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Hope Haven

Batavia, New York | See other New York rehab reviews

The Jerome Center 16 Bank Street, 2nd floor
Batavia, New York 14020

Interview from Misty
Are you male or female?
Misty: Female

How old were you when you attended this facility?
Misty: I was 22 when I went to hope haven(the first time) and the Madonna house, and I was 23 when I went into hope haven the second time and Atwater.

Describe your addiction:
Misty: I'm a heroin addict. I've also been addicted to coccaine, marijuana and alcohol.

Why did you choose to go to rehab?
Misty: The first time i went to hope haven I was mandated to go. Then when j went to Madonna house I went bc I had no other place to go. The second time I went to hope haven was because I got kicked out of the Madonna house and I wanted to finish the program the right way, and I continued on into the halfway house(Atwater)

Why did you choose this facility?
Misty: Hope haven was because it was the one with the least amount of wait time, both times. The Madonna house, because it portrayed itself as something great, when it wasn't. And atwater because it was the next step after rehab.

How long were you in this rehab facility? Inpatient or outpatient?
Misty: Hope haven I was in for 28 days, inpatient. Madonna house I was in for a 3 or 4 months, was inpatient and Atwater was a halfway house, I was in there for 2 months before supportive living for 1 month, also inpatient.

What is this facility's approach to the treatment process?
Misty: Hope haven was a group setting. I didn't feel they cared enough about the clients as their own individual people. Madonna house was awful. They told you to live life on life's terms, but expected you to hold your one year olds hand while vacuuming three long hallways, you weren't able to leave your child with another person for whatever reason, and it's about 15 women living with their children, so like a bad girls club on steroids. They did have group and individual sessions. Atwater was the best place I went to. Yeah they were on top of you, but you need that, this is a halfway house. They did groups and individual sessions.

What do you think this rehab facility does well?
Misty: Hope haven, they try to keep a nice regime going, it just lacks. The Madonna house, I did like that we were made to have a sponsor and do our steps. Atwater, I like the constant need to know where we are, what we're doing and community service helps a lot too!

What could this facility do better?
Misty: Hope haven is just known for having drugs coming in an out of the place, so maybe fix that? The Madonna house, they need to fix their expectations of mothers and not punish them if they didn't get the vacuuming done bc it's impossible to do with a 1 year old. And Atwater, just keep a better eye on whose doing what, because there were drugs there too, maybe more drug screenings.

Overall do you feel your treatment here was successful or not?
Misty: No to all three of them, because I went out and used right way when I got out of them all, except when I transferred from hope haven to the Madonna house. But that's because I didn't have a chance.

Did you relapse after treatment?
Misty: I relapsed and was clean on and off for 3 years. Currently in going on 6 months completely clean. I suggest finding a program that works for you, it works if you work it! Plus the vivitrol shot I've been doing for 3 months is a tremendous help!

Would you recommend this facility to a friend or a family member?
Misty: To all of them no, hope haven and Atwater are drug infested, and it's like testing yourself everyday because drugs are right in front of you! Madonna house they have absolutely unrealistic expectations and there were two types of people, people that didn't get kicked out and graduated and relapsed and people that got kicked out.

What general advice would you give to somebody dealing with addiction?
Misty: Keep coming back to meetings. Find a great sober support network, Facebook has any type of addiction recovery groups! Go to outpatient, find a wonderful inpatient!! You are worth more than you can ever possibly know!!

Have you been to any other rehab facilities?
Misty: N/a