Since 1996, Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency in Morgantown, North Carolina has assisted individuals with alcohol and substance abuse issues. Flynn Recovery Community, its residential treatment facility for men, offers a three-month program for eight men at a time who are currently in recovery and who wish to focus on rebuilding their relationships with others as well as themselves. Flynn supports this goal through its holistic recovery program, addressing the whole person, including his mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs.
Accommodations and Food
At Flynn, residents live in a beautiful farm-style house situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. With only eight beds, the facility has an intimate feeling with double-occupancy rooms, each with two full-sized beds, desks and dressers and its own bathroom. There is a large porch with several oversized rocking chairs as well as a chef’s kitchen and a shared living area with a TV. Cell phones and computers are not allowed in the rooms, but they are available for limited use in the evening between 5 pm and 10 pm. Residents are limited to 15-minute calls each day, and computer time is highly monitored.
Housekeeping, gardening on the lush tree-filled grounds and kitchen duties are part of the program and foster a sense of community. Residents share in the chores and follow the rules and obligations that are necessary to keep the community functioning. Good nutrition is emphasized and residents not only prepare their own food but also take time each week to sit down together and plan the week’s menus.
Treatment and Staff
The program at Flynn lasts for three months and all the men begin within a week of each other so they are at comparable stages in the progress of their treatment. They go through each phase together. With a 12-step foundation, the rehab uses evidence-based practices and complimentary therapies such as yoga.
A typical day goes from 7 am to 9:30 pm. During that time, residents engage in a variety of activities including group and individual therapy, nutrition education, yoga and exercise, various educational lectures, gardening and other household tasks. There is also a 12-step meeting at the end of each day. Group sessions are held daily and individual therapy is once a week, but may be bumped up to two sessions if needed. As treatment progresses, individual sessions may taper off though residents can request additional counseling as they go.
There is no detox at Flynn and those accepted into the program are expected to arrive at least 30 days clean and sober. There is also no dual diagnosis. Though a doctor is not present on site, clients may be seen by physicians during regular off-site clinic visits.
The staff at Flynn is modest in size, with only five CSACs on site. However, outside practitioners—psychiatrists, counseling professionals, even yoga instructors—are brought in. The staff-to-client ratio is roughly one-to-two.
Beyond its residential treatment for men, the Burke Council offers a women’s outpatient program that provides clients with group therapy, clinical support, alternative therapies such as meditation and yoga, and periodic recovery retreats. This option may be particularly appealing to women who have busy or erratic schedules and find it difficult to participate in other kinds of programs.
In addition to the packed weekday schedule, residents at Flynn can participate in a number of weekend excursions including camping trips, spiritual retreats and visits to art galleries.
After the initial three-month treatment, clients may participate in 12-step fellowships, AA meetings, various dinners and events and regular recovery coaching with Burke’s staff.
Family visits are allowed at specified times and must be approved ahead of time by the staff.
At Flynn Recovery Community, men cultivate life skills and relationships and build a foundation from which to sustain recovery. What makes Flynn distinctive is the deeply communal environment in which residents pitch in to perform daily tasks and chores for the good of all. This is an excellent option for men who are seeking an intensive, spiritual treatment experience in a gorgeous landscape.
Flynn Recovery Community
203 White St
Morgantown, NC 28655
Flynn Recovery Community Cost: $9,000 (90 days). Reach Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency by phone at (828) 437-9491 or by email. Find Burke Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency on Facebook
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