ABOUT BUFFALO VALLEY INC. — LEWISBURG
Founded in 1979, Buffalo Valley operates four facilities in southern Tennessee, providing detox, residential, and outpatient treatment for individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. It is one of only 26 (12 percent) of Tennessee facilities that offer residential detox. The organization also provides shelter, transitional housing, and permanent housing for disabled, homeless, and low-income individuals.
This facility in the small town of Lewisburg, southern Tennessee, provides residential and outpatient treatment, though centers are also available in Hohenwald and Castalian Springs.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Buffalo Valley starts the treatment process with a complete psychosocial assessment. It aims to find the key needs for treatment to develop an effective treatment plan. Many clients begin in the detox program and transition into the residential program. Clients stay in detox up to five days.
Buffalo Valley follows the 12-step program under the disease concept of addiction. It aims to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual sides of addiction. Clients participate in individual and group counseling as well as 12-step work.
During an initial interview with a counselor, the client provides their substance abuse history, and the clinical team puts together an individualized treatment plan. Specific modalities in use at this facility include motivational interviewing (MI), meditation and relaxation classes, relapse prevention workshops, and life skills workshops. The goal is to help clients to understand their addiction, address any co-occurring disorders, provide relapse prevention tools, and provide clients with the necessary tools for a life in long-term sobriety. Buffalo Valley is one of 138 facilities (63.6 percent) in the state that complete a full mental health assessment during treatment.
Residents are also expected to participate in work therapy. Clients are assigned work activities so that they can learn new skills and develop a proper work ethic. It is one of the 86 (39.6 percent of work training programs in the state
Outpatient options consist of a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which meets for three three-hour sessions per week, in the morning or the evening.
For veterans, there are dedicated, gender-separate transitional housing units. Clients must complete the residential program to enter transitional housing units. In the units, they continue their counseling and seek employment while looking for permanent housing.
The organization employs a psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed counselors, and nursing staff. Buffalo Valley is one of the 65 (30 percent) of facilities in Tennessee that are accredited by the Joint Commission.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Visitors are welcome on Sunday afternoons, subject to approval, and for recreation, clients can enjoy walks and gym access.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the 10 reviews submitted to Rehabs.com about Buffalo Valley to date, one was positive and nine were negative. The four alumni polled about additional metrics suggest weak holistic offerings and family participation, but that some of the treatments for co-occurring disorders were effective.
Exercise and Leisure Opportunities: 2/5
Holistic Offerings: 1.3/5
"They are awesome and gave me a new life," Rebecca wrote, also praising the center's treatment for co-occurring disorders, in the only positive comment submitted to Rehabs.com to date.
There was little overlap between the negative reviews: Barbie complained of a lack of structure and poor food, and S.W.M. wrote: "They treat you like your family is against you they treat you with no respect and your family."
On Google, Buffalo Valley has an average rating of 3.8 out of five stars from 10 reviews to date.  Most of the reviews with written commentary provided positive feedback about the staff and the effectiveness of the program. One reviewer had a negative impression of how they were treated by the staff.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the two reviews submitted to Rehabs.com about Buffalo Valley by loved ones to date, one was mixed and one was negative. The single loved one polled on the facility's offerings in a variety of treatment metrics gave this center three out of five stars for its treatment effectiveness and its counseling options and two stars for its treatment for co-occurring disorders. "The administration was very professional. weakness:Some of the staff were not professional," they wrote.
"This place has no structure and they are given way to much freedom to soon," wrote Becky, the other loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date, whose daughter was kicked out of the facility.
WHAT STAFF SAY
On Indeed, Buffalo Valley has an average rating of 3.4 out of five stars from 34 reviews to date. Current and former staff members from all Tennessee locations indicated a lack of management experience and job security.
In a representative review, a former substance abuse counselor wrote: “Buffalo Valley was a good place to work with good benefits however changed its focus from treating clients in early recovery to how much money can we make.”
According to a CBS story from March 2017, more than half of Buffalo Valley's clients are covered by Medicare. Only 97 (44.7 percent) of facilities in the state accept Medicare.
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