A non-profit chartered by the state of West Virginia and located in Bluefield, Mercer County Fellowship Home is a transitional living facility for adult men offering counseling services and group therapy sessions. Mercer County Fellowship Home is heavily 12-step oriented, so clients should expect a minimum of five AA or NA meetings a week while in residence.
Accommodations and Food
Set in a large, classic looking red-brick home on a grassy hill shrouded by trees and foliage, the Mercer County Fellowship home is a residential facility that mirrors the experience of home living. There is room for 14 men at a time and almost all clients share a bedroom with one other roommate, though there are a few private rooms available depending on space and a client’s length in the program. Each bedroom comes with twin beds and basics furnishings. Bathrooms are shared in the hallway.
The facility also has a dining room, kitchen and common rooms where residents can pass their free time, as well as a smoking area located behind the house. Compared with a standard inpatient facility, clients at Mercer County Fellowship Home are largely independent—duties include cooking their own meals and sharing chores to maintain the overall upkeep of the house. Clients often collaborate on cooking dinner for the other residents, with general ingredients provided and included in the overall cost of the program.
Clients are encouraged to seek employment while at Mercer County Fellowship Home, and can receive passes to look for work or attend a job. Still, the facility maintains a set of rules and restrictions for all residents. Initially, clients must live at the home for three days before they can sign themselves out. From there, three-hour passes are issued on free days. The facility’s doors are locked every night at 10 pm. If a client does not make his appointed curfew, he is removed from the house.
Treatment and Staff
Before anyone can be admitted to the Mercer County Fellowship Home, he must first pass an initial alcohol and drug screening. These tests are continually administered at random during a client’s stay at the facility. The program at Mercer County Fellowship Home is long-term, lasting three to 18 months.
During their stay, residents follow a busy weekly schedule. Each day, clients rise, complete chores, eat breakfast and take part in a meditation session. Several times a week, an LADC visits the facility to conduct group therapy. Residents also work with recovery coaches and case managers throughout their stay to manage their recovery, and to make plans for continuing care once their stay is over. On days when the counselor does not visit, there are typically video sessions or peer-to-peer sharing groups.
In the evenings, clients attend 12-step meeting; there are two of these meetings held on-site each week. As mentioned, residents must attend five meetings a week while in residence. There is no medical component to the program at Mercer County Fellowship Home. Those in need of a doctor or psychiatrist must be referred out to an accommodating facility. There are also no dual diagnosis or medication management services provided. Though aftercare is not an official part of the program either, clients do work with case managers to develop a plan for the next phase of recovery after their stay at the facility is over.
While Mercer County Fellowship Home does offer group sessions with an LADC, those in need of a higher level of care can be referred to the nearby Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center for outpatient substance abuse and mental health care. Residents at the Mercer County Fellowship Home can receive day passes to participate in this program when needed.
Though not strictly an inpatient care facility, Mercer County Fellowship Home does offer a highly structured program for substance abuse in a transitional living environment. Clients can expect days filled with group therapy, meditation, work, chore duties and plenty of 12-step. In all, Mercer County Fellowship Home is a strong option for men in West Virginia trying to learn independence in sobriety.
Mercer County Fellowship Home Location
421 Scott St
Bluefield, WV 24701
Mercer County Fellowship Home Cost
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