The Community Service Board of Middle Georgia is a behavioral health facility offering a broad range of care from substance abuse treatment to medical and nursing services. The Step One Recovery Center provides detox, residential and outpatient treatment services for adults struggling with substance abuse. There is also a separate residential recovery track for women with children called “Abundant Life” This program allows mothers to establish sobriety and live in a community of other women facing similar obstacles in their journey to recovery. Located in Dublin, Georgia—the midway point between Savannah and Atlanta—Step One assists residents of Laurens, Bleckley, Dodge, Johnson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, Treutlen, Wheeler and Wilcox counties.
Accommodations and Food
The Step One facility provides treatment and housing in separate buildings within a short distance of each other. A cluster of two single-family homes is located at the back of the property. Each gender-specific home is spacious, accommodating 10 residents in five double-occupancy bedrooms in twin-sized beds. The living rooms are comfortable and serve as communal space for socializing and for residents to watch TV during regulated hours. The kitchen is communal, with meals provided by a cooking staff. Menus are traditional comfort food but also offer healthy options for residents with special dietary needs. Coffee is permitted but not excessive intake of energy drinks.
Abundant Life is a set of apartment homes on the same lot as the treatment center. Ten mothers and their children are accommodated in private one-bedroom apartments with kitchens and living rooms. A TV and kitchen appliances are provided and women are expected to prepare their own family meals. A majority of groceries are donated and arrangements are made to assist families in obtaining food stamps and government support during their treatment.
Treatment and Staff
Since most CSB programs are state-funded, all potential clients are referred from court programs and family services groups. Before being fully enrolled, individuals are screened and assessed by a staff case manager. If an individual requires detox prior to entering treatment, they are referred to Quentin’s Place, a supervised three–to-five day detox facility that is also under the CSB umbrella. Treatment plans and timelines are based on each client’s needs and determined by a CDAC. Length of treatment averages 30 to 60 days, depending on the program.
Clients meet with their counselor for individual therapy once per week (more if required). CBT techniques are used for individual and group therapy. Groups account for a majority of the therapy, with residents separated by gender. Abundant Life clients have their own separate sessions.
Groups are run by one or more staff counselors and cover a range of recovery-oriented topics including relapse prevention, social and employment skills, stress and anger management. Residents also attend alcohol and drug education classes once per week. Individuals with co-occurring disorders are referred to mental health professionals in the CSB network for dual diagnosis support. Clients are transported to 12-step meetings and must attend up to three per week, one of which is for Big Book study. Clients may attend AA, NA or any similar fellowship.
Cell phones or computers are not permitted as management believe clients should immerse themselves fully in the program without distractions.
CSB is dedicated to providing affordable substance abuse treatment programs for men, women and women with children. The state-funded accommodations and therapy provide an opportunity for clients to receive treatment in a safe and controlled environment. Men and women on public assistance are given access to community resources for mental health, housing, co-occurring disorders, addiction and recovery.
Community Service Board of Middle Georgia
600 N Jefferson St
Dublin, GA 31021
Community Service Board of Middle Georgia Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Community Service Board of Middle Georgia by phone at (478) 275-6810.
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