Founded in 1969, Friendship Home provides residential treatment for men struggling with substance abuse, as well as long-term transitional housing. The state-licensed facility is located in the Charlotte suburb of Monroe, North Carolina and is a hub of the Union County recovery community, hosting 11 AA and Alanon meetings each week.
Accommodations and Food
Clients are accommodated in a cozy and comfortably furnished residential home. Each room contains bunk beds, with an allocated space for personal belongings, and all linens are provided. As a nonprofit organization, luxury is not of primary importance and many household items are donated. Therefore, though a comfortable homelike atmosphere is cultivated, luxurious amenities should not be expected. Chores must be completed and men work together to keep the home clean and tidy. Meals are also prepared communally, on a rotating schedule, with staff purchasing groceries for clients.
Treatment and Staff
Friendship Home is not a detox or primary care facility, meaning potential clients must have completed an inpatient treatment program within the last six months. A physician must also verify that the client is physically and mentally stable, ruling out any acute co-occurring disorders. Those requiring dual diagnosis support may continue taking prescribed medications, but will need to visit off-site doctors or psychiatrists during their stay. Coordination with these facilities as well as transport is provided. Many men live at Friendship Home for six to 12 months, gradually transitioning to less supervision and greater independence.
The structured environment allows men who at high risk for relapse an easier transition. Though freedoms like phone use, job seeking and off-site trips are allowed, men must initially adhere to treatment schedules and restrictions. Clients begin treatment by identifying individual goals that will eventually allow them to live sober, responsible and productive lives. The application of program activities and philosophy provide the knowledge, tools and experience for them to achieve these goals.
Men are exposed to both required and voluntary therapies that include individual, group and peer counseling, 12-step meetings and educational activities every day. The counseling sessions are more frequent early on in treatment; clients are allowed to reduce the amount they attend as their work schedules expand. Peer counseling and 12-step workshops allow for a deeper exploration of recovery-related ideas and are a good way for men to express concerns or offer support. Sharing personal growth is a large part of this treatment philosophy, and men are given opportunities to speak in front of larger groups, passing on their experience.
Several weekly group activities are organized with the purpose of fun and recreation. These include movie nights, outings to recovery-themed and sporting events. As few men that enter treatment will come in with full-time jobs, job-readiness and life skills training are provided. Staff helps clients identify their vocations, strengths and abilities, helping bridge the gap into employment. Many job placement opportunities are provided, as well as access to a network of human resource professionals.
A hybrid of residential treatment and structured housing, Friendship Home is a great place for men to establish a firm footing in recovery. Long-term, tailored treatment ensures clients receive care that works for them.
2111 Stafford St, Ext
Monroe, NC 28110
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