Morris Village in Columbia, South Carolina has provided inpatient care to more than 44,000 recovering addicts since it opened its doors in 1975. This state-run facility provides medical care, group therapy, activity therapy, family education and therapy, preparation for 12-step programs, relapse prevention planning and case management. Its overall philosophy is to attend to the “whole patient” and to treat addiction as a chronic disease, providing treatment for chemical dependency through “comprehensive evaluation, crisis stabilization, safe detoxification and state-of-the-art services.”
Accommodations and Food
Morris Village believes the best way to treat recovering addicts is through the therapeutic community model, which facilitates lifestyle change through the power of peer influence. To foster community, Morris Village is structured like an actual village, with clients living in 14 cottages on the property. Clients sleep three to a room. Thirty beds are reserved specifically for female clients. The cottages all face a common courtyard and the administrative offices, infirmary, barbershop and cafeteria are in a central building. Residents also have access to a physical activities center, learning and resources center, post office and occupational therapy buildings. Meals are provided by the facility in the Morris Village cafeteria.
Treatment and Staff
Most clients at Morris Village are admitted based on referrals from hospitals, the probate court system and local county alcohol and drug abuse centers. Clients can also be admitted voluntarily or on an emergency basis, through an affidavit from a licensed physician. Upon admission, clients are assigned a case manager and an individualized treatment plan is developed. Duration of treatment is determined by individual need, but the average stay at Morris Village is 24 days.
Morris Village offers a number of different treatments tailored to individuals’ needs including CBT, recovery dynamics, family education and counseling, activity therapy and vocational rehabilitation. Treatment for co-occurring disorders is available and buprenorphine may be prescribed if necessary.
Part of the Morris Village philosophy involves making sure that clients are ready to go back into “normal” life after their stint in rehab. To this end, case management is a big part of the program, with the idea that clients should leave with a plan for the next step in the recovery process.
A medically supervised, evidence-based residential treatment program with a caring competent staff, Morris Village would be a great choice for an individual who needs a highly structured, inpatient chemical dependency program. Jackie M., a former cocaine addict, summed up Morris Village’s effect on her life in the following testimonial: “The people at Morris Village believed in me…I was beaten down and they taught me how to stand back up. They believed in me at a time when I could not believe in myself.”
610 Faison Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
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