From when i was sent there in 2002 and it was Evergreen Manor.... Beware!!!!! If you are going to them because of some court appointed program such as i did where my now ex husband was the abuser. They wrote things in their assessment that were 100% false. It reads as if my notes for assessment were mixed with someone else and then submitted to the court with me having no knowledge of what they wrote. I had a public defender who clearly dropped the ball as well, but i didnt find out any of this until i started the process for expungement 19 years later. When i tried to get some answers compared to what i had remembered of the process i was told they only keep records for 7 years. They couldnt tell me or show me any information that i went through, how many times i had been there for UA, the fees i paid, NOTHING is archived. This seems like a gross negligence especially for people like myself who were coming from an abusive relationship in the time it was going on suffering from PTSD and not a substance abuse problem. Again is you are going through them for court related things make sure your lawyer can and will be on your side with whatever they produce. Most things you cant file for expungement for 5 to 10 years on. So if they submit something wrong and it is not caught in that moment it can haunt you without your knowledge. Thus fostering a system where no one wants to believe you because they think you are an addict based off their words.
I loved working at PPW program a little over a year. The counselors and support staff really root for these women to succeed! There is a high turnover and I don't really understand why as I thought we were paid well and got good benefits and generous leave policy. They are expanding and Linda Grant included me in the build meetings and I felt like she really valued my opinion and the rest of the staffs because she wanted everyone's needs met. They added so many services to ensure the women start off on the right foot when they leave. My only complaint is with a new supervisor coming in, she did a lot of micro managing for people that were very capable of self managing. She also said over and over "with new leadership comes change....." She said it a lot but what it felt like is that she didn't like change so she forced everyone to do things her way without showing any respect for the time, education and experience, history we had working there. She disregarded our input often and I noticed a lot of people began being unhappy. She gets 1 star. But ERC gets 5 stars, sad to leave but need to find something with an evening shift because of covid and family.
ERC as a whole is a great company. I think Linda Grant is a very kind and attentive leader. I also have nothing but positive things to say of Jennifer Walter and Shermoin Clardy. I also adored most of the people I worked with while at the PPW program, but I think the current atmosphere is one of gossip, toxicity, and poor management. I was at the PPW location less than a year and we went through 3 directors and multiple residential specialist’s/counselors. If people are coming and going that often, it speaks volumes. Rather than supporting staff and meeting with employees weekly to check in, you would get scolded for every little thing. God forbid you express that you’re struggling in any way, because then you will be told to, “go to counseling.” The residents need consistency and stability, yet the rules and expectations are always changing. I worked with multiple people who were/are scared to speak up or voice their concerns/opinions for fear of retaliation from management. The residents were so sweet, and the residential specialist’s that I consistently worked with are incredible women, but I do not recommend working at the PPW program.
I’m giving the facility as a whole 5 stars. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ERC. I suppose with all the changes due to covid, as a counselor in training, I couldn’t get the training that I needed. Or, they didn’t have the time. I went from excited and driven, to frustrated and my performance was less than I knew it could be. I was told........” you aren’t the right fit”. With no explanation, no feedback, no nothing. And over the phone. Right after I was called to ask how I was doing after being in quarantine, and when I was able to come back. So the real question is, did I not fit in to what “Evergreen’s PPW’s” current supervisor is willing to deal with or train? Or maybe it was the fact that the professional relationship was tainted after a situation occurred and the supervisor showed less the superior characteristics when voicing her opinion, publicly, about me and my personal life as a single mom, and I showed how disappointed and upset I was? And I still never got an apology or acknowledgment that it was wrong. So no, maybe this wasn’t the place for me, opposed to me not being the “right fit” for them/her. There are some AWESOME counselors here. And they really care. I’d never speak anything but good about the program. But since I wasn’t given any feedback, I’ll give some. Yes, this is an “at will” state. But I don’t ever want to work for another place that makes you think you are doing great and pretends to support you, then just disses you with no explanation. There are rule inconsistencies, technical inconsistencies, and half the time no one knows what’s going on at any given time. I’m sure it has to do with all the changes and covid. But then, when an employee asks for help and guidance, maybe give it to them BEFORE you decide they aren’t the right fit. Unless the whole team was secretly counting me out behind my back. And if that was the case, I definitely don’t want to work in that type of culture. Because after all, they say it takes about 6 months to get a groove.........right.......because that’s what I was told. I wasn’t given that AT ALL.
Had a pretty debilitating I.V heroin addiction, found my breaking point and just wanted health. Called evergreen recovery and had a bed within 24 hours. They make the withdrawal process as comfortable as possible without actually using opioids. As far as success rates, well that depends on you. You get to sleep and eat all day until you have kicked the worst of the withdrawal process. Usually, you can be referred to an inpatient/outpatient treatment program as well, which from my experience is completely nessesary if you want to remain clean. If you are thinking about detoxing here, please just go for it. Don't think twice. Give it a shot. Get your freaking life back!