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Tellurian

4/5, 4 from 1 review
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  1. moda00
    My Review of Tellurian
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jan 27, 2008
    This facility is a bit larger than Ministry, usually housing 6-10 patients of each gender at a time. Room are generally shared with one other person, and there is one bathroom for each side (mens/womens). Meals are served in a separate dining area about a 20 yard walk from the main building, and are prepared by hired staff. To accommodate my veg diet, they also allowed her to make special requests of the staff and store some items in a refrigerator for her own use. The facility is located in a nice wooded area, and allows for hiking etc.

    In general I thought it was a good program- wide variety of activities, ranging from whole-group activities to gender based groups and small groups, to art therapy and 12-step meetings. There were also community outings, anything from going out to eat as a group to playing games outdoors or visiting a garden or zoo.. and once you'd been there awhile you could get passes to visit your family or friends, run errands, etc. (You couldn't have a car there I don't think, or at least most people didn't, but there was a nice salon within walking distance where I once got a massage while on a pass, also a grocery store and several eateries, and one could have a family member or friend pick them up for visits or appointments if approved by one's counselor.)

    Had facilities for both suboxone and methadone dosing, and other meds, as well as a doctor on call when needed. Overall a good facility, but several problems to be aware of- one, there was a friend I met there who found out I was pregnant while there; I confided in a staff member, a former addict and pastor, with the understanding it would be kept confidential, and he shared it with the rest of staff, who approached her about it, to her dismay. I felt he had done so because he was religious (although the program is not specifically faith based; this particular individual held those beliefs personally and made that known) and opposed abortion ,which I was considering because I did not feel I could have a child while trying to get sober, and because I was worried my child had already been harmed by my heavy cocaine and alcohol use prior to treatment. I was extremely upset and left soon after.

    There was also an incident in which several individuals used on premises or in the parking lot and were kicked out- not the fault of the treatment center, and likely to happen in any such setting on occasion- but caused a bit of a scandal for me personally because when several people were found out and asked to leave, they mandated a urine test for everyone. I am not fond of pissing in front of people, and was unable to do so.. so this girl started talking shit about her and saying I was dirty.. well eventually results came back and I was clean and this girl who was accusing her was dirty- I ended up being taken to jail that day as I guess I was there for legal reasons and violated parole or some such.. One final issue to be aware of, that while I felt the care I received was good, the facility failed to keep proper records for her insurance company, and had trouble getting her stay covered because the facility had not kept progress reports, treatment plans, etc. or kept proper records, so that was a huge fiasco..

    I'm not entirely sure how that happened, as I recall them taking notes, and I recall having a Tx plan and going over it with her counselor, so wonders if they didn't lose her records or something?? No idea, but a huge pain in the ass to be billed thousands of dollars for supposedly-covered treatment while trying to get clean.. Anywho, it the structure and staff were mostly great, and it was nice that one could stay as long or as short as needed- some were there only 5-7 days as covered by their insurance, some were there several months.. the standard that is recommended is to start with a four week goal and then decide as things progress if the patient and/or counselor feel that a longer or shorter stay is warranted.. I ended up being there for six weeks. I believe they also have a detox facility, metal health services, and outpatient services.
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