ABOUT BHG KNOXVILLE BERNARD TREATMENT CENTER
BHG (Behavioral Health Group) is a large network of treatment facilities that provides medication-assisted therapy (MAT) and outpatient-based treatment for individuals struggling with opioid addiction. One of 46 facilities operating in 11 states, BHG’s Bernard Treatment Center of Knoxville, Tenn., provides detoxification services through pharmacotherapeutic maintenance to alleviate withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid addiction.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, BHG’s program is designed to address both the physical and psychological consequences of opioid addiction, which may include a dependency to OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, hydrocodone, Codeine, heroin, or morphine. Bernard Treatment Center’s program utilizes a two-pronged approach that is designed to facilitate recovery from opioid addiction while promoting a lasting, drug-free lifestyle.
First, the program utilizes MAT (either methadone or Suboxone), to treat the physical dependency associated with opioid addiction. These evidence-based medications alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal, curb cravings, and help to stabilize the patient’s biochemistry.
In addition to MAT, clients also participate in one-on-one counseling sessions, group counseling, and gender-specific support groups. Through counseling sessions, clients identify triggers and issues contributing to addictive behavior and learn coping techniques to handle these underlying causes of addiction . Best-rehabs.com survey results indicate clients may also be introduced to the principles and practices of 12-Step. Family counseling and educational parenting classes are also available. To promote accountability, clients are subject to both scheduled and unscheduled drug screenings.
BHG also helps to improve other areas of the client’s life that may have been affected by opioid addiction. Along with providing referrals to community-based resources, the program assists clients with obtaining employment, finding sober housing, and locating educational opportunities. The facility also provides referrals to any necessary medical services, such as HIV testing.
According to its website, BHG centers are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Specific details about the multidisciplinary treatment staff are not available to date.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The three alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive opinions of the treatment center. They all gave the center four or five out of five stars when asked if they would recommend BHG Bernard Treatment center. Although all survey respondents felt the facility was overall beneficial, the alumni felt some program components could be improved.
“I would recommend going here saved my life when there was no hope,” alum Melissa wrote. Yet, she felt payment increases made the facility difficult to afford. An anonymous alum also felt that the facility was beneficial, noting it was “Good overall,” though they submitted one-star ratings for the facility’s counseling options and the level of family participation.
Elsewhere online, 14 individuals left an average rating of 3.9 out of five stars on Google for the center at the time of this writing. Most alumni praised the staff. “The staff is great overall…. Patients are treated with dignity and respect. I have a slight problem with the prices of treatment, but that is not set by the local staff,” Zac wrote in a representative review.
Positive coverage continued on Facebook where the facility boasts six perfect ratings for five out of five stars. It should be noted that staff can manage reviews. Alumni noted that the program saved their lives.
Additionally, on CiteHealth, there were two conflicting reviews to date. “I could say nothing bad about her or my treatment because there is nothing, if you come with an I wanna get high attitude,and continue failing drug screens,then dont be mad at the consequences cause they are there ad enforced,” wrote an anonymous reviewer who gave five out of five stars. On the other hand, giving one star, another anonymous reviewer wrote: “the doctor is awlful she only cares about her self. the counselor work well with the clients but only can do so much because of the doctor. it costs too much money to go i think. the nursing staff is hateful to clients.”
There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website or otherwise regarding its costs. The three former clients polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave polarized opinions concerning the facility’s affordability. Two survey respondents offered ratings of one and two out of five stars, while one alum submitted a rating of four stars for the facility’s affordability.