Inspired by the Hog Farm Commune treating bad acid trips at Woodstock, Hill Anderson started Headrest as a crisis hotline for the brothers and sisters of the hippie counterculture in 1971. Today Headrest receives more than 10,000 calls a year from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, and the program includes an intimate residential rehabilitation home, outpatient programming and support groups for people struggling with addiction, suicidal thoughts and domestic violence situations.
Accommodations and Food
This traditional home on a hilly street in Lebanon, New Hampshire houses eight clients at a time on twin-sized beds in four bedrooms. Clients live and receive treatment in this 2,200 square foot space, sharing the communal areas, the television and four bathrooms in an intimate family setting. And tech lovers can rejoice: cell phones and personal computers are allowed here during the day.
The Headrest staff prepares all of the meals, buying most of the produce from local organic shops, and is happy to consider vegan/vegetarian palates.
Treatment and Staff
The 90-day treatment at Headrest is 12-step in orientation and utilizes both CBT and DBT therapies. The clients receive nine hours of weekly individual therapy augmented by group therapy every day. Group sessions cover a range of topics including trauma, anger management, self-esteem building and Seeking Safety. There are 17 staff members managing the programming at Headrest and therapists use the Matrix and Atrium models in their treatment planning for both the residential and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) clients. Dual diagnosis support is also provided. Everyone attends both on and off-site AA meetings and a local NA group comes in to lead a meeting at the house on Thursday evenings. Time for exercise is built into the schedule and residents have the use of a local gym within walking distance of the house.
On Saturdays residents are allowed visitors during approved hours and Headrest schedules a family program weekend where all families participate in group discussion.
Getting sober isn’t just about putting down the drink or the drug. Programming at Headrest pays particular attention to the underlying causes and conditions of addiction, particularly physical abuse, in a safe and intimate environment. The sliding scale ensures treatment is accessible to anyone who is seeking it.
Headrest Inc. Location
14 Church St
Lebanon, NH 03766
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