Mirror Lake Recovery is tucked away on 120 wooded acres in Burns, Tennessee, a small town of roughly 1,500 people. The setting allows residents to literally get away from it all and enjoy the tranquility of nature while they transition to life in recovery.
Mirror Lake Recovery originally opened in 1983 in response to a growing need for inpatient rehabilitation facilities in central Tennessee, where alcoholics were frequently turned away due to space limitations. The non-profit New Life Foundation operated the facility until it was taken over by CRC Health Group.
Accommodations and Food
A placid pond in the center of the Mirror Lake Recovery campus reflects towering pines and the expansive sky above. Residents can enjoy numerous quiet places to sit and reflect as well as paths around the sprawling grounds. Separate treatment buildings and housing cabins encircle the pond.
Medical treatment facilities have a clean, clinical feel, but group meeting areas offer comfortable, attractive lodge-style furnishings with minimal decor. A media room has a television that is available during limited hours daily. Group housing is offered in private cabins shared by up to 12 individuals, two per room. The facility includes a total of 70 beds.
Mirror Lake Recovery offers cafeteria-style food and accommodates special diets and food allergies as needed. Caffeine and sugar are allowed with complimentary tea and sweetened soft drinks are available during the day. Vending machines also are available to purchase soda and other snacks.
Treatment and Staff
Inpatient rehabilitation at Mirror Lake Recovery includes 24-hour medical and mental health care, varying in duration according to the needs of the individual client. Medical detoxification is offered on-site.
The treatment program emphasizes self-discipline, personal responsibility, accountability and spirituality for all clients and subscribes to the 12-step approach. Both group therapy and individual counseling are offered, and men and women are separated for group sessions.
A typical day at Mirror Lake Recovery begins at 6:30 am for wakeup, then a 7:15 am meditation session followed by breakfast and group and individual therapy from 9 am to noon. After a one-hour break for lunch, group and individual therapy sessions resume for the afternoon. That is followed by a short break during which residents may enjoy the on-site workout facility or free time before dinner. Physical exercise is also scheduled regularly during weekly afternoon sessions. Evenings include AA meetings followed by “10th step” sessions where residents take personal inventory, with in-room time at 9:30 pm and lights out at 10:30 pm. On Friday evenings, there are also alumni meetings for graduates of the program.
No form of technology is allowed, including cell phones, tablets and laptops. During the first seven days of treatment, residents may not make or receive phone calls. After that, limited telephone use is allowed during the afternoons.
Mirror Lake Recovery also strongly encourages families to attend special sessions on Sunday afternoons. Along with optional one-on-one counseling, these sessions help families understand addiction and its effects and how they can support the recovery of their loved one, providing opportunities to address personal issues with the addicted individual in a safe and supportive environment.
Thirty days of treatment at Mirror Lake Recovery, with or without detox, costs $10,000, half due at admission and the remaining half due the second week. Clients paying for the entirety of treatment upfront get a reduced rate of $8,000. Private rooms are available for an additional charge.
Mirror Lake Recovery’s medical director, Dr. Bernard Gottschalk—“Dr. G” as he is known—worked for years as a medical oncologist before becoming an addiction medicine specialist. A director of nursing and a staff psychiatrist oversee a team of medical and mental health professionals.
Yoga and other forms of exercise are part of the therapy. Other recreational options on site include volleyball, basketball and a pond for fishing. Dogs are also allowed for companionship and to create a casual family-style atmosphere.
Mirror Lake Recovery is an attractive facility with highly-trained staff who, by all appearances, are dedicated to helping clients achieve recovery.
Mirror Lake Recovery
999 Girl Scout Rd
Burns, TN 37029
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