Athena House Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Athena House

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The Basics

After treating women for about three decades in three different facilities, Athena House increased its capacity by moving its entire operation into the historic Stonehouse Inn in Santa Rosa, California, in 2011. It is part of California Human Development, a Northern California non-profit that serves a variety of low-income and/or disabled populations.

Accommodations and Food

Because the Stonehouse Inn was most recently a high end bed-and-breakfast, the facility is quaint and well kept. Up to 40 women share the large, spacious rooms, which, with cobblestone walls and antique wood accents, have a rustic charm. All resident rooms have a private bathroom and some even have a jacuzzi tub. They are flooded with natural light and come with twin beds and plenty of storage space. While there is a television on site, residents may only use it to watch DVDs on Saturdays.

A healthy lifestyle is a major priority at Athena House, where residents take turns cooking for one another. Staff help prepare salads, lean meats and vegetable dishes. Clients eat meals together.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment at Athena House is based on respect and compassion. It wants to teach women the skills they need to thrive and, to that end, offers an individualized, female-specific treatment plans. Detox is not available so anyone in need of those services must take care of it prior to admission. There is not set length of time for treatment but most clients stay at least 30 days. The daily schedule can include individual therapy, group counseling, off-site 12-step meetings, relapse prevention training, anger management training, nutrition management, self-esteem development, job search assistance and job readiness. Athena House also offers daily exercise, whether taking a walk, using the on-site exercise equipment or keeping along with one of the many exercise videos available to clients.

A typical day begins with some form of exercise and breakfast. Residents then have a variety of revolving meetings, such as a group meeting or a relapse prevention meeting. After lunch, they may have an educational seminar, a one-on-one therapy session and an outside 12-step meeting (staff escorted). That is followed by dinner and the option of another group meeting. Residents have a bit of free time to relax before lights out.

Athena House has a staff of about 11, making the staff-to-resident ratio about one-to-four. At least four of the staff members are graduates of the program including the Director and all are either registered or certified addiction specialist through the State of California, Department of Health Care Services.

Extras

Athena House offers six months of complimentary aftercare, which includes group meetings and alumni nights. Job and housing assistance is also provided to anyone who still might need help, an expression of Athena House’s “doors-are always-open” philosophy.

In Summary

Athena House is a great option for women searching for cozy accommodations, long-term care and a variety of resources at an affordable price. The Facebook reviews are quite positive, with some praising the staff, a couple of whom have been with the organization for decades.

Athena House
3555 Santa Rosa Hwy
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Athena House Cost: $3,000 (30 days). Reach Athena House by phone at (707) 526-3150 or by email at [email protected]. Find Athena House on Facebook

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Photo courtesy of Athena House; used with permission

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  1. I was an original resident at Athena House when Moira Plowman, founder, housed us in her home until we moved to the first house located in northern SR across from Social Services. So happy to see this program still lives. I continued to work as a secretary & assisted in program development & administration. Went on to work as a Program Administrator on Indian Reservations, Grant writing, federal/state program administration. I owe much of my success to Athena House .

    • When were you there and just curuios if you were asked to. Leave before graduating and if so can you own your behavior. Or were you treated different ly because of ethnic background or sexuality .was Jenna still the director because she had a huge impact on the addicted women in this county for 25 + years both positive and extreme negative if you were lesbian or bi sexual or a confident women of all sexuality’s you were screwed but hopefully in her resignation those days are behind us . your treatment and recovery from addition is what you put into it and what you receive from your peers and professional counselors and incorporating therapy modalities into a lifestyle. Coming from a graduate of Walden House in Sf 2009 Jenna did me the best favor in my life in 2007 unjustly throwing me out after my counselor was exposed getting high and forging documents in 92 I had Jenna and h3r ego and inappropriate behavior influence my recovery I took the negative and proved her wrong for 7 years maybe by my sheer ego but hell. Whatever gets you to a better place indulge it and yourself

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