An hour outside of Detroit is a hospital system that has provided healthcare since 1918. Voted one of Healthgrades 100 Best Hospitals in 2013, Allegiance Health has 40 facilities around Jackson, Michigan, and one of them is an addiction recovery center for adults suffering from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Services range from detox to residential and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs, where clients receive psychiatric support in addition to group therapy and an introduction to the 12 steps.
Accommodations and Food
Treatment and housing are under one roof here. Up to 14 men and women receive treatment together at the addiction recovery center, in a clinic set back from the road. Clients sleep on twin beds, two to a room, with a shared bathroom. There is a common area, furnished with chairs, sofas and a TV—clients can watch at lunch or in the evening.
Food is delivered from the main hospital daily. Clients have an array of choices for a DIY breakfast, including cereal, fruit and eggs, breakfast meats and burritos. Lunch is buffet style, with sandwiches and salads. Dinner items include chicken and meatloaf. Sugar and caffeine are both allowed.
With exception of iPods, no outside electronics are permitted at this facility. For smokers, packs of unopened cigarettes are allowed and there are designated areas for smoking.
Treatment and Staff
Initially, all new clients participate in a phone screening. Depending on a client’s addiction, detox ranges from three to seven days and Allegiance administers benzodiazepines and/or Suboxone. After detox, clients remain for two to four weeks of inpatient care. Treatment methods include daily addiction education and group therapy, with two individual sessions a week. Techniques include CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) and clients see a psychiatrist for dual diagnosis support.
As mentioned, Allegiance Health also incorporates the 12 steps into treatment. There are a multitude of meetings offered on-site—from 8 am to 7:30 pm daily. On Friday evenings, a volunteer comes and takes residents to an optional off-site meeting. Getting a sponsor and working the steps is not required, but encouraged.
Residents rise at 6:30 am, have breakfast and clean up. They attend a community group and then everyone does chores. From 8:30 to 10 am, people are in groups and then there’s a 12-step meeting from 10 to 11 am. At 11:15 am, they have another group and lunch is from noon to 1:15 pm, followed by a didactic course. Clients are given a break from 2:30 to 3 pm and another group follows. At 4:30 pm, clients then have a recreational group—sometimes it’s an off-site meeting. Dinner is from 5 to 6:15 pm, which is followed by a movie or a 12-step meeting. Next is addiction and health education. From 9 to 11 pm, everyone is given free time before lights out at 11 pm.
Allegiance Health’s recovery center has a nurse, LPN and psychiatrist on each shift. There are three full-time day therapists, one full-time evening therapist and a nutritionist on staff. Other, primary staffers are LADCs and CADCs. Additional employees are psych techs, often in the process of obtaining higher certifications.
On Sundays, a psych tech (who’s also a pastor and martial-arts expert) gives a spirituality lecture, then leads a self-defense class. In addition to martial arts, residents enjoy walking the on-site track, taking a yoga class or participating in Tai Chi. Sunday is also family day—there is an interactive, educational multi-family group—where the client is in the room with their loved ones. If requested, individual family sessions are available as well. Afterward, there’s a half hour of open-ended visitation.
Allegiance Health provides a well-staffed addiction program with dual diagnosis support, where clients can start in detox and step-down to outpatient services within the same organization. Allegiance Health also sponsors a wide variety of 12-step meetings, giving its clients the opportunity to build and maintain a strong sober community.
Addiction Recovery Center
2424 W Washington Ave
Jackson, MI 49203
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