Drug and alcohol addiction is a very serious problem that has dramatic effects on not only the addict, but also his or her friends, family, and loved ones. When someone troubled by drug or alcohol addiction reaches out for help, his or her loved ones often do not know the proper steps to take to get help for the individual in need. It is also helpful during this stressful time to know what to expect when seeking help.
The first step is to contact a rehabilitation center, such as Greenbriar. It is helpful for the prospective patient to make the initial phone call so that a staff member can gather demographic information, including the client's address, phone number, social security number, and birthday.
The next step is to find out if the client has insurance. If the client does have a current insurance plan a staff member will gather the information that is listed on the insurance card. This also applies to iclients who have obtained an HMO (such as UPMC 4 U, Gateway, or Med Plus) through their local welfare office.
After this information is obtained, our staff will need to know details about what substances the patient is using, the amount normally used, how long he or she has been using, and when the last use was. We will next ask for a brief medical and mental health history to determine if the client is safe to be admitted directly into Greenbriar or if there is a need to be stabilized in a hospital first. If a client is taking any prescription medications, we will need to know what those medications are, the prescribed dosage, and if the client is taking them as prescribed.
Once it has been determined by the staff at Greenbriar that a patient is appropriate for admission to one of our programs, an appointment for an intake assessment will be set up. Patients should be prepared to be admitted the day of the appointment. During this appointment, the patient is asked a variety of questions regarding their past and present drug use, physical and mental health, and family life. After the admissions interview, the patient's insurance company is contacted and treatment is requested.
The admission process takes approximately an hour and a half to two hours. During this time, a family member or friend must wait until the patient is cleared for admission. If you have any further questions please contact the Admissions Department at Greenbriar at (800) 637-4673 or (724) 225-9700.
If you or a family member are interested in treatment but do not have insurance, there are other options for funding.
Each county in Pennsylvania has a Drug and Alcohol office (D & A). The prospective client should contact their home county D & A office and explain that they are in need of treatment, but do not have insurance. The staff at the D & A office will then instruct the client on the necessary steps to take to receive treatment. Clients also have the option of paying for their treatment out of pocket. Arrangements must be made with Greenbriar's financial department prior to admission.
|County Drug & Alcohol Office Phone Numbers:|
|Allegheny: (800) 553-7499||Greene: (724) 852-5276||Somerset: (814) 445-1530|
|Beaver: (724) 847-6220||Fayette: (724) 438-3576||Washington: (724) 223-1181|
|Butler: (724) 284-5114||Lawrence: (724) 658-5580||Westmoreland: (724) 832-5880|
|Cambria: (814) 536-5388||Mercer: (724) 662-1550|
Only one bag/suitcase is permitted. Bring only 7 daysí worth of casual clothes, even though you may be staying up to 28 days. We have laundry facilities you may use if needed. Clothes with messages advertising drugs/alcohol, bars, vulgarity, etc, are not permitted.
Greenbriar will provide shampoo/body wash. If you would like to bring your own, you have the choice to bring:
· travel size (you may bring as many as you think you will need for your stay)
· full sized bottles of shampoo/conditioner/body wash as long as they are CLEAR/SEE THROUGH and in original bottle (i.e. you cannot put it in a water bottle). For example, Axe body wash in a black bottle will not be allowed. If you bring these things, they will be sent back with your family or put in your suitcase for the remainder of your stay.
Bring your own deodorant, comb/brush, toothbrush, toothpaste. You cannot bring products that contain alcohol (such as mouthwash, cologne, body spray, perfume or hair spray). No aerosol cans.
Greenbriar provides laundry soap. If you choose to bring your own, the only laundry detergent allowed are “Pods”.
You can bring a small radio, IPOD (without picture or internet capability) or personal CD player with headphones, alarm clock, books, and magazines.
You must bring your own cigarettes.
You must bring a Photo ID/Driver's License.
Bring your health insurance card.
If you have a separate prescription card you must bring it with you.
If you have applied for medical assistance, you must bring your papers with you.
If you are taking prescribed medications, you must bring them with you in their original bottles, or bring the prescription with you.
If you need medical supplies (glucometer, inhaler, crutches, etc.) please bring those with you as well.
You should bring around $20 in cash. You will need money for vending machines, laundry, and the pay phones.
Phone cards are available for sale, but you may also bring your own phone card if you wish.
We rent locks for your closet for $5. When you return your lock and key upon discharge, we refund your $5. You can also bring your own lock.
Many insurance companies require you to pay a deductible, co-payment, or do not cover some medication costs. If this is the case, our Business Office staff will meet with you, explain your policy, and make the necessary financial arrangements.
What You Cannot Bring With You
While staying at inpatient, patients are NOT permitted to have a car on Greenbriar property. Any vehicle parked on Greenbriar property will be moved to a local unsupervised public parking lot. Greenbriar will accept no liability for any vehicle parked in the public lot.
Cell phones are NOT permitted.
Greenbriar will supply you with a razor. Do not bring your own, unless it is an electric razor. Beard trimmers are also not permitted.
No portable DVD Players, IPOD Touch or MP3 players with cameras/video recording capability, Nooks, Kindles or any other E-Readers
Please do not bring any sharp objects, such as scissors or letter openers.
No glass or mirrors
Firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited.
Laptop computers, handheld organizers, video games, etc. are not permitted.
Do not bring jewelry that is valuable to you, unless you plan to keep it on your entire stay.
Do not bring food or drinks with you. We supply all meals and have vending machines for snacks. Caffeine is not permitted.
Electrical appliances that do not have an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA) label are not permitted. All electrical appliances brought into Greenbriar must be approved by the Admissions staff, Nursing staff and/or Maintenance staff prior to using.
Greenbriar Treatment Center offers detoxification, inpatient rehabilitation, and a variety of outpatient programs. Greenbriar is a dual treatment center that is able to treat clients with mental health issues, as well as substance abuse issues. Greenbriar also has eight outpatient sites and two halfway houses around the Pittsburgh area.
Treatment at Greenbriar involves one evening of family programming per week. Family night is held every Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:30 PM. The staff at Greenbriar encourages family members and friends to attend this educational meeting with their loved ones while they are in treatment. Patients also have access to pay phones at different times throughout the day during which they may call family members and friends.
Greenbriar has a staff of approximately 100 full-time employees. We have a full-time social worker who can assist with halfway house placement or other housing arrangements. We also have a vocational specialist, who can assist patients who are employed with contacting their employer and returning to work after treatment. Finally, we have a 24 hour nursing staff that can assist with any emergencies that may arise.