Interval Brotherhood Home (IBH), founded in 1970 by the Reverend Samuel R. Ciccolini, is Ohio’s oldest residential facility for the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse. As a young seminarian, Ciccolini organized a four-day retreat called The Brotherhood that used spirituality to help alcoholic inmates at a local prison renew their self-esteem and turn their lives around. Over time, he recognized the need for a similar program for alcoholics in the general population.
Today, IBH is a long-term inpatient option that provides treatment to those who can’t afford more expensive private programs. The facility is subsidized through the Summit County ADM Board, which keeps costs down and thus makes individualized treatment possible for clients of modest means.
Accommodations and Food
On an 86-acre parcel tucked into the Portage Lakes stands IBH’s main house, a former Carmelite monastery that now accommodates between 60 and 65 clients in a serene setting. Though much has been renovated, a few older buildings remain to give the grounds an added charm with white corral-like fences.
In gender-separate living quarters are both single and double-occupancy rooms—all are simple and quaint, each with a private bathroom. There’s also a central kitchen and dining area, lounge area and chapel. On-site house managers make sure the facilities remain clean and help to address the needs of residents. Along with the residential staff, house managers are on the premises 24/7. House meetings are also conducted once a week to address client concerns.
Three meals a day and snacks are prepared on-site, with an extensive variety to suit many palates. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated as well.
Treatment and Staff
Prior to admission, clients are thoroughly assessed. The diagnostic summary that results serves as the basis of an individualized treatment plan. IBH offers a variety of treatment modalities—along with dual diagnosis support, if needed—to address physical, psychiatric, psychological, familial, educational and spiritual needs.
Treatment, which typically last 30 to 90 days, combines more than 30 hours of weekly individual and group therapy sessions, addiction education and spiritual counseling, which is non-denominational. There are also optional on-site AA meetings and medical education.
In addition to establishing their own personal goals, clients have regular evaluations twice a month. with the treatment team.
Family visits are permitted on weekends.
The IBH staff includes a Clinical Director, individual and group counselors, a nurse and a residential supervisor, licensed psychologists and a dietician. A psychiatrist, physician and dentist, all under contract, are on-call and visit often. There is also a pastoral care team that encourages clients to develop spiritual awareness and a God of their understanding. Meditation and group discussion are also part of the ethos at IBH, both used to help residents reflect on the spiritual significance of life and their deeper sense of purpose within it.
Recreational therapy and social activities are also vital parts of IBH, with parenting classes and vocational services offered as well. Clients also have access to a pharmacy, a medical laboratory and drug screening services.
Prior to the first visit, family members are required to take a six-week FamilyEd program to acquaint them with issues related to addiction and alcoholism.
For long-term treatment for addiction in a relaxing, spiritual environment, IBH fits the bill at an affordable price. The services offered here are extensive, including everything from dental work to psychiatric care to spiritual counseling. Located on a serene parcel of land on what was once a Carmelite monastery, Interval Brotherhood blends recovery and the contemplative life.
Interval Brotherhood Home
3445 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44319
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