ABOUT BEAR RIVER HEALTH AT WALLOON LAKE
On a five-acre campus surrounded by the natural beauty and tranquil waters of Walloon Lake in Northern Michigan, Bear River Health is one of the state's 72 (15 percent) residential care facilities. The facility also offers outpatient services for individuals struggling with substance abuse. In addition, Bear River is one of the only 40 (8.4 percent) non-hospital treatment facilities in Michigan where medically monitored detox is available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center's website, Bear River Health's detox program is supervised by medial staff 24-hours a day. The treatment center utilizes medication to help residents safely and comfortably detox. Detox typically lasts three to 10 days.
Bear River Health's residential program is offered at durations of 30, 60, or 90 days. The treatment center's goal is to treat each clients' physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Residents attend group classes every day, and programming includes individual therapy sessions and family therapy.
The center’s program is built around the 12-Steps, which it supplements with group therapy, weekly family days, and unspecified evidence-based methods. The center’s holistic offerings include yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and art therapy, as well as the more unusual offerings of spiritual development sessions and talking circles. The center’s website also lists such treatments as “Wellbriety” and “Integral Recovery,” but does not describe what these are.
Individuals in the intensive outpatient program (IOP) meet for a full day, three days a week. IOP may be used as a step-down program from residential care or as a stand-alone program. Bear River Health also offers group and individual counseling on an outpatient basis.
Bear River Health's website notes the treatment team includes a licensed physician, nurses, clinicians, therapists, and support staff. The four Rehabs.com survey respondents to date polled on the matter awarded high ratings for the center's staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Bear River Health at Walloon Lake can accommodate up to 25 residents at a time. According to the center's website, residents sleep in simple, modern bedrooms, some of them private, and food is prepared by an on-site chef. Since the facility is on a remote, rural campus, residents have the freedom to wander the grounds unsupervised.
Smoking is permitted in designated areas. Residents may also keep their phones with them, and there is free WiFi on-site. To date, the four individuals polled on the metric provided high ratings for the accommodations.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The five alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided positive feedback, and four alumni gave five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness. The other alum didn't provide a rating, however they left positive commentary. "We had fires at night, and I met lots of great people. Nothing like a jail. I love this place, and it saved my life," they wrote.
The single alum to rate multiple metrics gave four stars when asked if they would recommend Bear River Health at Walloon Lake. They also gave five stars for the staff's level of training and experience, its treatment of co-occurring disorders, and its counseling options.
"Great help from all the staff. food could be better. If you have a problem with drugs or alcohol this is the place to go. Very helpful," an alum wrote in a representative review.
Largely positive reviews were available on Google at the time of this writing, with a few critiques and an average rating of 3.9 out of five stars from 13 users. G.B. remarked upon the "big open Campus," and another reviewer noted, " I would be very comfortable and confident referring a friend." The negative comments touched upon counselors who could not address all of their various needs. The facility earned an extremely high average rating of 4.8 out of five stars from six users on Facebook as well, which the center may have the ability to manage.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided mostly positive feedback. They all gave four or five stars for treatment effectiveness. "Saved my son's life very compassionate and knowable. Half the worker,s are recovering Alcoholic\'s or addicts. They were able to relate to the patients problems," a parent wrote in a representative review.
The only loved one who provided a somewhat negative review gave three stars when asked if they would recommend the treatment center. "I wish i had had the option to see other options first, i would have chosen dufferently," they wrote.
According to the center's website, Bear River Health offers financial assistance covering up to 80 percent of the cost of treatment. The program also accepts a range of major insurance providers, including Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and Value Options. The four individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the center’s cost gave it a high rating.
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