The Daystar Center for Spiritual Recovery in In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was established in 1996 by Rev. Judith Coleman as a mission of the United Methodist Church. Coleman made this long-term residential recovery house for men struggling with substance abuse her life’s work. Since her death in 2005, her husband has managed the facility in her honor.
Accommodations and Food
Housed in a beautiful, historic home, the 18-bed facility accommodates its residents in bunk beds, two to a room. As Daystar is almost continually full, private rooms are not available. The men are required to participate in the preparation and clean up of meals. The food is wholesome and basic.
Treatment and Staff
Daystar requires clients seeking treatment to be over 18, male, English-speaking and serious about recovering from their substance abuse problems. It is suggested that clients complete an inpatient program before coming to Daystar, as they must be at least 21 days clean and not in need of detox.
Daystar’s treatment is based on the spiritual principles of the 12 steps. Clients are required to attend AA or NA meetings daily, as well as cultivate a faith in a Higher Power. This approach is combined with various collaborative therapies, such as reality therapy, client-centered therapy and relapse prevention, which are applied in both group and individual sessions.
Daystar’s program is quite structured for the entire four- to six-month stay. During the initial, week-long, blackout phase, clients are not allowed to speak with family or friends and must be accompanied by staff if they need to leave the premises. The subsequent three weeks are spent earning privileges such as free time and visits by working hard in the program and attending all required therapy sessions. Clients are not permitted to maintain jobs during this period.
Clients enjoy more flexibility as they progress through the program, though cars and cellphones are never allowed. They are only allowed to work jobs in the third and fourth phases of treatment, and only during daytime hours that do not conflict with the Daystar program. Clients must attend a place of worship weekly in addition to 12-step meetings. Non-compliance, violence or drug-use all result in dismissal. New romantic relationships are also not allowed, as residents are asked to focus strictly on recovery while living in the facility.
Licensed clinicians and therapists lead the group and individual sessions. Volunteers, missionaries, interns and clergy also assist in the maintenance and supervision of clients at Daystar.
In addition to the residential treatment program, Daystar delivers counseling ministry to young offenders and residents at the nearby Schaffner Juvenile Detention Center for children between ages 8 and 18. The facility also works on an outpatient basis with families struggling with addiction or an addict in the home.
Daystar Center for Spiritual Recovery offers a highly structured and stable environment for men to build a foundation for recovery. As the program consists mostly of achieving sobriety through 12-step and spiritual principles, Daystar would not be recommended for someone resistant to those concepts. However, for men who are open to faith-based treatment, Daystar offers an affordable, no-nonsense approach to recovery.
Daystar Center For Spiritual Recovery
125 N 18th St
Harrisburg, PA 17103
Daystar Center For Spiritual Recovery Cost: $3,000 (30 days). Reach Daystar Center For Spiritual Recovery by phone (717) 230-9898. Find Daystar Center For Spiritual Recovery on Facebook
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