Livengrin Foundation

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4833 Hulmeville Rd

Bensalem, PA

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This place has NO business detoxing opiate addicts.They either have no clue what they're doing,or they don't care & just want your money.I suspect it's a combination of both.It may be an option if you've just dabbled in opiates for a short amount of time.But if you've been using for any length of time,& are to the point where you get sick when you don't do your stuff,this is NOT the place.I've talked to alot of other doctors,done extensive research,& am now finding out that it's basically considered common sense among the medical community that if you've been using more than a certain amount of time,or a certain amount,that Subutex (the main drug they use there for opiate detox)or any bupernorphine just isn't going to work.And believe me,it sure didn't,& I woud've gotten the same results w/a placebo.I feel that I'm sure they know this,but neglect to tell you because all they want to do is take your money.I fell like I've been had,& ripped off.Then,they act like you just want to get high when you tell them how sick you are.These people need to be honest about who their meds are going to work for,which as I said,is maybe those who've been using a year or less,& have an extremely light habit.At $500/day to be just as sick as w/nothing-I've never been ripped off that bad in my life. DON'T GO HERE,DON'T GO HERE DO NOT GO HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This place has NO business detoxing opiate addicts.They either have no clue what they're doing,or they don't care & just want your money.I suspect it's a combination of both.It may be an option if you've just dabbled in opiates for a short amount of time.But if you've been using for any length of time,& are to the point where you get sick when you don't do your stuff,this is NOT the place.I've talked to alot of other doctors,done extensive research,& am now finding out that it's basically considered common sense among the medical community that if you've been using more than a certain amount of time,or a certain amount,that Subutex (the main drug they use there for opiate detox)or any bupernorphine just isn't going to work.And believe me,it sure didn't,& I woud've gotten the same results w/a placebo.I feel that I'm sure they know this,but neglect to tell you because all they want to do is take your money.I fell like I've been had,& ripped off.Then,they act like you just want to get high when you tell them how sick you are.These people need to be honest about who their meds are going to work for,which as I said,is maybe those who've been using a year or less,& have an extremely light habit.At $500/day to be just as sick as w/nothing-I've never been ripped off that bad in my life. DON'T GO HERE,DON'T GO HERE DO NOT GO HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Took my son to Livengin to have him admitted for detox and they told me my insurance company, Horizon, denied admission and I would have to pay up front while they attempted to file an appeal. I instructed them to file the 1st level appeal and it should only take a couple of hours. At around 4pm they told me it was denied. I told them to file a 2nd level appeal to Horizon. They said they would, but that if we leave the facility the appeal would be dropped and that Horizon has 72 hours to rule. I talked to both Magellan (a completely useless healthcare admistrator) and Horizon. Both told the 1st level appeal had not been decided and that an appeal is not dropped unless the facility requests it to be caneled. Livengrin just wanted my money at a higher rate than my insurance pays. They should be criminally investigated!

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★☆☆☆☆

Took my son to Livengin to have him admitted for detox and they told me my insurance company, Horizon, denied admission and I would have to pay up front while they attempted to file an appeal. I instructed them to file the 1st level appeal and it should only take a couple of hours. At around 4pm they told me it was denied. I told them to file a 2nd level appeal to Horizon. They said they would, but that if we leave the facility the appeal would be dropped and that Horizon has 72 hours to rule. I talked to both Magellan (a completely useless healthcare admistrator) and Horizon. Both told the 1st level appeal had not been decided and that an appeal is not dropped unless the facility requests it to be caneled. Livengrin just wanted my money at a higher rate than my insurance pays. They should be criminally investigated!

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I went to Livengrin 11 yrs.ago for opiate detox,& it was wonderful.It was always a place I spoke highly about-until now.First of all,they changed everything since I was there 11 yrs ago,for the worst.Intake took 4 hours,despite even doing the online paperwork.At $500/day,I was expecting some kind of medicine to make me feel better,but the first day,you get nothing.Oh,sorry,you get 1 trazadone at night-what a joke.That was the most expensive trazadone in the world.They used to give you bupernorphine shots,which worked beautifully for everyone,but not now.When they actually do give you meds,you get Subutex,which is supposedly the same thing,just orally,but trust me-it does absolutely nothing.They claim that it takes a day or so for it to kick in,but what's the point of paying all that money just to be given nothing the first day,then something that won't even take effect for a day or so?Sorry,but $500/day to lie sick for 2 days?I could do that for free at home.I swear I'm not one of those people who just wants to get high,I really went in there w/a positive attitude wanting to do this.But how can they expect you to stay when they give you nothing the first day,then something the next day that won't even help until the following day.That is,if that's even true.Not to mention this dumb confusing smoking schedule-they don't want the men & women smoking together,so they came up w/the most confusing schedule in the world.But it's just such ashame they stopped giving those shots-they worked wonderfully.When I asked why they stopped doing that,I was given some nonsense answer about how the Subutex tablets supposedly stay in your system longer,but what good is that if it doesn't even make you feel any better at all?I suspect the real reason is more along the lines of it's probably way more profitable to give people a few pills rather than those shots.And when I say a few,I mean literally,a few.I have never in my life walked out of a facility-as I said,I didn't leave because I wanted to get high,far from it.I just wanted the dry heaving,restlessness,etc.(you all get the drift)to be alieviated.This place has gone down the tubes big time.Last time I was there I was comfortable,& felt great when I got out,& stayed clean for 9 mo.Why take a system that worked so beautifully for everyone & just change it completely?Like I said,money.OPIATE ADDICTS,AVOID AT ALL COSTS!THEY'RE JUST TAKING YOUR MONEY WHILE YOU LIE THERE SICK!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to Livengrin 11 yrs.ago for opiate detox,& it was wonderful.It was always a place I spoke highly about-until now.First of all,they changed everything since I was there 11 yrs ago,for the worst.Intake took 4 hours,despite even doing the online paperwork.At $500/day,I was expecting some kind of medicine to make me feel better,but the first day,you get nothing.Oh,sorry,you get 1 trazadone at night-what a joke.That was the most expensive trazadone in the world.They used to give you bupernorphine shots,which worked beautifully for everyone,but not now.When they actually do give you meds,you get Subutex,which is supposedly the same thing,just orally,but trust me-it does absolutely nothing.They claim that it takes a day or so for it to kick in,but what's the point of paying all that money just to be given nothing the first day,then something that won't even take effect for a day or so?Sorry,but $500/day to lie sick for 2 days?I could do that for free at home.I swear I'm not one of those people who just wants to get high,I really went in there w/a positive attitude wanting to do this.But how can they expect you to stay when they give you nothing the first day,then something the next day that won't even help until the following day.That is,if that's even true.Not to mention this dumb confusing smoking schedule-they don't want the men & women smoking together,so they came up w/the most confusing schedule in the world.But it's just such ashame they stopped giving those shots-they worked wonderfully.When I asked why they stopped doing that,I was given some nonsense answer about how the Subutex tablets supposedly stay in your system longer,but what good is that if it doesn't even make you feel any better at all?I suspect the real reason is more along the lines of it's probably way more profitable to give people a few pills rather than those shots.And when I say a few,I mean literally,a few.I have never in my life walked out of a facility-as I said,I didn't leave because I wanted to get high,far from it.I just wanted the dry heaving,restlessness,etc.(you all get the drift)to be alieviated.This place has gone down the tubes big time.Last time I was there I was comfortable,& felt great when I got out,& stayed clean for 9 mo.Why take a system that worked so beautifully for everyone & just change it completely?Like I said,money.OPIATE ADDICTS,AVOID AT ALL COSTS!THEY'RE JUST TAKING YOUR MONEY WHILE YOU LIE THERE SICK!

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The food is good. Bring your own blanket and pillow if you want. Also books, cards, games, etc.

I went in for valium detox, was down to 8mg per day after car accident. The nurses had one mindset - distribute meds and take vitals. We were all mostly rudely awakened at 0530 for meds and vitals - could have dome a couple rooms at a time which one guy did. No exercise available, managed to build a workable deck of cards for 500 rummy. Roomed 3 to a room, one roomie puked all night.

The counselors suck, I was told I am suicidal because I ride a motorcycle. Was also told I am an alholocic because I had 4 drinks one week therefore I also need 30 days of rehab and IOP, outpatient rehab - what they wanted was my money!

They do get the job done, they helped my sister and me. I suspect this is one of the better ones around, but not the best for sure. You feel like you are in jail. You also meet some very intelligent inmates, we had some good conversations - there was not much else to due except the newspaper puzzles.

Exceptable for 3 days, but could be a much better experience.

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★★★☆☆

The food is good. Bring your own blanket and pillow if you want. Also books, cards, games, etc.

I went in for valium detox, was down to 8mg per day after car accident. The nurses had one mindset - distribute meds and take vitals. We were all mostly rudely awakened at 0530 for meds and vitals - could have dome a couple rooms at a time which one guy did. No exercise available, managed to build a workable deck of cards for 500 rummy. Roomed 3 to a room, one roomie puked all night.

The counselors suck, I was told I am suicidal because I ride a motorcycle. Was also told I am an alholocic because I had 4 drinks one week therefore I also need 30 days of rehab and IOP, outpatient rehab - what they wanted was my money!

They do get the job done, they helped my sister and me. I suspect this is one of the better ones around, but not the best for sure. You feel like you are in jail. You also meet some very intelligent inmates, we had some good conversations - there was not much else to due except the newspaper puzzles.

Exceptable for 3 days, but could be a much better experience.

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My loved one went to Livingrin for addiction, and it was very happy with the program. From a parent's perspective I was very nervous , as the reviews here were mostly negative. I don't agree with these reviews at all. Everyone was extremely friendly and compassionate. I felt confident that they would take good care of my loved one. There is a 4 hour "day of enlightenment" that we had to attend so that we could visit, and it was very eye opening. It helped us understand addiction and our loved one's behavior. Yes, my loved one called to say he/she wanted to leave before the 3 weeks, (this is very common), and stayed for the duration. Livengrin scheduled IOP, and let us know that this, coupled with NA meetings is necessary for recovery, that Livengrin is just the beginning. Recovery really begins after they leave. The facility itself is nice, and the housing is beautiful. I think it is important for the residents to walk in to a welcoming home at the end of their long day. Good luck to my loved one, and all who are seeking help.

5
★★★★★

My loved one went to Livingrin for addiction, and it was very happy with the program. From a parent's perspective I was very nervous , as the reviews here were mostly negative. I don't agree with these reviews at all. Everyone was extremely friendly and compassionate. I felt confident that they would take good care of my loved one. There is a 4 hour "day of enlightenment" that we had to attend so that we could visit, and it was very eye opening. It helped us understand addiction and our loved one's behavior. Yes, my loved one called to say he/she wanted to leave before the 3 weeks, (this is very common), and stayed for the duration. Livengrin scheduled IOP, and let us know that this, coupled with NA meetings is necessary for recovery, that Livengrin is just the beginning. Recovery really begins after they leave. The facility itself is nice, and the housing is beautiful. I think it is important for the residents to walk in to a welcoming home at the end of their long day. Good luck to my loved one, and all who are seeking help.

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There is a women there Diane Womer who is rude to the patients as well as the family that visits. My mother approached Dr. Lorman and he told her that Diane has ben there for over 25 years and she is a good employee. I was then approached by Cheryl Jennings about the situation, her attitude was worse then Diane's. Maybe they need to start hiring a younger staff. Please don't go here all they care about is payment.

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★☆☆☆☆

There is a women there Diane Womer who is rude to the patients as well as the family that visits. My mother approached Dr. Lorman and he told her that Diane has ben there for over 25 years and she is a good employee. I was then approached by Cheryl Jennings about the situation, her attitude was worse then Diane's. Maybe they need to start hiring a younger staff. Please don't go here all they care about is payment.

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This place was horrible. Sticking to strictly the medical part of it, because I don't even want to go into the program itself, the nurses were completely incompitent. They gave the wrong meds to at least 8 different people while I was there, one girl was given the wrong wristband, and recieved the wrong treatment for three days! While I was there, a number of people were kicked out for having the meds that THEY GAVE THEM IN DETOX still in their system for "too long", which was a day or two after they say they are supposed to be out. Even though the councelors believed the patients, they were still kicked out due to the zero tolerance/never admit you're wrong policy. NEVER go to this place. If you want to go somewhere nice, go to Malvern.

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★★☆☆☆

This place was horrible. Sticking to strictly the medical part of it, because I don't even want to go into the program itself, the nurses were completely incompitent. They gave the wrong meds to at least 8 different people while I was there, one girl was given the wrong wristband, and recieved the wrong treatment for three days! While I was there, a number of people were kicked out for having the meds that THEY GAVE THEM IN DETOX still in their system for "too long", which was a day or two after they say they are supposed to be out. Even though the councelors believed the patients, they were still kicked out due to the zero tolerance/never admit you're wrong policy. NEVER go to this place. If you want to go somewhere nice, go to Malvern.

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I felt bad for how the employees were treated. All this facility cares about is the Money that generates from people trying to stay clean and sober. They call themselves NON-PROFIT HA

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★★★★★

I felt bad for how the employees were treated. All this facility cares about is the Money that generates from people trying to stay clean and sober. They call themselves NON-PROFIT HA

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I cannot say enough about how well me and my family were treated by the entire staff--from counselors to kitchen (and the food was good too!) I had been in other rehabs before, and while they gave me a good foundation, I wasn't ready to accept my disease (perhaps like the other writer's son?) Anyway, Livengrin's staff worked with me and my family to break through my denial, and the experiene i had was nothing short of life-changing. I am clean and sober now three years, with my old job back, and my family once again at my side. And Livengrin has been there every step of the way--first providing aftercare where and when I needed it, then with events, activities, and PEOPLE who have helped show me that life without chemicals can be fantastic. There is no magic cure--you definitely need to work hard--but recovery is there if you want it--and this is the best place to start, IMO!

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★★★★★

I cannot say enough about how well me and my family were treated by the entire staff--from counselors to kitchen (and the food was good too!) I had been in other rehabs before, and while they gave me a good foundation, I wasn't ready to accept my disease (perhaps like the other writer's son?) Anyway, Livengrin's staff worked with me and my family to break through my denial, and the experiene i had was nothing short of life-changing. I am clean and sober now three years, with my old job back, and my family once again at my side. And Livengrin has been there every step of the way--first providing aftercare where and when I needed it, then with events, activities, and PEOPLE who have helped show me that life without chemicals can be fantastic. There is no magic cure--you definitely need to work hard--but recovery is there if you want it--and this is the best place to start, IMO!

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A response to another review of Livengrin Foundation on Insiderpages: There is no indication how long ago this person posted her opinions. It may be that some elements of her son's story are accurate, as they see it; and also very possible that frustration, anger and other emotions are clouding this family's viewpoint.

It has been part of the Foundation's experience, across 40+ years since 1966, that not everyone succeeds in rehab, and that many people can relapse after months or years. It is also likely to be true that a person who doesn't do well in rehab, and/or finds difficulty with others in the same situation in a halfway house, may end up associating with the "old crowd," all of whom share these complaints.

More than 100,000 people have come through Livengrin's doors. Its state, county and national licensing and certifications are consistently scored at the highest levels. The counseling and admissions staffs are known "on the street" for the many ways in which they provide care and professionalism. Its alumni meetings and reunions draw hundreds of people who found Help and Hope at Livengrin.

Sure, this sounds like a commercial, but getting these thoughts in front of healthcare consumers is important, to offer a balance to the other review on this site - which, though it may have been sincere on the writer's part, illustrates an extreme situation that isn't at all typical of the average Livengrin patient and family.

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★★★★★

A response to another review of Livengrin Foundation on Insiderpages: There is no indication how long ago this person posted her opinions. It may be that some elements of her son's story are accurate, as they see it; and also very possible that frustration, anger and other emotions are clouding this family's viewpoint.

It has been part of the Foundation's experience, across 40+ years since 1966, that not everyone succeeds in rehab, and that many people can relapse after months or years. It is also likely to be true that a person who doesn't do well in rehab, and/or finds difficulty with others in the same situation in a halfway house, may end up associating with the "old crowd," all of whom share these complaints.

More than 100,000 people have come through Livengrin's doors. Its state, county and national licensing and certifications are consistently scored at the highest levels. The counseling and admissions staffs are known "on the street" for the many ways in which they provide care and professionalism. Its alumni meetings and reunions draw hundreds of people who found Help and Hope at Livengrin.

Sure, this sounds like a commercial, but getting these thoughts in front of healthcare consumers is important, to offer a balance to the other review on this site - which, though it may have been sincere on the writer's part, illustrates an extreme situation that isn't at all typical of the average Livengrin patient and family.

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My son attended Livengrin for an addiction issue when he was 19. After his five day stay he was refered to live in a home for recovering addicts .

Long story short..the home was a disaster. Everyone (including the staff) was using drugs and alchohol regularly and my son called me up begging me to let him come home.

I then called Livengrin and his so-called *counselor* told me that she KNEW before-hand that this was one of the worst homes in the area but that all of the others were full and my son was telling the truth!.

I asked her WHY she would tell me to send my son there (as I was quite niave and expected them to provide direction and sound advice) and she just made excuses.

SInce then..my son has kept in contact with other people who attended Livengrin and almost all of them have relapsed, went on to other facilites and fared much better.

The general over-riding concensus with everyone I have spoken with or know is that Livengrin is overwhelmed, more concerned with what type of insurance one has, has virtually no good follow-up care after discharge and does not have a high recovery rate.

PROS: NONE
CONS: OVERWHELMED, NO DECENT FOLLOW-UP PROGRAM, VERY LOW SUCCESS RATE

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My son attended Livengrin for an addiction issue when he was 19. After his five day stay he was refered to live in a home for recovering addicts .

Long story short..the home was a disaster. Everyone (including the staff) was using drugs and alchohol regularly and my son called me up begging me to let him come home.

I then called Livengrin and his so-called *counselor* told me that she KNEW before-hand that this was one of the worst homes in the area but that all of the others were full and my son was telling the truth!.

I asked her WHY she would tell me to send my son there (as I was quite niave and expected them to provide direction and sound advice) and she just made excuses.

SInce then..my son has kept in contact with other people who attended Livengrin and almost all of them have relapsed, went on to other facilites and fared much better.

The general over-riding concensus with everyone I have spoken with or know is that Livengrin is overwhelmed, more concerned with what type of insurance one has, has virtually no good follow-up care after discharge and does not have a high recovery rate.

PROS: NONE
CONS: OVERWHELMED, NO DECENT FOLLOW-UP PROGRAM, VERY LOW SUCCESS RATE

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I spent five days at Livengrin for benzo detox recently and the experience was nothing short of horrific. For starters, EVERYTHING I have EVER read about benzo withdraw indicates a slow taper over a long period of time. Livengrin favors a speed taper and supposedly after five days I was to be "free" of my benzo habbit. Needless to say, the first thing I did when I was released was drive immediately to my doctor to describe the situation and told me that a five day detox was dangerous. The staff were nasty and I never want to repeat the experience. If you are looking for quality safe and kind care, try Carrier Foundation in Belle Meade NJ

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★☆☆☆☆

I spent five days at Livengrin for benzo detox recently and the experience was nothing short of horrific. For starters, EVERYTHING I have EVER read about benzo withdraw indicates a slow taper over a long period of time. Livengrin favors a speed taper and supposedly after five days I was to be "free" of my benzo habbit. Needless to say, the first thing I did when I was released was drive immediately to my doctor to describe the situation and told me that a five day detox was dangerous. The staff were nasty and I never want to repeat the experience. If you are looking for quality safe and kind care, try Carrier Foundation in Belle Meade NJ

Pros: none!!!!!!!!!!!

Cons: anitquated treatment