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.
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
5477 Mooretown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188
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