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Neil Kennedy Recovery Center - Youngstown

2151 Rush Boulevard, Youngstown, Ohio, 44507
Addiction is a chronic disease, not a lack of self-control. If you are abusing alcohol or other drugs, Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic's personalized treatment plans can help. Our highly trained experts will give you the tools you need to reclaim your health - and rediscover a life worth living.

Facility Highlights

  • Gender-Specific Groups
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Early Recovery Skills


  • Medical Detoxification

    Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Gerald (Jerry) V. Carter, LPCC-S, LICDC
    Gerald (Jerry) V. Carter, LPCC-S, LICDCExecutive Director
    Jerry Carter is the Executive Director of the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic (NKRC) where he oversees all activities of the organization’s four locations throughout Ohio. He also is the executive vice president for Ohio Operations within Gateway Rehab, NKRC’s parent organization. He is a past president of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Licensure Board and is past vice president of the Ohio Alliance of Recovery Providers. He is a part-time instructor in the graduate program at Youngstown State University as well as an experienced trainer and consultant. Mr. Carter holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Certified Reality Therapist, an Ohio Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (with supervision endorsement) and an Ohio Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor.
  • Douglas Wentz, M.A., OCPS II
    Douglas Wentz, M.A., OCPS IICommunity Services Director
    Douglas Wentz is Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic’s Community Services Director in charge of programs involving prevention, training and community relations. In his role, Mr. Wentz also consults and provides training for professional and community organizations. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Mahoning County Family and Children First Council and has served as a regional epidemiologist for the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network (OSAM) as well as an outcome framework trainer for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. He chaired the credentialing Board Committee which developed the prevention credentials for the State of Ohio and is the past president of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Mr. Wentz received his bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and holds a master's degree from Kent State University.

Treatment Center Links

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Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers are a group of treatment facilities in the greater Youngstown, Ohio metropolitan area. The inaugural facility, located in Youngstown proper, offers detox services and inpatient treatment for adults and adolescents struggling with substance misuse. Two additional centers located in Austintown and Warren, Ohio, provide outpatient and other related programming.

Founded in 1946 by Jack Deibel, Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers became part of Gateway Rehab in 1999, an organization that now operates 22 treatment facilities throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania.


According to the facility’s website, all clients begin their stay with a series of screenings and diagnostic assessments that help determine the most appropriate course of treatment. Clients may be prescribed medication to ease withdrawal symptoms and help with stabilization if needed. The facility is one of only 14 residential facilities (3.4 percent) in Ohio to use medically-assisted detox treatment.

Customizing treatment plans according the individual client’s needs, Neil Kennedy Centers utilize a holistic approach that includes assessment of physical, psychological, and emotional issues. Additionally, counselors utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to teach patients to develop new cognitive and coping skills to prevent relapse.

In addition, clients are also instructed on the 12-step model of recovery, which may include attending meetings and studying fellowship literature. Throughout treatment, clients also participate in individual, group, and family therapy.


According to the centers' website, the facility employs counselors, therapists, physicians, and nurses. Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers are certified by the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services and are among only 100 treatment facilities (24.6 percent) in the state to be accredited the Joint Commission.


While there is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings, 24 individuals polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave an average of four out of five-star rating for the facility's accommodations and amenities, as well as their meals and nutrition. However, several specific aspects of accommodations received mostly neutral feedback from reviewers.

Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 3.4/5

The facility does not indicate the number of beds on their website, however, one reviewer polled by Rehabs.com, Tammy, noted that the facility is small and "holds 16 people 8 woman and 8 men."


Of 15 alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing eight gave positive reviews, three gave neutral reviews, and four gave negative reviews. While the accommodations and amenities as well as meals and nutrition were rated highly, most specific categories evaluated received neutral or negative rating.

Family Participation: 3.2/5
Connectivity/Visitor Policy: 2.3/5
Holistic Offerings: 1.5/5

Reviews of the staff were mixed, with the staff-to-client ratio being a particular concern to many alumni, even to those who left otherwise positive feedback. "There was no 1 on 1 counseling,"alum K.J.L. wrote..

Staff Experience and Training: 2.7/5

On Google, the facility received two five-star reviews and a single one-star review from alumni.[1]


At the time of this writing, there have been nine loved ones polled by Rehabs.com, most of whom left positive reviews. Many highlighted family participation, the staff, and the overall effectiveness of treatment as strengths. Many also felt moderately confident in recommending the facility to others.

Family Participation: 4.1/5
Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 3.4/5

However, echoing the sentiment of alumni, several loved ones noted that there were not enough counselors. "Too many people and not enough one on one time for each individuals needs," anonymous loved one wrote in a representative review, but added: "My son was there for about one year, and it helped quit a bit."

On Google, two loved ones left five-star reviews, both of whom highlighted the staff as a strength.


While Neil Kennedy Recover Centers did not indicate the price of treatment, their website notes that they are in-network with most insurance providers. Individuals polled on the matter offered moderate opinions concerning the facility's cost.

Affordability: 3/5

[1] GoogleReviews

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