Mending Hearts was co-founded by Trina Frierson, a recovering addict who believes her journey through addiction and then her rebirth through recovery provided her with the tools necessary to help other women. Located in an area of West Nashville that used to be flooded with drug dealing, the facility offers a plethora of services to financially challenged women, including a residential inpatient program, Moms With Kids residential living and Intensive Outpatient (IOP). It is partly funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Health.
Accommodations and Food
Mending Hearts operates several facilities within a four-block radius. Each of the residential facilities has a 14-bed capacity, with inpatient residents accommodated in a building consisting of four apartments. The building has an on-site laundromat.
Residents are prohibited from bringing TVs, radios, iPods, CD/DVD players and books—even the Bible—with them into the program. Up to 10 outfits, personal toiletries (except for those containing alcohol), prescription drugs, a sweater or jacket, sleepwear and slippers are allowed, and residents receive a $10-a-week allowance.
Every other Friday, roommates create a grocery list that staff members use to purchase the food for meals. Payment is made via food stamps provided to residents. Each apartment has a kitchen so residents cook their own meals.
Treatment and Staff
Mending Hearts clients are expected to take responsibility for their own lives and figure out what role they played in their addiction. In addition to maintaining sobriety, prerequisites for completing the program include getting a job, finding a stable home and beginning to repair broken family ties. Although other protocols are used in treatment, Mending Hearts has a strong foundation in the 12 steps.
Upon admission, each client undergoes an assessment by a nurse. If necessary, a resident will be referred to the detox program, for which there is an on-site physician. If no detox is needed, the resident meets with a primary counselor and a case manager to create an individualized treatment plan.
The 30-day program is highly structured. Wake up is at 6 am, followed by medication monitoring, meditation and exercise. Group therapy is at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. In addition, clients meet with counselors and/or case managers for one-on-one sessions.
Mending Hearts uses such resources as Hazelden’s co-occurring disorders program, the Matrix Model, Seeking Safety and Living in Balance, as well as CBT, during treatment. Group sessions deal with behavior modification, parenting and relapse prevention, and staff members take residents to off-site AA, NA and Double Trouble in Recovery (for co-occurring disorders) meetings. Lights out is at 9 pm.
After residents complete the 30-day program, they progress into the transitional living phase, during which they are required to find employment and work with a sponsor.
The intensive outpatient program consists of three-hour group sessions that meet three or four times per week for two months.
Mending Hearts employs a doctor, a licensed nurse practitioner and/or an RN, a LPC, a senior psychological examiner and certified peer support specialists, as well as interns. Many staff members are in recovery.
Mending Hearts offers a free monthly family seminar for relatives and significant others. Through lectures, discussions and exercises, attendees learn about addiction and healing.
Mending Hearts clients not only learn how to maintain sobriety, but also discover how to rebuild their lives. According to Mending Hearts, approximately 70 percent of former residents stay clean and sober. In short, this a rehab that offers women a chance for recovery and self-renewal.
PO Box 280236
Nashville, TN 37228
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