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By: Colleen F.
Pinedale Clinic
I have been going to the Pinedale Clinic for about four years now. Up until about three months ago, I was fairly satisfied with the services and treatment from staff that I was recieving. About two weeks ago, I finally decided to formally complain about the treatment that I was recieving from a therapist at this clinic. My complaints were legitimate and one was quite serious, but I was basically ignored by the Program Director to whom I sent a well-written, detailed explanation of each of the complaints via email. She only contacted me once regarding this email, telling me, at the end of the voicemail message, "Well, call me back sometime soon." I was amazed by her glibness. I tried calling her back, and left her two messages, as well as one email, but she never contacted me, and, I assume, she never will, as she's only concerned with covering her butt, not with me, the client, who would have appreciated at least some sort of empathy for what I was put through. My advice to you is to look for another place to recieve mental health services. Most of the therapists at this clinic are unlicensed and uncaring, and the staff, in general, have become cold and aloof. If you do end up going here, and you are treated poorly and wish to complain, please address your complaints to The Fresno County Mental Health Board. I got a favorable response from them in 2008; they were investigated, and the woman who oversees the entity that I complained about even called me to make sure I was okay and wanted to talk to me about my experiences there. I wish you success here, or anywhere else you decide to go. Thanks for reading! I hope this helped you in making an informed decision :).
By: Jordan B.
Quest House-Turning Pt-CA
In bed at 10:00 and up by 5:30 on weekdays. Weekends are more relaxed. You do group therapy from 7 or 8am till 3 pm. The big issue I had is that there are these things called "GR's"-- "group responsibility" if one of your peers breaks the rules everyone pays. 30 min for each "gr" eaither reading out of the AA big book or NA twelve steps and traditions. Facility is monitored by camera inside and out. They do allow tobacco and don't force religious ideals. The food is pretty good and everyone gets to participate in the kitchen for 2 weeks. There is family group that's fairly interactive but it can help. They have dogs that live outback and that's a great stress release. You're not allowed cell phones here but there is a pay phone. Chores are to be done after breakfast and after dinner. Staff can be extremely vague on rules so just treat this place like its your own home. You also have lockers assigned to each client so family can bring you soups and things to snack on... you can only get into them on designated times though. All together I'll give this facility 4 star. They may be dicks but they helped me. If you don't wanna change dont come here just stay in jail.
By: Kat T.
The Living Center
This place does not deserve a 1 star rating. As an employee at The Living Center in Fresno I discovered it was NOT licensed at the time. Troy Doorman refused to pay me. All of the clients are exploited and taken advantage of early in recovery. They are paying for tx in a SLE. Insurance companies were being billed for residential and outpatient Tx while clients received SLE and "other supportive services". There were clients who were SMI and needed to be in a board and care facility rather than a SLE pseudo tx center. Fee's start at 600. to 1500 a month. All clients reported being charged for treatment but never receiving it. The electricity and water has been shut off several times and each client only receives about 150 a month in food IF they are on the food plan, if they are not they have to buy their own food. I would recommend reading ALL reviews of TLC before placing a loved one at this facility and their other facilities I also recommend visiting the facility
Tips & Advices
If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment. Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program.
Yes. Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. Be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers.
Yes. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful.  Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances.
Yes. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should be factored into your decision. Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse.

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