Jacksonville Women’s Home is year long, residential substance abuse treatment program for women over the age of 18. It’s operated through Adult and Teen Challenge, a nationwide organization dedicated to addiction recovery in a Christian setting. Programming integrates a vocational focus and faith-based approaches with drug and alcohol education, relapse prevention, and group and individual counseling. During treatment the clients learn how to live in recovery within a community setting, supporting themselves and each other throughout the entire experience, all the while learning how to become more productive members of society.
Accommodations and Food
The Jacksonville residential facility is a one story brick building that has a wing where the women sleep, a large kitchen, dining area, offices, classrooms, meeting spaces, and places to worship all under one roof. The clients sleep in bunk beds with four to a room, with shared dressers, desks, closets and bathrooms. This location houses up to eight women at a time.
The home is on a quiet, tree lined street in a residential neighborhood. There is ample outdoor space and several areas surrounding the facility where clients can enjoy some peace and quiet or take a nature walk.
All food is provided and the clients take turns preparing every meal for each other.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at this branch of Adult and Teen Challenge is broken down into steps. With the exception of the first step, Recovery, which is 14 weeks, subsequent steps are about 12 weeks each. The Recovery phase involves clients recognizing and taking essential action to change their destructive behaviors and thought patterns. In level two, Renewal, the women participate in a series of spiritually charged activities and experiences with the intention to uncover the underlying root of their addiction. Level three, Restoration and Healing, involves learning about their purpose in life and discovering their talents. And finally in Transition, the fourth step, clients work to secure housing and employment taking their newly acquired life skills and giving back to the community.
On a typical day clients pray and meditate in the morning, have Bible study, group counseling and drug education, and devotional. Clients focus on character development, life skills and relapse prevention. There are also daily chores that need to be completed on a revolving schedule.
Not every person is admitted to Jacksonville Women’s Home, and there is a bit of a wait list. Women have to come into the program already detoxed and clean of all substances, and have a willingness to work and commit themselves to the spiritual experiences. Other issues that are taken into account can be overall health and what the client would potentially need for their success in the program.
The staff of this branch have pastoral backgrounds for the most part. There are also a large number of peer support staff who have completed the program themselves.
All in all, Adult and Teen Challenge has very high success rates partially due to its willingness to take in clients for a year, foster a culture of responsibility and facilitate vocational training. The latter gives them a sense of purpose and self esteem that is devoid of substances. Jacksonville Women’s Home is no different. Clients give themselves over to Christ and begin to chip away at the root of their addiction, all while learning how to truly care for themselves and give back to their communities.
Jacksonville Women’s Home
6900 Wheat Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32244
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