Billingslea Recovery Residence is a long-term addiction recovery facility that serves men ages 21 to 65. This program is provided through River Edge Behavioral Health Center in Macon, Georgia, and provides evidence- based treatment methods, transitional services and extensive aftercare.
Accommodations and Food
The Billingslea Recovery Residence is a three-story brick building that can accommodate between 14 and 20 men in seven bedrooms, many with bathrooms that connect between rooms. The spacious, home-like residence offers comfort. The facility was recently renovated and offers common areas like a large living room furnished with comfortable couches and chairs, dining room and a kitchen that is fully stocked. There are also classrooms, therapy rooms and office space for the employees. All food is prepared daily by kitchen staff, and aims to provide nutritious options for all.
Treatment and Staff
The men who come to Billingslea must have a thorough assessment during intake and an individualized treatment plan is created. They must have gone through a detox program and fit a certain profile. This includes a clean bill of health, not having any primary mental health concerns or a history of violence. The program is six months to a year, and during this time the clients participate in a number of therapeutic and vocational training activities. There a strong element of psychoeducation along with a peer support community integrated into the programs.
During their stay at Billingslea, the clients are required to attend the Rivers Edge Wellness and Recovery Center during the days and participate in group and individual therapy sessions. Groups cover relapse prevention techniques, coping skills and general health and wellness. Treatment modalities can vary from client to client, but generally include CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). The clients also participate in 12-step meetings in order to build a supportive community and find a sponsor. There is also an expectation that when the men leave the facility they will be prepared to start seeking employment. There are job skills training classes that include interviewing and resume building.
There is constant residential support staff on site. Clinical and medical staff includes LADCs, RNs and Master’s-level therapists.
Included in the program is the six-month aftercare plan that the clients agree to when coming to this facility. Aftercare includes week group sessions that take place at the Rivers Edge outpatient center.
The Billingslea Recovery Residence is the first of its kind in the area, and was created as a place that offers a second chance for men who have struggled with substance abuse and are ready to change their lives for good. It offers comprehensive care in an environment that is based in a community of support and kindness.
Billingslea Recovery Residence
1243 First Ave
Macon, GA 31204
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