At Buffalo Valley our belief is that chemical dependency is a primary, progressive and chronic disease that can be fatal; therefore, it is imperative that the alcoholic/addict be treated as a person suffering from an illness. Chemical dependency results from a number of causative factors, including those which are physiological, psychological, spiritual, and social in nature and origin. Therefore, our treatment approach addresses the individual needs of each person seeking our help. Assessments identify the presence of conditions contributing to substance use/abuse and how alterations of these conditions may contribute to a positive treatment outcome.
ABOUT BUFFALO VALLEY INC. — LEWISBURG
Founded in 1979, Buffalo Valley now operates four facilities in southern Tennessee, providing detox, residential, and outpatient treatment for individuals struggling with substance use disorder and dual diagnosis. The organization also provides shelter, transitional housing, and permanent housing for disabled, homeless, and low-income individuals.
The main center and one satellite facility are located in Hohenwald. This facility close to the center of the small town of Lewisburg, southern Tennessee, offers residential and outpatient treatment, and there’s also a center in Castalian Springs.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Buffalo Valley follows the 12-Steps and the disease concept of addiction, and aims to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual sides of addiction.
During an initial interview with a counselor, the client provides their substance abuse history, and the clinical team puts together an individualized treatment plan. All programs use a combination of individual and group counseling and 12-step meetings; specific modalities in use at this facility include motivational interviewing (MI), meditation and relaxation classes, relapse prevention workshops, and life skills workshops. The goal is to help clients to understand their addiction, address any co-occurring disorders, provide relapse-prevention tools, and furnish clients with the necessary tools for a life in long-term sobriety. Residents are also expected to participate in **work therapy.””
The center’s website indicates that “family program activities” are offered, but does not specify what these are.
Outpatient options consist of a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which meets for three three-hour sessions per week, in the morning or the evening.
For veterans, there are dedicated, gender-separate transitional housing units.
According to Buffalo Valley’s website, the organization employs a psychiatrist, a psychologist, licensed counselors, and a nursing staff. The three individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it a one-star, a two-star, and a five-star rating.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Visitors are welcome on Sunday afternoons, subject to approval, and for recreation, clients can enjoy walks and gym access. The four individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the center’s cleanliness and exercise/leisure provisions gave them average ratings of 3.25 stars and 2.5 stars, respectively.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the five reviews submitted to Best-rehabs.com to date, one was positive and five were negative. The three alumni polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics agreed on the poor quality of the holistic offerings, giving them two one-star ratings and a two-star rating; however, they disagreed on other aspects of the program, giving the facility between one and four stars for its family program, and one and five stars for its counseling options and treatment for co-occurring disorders.
“They are awesome and gave me a new life,” Rebecca wrote, also praising the center’s treatment for co-occurring disorders, in the only positive comment submitted to Best-rehabs.com to date. There was little overlap between the negative reviews: Barbie complained of a lack of structure and poor food, and S.W.M. wrote: “They treat you like your family is against you they treat you with no respect and your family.”
“They dont care about people an helping them only care about $18.000,” R.O. wrote in a one-star review on Google, the only secondary review Best-rehabs.com was able to uncover at the time of this writing.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the two reviews submitted to Best-rehabs.com to date, one was mixed and one was negative. The single loved one polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave this center three stars for its treatment effectiveness and its counseling options and two stars for its treatment for co-occurring disorders. “The administration was very professional. weakness:Some of the staff were not professional,” they wrote.
“This place has no structure and they are given way to much freedom to soon,” wrote Becky, the other loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com to date, whose daughter was kicked out of the facility.
There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website regarding its costs; however, according to a CBS story from March 2017, more than half of Buffalo Valley’s clients are covered by Medicare. The three individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it a one-star, a four-star, and a five-star rating.