Located about an hour north of Austin in Temple, Texas, Christian Farms-Tree House began in 1970 as a Bible-based program for men. A State-licensed nonprofit, it now provides both men and women with long-term residential treatment for substance abuse, based in Christian and 12-step principles. A belief in God, as well as adherence to Christian teachings and total abstinence from substances is required.
Accommodations and Food
Though CFTH provides men and women treatment on the same campus, programs are separated across the 13-acre property. Gender-specific dorms accommodate 24 clients in bunk beds, though some semi-private rooms are also available. Clients can relax in the library or exercise room, doing their own laundry at the on-site facilities. Though there are TVs in the dorms, no personal electronic devices are allowed. Clients complete chores that include meal preparation, though all food and snacks are provided by CFTH. Medically necessary dietary restrictions can be accommodated and no energy drinks are allowed.
Treatment and Staff
Before admission, clients must undergo physical and psychological assessment at an appointed time to ensure they are medically and mentally stable and have a primary diagnosis of substance use. Pregnant women may be admitted if the due date is 90 days after proposed discharge. Prescribed medications are allowed, though only counseling is offered for dual diagnosis support. Additional medical or mental health concerns—including medically monitored detox—can be addressed with a doctor at off-site appointments facilitated by CFTH.
The 30, 60 and 90-day programs structure treatment around daily 12-step meetings, group therapy, life skills classes and spiritual work. Most clients start working the 12 steps with a sponsor, while also receiving spiritual guidance from chaplains, through Church and Bible study. Education groups focus on parenting skills (when applicable), goal setting and relapse prevention, while teaching clients about the effects and causes of substance use. Additionally, anger management and domestic violence support groups help clients learn healthy boundaries and communication techniques.
A staff of LCDCs, counselor trainees and interns working toward licensure and approved volunteers oversee treatment, providing supervision around the clock.
Medical and social services are nearby, with transport to these provided as needed.
Each client leaves treatment with a personalized aftercare plan that includes ongoing individual and group counseling, as well as community support.
Christian Farms-Tree House provides men and women a stable and structured environment, with long-term support. Though faith-based programs may not suit some, the strict rules and expectations can be a benefit to those who need a firm foundation in sobriety.
Christian Farms-Tree House
3804 Riverside Trail
Temple, TX 76502
Christian Farms-Tree House Cost: Residential $4,500 (for 30 days); Aftercare $4,000 (for 30 days). Reach Christian Farms-Tree House by phone at (254) 933-9400 or by email at [email protected]. Find Christian Farms-Tree House on Facebook
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