Jude House Inc. is an extended “live-in, work-out” rehab in rural Bel Alton, Maryland, a small town known for its old charm and local biker population. The facility is somewhat of a blend of inpatient care and traditional sober living, and is known more for its rich history and community support.
Jude House Inc’s folksy beginnings date back to 1972, in a cabin where one recovering alcoholic volunteered to share his home with another recently in recovery. This process continued and Jude House grew, with the local community beginning to volunteer their time help as well. After a few different facilities and a bout of renovations to an existing building, Jude House eventually landed at its current location in 1992, where it has been helping addicts recover ever since.
Accommodations and Food
Jude House is a 45-bed facility, with 35 for men and ten for women. All the girls reside in one of two different rooms, each with a capacity of five; men get a little more flexibility, with bedrooms shared between one to three other roommates. Both rooms are about equally plain with little more than beds and storage space, but Jude House does have exercise equipment on-site as well as a television; still, residents generally stay busy and shouldn’t expect much free time.
Three different cooks prepare meals for clients, all of which are cooked to order and are generally healthy fare. Lunch options can include salads, sandwiches, wraps and soups, while dinner is usually meat of some kind, such as chicken or beef, with vegetables or a salad.
Treatment and Staff
Jude House’s program runs for a minimum of 90 days and incorporates the 12 steps as well as dual-diagnosis support. The schedule includes individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, job coaching, job and housing search assistance, life management skills, case management, social skills workshops and recreation. AA meetings are held on-site Thursdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 8:30 am, while an in-house NA meeting is offered on Mondays at 8 pm. All residents participate in a minimum of 36 meetings, classes or groups per week. After two months, clients can find employment outside of the facility and slowly assimilate back into a normal life.
A typical day at Jude’s House begins with a 7 am wake-up followed by breakfast, medication and a morning meditation group at 9:30 am. There’s another group at 10 am, which can be anger management, men’s mindfulness or women in recovery, followed by an 11 am group. Residents then attend lunch at 12 pm followed by a seminar at 1 pm (covering addiction education and awareness), one-on-one therapy or male and female-specific trauma groups. At 3 pm comes structured recreation such as indoor volleyball or softball, another group session of some kind and medication. Clients attend dinner from 4:30 to 5:30 pm before chores such as kitchen clean-up until 6 pm. There’s a 6 pm group dedicated to avoiding triggers followed by a snack and a sunset meditation from 8:30 to 9:30 pm; lights out follows shortly after.
Jude House keeps staff on-site around the clock, including licensed and certified health care professionals as well as administrative help. About seven to 10 employees are around during the day for a one-to-five or six staff-to-resident ratio, depending on capacity.
Finally, the 90 days at Jude House are broken into three tiers in terms of interaction with the outside world. During the first 30, clients may not have visitors or use the phone (though they can consult with their counselor in cases of emergency). Over the next 30, residents can have up to four visitors at a time including children and adults on Sundays from 1 to 4 pm, though visitation must be approved; they can also use the phone during this period. Finally, in the last 30 days clients are encouraged (though not required) to find employment outside the facility, though any jobs they secure must also be approved.
Following primary care, residents may sign up for aftercare, which includes group or individual counseling sessions. Alumni can also return to Jude House any time after graduating for further NA or AA meetings.
Jude House is humble when it comes to facilities and amenities, but has a long legacy in the recovery community. One potential reservation is that there are far more male beds than female ones, meaning women will always be starkly outnumbered. Still, given their jam-packed treatment schedule and affordable price, Jude House is definitely worth considering.
Jude House Inc.
9505 Crain Hwy (US 301 South)
Bel Alton, MD 20601
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