Rated the number four rehab in America by the National Substance Abuse Professionals Network (SAP) the New Hope Recovery program grew out of the groundbreaking work that Terry Gorski, Merlene Miller and Stephanie Brown were doing in the field of addiction. Founded as a men’s program in 1989, New Hope is now a co-ed facility priced on a sliding scale, making affordable treatment available in Modesto, California.
Accommodations and Food
While New Hope is a comfortable, relaxed and clean environment to recover in, this is clearly a treatment facility (even if it is on a residential street). Men and women are housed together on either side of a divider. Clients sleep in bunk beds four to a room sharing same-sex, communal bathrooms. There is not a lot of private space in this clearly transitional living environment. The floors are polished concrete in the treatment rooms and the dining area is furnished with plastic folding chairs and tables. Clients get three meals a day, cafeteria style and you’re cleaning up after yourself here as well as doing your own laundry.
Cell phones and computers are allowed and there is time for TV before bed and after AA meetings.
Treatment and Staff
Detox, stabilization and structure are paramount for new clients coming into the program at New Hope. Detox happens on-site and lasts anywhere from three to seven days. Individual assessment determines treatment protocols for the next 30 days. Group therapy and classes are designed around the emotional roadblocks that characterize addiction—issues with self-esteem, anxiety, loneliness, anger and irritability, with an emphasis on practical life skills.
Twelve staff members with a range of experience and accreditation see clients privately at least once a week. 12-step meetings are made available both on and off-site and clients are encouraged to get sponsors, work the steps and establish connections in the sober community as part of aftercare programming.
A typical day at New Hope means getting up at 7 am for a 7:30 breakfast. This is followed by group therapy, lectures on addiction and relapse prevention and DVDs on addiction and recovery. After a noon lunch is more group and individual therapy followed by exercise. There is time built into the schedule for the on-site weight room and even softball. Dinner is at 6 pm followed by AA and free time to relax. Lights out is at 10 pm.
Family programming at New Hope focuses on addressing issues of trust, resentment and denial in a group setting. Families meet on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons for addiction education, relapse prevention, group processing and general visitation.
New Hope’s high ranking in the rehab world bodes well for it, as does the friendly staff and simple treatment combination of AA and therapy. The family program is solid and the price is hard to beat, especially for California. But this is a recovery facility. You wear shoes in the shower, sleep on top of other people and eat in a cafeteria on folding tables and chairs. This is what you would expect from a transitional living space—solid treatment with few frills.
New Hope Recovery Location
823 East Orangeburg Ave
Modesto, CA 95350
New Hope Cost
Sliding Scale/Max $5,500 (30 days). Reach New Hope by phone at (209) 527-9797. Find New Hope on Facebook
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