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Founded in 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio by a group of recovering individuals, ORCA House has a deep and rich history when it comes to treating addiction. It is one of the oldest African-American founded and operated drug treatment facilities in the country. Sixty-five years later, the ORCA House operates three facilities in Cleveland and is accredited by CARF, an organization that awards behavioral health organizations that meet a high quality of service.

Today, ORCA House has inpatient, outpatient and aftercare programs, all embracing a holistic and culturally relevant approach while also keeping clients’ families involved in the process. ORCA House is known for providing help to the lower-income population of Greater Cleveland and its neighboring communities. It is also completely non-profit, funded by foundations, grants, and donations.

Accommodations and Food

ORCA House’s residential program has 28-beds available—16 for men and 12 for women. The rooms are separated by gender and sleep two to three clients at a time. Although there is no formal cafeteria area, the facility does have an on-site cook who prepares three daily meals. There is no gym on the property, but weekly trips to a local recreation center can be arranged for well-behaved clients.

Treatment and Staff

The ORCA House’s inpatient program is divided by gender and staffed with licensed therapists who specialize in CBT who do their best to make themselves readily available and accessible to at all times. The program does not have any medical staff on-site.

Both the male and female programs at ORCA provide 30 hours of alcohol and drug treatment services. These include group and individual therapy, job and life skills development, HIV/AIDS education, therapeutic walks, anger management, nutritional education, daily 12-step meetings and random urinalysis. The program’s duration is based on successful completion of the treatment plan, which usually lasts about 30 days.

While both programs mirror each other (by focusing on relapse prevention and social reintegration), the women’s program tackles gender-specific issues like domestic violence, sexual abuse, separation from children, prenatal health and nutrition.

For those not looking for a residential program or for those transitioning out of one, the ORCA House’s Intensive Outpatient (IOP) option is designed for individuals who wish to treat their addiction while maintaining outside employment and responsibilities.


The ORCA House has a three-month long aftercare program. Many residential clients step down to the intensive outpatient program and then transition to their aftercare—which consists of group counseling once a week, which strongly focuses on maintaining continued sobriety and individual therapy on an as needed basis. The ORCA House also offers sober living arrangements as a part of their aftercare program.

For clients’ loved ones, the ORCA House has a family program that provides weekly, individual, family and group counseling. Supervised childcare is provided during this time.

In Summary

ORCA House’s extensive inpatient, outpatient and aftercare programs not only focus on substance abuse, but also on relapse prevention and how to lead a normal life again. Their program is worth considering for those looking to recover from addiction, and to rebuild their lives.

ORCA House Location

1905 East 89th St
Cleveland, OH 44106

ORCA House Cost

Sliding scale. Reach ORCA House by phone at (216) 231-3772 or by email at info@orcahouse.com. Find ORCA House on Facebook

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