Located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Damon House was founded in 1971 as a non-profit social service organization aimed at helping those who suffer from substance abuse with both short- and long-term treatment, in addition to educating the community about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. The men and women who come to this program are from a wide variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds, falling between the ages of 18 and 55. Typically, clients are at the end of the road financially and legally.
Accommodations and Food
The 70-bed Damon House facility is set up in an old, brick armory. Clients live in modest bedrooms furnished with twin-sized beds and small dressers. All rooms are shared with one other resident.
Three meals a day are prepared on-site by the kitchen staff and served cafeteria style. Favorites include pasta, soup, burgers, fried chicken, stir fry and sandwiches. While the options are not the healthiest, clients do not go hungry.
Treatment and Staff
Clients who enter the intensive residential program, which generally lasts six to 10 months, must complete detox before admission. The program concentrates on behavior modification rather than the 12 steps. Through the use of CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) in therapy, clients can work on eliminating cravings for drugs and alcohol. Each client participates in weekly individual therapy, group therapy, nutrition education, recreation and meditation. Group topics include relapse prevention, anger management, life skills, employment, processing and codependency.
On-site AA/NA meetings are available several times a week. Residents can also go off-site for a meeting on Friday nights provided they have obtained a pass to leave the facility.
While there is no on-site medical monitoring, clients do have access to a visiting psychiatrist and medical doctor. The rest of the on-site staff consists of counselors, case managers and nurses.
Family therapy is a chance for clients to heal damaged family dynamics. Family members can attend counseling with the individual counselor, groups and educational lectures. A lawyer is available to help clients with legal problems.
With a strong emphasis on behavior modification and no pressure to embrace the 12 steps, Damon House’s long-term program can help financially and legally troubled clients get their lives back on track.
105 Joyce Kilmer Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 8901
Damon House Cost: Free. Reach Damon House by phone at (732) 828-6002. Find Damon House on Facebook
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