The Journey Home, a treatment center for both adult and adolescent women that opened in 1997, follows the belief that women must be empowered in order to recover. The program specializes in treatment of dual diagnosis and prioritizes developing healthy thinking and behavioral patterns. Located just outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana, The Journey Home provides a rural setting for recovery.
The Journey Home can accommodate up to 16 clients in a large home on five acres near a large pond. The grounds are well manicured and bordered by a white picket fence. Inside, the home is clean, cozy and decorated with spiritual and inspirational art, things like cross-stitches with the words, “By the Grace of God.” Residents have access to two large common areas, one with a fireplace and another with a TV. The house also has a large library and a washer and dryer.
Treatment and Staff
The program can last over a year although the exact length of stay varies depending on the individual client’s needs. Treatment at The Journey Home is based on the 12 steps and offers both evidence-based therapies, including CBT and DBT, and holistic options such as mindfulness and meditation. Specialized therapy groups address PTSD, domestic violence, anger management, anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, co-dependency, gambling addiction, grief and loss, obsessive compulsive disorder, sex addiction and stress reduction. The educational component of the program covers parenting, addiction, relationships, nutrition and training in life skills such as cooking, cleaning and budgeting.
The program is divided into five phases. A one-week orientation, during which women identify goals and learn the house rules, is followed by Phase A, which involves assimilating into the program and identifying problem behaviors. Women attend individual therapy, group therapy, addiction education and family therapy.
Phase B is when women are led to develop a positive self-image and learn how to engage in positive behavior and thinking while continuing to attend the same mix of therapy and education of Phase A.
In Phase C, residents are expected to become role models and mentors to newer members of the program. Each woman begins focusing more on her character defects and self-awareness in order to be a better role model and mentor. She continues with therapy and education while also beginning to develop a relapse prevention plan.
During Phase D, residents start to take more responsibility for their own recovery, which helps repair relationships and develop higher self-esteem. Women continue to develop a relapse prevention plan and attend therapy and education, but also begin volunteering in the community.
In the final phase, Phase E, residents find employment, save money, learn how to budget and develop an aftercare plan. Each resident of Phase E also begins attending outside 12-step meetings to help prepare them for being on their own.
The Journey Home employs a staff of eight, including a medical director, clinical director, a counselor, two nurses, a counselor/Catholic chaplain, their owner/administrator and an administrative assistant. The staff-to-resident ratio is one-to-two.
Alumni of the program are welcome to return weekly for the alumni group.
The Journey Home also offers treatment for medical professionals who suffer from addiction, with options including residential treatment (similar to the women’s program except with added specialized groups) and day programs, which include mirror therapy, CBT, family therapy, 12-step work, interactive didactic therapy, mindfulness training and relapse prevention groups.
The Journey Home is known for being a bit strict, even down to the dress code and music choices—no thin strap shirts, “seductive clothing” or CDs that could have music with derogatory language about women. Nevertheless, it seems to provide a comfortable and therapeutic environment for recovery.
The Journey Home
10875 Fontenot Rd
Denham Springs, LA 70726
The Journey Home Cost: $5,000-$8,000 (30 days). Reach The Journey Home by phone at (225) 667-3933. Find The Journey Home on Facebook
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