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The Farley Center


the-farley-centerThe Basics

The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place is a drug and alcohol residential treatment facility located near Historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. The campus is situated minutes away from the historic district, nestled among the quiet pines near Waller Mill Park. For the past 20 years, the Farley Center has been successful at treating addicts and alcoholics from all walks of life. The motto at Farley is total abstinence based on the 12-steps.

Accommodations and Food

The facility accommodates up to 70 residents and consists of several, colonial style buildings. The main building houses the treatment staff and up to 50 residents. There are two clients per room with a shared bathroom. There are three apartment buildings on campus each with four, two-bedroom units. At the discretion of the treatment staff, clients may transition from the main house to an apartment, where they have a full kitchen and are responsible for their own cleaning and cooking.

While in the main house, meals are provided three times per day. A salad, soup and sandwich bar are available at every meal, and special dietary requests are granted. There is a coed TV room, and clients have access to the YWCA to workout. For those who do not care for the gym atmosphere, there are plenty of walking paths on the historic grounds. No cell phones or computers are allowed during the treatment stay and visiting is permitted after one week.

Treatment and Staff

The average stay at The Farley Center is 28 days, but can be as long as three months. This facility recognizes addiction as a primary disease, following the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria for assigning the appropriate level of service and care to patients entering treatment. This internationally recognized assessment tool assists in effective treatment planning and documentation—honoring a total abstinence approach based on the 12-steps and CBT. Patients learn how to understand addiction as a disease, address the denial of their disease and how to reconnect their feelings and identify the core issues that perpetuate their need to use. Working collaboratively with peers and licensed therapists, patients develop relapse prevention strategies, acquire coping skills and involve the family in their recovery goals.

Farley has a general medicine and psychiatric capability offering dual diagnosis support. Sometimes traumatic experiences in life can alter the way people cope with stress and, in turn, affect recovery. Chronic pain, depression, anxiety and medical conditions all require specialized assessment and treatment.  Supportive needs vary from individual to individual. The Farley Center has a multi-disciplinary approach that includes the addiction medicine physician, licensed clinician and nursing staff.

The heart of alcoholism and addiction treatment has always been one person with alcohol and drug problems helping another. Group work, facilitated by an experienced, professional and compassionate therapist, uses the strengths of participants to heal the wounds of addiction and alcoholism and allow for growth and recovery.

The typical day starts at 7 am, with breakfast at 7:45. Group and individual therapy, educational classes and step study meetings are among the norm. Residents are taken to 12-step meetings three nights per week. The Farley Center recognizes addiction as a family disease, and offers Family group on the weekends. This consists of Alanon meetings, group and individual therapy, along with classes in addiction studies. The program starts Friday at 2 pm and ends on Sunday at noon. Meals for relatives are provided, but not overnight accommodations.


One type of experiential therapy offered is Mandala, which in Sanskrit means circle. Basically, the Mandala is used as a tool to help patients realize that addiction is a disease based on feelings and by participating in Mandala journaling, clients can associate new feelings with recovery.

In Summary

The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place offers a wide spectrum of therapeutic tools, with the 12-steps as the base. Recognizing that addiction is a family disease, the three-day family intensive offers more support to the addict and their relatives than most residential treatment centers. Moderately priced with the goal of independence in mind, The Farley Center appeals to those who want to embrace the idea of healing the family while learning to be responsible adults.

The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place Location

5477 Mooretown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188

The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place Cost

$18,000 (28 days). Reach the Farley Center at (800) 582-6066 or by email. Find the Farley Center on Facebook

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  1. Agree, first thing done in admissions for a 4 day evaluation, self pay, was the collecting of my insurance info. Why do they ask for insurance info, if you’re self pay?
    Because if your covered for 28 days, the recommendation will be an inpatient stay for 28 days.
    Have Tricare? Look out. You might end up having to stay 8-12 weeks, as Tricare pays well and for many days.
    Disgusting place.

  2. There is a very common misconception in this field that a treatment program will somehow work to stop a person’s use/abuse/addiction to some substance. No counselor, no treatment program of any kind will do that. Not even the time honored Alcoholic’s Anonymous. Unfortunately it’s a hard reality that some just don’t make it. Family and friends want to know “why,” want to blame the treatment centers, blame counselors/therapists, blame God, blame the addicted person….blame anyone. I have been a substance abuse counselor for 41 years now. I tell all my clients in the very first session that I am not a mechanic, that I cannot fix them or any of their problems. I ask them how will they give up something (their drug of choice) that makes them feel like nothing else will EVER make them feel? I can only give them information. I can, and will, assist them identify what they want to do to make things better for themselves, will help them strategize how to implement their plan of recovery or change. It’s entirely up to them to put the plan into effect. After many months or years of learning to live under the influence of some substance, recovery is literally learning how to live all over again. Relearning how to feel, think, act. Recovery is initially painful and awkward. No treatment program can fully prepare a person to how uncomfortable it can be as each person is different, every life is unique. ALL we really can do is give them information about the disease, what recovery looks like, what they can do to maintain it, what tools are available to them to help in that process. It’s up to them to use the information and tools.

  3. The Farley Center isn’t what keeps you sober, or really gets you sober. Nor does it offer the tools, It takes you out of an environment in which your drug use is predominant, stripping you of the ability to use for 21,28, or 90 days for 50,000$. Patients are separated based on detox, residential restriction, and apartments. You’ll see the apartments they offer but you only move into those when they have space, you’re off detox, and residential restriction which literally has to do with your insurance and not your progress. They do weekly individual sessions, cram the day full of useless groups that are the same recycled garbage, remodeled, and said over and over. They have a 3 strike policy which mean you’ll get kicked out for smoking, and drinking coffee or any caffeinated beverages. The Nurses flirt with patients constantly, Competing who wants to be the coolest nurse, yahda yahda yahda. Smoking isn’t allowed, Nor is caffeine. If your prescribed medication considered addictive. Well, too bad it’s not allowed. Got ADHD, ADD, and/or Narcolepsy. Well too bad, you’re not allowed to take those. Suffer from PNES, and/or Generalized Anxiety, Require a mood stabilizer like klonopin or xanax? Well that’s too bad as well. None of your WORKING/CORRECT prescription medication is allowed, just there 1 day diagnosis meds.. Speaking of medication, Suppose you have to take Anti-Psychotics and you miss the medication time frame. The staff WILL NOT give you your medication even if you’re medicine requires you to eat before you take it. YOUR NOT ALLOWED TO WALK AROUND CAMPUS ALONE. Yeah, Can’t walk, drink coffee, or anything. your stuck inside a 15×15 room with a roommate, two beds, and that’s it. The counselors are generally rude and full of themselves. They believe kicking a person out for emotional issues while not giving them medicine, and not assisting them with mental health issues is perfectly acceptable. Overall the reason the program is successful is because the community of patients and how positive each individual is. The Therapy is garbage, Don’t expect to work on your issues and come to terms with them. You know, the exact things that cause you to use drugs and/or alcohol. What you should expect in the most personal “individual” group of 10-15 people is talking about a problem, then having a staff member let patients with no degree, no expertise, no credentials what so ever tell you what YOU’RE doing WRONG with YOUR life. Yeah, The trained therapist don’t even help you with your issues, THE PEOPLE WITH ISSUES DO THAT VIA FEEDBACK! Which is NOTHING valuable, Just a bunch of addicts in a circle picking on the guy/girl they dislike the most in the group. It’s hysterical how much of an absolute JOKE this program truly is, i gained nothing productive from this “rehabilitation center” and managed to keep myself sober by simply working on what works for me, And this program doesn’t work for anyone. Take my word on it. People are mainly there for drug charges, and are court ordered, or influenced by a family member. Nobody willingly goes there because they’re aware of how much of an absolute JOKE this program is, Not to mention the worst of the worst are the staff. Most of them are hipsters covered in tattoo’s acting like they can relate because one or two of them was an addict and got clean, and are the picture perfect person of what the Farley center can do for you. Except those poster recoveries are bullshit, The counselors often insults, and degrade patients based on how much they like you. Day starts at 7am, Unless your on detox where you get woken up 2-5 times and ends at 8pm. THE ONLY TWO POSITIVES as a person who attended this center is the food, and the other patients. Well like 50% of the patients. I’d avoid this program at ALL COST. Oh yeah, the CEO. He loves to brag about how he gave away a million dollars of treatment. Which is only 20 people. Which is 1/4 of the maximum amount of patients, for 1/12 of the year. Please, don’t make the mistake i did. If you want recovery and a better life. Disregard Farley!

  4. The Farley Center was the best experience I had with a rehab. The staff was caring and supportive, and the group experience is lasting, with friendships beyond the center walls. I would recommend this program for individuals that want help with their substance/alcohol problem and are wanting to recover. This is a great place even for the money, which I found to be cheaper than most. But overall my experience was one of support even when I did not want it and I am still sober today.

  5. Farley Center is nothing but a money magnet. They want your money and go at no expense to go after it. 2nd time in rehab and the program was minimally supportive to my addiction. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE!!

    • Agree, first thing done in admissions for a 4 day evaluation, self pay, was the collecting of my insurance info. Why do they ask for insurance info, if you’re self pay?
      Because if your covered for 28 days, the recommendation will be an inpatient stay for 28 days.
      Have Tricare? Look out. You might end up having to stay 8-12 weeks, as Tricare pays well and for many days.
      Disgusting place.

  6. Do Not send your loved one here. Very disappointed in how my husband was treated. They are just going to take your money, you’re not going to get the help you need and then they kick you out after a few days of being there.

    • This is by far one of the best rehabs out there. The only ones that do not succeed are the ones that will not comply with the simple rules of the program. It is not for the sensitive or thin skinned individual. It is however, staffed by highly professional and well educated doctors, nurses, tech, and counselors; half of which are in recovery and understand active addiction, addiction behaviors and the the recovering addict. I recommend any addict who is serious about their recovery to call Farley now. This was my 11th rehab and the only one with which I found serenity and peace in sobriety.

    • Hello, I am sorry to hear of your negative experience.
      I am contemplating sending my daughter here. I have been investigating some centers for her. Can you please tell me what went wrong with your husbands experience. I am new to all of this, and any information you can give me will help. Thank you so much. Very frightened mother, trying to save my daughters life.

      • The Farley Center was the best thing that happened to my son. He was on the verge of death when he allowed my family to help him enter the farley center. He has been sober since the day he went there (7 months ago). He completed his 28 days and at times thought he would not make it through treatment. The patient has to be willing to complete the program and follow the rules. I believe The Farley Center saved his life (and so does he)

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