ABOUT PEACHFORD HOSPITAL
Located in Atlanta, Ga., Peachford Hospital has been treating mental illness and addiction for more than 40 years. For adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, the hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient care. Other services are designed to address psychiatric issues in children, teens, adults, and seniors.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Peachford Hospital offers treatment at varying levels of intensity. Acute inpatient hospitalization provides medical and psychiatric stabilization, as well as 24-hour nursing care. The hospital’s partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a level below, as it provides six hours of daily programming; PHP clients return to their homes at the end of the day.
The intensive outpatient program (IOP) includes three hours of programming a day, and, for those who require standard outpatient treatment, the center refers out to its network of providers. Additionally, Peachford Hospital offers a dual diagnosis program for adults.
Based on 12-step principles, treatment is conducted through mostly group and family therapy sessions. Clients are encouraged to participate in discussions about control, anger, shame, and grief. Education is also a key program component. Clients are introduced to the disease concept of addiction and coached on relapse prevention strategies.
All clients who complete treatment are provided with discharge planning and aftercare.
The staff consist of psychiatrists, addictionologists, registered nurses, social workers, activity therapists, and certified substance abuse counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Peachford Hospital strives to create a nurturing environment for its residents. Colorful linens and artwork help soften the clinical setting. Most clients share semi-private rooms, and there is a pool on-site.
Clients enrolled in outpatient programming may opt to reside at the center’s short-term housing facility, The Lodge. Designed for clients over 18, The Lodge provides increased independence while still offering support and guidance; it is monitored by a staff member.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alumni polled by Rehabs.com had varying impressions of the facility, rendering mostly mid-level ratings in nine evaluated categories. Counseling options received a rating of 3.45 stars, based on 11 survey responses, and the staff’s level of experience and the facility’s cleanliness trailed slightly at 3.27 and 3.18 stars, respectively. One anonymous alum characterized staff as “excellent,” but shared this criticism: “I would recommend more quality time be scheduled with an individual counselor or physician to delve into issues that may be uncomfortable sharing in a group setting.” In another positive review, R.F. wrote: “If your are willing to put the work in, the outpatient therapy can be life-changing.”
The lowest rating went to holistic offerings, which received 1.9 stars based on 10 survey responses. Some reviewers submitted highly critical reviews of Peachford Hospital, such as J.W., who reported a lack of therapy as well as a lackluster menu: “For therapy they do trivial pursuit and karaoke. food is alright if you like fresh from the freezer. no sign of therapy anywhere.” Reviewer V.G.M. gave mostly one- and two-star ratings, writing: “There are too many people with too many different problems all trying to be treated in one place.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Overall, loved ones provided higher ratings. The 12 survey respondents were most impressed with the facility’s cleanliness, giving it 4.17 stars. The staff’s level of experience and the family participation were also rated highly; they received ratings of 4.08 and four stars, respectively. One anonymous family member told Rehabs.com: “Clean, friendly, efficient. Professional, friendly and solution oriented facility.”
Like alumni, loved ones were least impressed with the facility’s holistic offerings, giving an average rating of 2.92 stars, and similarly, giving its leisure options 3.25 stars. A miscellaneous criticism came from family member T.M., who described the facility’s communication with loved ones as “horrifying,” although the the facility’s connectivity and visitor policies received an average rating of 3.5 stars.
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing, the sole staff reviewer, Kenneth, indicated in his Rehabs.com survey that he would highly recommend the facility to others. He gave the staff’s level of experience a two-star rating, though the remaining categories all received four or five stars. He highlighted the “patient interaction” as a strength.
Although the facility does not publish its rates online, Peachford Hospital’s list of accepted insurances is extensive and includes private companies, Medicare, and TRICARE.
Updated June 2016
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