Opened in 2009, Edgefield Recovery Center is an economical 12-step focused rehab in Cheneyville, a small town in the southern part of Louisiana. Edgefield’s philosophy is to provide an inclusive treatment approach in which clients and staff share the responsibility of managing their sober community.
Accommodations and Food
Treatment and housing happen in the same place at Edgefield. The facility is housed in an antebellum style mansion surrounded by oak trees and a 10-acre pecan grove next to Bayou Boeuf. Clients sleep in one of 30 twin-sized beds, sharing rooms and bathrooms with up to four people. Both the rooms and the house are well appointed, with chandeliers and hardwood floors, and everyone has their own nightstand, lamp and closet. There is a large flat screen TV in the family room for down time, and outside, lush green plants surround a deck full of rocking chairs. To complete the vintage Southern feel, tobacco products are allowed in designated areas.
Edgefield offers three meals a day prepared by a nutritionist, and dietary requests are accommodated when possible. Snacks and drinks are also made available throughout the schedule. Not getting the treats you want? After the first week, clients can purchase their own items on one of their many trips into town.
Treatment and Staff
The staff includes an addictionologist, a psychiatrist and a psychologist, as well as licensed therapists, social workers and counselors, a CSAC nurse practitioner, RNs and LPNs. Edgefield offers both group and five individual therapy sessions a week, as well as addiction education courses, dual diagnosis support, sub-acute medical detox, Big Book study and on and off-site AA meetings. Clients are required to attend all AA meetings and are highly recommended to get sponsors.
Treatment is organized into phases, involving the assignment of 12-step work, a self-assessment and life story exercise, writing a relapse prevention plan and developing a symptom management plan. Individual therapy encompasses self-esteem issues, co-occurring diagnosis, trauma and treatment planning, while group sessions are gender specific and include relapse prevention, spirituality and addiction education.
The schedule at Edgefield is simple; wake up at 6 am for breakfast at 7, help clean up and then go to therapy sessions and classes until a noon lunch. After lunch are more therapy sessions and then a compulsory exercise period with dinner at 6 pm followed by AA and free time. Clients assist with meals and household chores. Weekends are less structured and include family programming, approved visitation and supervised extracurricular activities.
The family program consists of educational therapy services on Saturday mornings that are designed to assist families by addressing addiction and relapse prevention. There are also individual family sessions on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. Clients are not allowed to contact family for the first seven days of treatment, but following this initial period, the house phone is available for 10 minutes every day between 5 and 10 pm. Cell phones are not allowed. Visitation hours are 1:30 to 4 pm on Sundays after the first week in residence and the client must submit a list of the friends and family planning on attending for staff approval.
Clients receive the benefit of a weekly personal training session, an on-site weight room, access to the grounds for exercise and a nutritionist who prepares the meals. Edgefield also offers monthly bowling and movie trips into town.
Clients learn to be a functioning and vital part of the community at Edgefield, though this also means personal privacy is compromised. With a comprehensive family program, an emphasis on healthy living and its extensive grounds, Edgefield is a well-priced option for those looking for recovery with Southern hospitality.
Edgefield Recovery Center
10627 US 71
Cheneyville, LA 71325
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