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The Journey Home

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the-journey-homeThe Basics

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.

Accommodations

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.

Extras

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.

In Summary

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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4 Comments

  1. Make sure you make a list of your stuff that they take from you when you check in or they might forget to give it back when you leave. Example: my computer and cash. It was a big deal to get my drivers license and credit cards back too.

  2. I just left The Journey Home. The girls spend most of their time cooking and cleaning. Cleaning the whole house 4 times a day. There is usually one staff person that makes sure the cleaning is done perfectly. If a client leaves out a book bag or water bottle or something minor then they are punished with more chores and no phone calls to family. One on one counciling is limited to one hour a week if that much. The girls mostly run their own AA meets in the community room in the back of the house. The girls treat each other rather than much professional recovery leadership. I shared a bedroom with 6 other women and one shower. The owner was not there 99% of the time and only expressed interest when I stated I was leaving. This is not a recovery treatment center that was helpful for me. If you need to learn how to clean and what to be away from home for a LONG time it might be for you. They have some new councilors that are available to ignore you. I am so glad I made the decision to leave even though the staff made it difficult to exit. I have the full support of my mom.

  3. Bonnie L Peterson on

    My daughter attended Journey Home, in the early 90”s, when it was a sober home for young girls, she was 14 at the time. She attended Hazelden for youths in MN. Her counselor strongly encouraged this facility. His quote was “get her out of Minneapolis, or she will not live a year”. We believed him. and took her down there. It was the best thing we ever did, Brenda Camp, owner, was warm, firm and loving. Brenda saved her life. Our daughter obtained her GED, two 4-year degrees, and today is a very mature responsible adult.
    If you have a daughter or are thinking about this facility, for yourself, do not think twice, it may save you or your loved one’s life. BTW, the rules are not that strict, compared to other places.

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