Addiction is an evergreen health problem, and yet it’s uncommon to find treatment centers that have been around the block; in fact, many have been open for only a few years. That’s not the case with CED Fellowship House. This non-profit, all-male center has been around since 1968, and has something of a fraternity or boys club feeling to it. Unlike a fraternity, however, CED Fellowship House is dead serious about treatment, and dedicated to the 12 steps all the way.
Accommodations and Food
Located in the small town of Gadsden, Alabama, CED Fellowship’s facility is basically a country manor with 20 beds. The house has linoleum floors and all bedrooms have twin beds and dressers with shared bathrooms. There’s also a living room with a few couches and a TV, a communal dining area attached to a big, industrial style kitchen and a study with several long tables and chairs. Finally, on-site laundry is also available.
All meals are home-style and served with equal emphasis on both health and Southern comfort.
Treatment and Staff
To get started at CED Fellowship House, you’ll need to be 18 or older, have already detoxed beforehand, have an adult psychosocial assessment on you and be willing to work a full time job, do the 12 steps and submit to random drug and alcohol screens during your stay.
Though CED doubles as a halfway house, it does offer inpatient treatment. As previously mentioned, the program is heavily steeped in Big Book wisdom, meaning it’s AA and NA support groups and few holistic treatment alternatives.
Because it often accepts clients who are recently out of prison, CED’s main self-professed goal is “complete resocialization,” which includes improving the educational, cultural and social skills of the men who come there. Aside from that, CED’s counselors work individually with residents to identify what their individual problems and capabilities are, as well as what goals they might have for their treatment. Finally, families and significant others are encouraged to participate in family counseling at the facility, as well as in Alanon and Alateen groups.
Because it has a relatively small clientele base, the staff is even smaller; it consists of three certified addiction counselors, a kitchen manager and two other program managers who help outline individualized treatment programs—no medical staff.
CED Fellowship House is a facility focused on the nitty gritty work of recovery from alcoholism and hard drugs. It’s mainly the brotherhood aspect of the facility as well as its venerable status in the recovery world that will draw a certain crowd, not to mention it’s very affordable price tag. For those with true life-or-death addictions, those very short on cash or those recently out of prison, CED Fellowship provides just the essentials and will work with you.
CED Fellowship House Location
4209 Brooke Ave
Gadsden, AL 35904
CED Fellowship House Cost
CED Fellowship House: $100 admission fee plus 30% weekly income (not to exceed $75 a week). Reach CED Fellowship House by phone at (256) 413-3470 or by email at [email protected].
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