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Pine Grove introduces A FEW GOOD MEN: Celebrating Men in Recovery

June 5, 2018

Hattiesburg, MS: Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses is proud to announce the addition of A Few Good Men: Celebrating Men in Recovery to its Next Step treatment curriculum. Pine Grove has a long tradition of treating men with chemical addiction at its Next Step program. Recently, Pine Grove further enhanced its treatment at Next Step by specifically focusing on the care of young men ages 18-39 years old. Because Next Step solely focuses on healing emerging adult men with chemical addiction, Pine Grove’s clinical team expanded its treatment group for younger patients within Next Step and called this initiative, A FEW GOOD MEN: Celebrating Men in Recovery.

A FEW GOOD MEN: Celebrating Men in Recovery focuses on the issues specific to young men in treatment with a different topic being addressed weekly with daily group therapy sessions. Dr. Leah Claire Bennett, Pine Grove’s Clinical Operations Director said, “A FEW GOOD MEN: Celebrating Men in Recovery works to challenge male stereotypes that can foster control, dominance and the suppression of emotions, to a more open view of masculinity that allows men to express themselves openly, show courage and love deeply.” Pine Grove’s Next Step patients discuss daily who they want to be in recovery and learn to celebrate this transformation. The weekly topics addressed within Next Step’s A FEW GOOD MEN: Celebrating Men in Recovery program include Masculinity, Male Role Models, Male Privilege, Power and Control, Men as Husbands and Partners, Fatherhood and Male Sexuality, to name a few of the twelve total topics.

Pine Grove’s Next Step program also treats dual diagnosis, trauma and mood disorders. Next Step includes residential level addiction treatment as well as a step down partial hospitalization program for patients based on the clinical decisions of the treatment team. For more information about Pine Grove’s Next Step treatment program for young men and the A FEW GOOD MEN: Celebrating Men in Recovery initiative please visit www.pinegrovetreatment.com/nextstep.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs treat gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 plus. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a program for patients with sexual addiction. Inpatient Services including an Adult Psychiatric Unit, along with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, and Outpatient Services are other components. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.

Please join Pine Grove and the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation for the dedication of Pine Grove’s Meditative Labyrinth and Fire Circle

May 21, 2018

Hattiesburg, MS: Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses is proud to announce on May 24th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., the dedication of their Meditative Labyrinth and Fire Circle. The dedication will take place at Pine Grove’s Spiritual Grounds, located at 2255 Broadway Drive, in Hattiesburg, MS. Following the dedication, guests will enjoy a reception at Pine Grove’s outdoor pavilion.

Debbie Sanford, Administrator of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services said, “Our Spiritual Grounds are a place of contemplation and self-discovery for our patients. The additions of the labyrinth and fire circle were made possible through the generous donation of an anonymous donor. We are truly grateful and appreciative because these elements are further enhancing the healing care Pine Grove provides.”

Labyrinth’s help patients focus on a defined goal, like recovery, by offering a set path with a clear destination. Pine Grove’s labyrinth is based on the design of the historically significant labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France, and offers patients a relaxing place to concentrate on their personal path to recovery. The fire circle element provides Pine Grove’s patients with a means to spiritually discard of past transgressions and make healthy resolutions for the future. Both the labyrinth and fire circle at Pine Grove were designed by Thomas Eaves and Sally Hughes with the Landarc Consulting Group, Inc., in Hattiesburg, MS. The contractor for Pine Grove’s Spiritual Grounds project is the J.S. Cromwell Construction Company, located in Gulfport, MS, and the sub-contractor for the labyrinth is Design Pavers of Perkinston, MS. Pine Grove plans to further develop their Spiritual Grounds, which is a project of the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation, with the addition of a chapel, bell tower and water feature.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs treat gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 plus. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a program for patients with sexual addiction. Inpatient Services including an Adult Psychiatric Unit, along with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, and Outpatient Services are other components. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.

Pine Grove Behavioral Heath & Addiction Services announces their 2018 Annual 5k Care Run/Walk

April 19, 2018

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is proud to announce their 2018 5K Care Run/Walk on April 28th in Downtown Hattiesburg’s Town Square Park. Registration for the event begins at 7 a.m., with the race starting at 8 a.m. Online registration is available by visiting www.pinegrovetreatment.com/carerun. It costs $25.00 to register and this fee includes a race T-shirt, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the construction of new playground equipment for Pine Grove’s Child and Adolescent Unit, which treats young people ages 5-17 years old. Debbie Sanford, Pine Grove’s Administrator said, “We are looking forward to hosting this year’s 5K Care Run/Walk, and appreciate the opportunity it provides our community to learn more about the positive impact healthy outdoor activities like running and walking have on mental health.”

This is the third year Pine Grove is hosting this event in honor of National Mental Health Month, which kicks off annually in May, and this year’s theme by Mental Health America is Fitness#4Mind4Body, and focuses on the relationship between physical health and mental health. Prizes will be awarded for top finishers in the race’s youth and adult categories and top walkers will also be recognized. The 5K Care Run/Walk also includes a drawing for some unique door prizes including specially engraved landscaping rocks. Pine Grove is proud to present this event in partnership with the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association. Andrea Saffle, Executive Director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association said, “Races like Pine Grove’s 5K Care Run/Walk are great because they attract people from all over our region and it’s an opportunity to show off Hattiesburg’s beautiful downtown and historic neighborhoods, while supporting a worthwhile cause.” Additionally, Pine Grove is proud to partner with area businesses that are supporting the 5K Care Run/Walk including Glory Bound Gyro Co., who is providing delicious race snacks from their menu for participants and drinks are being provided courtesy of Hattiesburg Coca-Cola.

Pine Grove and Southern Miss Athletics presents: Rebound – The Chris Herren Story: Raising Awareness about Opioid Addiction in Young Adults

January 10, 2018

Hattiesburg, MS: Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses is proud to present in partnership with Southern Miss Athletics, Rebound – The Chris Herren Story: Raising Awareness about Opioid Addiction in Young Adults, on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, at 6 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. This presentation is free and open to the community.

Chris Herren is a basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, who dreamed of playing for his hometown team – the Boston Celtics. An All-American, Herren broke scoring records, was recruited by top colleges and he was featured in Sports Illustrated. Herren achieved his dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and was traded to the Boston Celtics after his rookie season, but lost it all due to substance abuse. Alcohol and drug free since August 1st, 2008, Herren has re-focused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. Herren said, “I look forward to sharing my story at The University of Southern Mississippi. It is my hope that my journey and presentation may make a positive impact on the life of just one person in the audience.”

Debbie Sanford, Administrator of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services explained, “Our goal in presenting Chris Herren’s story is to help our community understand addiction and the devastating impact it has on the addict, and their loved ones. We also want our audience to be better equipped to make healthy decisions and recognize the warning signs of addiction, so they may seek help for themselves or a peer.” Pine Grove invites young people, their parents, coaches, educators and health care professionals to this inspiring and significant event. Following the presentation, Pine Grove’s treatment professionals will be available to help audience members with specific questions they may have about addiction.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs treat gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 plus. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a program for patients with sexual addiction. Inpatient Services including an Adult Psychiatric Unit, along with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, and Outpatient Services are other components. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.

Pine Grove presents, Suicide and Teens: Decoding the Secret Life of Teenagers – Helping Parents Understand the Risks

August 15, 2017

Hattiesburg, MS: Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses is proud to present on Thursday, September 7th at 6 p.m. at Forrest General Hospital’s Tree Rooms, Suicide and Teens: Decoding the Secret Life of Teenagers – Helping Parents Understand the Risks.

Pine Grove is bringing together an experienced panel of professionals including a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, psychologist, therapists and a clinical social worker to help parents recognize the warning signs of suicide in young people and respond quickly and appropriately. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in American teenagers and by recognizing the signs and intervening, we can help our youth find hope and healing. Parents of Pine Belt area teenagers are invited to attend the event, which is free of charge. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP and ask the panel a question in advance by visiting www.pinegrovetreatment.com. Questions will be anonymous.

Pine Grove understands how vital it is for parents to be informed about this issue so they may identify resources to assist with suicide prevention and response. Debbie Sanford, Administrator of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services said, “Our goal for this solutions driven panel is to help parents better understand teen suicide, the contributing factors and how they can best support their children and their classmates.” The topics the panel will address include: bullying behaviors and the incidence of suicidal behaviors in bullying victims, secrets and lying, why teenagers are secretive about their suicidal thoughts, the role of social media as it relates to teenage suicidality and helping teenagers develop their emotional intelligence and its role in suicide prevention. Additionally, resources for parents will be provided.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs treat gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 and over. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a program for patients with sexual addiction. Inpatient Services including an Adult Psychiatric Unit, along with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit and Outpatient Services are other components. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.

Pine Grove presents, A Suicide Survived: The Kevin Hines story – Raising Awareness about Suicide and Teenagers

January 9, 2017

Hattiesburg, MS: Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses, is proud to present on Thursday, February 9th at 6 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center, A Suicide Survived: The Kevin Hines Story – Raising Awareness about Suicide and Teenagers. Kevin Hines is a mental health advocate, award-winning speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences worldwide with his story of survival and will to live. Two years after Hines was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 19 years old, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four people to survive the fall, and the only person to have regained full physical mobility. Additionally, he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy.

Pine Grove understands how vital it is for family members, friends and educators to recognize the warning signs of suicide in young people. It is due to this commitment that Pine Grove is bringing Kevin Hines’s message of hope to the community. Debbie Sanford, Forrest General Hospital’s Chief Officer of Behavioral Health & Addiction Services said, “Our goal in presenting Kevin Hines’s story is to raise awareness about suicide in young people and help their parents, peers and educators better understand this issue and how they can help.”

Additionally, Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls program is participating in the event. The Spirit Girls are an initiative of the hospital’s Spirit of Women program and includes young women in the seventh through twelfth grades from Forrest General’s 19-county service area. The program helps girls take an active role in making healthy choices. Breanne Gaubert, Forrest General’s Spirit Girl and Sweetea Coordinator said, “Suicide is more prevalent in our community than we’d like to admit and our teens need to know that they aren’t alone in their feelings. It’s important for the Spirit Girls to learn from Kevin’s story so they may feel hope for the future and be a light to others.” Pine Grove invites teenagers, parents, young adults, educators and other members of the community to this educational and moving event. Please visit www.pinegrovetreatment.com/events for additional details. Following Kevin Hines’s presentation, he will be available for a book signing of his memoir Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After A Suicide Attempt.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs treat gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 and over. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professionals treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a program for patients with sexual addiction. Inpatient Services including an Adult Psychiatric Unit, along with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, and Outpatient Services are other components. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.

Pine Grove launches a new Addiction Medicine Training program in partnership with The University of Mississippi Medical Center.

September 27, 2016

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses is partnering with The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Psychiatry Program, to provide the department’s fourth year residents with Addiction Medicine training.

The program launched in September of 2016 and the month long training rotation gives residents the opportunity to enhance their ability to assess and treat patients with addictions. Dr. Chaz Richardson of Hattiesburg, who is familiar with Pine Grove’s reputation as a leader in the behavioral health care and addiction field, is the first of six residents to participate in the partnership this year. He said, “I plan to take in as much as possible.” After completing his residency training, Dr. Richardson wants to practice in Mississippi where there is a disparity between the numbers of practicing Psychiatrists compared to the patient population in need of mental health care. It’s a sentiment echoed by Debbie Sanford, Forrest General Hospital’s Chief Behavioral Health & Addiction Services Officer. Sanford said, “Pine Grove recognizes that within Mississippi and nationally there is a severe shortage of Psychiatrists, and we are committed to provide addiction medicine training to prepare the next generation of Psychiatrists and help close this gap, while ensuring patients receive the highest quality behavioral health care.”

During their Pine Grove rotation, residents will receive training at the organization’s Next Step program, which treats men with chemical addictions; the Women’s Center, where women with substance use issues and co-occurring eating disorders are treated; Legacy, one of a few programs nationally that treats adults age 55 plus with chemical dependency, and Pine Grove’s Family Program. The Family Program is part of the treatment curriculum for patients receiving residential care at Pine Grove. Additionally, the program includes a rotation with Pine Grove’s Intensive Outpatient Program for adults with drug and alcohol issues, along with the Professional Enhancement Program for individuals with behavioral problems, interpersonal difficulties and addiction disorders.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital, located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs treat gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 and over. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a gender focused program for patients with sexual addiction. Inpatient Services including an Adult Psychiatric Unit, along with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, and Outpatient Services are other components. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.

Pine Grove introduces their inaugural 2016 Care Walk in honor of May’s Mental Health Month

May 5, 2016

Hattiesburg, MS: Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses, is recognizing May’s Mental Health Month with the organization’s first ever Care Walk, scheduled for May 21st, 2016. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the program and walk starts at 10 a.m. The purpose of the two mile walk is to raise awareness about mental health conditions, and support Pine Grove’s Giving Back initiative. For this event, Pine Grove is also partnering with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s Pine Belt affiliate, to educate the community about important mental health issues. According to NAMI, one in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime.

The walk takes place on Pine Grove’s beautiful walking trail, located on the organization’s main campus at 2255 Broadway Drive in Hattiesburg. The event also includes a fun activity for children. The cost to register is $20.00 and this fee includes the walk’s T-shirt, which may be picked up during the event. Participants are encouraged to register by visiting www.pinegrovetreatment.com/carewalk. Supporters are asked to arrive at the organization’s outdoor pavilion, located on the main campus, to sign in, pick up their T-shirt and enjoy the activities. Debbie Sanford, Forrest General Hospital’s Chief Officer of Behavioral Health & Addiction Services said, “We are excited about our inaugural Care Walk and believe this event provides an important community service, enables the public an opportunity to experience Pine Grove’s beautiful campus and learn more about the mental health care we provide for children, adolescents and adults from the Pine Belt and across the country.”

All proceeds from the registration fee benefit Pine Grove Giving Back, a charitable initiative dedicated to supporting the campuses’ Spiritual Grounds. Pine Grove plans to further develop their Spiritual Grounds with the addition of a meditative labyrinth, chapel and other features designed to improve the mental health and advance the recovery of Pine Grove’s patients, alumni and their family members. All contributions to Pine Grove Giving Back are stewarded through the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital, located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs treat gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 and over. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a gender focused program for patients with sexual addiction. Inpatient Services including an Adult Psychiatric Unit, along with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, and Outpatient Services are other components. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is proud to be the first treatment center to offer Structured Family Recovery™

September 8, 2015

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is proud to be the first treatment center in the country to offer our patients Debra Jay’s Structured Family Recovery™ initiative. Structured Family Recovery™ empowers family members to have a positive impact on loved ones, who are recovering from their addictions. Due to this focus on the importance of recovery it is fitting that Pine Grove is launching Structured Family Recovery™ in conjunction with September’s National Recovery Month, which is held annually to increase public awareness about the power of recovery.

Structured Family Recovery™ is a specialized program that outlines how family members impact a patient’s recovery after treatment. Developed by noted author and Pine Grove Consultant, Debra Jay, Structured Family Recovery™ creates a defined family support system to provide empathy and accountability while a patient completes a residential treatment program at Pine Grove. Jay said, “In early recovery, a time when a united front is crucial, families can make the difference between success and failure.”

The residential treatment programs offering Structured Family Recovery™ include Pine Grove’s Next Step program for men and the Women’s Center. These programs provide hope and healing to patients, who are battling substance abuse addictions. Structured Family Recovery™ is also offered to family members and patients with Pine Grove’s Professional Enhancement Program, known as PEP, which treats professionals with inter-personal difficulties. Pine Grove’s Family and Alumni Programs are also educating family members about Structured Family Recovery™ and how they may participate in the program.

As one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses, Pine Grove is known for providing its patients with innovative addiction treatment. Structured Family Recovery™ is an extension of Pine Grove’s commitment to help patients and their families harness the joys of recovery. Debbie Sanford, RN, MS, MBA, Forrest General Hospital’s Chief Officer of Behavioral Health & Addiction Services said, “Pine Grove has long recognized a patient’s entire family is impacted by addiction and Structured Family Recovery™ is an important enhancement to Pine Grove’s patient and family centered services.”

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs focus on treating gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 plus. Other Pine Grove programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a program for patients with sexual and intimacy disorder issues. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided the highest quality health care for over 30 years.

Pine Grove recognizes National Recovery Month by paying tribute to its three decades of Alumni

September 17, 2014

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is celebrating September’s National Recovery Month by honoring its thousands of alumni that have found hope and healing through their treatment at Pine Grove.

For thirty years, Pine Grove has been a leader in behavioral health and addiction treatment, cultivating a national and international reputation for providing the highest quality health care. As part of Pine Grove’s dedication to its patients the organization offers all patients, who completed a residential treatment program at Pine Grove, membership in the organization’s Alumni Program. This membership is also extended to the families of Pine Grove’s graduate patients. The mission of the Alumni Program is to be a continual source of recovery support long after the treatment process has ended.

Carver Brown, Coordinator of Pine Grove’s Alumni Program, said, “As we celebrate National Recovery Month, it gives me pause to recognize the courageous graduates of Pine Grove’s specialty programs.” According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the goal of Recovery Month is to send the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health. Recovery Month is currently marking its 25th year and promotes the benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery. Brown said Pine Grove’s Alumni, “Prove time and again that recovery works, treatment works and a life of permanent, contented recovery is a reality.”

Pine Grove’s Alumni Program hosts a variety of activities, including Days of Hope. That event provides patients and their families with an opportunity to return to Pine Grove’s campus several times a year to reconnect with their treatment team, peers, and receive continued recovery support at no additional cost. Debbie Sanford, Forrest General Hospital’s Chief Behavioral Health Officer, said, “Our patients are at the forefront of everything we do at Pine Grove. Their recovery and making sure they have the needed tools to achieve a healthy and happy life, free from addiction, is the focus of our successful Alumni Program and the entire Pine Grove organization. I am extremely proud of our patient’s recovery and our thirty year history of providing the highest quality and cost effective health care.”

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital, located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs focus on treating gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a focused substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 and over. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a program for patients with sexual and intimacy disorder issues. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.

Pine Grove Welcomes Russell Rainey to its Legacy Program

March 19, 2014

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, an extension of Forrest General Hospital, is proud to announce the addition of Russell Rainey, MS, LPC, to the organization's Legacy program. Rainey is the Program Director of Legacy, which specializes in identifying and healing substance abuse issues in older adults beginning at age 55. Legacy was established by Pine Grove in 2012 in response to growing patient needs and an evolving body of research suggesting links between age specific addiction treatment programs and improved outcomes.

Rainey's commitment to helping older adults successfully cope with their addiction challenges, along with a personal goal of advancing this under served and innovative field of addiction treatment are two reasons he is proud to be at the helm of Pine Grove's Legacy program. According to Rainey, “With the growing number of older adults struggling with substance use disorders, the need for quality treatment is definitely great.

A South Mississippi native, Rainey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Biblical Studies with a focus on Language at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He gained his Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from William Carey University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to joining the Legacy team, Rainey served as Clinical Director of Pine Grove's Next Step program, which specializes in treating men with alcohol and chemical dependency addictions. I am tremendously grateful to be doing work that matters as part of the Pine Grove family,” Rainey explained.

Pine Grove's Chief Behavioral Health Officer, Debbie Sanford said, “Russell Rainey has been an integral member of the Pine Grove team for many years, first with Next Step and now as Program Director of Legacy. I know with Legacy, Russell will grow and advance Pine Grove's mission of providing high quality and cost effective care for our older adult patient population, who are battling addictions.”

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital, located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Pine Grove's world renowned specialty programs focus on treating sexual addiction issues along with gender-specific chemical dependency treatment, including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adults age 55 and over, in company with a specialized professional treatment program and comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years

Psychology Internship Program

Pine Grove has an excellent internship program that offers a wide range of training activities on two rotations. We are able to offer interns opportunities for training in residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings working with adults presenting with a ride range of diagnoses. We are APA accredited as a single entity doctoral psychology internship program under the name of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology (PG-DIPP). Please visit our Psychology Internship Program home page for more information.

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