GraceWay Recovery Residence for Women is a recovery residence under the governance of The Georgia Association of Recovery Residences and The National Alliance for Recovery Residences in Albany, Georgia. Founded in 2003 by Debbie Mazur, GraceWay challenges clients to “live in the solution” to their addiction, offering a gender-specific, spiritually-based, two-phased program based on 12-step ideology. Utilizing its 5,300 square-foot blue Victorian dwelling, The House (built in 1890 but beautifully refurbished), and its adjacent nine-apartment transition property, The Way, the staff asks its residents to invest at least 30 days but longer stays are also available.
Accommodations and Food
The number of residents sharing The House at Raceway can vary but the average age of new clients is 23. Upon arrival residents are assigned a room; the number of beds per bedroom varies but most are shared. One single room upstairs may be assigned to a client just before transitioning to The Way.
It should be noted that GraceWay conducts random drug screens and has zero tolerance for relapse. If there is any indication of alcohol or drug use the resident will be released immediately and appropriate authorities will be notified. No readmission; there is no revolving door.
Caffeine and tobacco are allowed. Frequent opportunities to savor them are provided in the day’s schedule.
Treatment and Staff
Detox is not offered at GraceWay: all legal, medical and dental needs must be resolved before entering treatment. Lab reports showing results of screening for TB, Hepatitis C, HIV and STDs are required for admission.
Akron AA 12-step method is applied for addictions to drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, pornography and other behavioral issues.
Phase One does not have a set time frame but progress is assessed in 30-day increments. The first phase consists of daily peer groups, daily 12-step studies, health and nutrition classes, yoga and mindfulness meditation, arts and crafts, weekly individual sessions, weekly recreational activities and frequent trips to the local gym and pool when it is open.
In Phase Two, residents may transition to apartments, where they have the option to stay for up to two years.
GraceWay maintains a precise daily rhythm with a highly structured day its staff refers to as “the Marine Corps of recovery.” Weekday schedule spans wake-up at 6 am and lights out at 10:30 pm (later on weekends). Individual and group sessions, exercise, coffee/smoke breaks and individual time are balanced throughout the day.
The facility is staffed around the clock and some staff are in recovery.
Phone calls to children are encouraged even in the early days of residency and residents of The Way may have children living with them. Family workshops are conducted every four to six weeks
With the option for an extended duration of stay and a commitment to introducing its residents to a new way of life in recovery, GraceWay Recovery Residence for Women is an invaluable resource to the community it serves.
GraceWay Recovery Residence for Women Location
412 West Tift Ave
Albany, GA 31702
GraceWay Recovery Residence for Women Cost
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