Bassett House was founded in 1975 in Athens, Ohio, a quaint town in the southeastern region of the state. Bassett House is part of larger substance abuse treatment organization, Health Recovery Services which also offers a substance abuse recovery program for women, intervention services and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Basset House is an Ohio Department of Mental Health certified program providing residential treatment services to adolescent boys and girls in the Athens area.
Accommodations and Food
Bassett House is a one-story residence on an expansive 40-acre plot of land. The facility has 26 beds with two separate wings for males and females. Each room is furnished with three twin beds, three bedside tables and three closets for personal belongings. Each room also has a private bathroom shared among roommates.
The facility also has a living room with a TV. Recreation is highly encouraged as integral to recovery, and the facility has an outdoor basketball court and volleyball net. There is also an on-site classroom where clients attend regular classes during the school year to complete school requirements and work towards their GED.
Three meals a day are provided by the local school lunch program. Although clients are served a set menu, the food providers can accommodate special dietary needs or restrictions.
Treatment and Staff
All Bassett House clients are between the ages of 13 and 18, usually referred to the program either by their school or the court. To be eligible for Bassett House, clients must have first tried outpatient treatment. The intake process begins with an initial meeting with Bassett House’s admissions coordinator to determine the client’s potential level of need. If the client is a good fit for Bassett House, he or she is assigned a case manager who then develops a treatment plan that addresses the client’s individual needs. Individuals who are not stable or under going withdrawal symptoms are referred to outside detox programs.
The treatment program at Bassett House consists of both group and individual counseling. The length and intensity of the program varies for each person. Case managers track progress and help shift the length and intensity of treatment as needed. When clients enter the program, they are given the option of either a 45- or 90-day track, both of which are identical with the exception of duration. Clients are invited to extend their stay if they wish.
Clients attend one to two group meetings per day and individual sessions two to three times a week. The counselors utilize a bio-psycho-social model of addiction therapy and use a variety of treatment techniques during groups including relapse prevention, CBT, DBT, anger management, education and therapeutic intervention. Gender-specific groups are part of the curriculum as well. The organization does not utilize the 12 steps.
Bassett House is equipped to treat dual diagnosis and these clients are referred to the organization’s mental health staff for treatment. The house also employs a psychologist who regularly meets with clients who may have potential co-occurring disorders.
Bassett House arranges individual meetings with counselors, clients and family members focused on addressing co-dependency issues as well as teaching family members about substance abuse. Loved ones are also referred to Alanon groups for further support.
As residents progress through the program, they develop a goal-driven discharge plan that includes both education and sobriety-related goals. When they leave, they have the option of entering into Bassett House’ aftercare. Clients in the aftercare program work closely with their case manager to help achieve the goals from their discharge plan.
Bassett House also offers a relapse prevention program for clients who have left the program but are still having trouble staying sober. The two to three week program includes both regular group and individual counseling focused on relapse prevention and concrete strategies for not drinking or using.
Bassett House works regularly with clients that are court-ordered and have legal issues. The facility helps assist these clients with meeting their legal obligations and builds any required community service into the client’s treatment program.
Bassett House provides both affordable and individualized treatment to adolescents in the Athens, Ohio area. Bassett House’s on-site teachers and classroom allows for these young people to get the help they need without impeding their education. Additionally, the structured discharge plan and relapse prevention group provide clients with a high level of support when they step down from the primary treatment. This facility is an asset to the community, getting those struggling with substance abuse at an early age back on the right track to what will hopefully be an adulthood in recovery.
P.O. Box 724
Athens, OH 45701
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