Twenty-two years ago, Circle Park Behavioral Health Services founded the Chrysalis Center for women. Its goal to this day is the same as it was then: to serve as an affordable extended care inpatient facility for pregnant women and women with young children who are battling drug and alcohol addiction. Located in Florence, South Carolina, it is the only facility in the area that allows children, up to the age of 10, to remain with their mothers during treatment, in a therapeutic environment.
Accommodations and Food
The Chrysalis Center is a centralized building, covered in red brick, with a welcoming pink scroll over the front entrance—it looks like a Midwestern chain hotel, both inside and out. The interior is full of well-worn wood furniture; covered in floral patterns, banquet chairs lined up for groups and murals painted on the walls for the kids. Chrysalis Center provides furnished apartment residences for 18 women and their young children. The women and older children sleep in twin beds and there are cribs for the babies. While there are common areas and classrooms, Internet and TV access are limited and there are no cell phones or personal computers allowed.
In keeping with what is a communal spirit at Chrysalis, chores are divided out and shared within the group. Every resident takes shifts babysitting and working in the cafeteria-style kitchen to make healthy meals for the extended Chrysalis family. The diet is focused on common sense nutrition and precludes refined sugar and caffeine.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment lasts upwards of three months and often there is a waiting list. Although there are no detox facilities, clients in need of this service are referred out and can return once they are free of withdrawals.
Chrysalis Center recovery methods include trauma-informed care and evidence-based therapies like CBT. Clients take part in group and individual therapy as well as addiction education and classes in both living skills and parenting. While their mothers are in treatment, kids are engaged in education, therapy and play appropriate to their ages.
This program is also 12-step in orientation. On-site meetings take place every night and many of the groups have a 12-step foundation. For example, one of the first tasks for new members at Chrysalis is to write a life story and present it to the community.
Chrysalis has a primarily female staff of 30 with four Master’s-level clinical counselors. Resident nurses are on staff until midnight. Many staff members are in recovery themselves.
Chrysalis Center is providing a valuable service for only a few dollars a day. It makes sense that there is a waiting list. With a favorable staff-to-client ratio, childcare services and a sober community of mothers to fall back on, Chrysalis Center is a solid choice for treatment for the women that qualify.
1430 S Cashua Dr
Florence, SC 29501
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