling with csubstance abuse issues through its three facilities. In 1999, Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers joined Gateway Rehab, a large treatment provider that operates 22 treatment facilities throughout Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. The Austintown, Ohio location, 67 miles southeast of Cleveland, provides an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and other outpatient-based support programs. Although the facility does not provide detoxification services, detox is available through Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers’ Youngstown location.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Before beginning treatment, clients undergo an initial assessment to guide clinicians in forming an individualized treatment plan. If necessary, Gateway Rehab does utilize medication-assisted therapy (Suboxone, Vivitrol) to alleviate withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid addiction.
Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers’ intensive outpatient program is largely founded in 12-Step methodology. To guide clients through the principles and practices of 12-Step, the program implements Twelve-Step Facilitation (TSF), a manual-based therapy that outlines the peer-led fellowship. During treatment, clients connect with others in 12-Step, study program literature (Big Book), and perform associated “step work.”
Along with an immersion into 12-Step, clients participate in individual and group counseling sessions and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). When appropriate, the program also incorporates family therapy sessions. Counseling sessions also identify the links between irrational thinking patterns and addictive behavior.
In addition to their intensive outpatient program, Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers also offers an employee assistance program (EPA) for employers, as well as a student assistance program (SAP) or adolescents. These programs address both substance abuse and its effects on work or school performance and productivity.
The Austintown facility holds outpatient sessions in both the morning and evening on weekdays. To promote ongoing recovery, Gateway Rehab provides aftercare through its own recovery app,12:01, which offers online recovery resources. Gateway Rehab also invites graduates to seek ongoing support through its alumni association.
Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers’ outpatient programs are facilitated by licensed professional counselors. Gateway Rehab also operates its own training and research center, the Kenneth S. Ramsey Ph.D. Research and Training Institute, which provides continuing education workshops for National Board Certified Counselors (NBCC) members.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The sole alum polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing praised most aspects of the facility. The anonymous alum gave perfect five star-ratings for the facility’s discharge planning, the treatment staff’s level of experience and training, and for the likelihood they would recommend the facility to others. The survey respondent also gave high four-star ratings for the facility’s counseling options and its affordability. “Great staff, schedules, and exercises,” the alum wrote. The one opinion sourced through the secondary review site, Google reviews, also provided positive feedback. Overall, alum Denny gave the Austintown facility a perfect five out of five star rating.
On Citehealth two alumni gave the facility maximum five-star ratings.
No information is provided on the program’s website regarding costs. According to, Medicaid is and most major private insurance providers are accepted.