Consisting of a refurbished barn, mansion and hotel, Bowling Green Brandywine is a sober living and treatment facility adjacent to a golf course in the small country town of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania (as well as a member of the CRC Health recovery conglomerate). Since 1982, men and women have been coming to this recovery campus to get clean and learn how to take better care of themselves.
Accommodations and Food
Female residents stay in the mansion, men in the hotel and detox clients in the remodeled barn. The three-person rooms are furnished with twin beds, a desk, lamp, dresser, closet and bathroom. The television room is open throughout the day, but gets minimal use as clients are encouraged to focus on their treatment.
A group of contracted caterers prepare all meals. Eggs, toast and sausage are served in the mornings, along with traditional breakfast (e.g., bagels, juice and cereal). Lunch menus vary and a salad bar is open daily. The cafeteria is open between meals, should residents crave a mid-day snack. Further, caffeinated coffee is served during breakfast, but it tapers down to decaf during the remainder of the day. Sweeteners and sugar packets are offered, but candy, gum and soda are prohibited.
Treatment and Staff
The first phase of treatment at Bowling Green Brandywine is detox, which generally lasts five days. The 12-step based residential treatment program is designed for 28 days, with clients participating in small-group meetings and daily individual therapy. Additionally, each resident is assigned to one counselor, ensuring that they have a manageable caseload. Several doctors come on-site daily and the facility provides support for clients with PTSD.
On a typical day, residents wake at 6:30 am; breakfast is served at 7:30 am; room inspections are at 8:30 am, and community meeting and patient orientation occur between 9 and 11:30 am. Lunch is served from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm. Group meetings are offered between 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm. Dinner is from 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm, followed by various groups and meetings before lights go out at 11 pm.
The outpatient program meets five to seven days a week at the facility, usually from 9 am to 3 pm, and there is also an opiate program that deals with the withdrawal symptoms and the psychological, sociological and lifestyle issues associated with opiate and narcotic addiction. There’s also no shortage of assistance at Bowling Green Brandywine, with more than 100 staff members including nurses, techs, counselors and doctors, all of whom are highly credentialed.
In addition to the main treatment, residents may choose alternative therapies including acupuncture, meditation, yoga and Reiki. Recreational on-site activities include volleyball, basketball, football, kickball and horseshoes. There’s also a fitness room that clients are encouraged to use. No off-site outings are offered but residents can enjoy board games and Saturday night movies. Holiday parties and special event gatherings are also provided.
If resident and counselor deem it beneficial, a family program is available. Family members must be willing to meet with a counselor and their loved one to determine whether they are eligible. Scheduling is at the discretion of the counselor.
For those looking for a mid-level, highly structured recovery program, Bowling Green Brandywine is definitely a place to consider. Its program and activities will keep residents focused on sobriety, health and a positive outlook.
Bowling Green Brandywine Location
PO Box 787
1375 Newark Rd
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Bowling Green Brandywine Cost
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