Cazenovia Recovery Systems is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that offers a variety of recovery services throughout upstate New York. Worth noting, because Cazenovia does not technically meet New York State’s definition of inpatient, because it does not provide medically-supervised inpatient treatment, it classifies its four levels of residential care as Intensive Residential Rehabilitation, Community Residences, Supportive Living and Supportive Housing. One of the intensive rehab residences is Madonna House, a 16-bed facility for women and their children under 4 years of age, is located in Lockport, a beautiful town 18 miles east of Niagara Falls. The other is Turning Point House is a 21-bed facility for men, located about an hour south in Eden, New York and opened in 1990.
Ron Rycroft oversaw the opening of Turning Point House while the current Executive Director, Suzanne Bissonette, J.D., took over in 1997 and was responsible for opening the housing programs Liberty Hall, Amherst Station, and the acquisition of programs from other local agencies: Casa Di Vita in 2014 and Madonna House, Somerset House, and Sundram Manor in 2016.
Accommodations and Food
Both facilities are comfortable homes surrounded by nature. Madonna House is an impressive white house that resembles a ski chalet. Rooms are semi-private with twin beds. Women without children are welcome in the program but the private rooms are only available to ones who are mothers and there is an option for a crib or small cot in addition to other furnishings. There is a lounge on the first floor with seating areas and a stone fire place. The dining area is simple and clean with with warm colored wood and children’s artwork on the walls. There is an area with small tables and chairs, where playpens, cribs and toys are kept for children while mothers are in therapy. A fire pit and playground can be enjoyed outside on the property.
Turning Point House resembles a large country home with a red brick chimney. Residents live in shared rooms that are wheelchair-accessible. The group room has a television and several large couches. In the lounge, clients can relax on leather recliners and in the sunny quiet room as well. There are also trails around the property for walking and exploring.
Both facilities offer a five-day rotation of meals based on personal preferences and dietary restrictions. The menus also change regularly every week based on who is in the home. Sugar and caffeine are allowed but laptops and other high priced items are highly discouraged although not completely forbidden.
Treatment and Staff
The average length of stay at both Turning Point House and Madonna House is six to nine months. Only accepting clients over the age of 18, these facilities’ treatment plans are trauma-informed but also have a strict emphasis on personal responsibility. Turning Point House and Madonna House only accept clients who have made multiple failed sobriety attempts. Neither facility offers detox services.
In order to succeed in the programs, residents must be totally self-sufficient. This means 7am wake up, making it to therapy sessions on time and participating in the home activities and treatment exercises. Both facilities offer daily group therapy and weekly individual therapy on-site with a counselor as well as transportation to off-site 12-step meetings. There is also assistance with case management, daily living skills training and daily social activities. Residents are also expected to attend house community meetings every day at 3pm. Where issues pertaining to the group are discussed and dealt with in a small community government setting.
Cazenovia Recovery Systems is licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and New York State Office of Mental Health. As such, some of its facilities do offer help with co-occurring disorders but Madonna House and Turning Point House solely focus on those who have a primary diagnosis of substance abuse. While not all of the locations and programs staff credentialed mental health professionals and addiction specialists, they do all employ Qualified Health Professionals (QHP).
Residents of Turning Point House have the option to freely utilize the nearby Burt Flickinger Athletic Center, where they may exercise and swim in the pool. Childcare is provided free of charge while mothers are in therapy at Madonna House.
Because Cazenovia Recovery Systems is a non-profit, payment for treatment is a monthly rent based on the client’s income. As such, for some residents, treatment can be totally free. Turning Point House and Madonna House provide long term care for people with repeated recovery attempts in a peaceful rural setting. Cazenovia Recovery Systems is committed to providing the best care possible to a variety of different types of people, regardless of gender or financial background. There is something for everyone through this network.
Cazenovia Recovery Systems Locations
5586 Niagara St Extension
Lockport, NY 14094
Turning Point House
9136 Sandrock Rd
Eden, NY 14057
Cazenovia Recovery Systems’ Turning Point House and Madonna House Costs
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