Located in Charleston, South Carolina, Charleston Recovery House is a men’s-only residential treatment facility with safe, gender-specific treatment for addiction. The facility is operated through the larger Gavin Foundation, a multi-service non-profit which provides community-based treatment and education for substance abuse serving over 5,000 individuals a year. Resting on a solid 12-step foundation, Charleston is a long-term program designed to bring men back to sobriety.
Accommodations and Food
Charleston accommodates clients in an early 20th-century brick home with 25 beds. Each bedroom has two or three twin beds, a closet, dressers and a bureau. The home also has shared bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining room and a living room. Though there is no on-site workout area, the men are encouraged to find a local gym to attend. Smoking is permitted outside of the home.
When it comes to food, residents are provided with cooked dinners Monday through Friday. For breakfast, lunch and weekend meals, clients are welcome to use the fully stocked kitchen to prepare meals for themselves. Generally, this means meals like cereal, sandwiches and other snacks. Sugar and caffeine are permitted.
Treatment and Staff
The program at Charleston Recovery House typically lasts four to six months, using the 12 steps as guiding principles. Detox is not available on-site.
The facility transitions residents back into the real world with the end goal being full-time employment. Before the working phase, clients attend house meetings and therapy at the facility’s outpatient center. The outpatient option is known as Structured Outpatient Addiction Program (SOAP). This 10 to 12 day track generally includes a mixture of daily group and individual therapy at least once a week. Treatment approaches include CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and 12-step concepts.
Clients are required to attend in-house 12-step meetings six nights a week as well obtain a sponsor and work the steps. Off-site meetings are not required, though they are an encouraged when schedules permit. Once residents are ready to begin working, afternoons are spent job hunting. Those who are employed must be home for dinner by 5 pm and then in the house by 11 pm each night. Family and friends are invited for visitation on weekends. In order to ensure complete abstinence, drug tests are performed frequently.
The facility employs LADCs, a nurse practitioner and peer counselors. Two staff members, including the house manager, are available around the clock in the home.
In additional to providing structure and support, Charleston aims to make recovery an enjoyable process. In the spirit of fun, the men occasionally attend off-site events such as sporting events or other group activities. Gavin Foundation offers several other programs at their various other facilities including the Center for Recovery Services where men attend outpatient therapy, the Cushing Houses for adolescents, the Graduate Centers for alumni and the Walsh Center, which serves as a recreation hall for kids and teens. Meetings, meditation sessions and sober community events can be found at the Devine Recovery Center.
Once residents have completed residential treatment, they are invited to participate in aftercare. This complimentary program includes includes Big Book meetings on Sundays, participation in the 12-step community, relapse prevention groups and peer-support for new clients.
Charleston Recovery House offers men an affordable chance at long-term sobriety. As a branch of the Gavin Foundation, residents are connected to a wide sobriety network throughout the city of Boston. By gaining employment, staying involved in 12-step communities and receiving peer support, the men at Charleston Recovery House learn autonomy, independence and how to maintain long-term recovery.
Charleston Recovery House Location
15 Bunker Hill St
Charleston, SC 02129
Charleston Recovery House Cost
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