ABOUT VILLA VERITAS FOUNDATION, INC.
Villa Veritas Foundation Inc., located in Kerhonkson, N.Y., offers residential treatment to adults and seniors seeking treatment for substance abuse. The facility was founded almost 40 years ago by James and Suzanne Cusack. The Cusacks were given the land for the facility by The Dominican Sisters of Amityville for the purpose of helping alcoholics. Villa Veritas is faith-based and has worked with over 10,000 clients to date. The facility is also one of New York’s 596 (70.8 percent) private, non-profit treatment facilities. Detox is not available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
To be admitted, clients should call or email the facility directly. The length of treatment varies by client and is based on the needs of each individual. Treatment at Villa Veritas is gender-specific; men and women live in separate residences and attend different therapy groups. It is one of the 542 (64.4 percent) New York treatment centers with programs specifically for women.
The facility’s treatment program follows the 12-step method of recovery and is based on the Christian faith. In New York, 627 (74.5 percent) facilities that use the 12-Step method. Throughout treatment, clients receive individual counseling, group therapy, educational lectures, and nutritious food.
The women’s treatment program also offers a creative arts workshop, allowing clients to sketch, paint, collage, knit, and crochet. A fitness program that includes walking, swimming, and yoga are also available to clients.
Families are invited to participate in the treatment program through a weekly family program. The family program involves an orientation session, education, group sharing, and individual and couples counseling.
Villa Veritas is staffed by counselors and administrators with experience in rehab facilities. To date, the four individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com appreciated the aptitude of staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 4.8/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility is located on “100 acres of beautiful rural countryside.” The facility is equipped with a gym and other recreational activities for clients to enjoy, such as puzzles, board games, and arts and crafts materials. Clients stay in gender-specific dorms with semi-private rooms.
Visitation with a maximum of two immediate family members is allowed for three hours each Sunday. Family members who would like to visit are required to attend the family program before doing so. To date, the four individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com generally approved of the cleanliness of the facility and its amenities.
Exercise and Leisure: 3.3/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the four alumni polled by Rehabs.com about Villa Veritas Foundation, Inc. at time of writing, three of the four wrote that they would recommend the facility to others seeking treatment.
Overall, alumni feedback was mixed. One alum gave Villa Veritas low ratings in most categories but rated the facility highly for family participation and staff experience. He wrote that although the counseling was good, the facility was “outdated.” Another alum wrote that the treatment didn't work for them, but recommended several aspects of the facility regardless.
Another reviewer disagreed with those opinions and gave Villa Veritas high ratings. He indicated that he was given the proper tools for recovery and did not relapse after treatment. That alum called his time at the facility a “life changing experience,” and wrote, “The staff created an environment to motivate all people to participate which allows for positive outcomes!”
On Google, Villa Veritas Foundation, Inc had an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars from 26 reviews to date.  Reviewers reported a “Wonderful staff,” “great” food, and a “Fantastic introduction to a 12 step program.” On Facebook, where the facility may manage its own page, Villa Veritas Foundation, Inc. had an average rating of 4.8 out of five stars from 56 people. Several reviewers reported long-term sobriety.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, there have been five friends or family members of clients polled by Rehabs.com about Villa Veritas Foundation, Inc. The reviewers gave Villa Veritas positive ratings concerning programming, and all five of them noted that they would recommend it to others.
Counseling Options: 4/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.8/5
When asked about the strengths of Villa Veritas, one loved one praised the counseling staff, and another described the facility as “one of the best.” One loved one also wrote, “I love that the family is brought into the treatment of the patient.” When asked how the facility could improve, one reviewer thought that the rehabilitation facility was “too expensive for long term treatment,” while another felt the facility lacked amenities.
WHAT STAFF SAY
At the time of this writing, there have been two former staff members polled by Rehabs.com about Villa Veritas Foundation, Inc. The reviewers gave Villa Veritas high ratings across several different metrics and indicated they would recommend the facility to others.
On a scale of one to five stars, both former staff members gave the facility five stars when asked if leadership at the facility was willing to put clients' interests first. They also gave five-star ratings for the experience of the management team and its ability to inspire loyalty and a sense of community among clients. When asked about the strengths of the facility, one employee wrote: “Spiritually based 12 Step program everyone is equal where paying or scholarship.”
While no information is currently available concerning the facility's cost or insurance policies, the four individuals polled on the matter gave generally positive ratings concerning cost.
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