Shepherd Hill, Newark, Ohio

Little Miami River, Ohio, USA
200 Messimer Dr
Newark, OH, 43055

Shepherd Hill Overview

Located in the city of Newark, Ohio and the county seat of Licking County, Shepherd Hill is a treatment facility for adult men and women ages 18 and above suffering from chemical dependency and substance abuse founded in 1985 by Dr. William Kennedy, co-founder of the Licking Memorial Hospital alcohol rehab program and a certified addictionologist. The residential treatment center became a branch of the Licking Memorial Healthcare Systems in January of 1992.
The facility seeks to treat patients in a holistic manner—addressing spiritual, mental, and physical problems. Treatment services at the center are offered by a level of care basis. This means that individuals are assessed upon admission and the appropriate treatment method is provided to them. The evaluation is process is overseen by a certified psychiatrist, chemical dependency counselors, and addiction registered nurses. The evaluation process may also include psychological testing, biopsychosocial history, and addiction medicine evaluation. Individuals at the center are also reassessed every week to determine the most effective form of care. The treatment facility offers various levels of care which include a detoxification program, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and extended care, traditional, and aftercare programs. The treatment options and programs are evidence and researched-based while also being specialized to suit the needs and goals of each patient. The treatment team at the facility consists of addiction counselors, psychologists, and spiritual counselors. The center also offers services for individuals dealing with co-occurring disorders.

Accommodation And Food

The treatment center is located some miles east of Columbus and offers a campus setting which private, safe, and comfortable. While at the facility, residents stay in two cottage-like buildings on the Licking Memorial Hospital Campus. The two cottages have about 32 beds between them and incorporate gender-specific housing. Although the treatment program is co-ed. The two residencies are quaint and located in a tranquil setting which allows for quiet walks. Patients are advised to bring seasonal but not inappropriate clothing and refrain from bringing personal electronic devices such as phones and laptops.
Residents are served food three meals per day in the center’s cafeteria. The menu features a variety of choices and snacks are also made available throughout the day.

Treatment & Therapy

The center offers some treatment and therapy services depending on the unique needs of the client. Some of these are:

  • Detoxification
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Extended care
  • Traditional care
  • Aftercare


The facility’s detoxification program is the most intense and provides the supervision of nursing and medical staff while clients go through withdrawal symptoms. The program is also designed to be safe and effective.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Clients attend the intensive outpatient program 3-5 days in a week for about 4 hours daily. The treatment lasts for about 6-8 weeks and also includes evidence-based therapy and family programs.

Aftercare Program

The aftercare program takes place every week and is designed for patients who are in the post-treatment phase of recovery. The program is free of charge and involves various group sessions.
The following are a list of substances treated at the facility:

  • Alcohol
  • Ecstasy
  • Heroin
  • Inhalants
  • Benzos
  • Cocaine

Therapy Options

The facility offers various options of therapy which include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Relapse prevention
  • Support groups
  • Psycho-education


Shepherd Hill costs approximately $23,000 for a 28-day treatment at the facility but this price is subject to change as it is greatly dependent on the kind of a treatment or level of care a client requires. The facility is in-network with most insurance companies and is available to work with out-of-network providers. Clients are advised to contact the facility for more information on benefits, coverage, and verification. Insurance accepted include Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurances (Aetna, United Healthcare, Cigna, Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and more). Private payment options such as credit card, Check, cash) are also available to clients.

Shepherd Hill Advantages

The facility offers family programs to clients and their loved ones which take place on a bi-weekly basis on Saturdays. The family program includes sessions and lectures on the causes and dangers of addiction and how to provide support. An aftercare plan is created for clients who have completed a primary program which is offered weekly and costs nothing. The facility also offers an extended care program which allows clients to remain at the facility during the week and go home on weekends.
In conclusion, the facility offers a well-rounded, comprehensive, and structured program and care in a medical setting. Treatment is highly evidence-based combined with 12-steps to provide a solid foundation for individuals seeking recovery. Clients seeking a facility which treats individuals as a whole person and not just focusing on the addiction will find Shepherd Hill to be a good option.


Richard Whitney
Medical Director

Richard went to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and earned his medical degree and is board certified to practice addiction medicine and has completed a residency in Emergency Medicine and a fellowship in Addiction Medicine.

Andrew Highberger
Medical Director

Andrew went to the Medical University of South Carolina where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree and the Ohio State University Hospital where he completed a residency in anesthesia. He is board certified to practice anesthesiology and addiction medicine and has completed a fellowship in addiction medicine.

Darren L. Burgin

Darren went to the University of Cincinnati where he earned a Master’s degree in Nursing and a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in nursing as well. He is certified to practice psychiatry and mental health nursing.

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