The Launching Pad Reviews, Cost, Complaints

The Launching Pad

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the-launching-padThe Basics

Based out of Decatur, Georgia, The Launching Pad is a comprehensive sober living program which helps men in early recovery. The organization is somewhat unorthodox in that it moves residents through a phase system that doesn’t initially require clients to get a job. Instead, clients have strictly regimented daily schedules which include life skills training, therapy, physical exercise and holistic support.

Accommodations and Amenities

The Launching Pad offers clients space in the Paces Park Apartments complex where there’s a total of 16 beds available (though that number is expected to increase to 24 by May 2017). Residents stay in apartments shared between two to four men. Bedrooms each come with twin beds, bedding, dressers and shared closet space.

Each unit is fully furnished and includes living room areas with plush couches and lounge chairs, carpeted floors, separate bathrooms and a kitchenette. Clients are given grocery cards every week to shop for food though they are expected to prepare and cook their own meals. Paces Park Apartments complex also has an outdoor pool and on-site fitness facilities with weights and treadmills which clients are free to use.

Rules and Regulations

To participate in The Launching Pad’s program, clients must be 18 years or older, sober, psychiatrically and medically stable and able to commit to a minimum six-month stay. Those with severe co-occurring disorders or past sexual or violent offenses are not eligible to attend. For the first 60 days of treatment, residents are not allowed to use cell phones or computers and must attend full days of activity which include morning meditations, life skills workshops, Crossfit classes and gym time.

While not officially certified as a residential treatment facility, The Launching Pad partners with several local therapists who offer individual and group therapy to clients on a sliding fee scale. All residents are expected to attend four weekly 12-step meetings, get sponsors and work through the steps. In the first phase of the program, clients focus on steps one through seven while phase two covers steps eight through 11 (which they work with sponsors). The final phase is dedicated to step 12 and to preparing clients to find independent housing and employment. While residents are also required to attend five weekly program workshops and talks on rotating recovery topics, these taper down as clients progress out of the first phase.

Extras

Aside from the programming above, the organization also encourages off-site recreational activities to promote bonding among the clients. Though these can vary, they often include outdoor activities and local cultural events. Those finishing a program can also receive referrals for aftercare services as necessary.

In Summary

In all, The Launching Pad lives up to its name by providing residents a comprehensive sober living program designed to equip them for the real world. Treatment is 12-step immersive and includes plenty of physical and social activities to supplement the recovery process. While the program demands a long-term commitment, The Launching Pad remains a worthy choice for men seeking a well-rounded sober living program.

The Launching Pad
3205 Paces Park Dr
Decatur, GA 30033

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  1. Jason childress on

    This is a terribly run, disorganized, non-professionally run SOBER LIVING. It is by no means a “treatment center” 4,000 for a month in a 3 bedroom apartment with 5-6 people in it. No medical attention for legitimate medical issues and when medical treatment was requested the answer was “we have never had that happen” and then further requests were ignored. The director forces people into sponsor/sponsee relationships that are people he basically forces to be involved, hardly a “spiritual experience” I have been sober 4 months only because after 2 I got out of this terrible place. Since I have never been happier, I have a grounded AA sponsor who gives reasonable guidance and who agrees that the director of this program is a small man who wants to power trip on the clients 24/7. The funny part is he’s the least emotionally, psychologically and spiritually fit person there. What a great example.

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