The Good News Home for Women was founded in 1983 as a Christian nonprofit. More than 30 years later, it still operates in Flemington, New Jersey and provides residential substance abuse treatment, using the 12-step philosophy. Services at GNH are offered to women, 18 years of age or older, regardless of their race, religion, national origin or ability to pay. Dual diagnosis support is offered, but detox is not.
Accommodations and Food
The Good News Home houses 12 women at a time, in three bedrooms. Four women are assigned to each room, with the more senior women taking the two single beds and the two newer residents sharing a bunk bed. Each of the women gets her own closet space.
Each week, two women are assigned the chore of shopping for and preparing all meals for the residents. The facility is strictly non-smoking.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at GNH begins with an orientation phase where women are assessed and introduced to the 12-step principles. Clinical counseling, directed by the GNH social worker, provides the initial clinical assessment and formulates the treatment plan. These sessions identify critical issues and necessary medical referrals. From that point on, clients may enter a short- (28 days) or long-term (18 months) residential treatment program. Women choose the length of their own stay.
Treatment includes individual and group CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and REBT sessions, while residents also attend off-site AA/NA meetings twice a week. During treatment, the women receive addiction counseling that touches on co-dependencies, self-esteem issues, acquiring a healthy self-image, working the 12 steps and relapse prevention. They also take part in special workshops, ranging from the academic to the spiritual. They can even attend church services or receive spiritual counseling, if they so wish. Information on substance abuse-related health risks, nutrition and exercise is also provided.
For the first 28 days of treatment, women are prohibited from communicating with the outside world. After that initial period, they are allowed contact with immediate family. No communication with romantic partners of any kind is allowed.
The GNH staff consists of the director, an administrative director, a nursing supervisor, a dietician, two licensed addictions counselors, a case manager, an intake coordinator, a family program facilitator and a house supervisor, as well as a safety compliance officer.
Treatment at GNH comes with an array of supportive activities and extra programs. Clients may enjoy art therapy and music therapy. They also go on organized field trips, have a complimentary YMCA membership, and are taken to special local events such as a harvest festival, a craft fair, golf outings, banquets and movie screenings. Clients are also encouraged to take part in community service as part of their treatment.
Legal assistance is provided to clients for any court issues, as well as for child custody and divorce matters. GNH also provides its women with life-skills classes that teach problem solving, coping, budgeting and parenting skills.
Finally, the GNH family program offers family group, twice a month on Saturdays.
The Good News Home for Women offers a comprehensive array of residential substance abuse treatment services. This is an ideal facility for women with substance abuse issues who want a caring, supportive organization to help overcome them. Despite its Christian origins, GNH is open and affordable to all women who need help.
Good News Home for Women
33 Bartles Corner Rd
Flemington, NJ 08822
Good News Home for Women Cost: $350 (admission fee); sliding scale starts at $550 for those with low income (30 days). Reach Good News Home for Women by phone at (908) 806-4220 or by email at [email protected]. Find Good News Home for Women on Facebook
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