July 11th, 2016 Colorado Springs, CO
The Visions program is terrible. I have firsthand experience because I was enrolled for quite some time. I voluntarily chose to put myself through the program and it was one of the worst mistakes I have made. First, if your insurance doesn't pay for it, it will cost a pretty penny. I would also like to clearly state in this review that Vision's is a business. It's main priority is making money. Helping kids get and stay clean and sober is secondary. The website states that the staff to patient ratio is something like 2:1. This is completely false. During my stay there, the ratio was on average the exact opposite. You "supposedly" receive individualized counseling and therapy, but that is completely untrue as well. All of the boys share a counselor and all of the girls share a different counselor. The counselor's rarely make time to see each patient and when they do, it is generally a short conversation lasting no more than ten to twenty minutes. If your/your child's problem doesn't look as bad as the other patients, they will treat you like you are fine and won't give you the services or proper attention that you pay for. They focus their attention on the kids with the most problems, which is completely unfair to the other people. They listen to what you have to say, but offer no valuable insight. Also, all of the kids who are roomed in a house share a therapist. Looking back in my journal, I got to spend about twenty minutes with the therapist about every three days. If you are a parent looking to improve your relationship with your child, this is not the place to send them. They make sure to address problems in your relationship that don't exist. The kids I was surrounded with ended up leaving with a near hatred towards their parents. The only valuable thing I got from Vision's was an introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous. Save the money and look up AA meetings near you. It will also save your relationship with your child. They state they have one of the highest success rates which they can not accurately gauge. Most patients I met there did not stay sober after leaving. A better decision would be to find a week long detox center if needed and introduce your loved one to AA. Vision's doesn't give you anywhere near what you pay for. Like I said, it's a business and they will save money wherever possible.