The Owl’s Nest Recovery Community is located an hour outside of Columbia, South Carolina in beautiful Florence. This residential substance abuse treatment facility is far enough away from the urban hustle to allow residents to find serenity in nature. The program treats men and women using 12-step philosophy. Clients receive individualized treatment plans, which consist of group and individual therapy utilizing the principles found in the Big Book.
The Owl’s Nest and its parent company, Owl’s Club International, were founded in 2001 to offer a successful alternative to the standard rehab-style of treatment. The founder sought recovery at more than 25 facilities with no long-term success until he strictly implemented the 12 steps. Originally a 12-bed recovery house for men, Owl’s Nest quickly grew to include programs for women, vocational rehabilitation and transitional care options. It developed a 28-day protocol to cater to clients in the professional community. Today, The Owl’s Nest also operates a second location in Tampa, Florida with both facilities having a total of 150 beds.
Accommodations and Food
Residential treatment takes place in a 50-bed, co-ed facility where men and women reside in separate wings. The cabin-like homes offer spacious quarters without a clinical feel. Bedrooms are designed for double occupancy with shared bathrooms throughout the facility and lounge areas with large couches and flat screen TVs. The grounds provide a private oasis with shady benches under trees, meditation areas and a sand volleyball court.
All food is provided and prepared on site by a kitchen staff. The menu was designed by a dietician with a focus on healthy, home-cooked meals that replenish the body.
Treatment and Staff
Residents are required to make a minimum 28-day commitment to the program, but may stay longer if needed. The short-term protocol is a structured schedule of regular individual sessions and daily small group therapy, which includes education about addiction and the Big Book. There are co-ed and gender-specific groups that focus on applying the principles of the 12 steps, developing communication and coping skills, as well as relapse prevention planning. The women’s group also addresses past traumas, sexual abuse, domestic violence and parenting issues.
Upon completion of the first 28 days, residents have the option to continue on to the long-term program. The duration of this program depends on the individual and while it offers many of the same groups and step study workshops as the short-term protocol, it has the added bonus of vocational coaching to help clients seek and gain employment. In an effort to encourage clients to assume responsibility for themselves and their recovery, the long-term program requires residents to have a job so that they can meet their rent commitment and establish personal financial independence. The Owl’s Nest job search team offers guidance on where to look for work, how to how to create a resume and submit online applications.
The staff of The Owl’s Nest is comprised entirely of alumni who are rigorously applying a 12-step approach to their personal programs. While some counselors have accreditations of CADC and LPC, there are no professional psychiatrists on staff so the Owl’s Nest programs may not be a good fit for those with co-occurring disorders.
The Owl’s Nest organizes occasional outings and recreational activities for residents; like attending sporting events, hikes and team-building exercises. It also has an on-site store where clients can purchase notebooks, snacks and necessities for personal hygiene. Family members are allowed to make deposits of up to $300 to the client’s resident store account online.
The Owl’s Nest has a large alumni network and completing one of the primary programs grants clients an exclusive lifetime membership to the community. Alumni are always welcome back to the facility to share their experience.
The Owl’s Nest Recovery Community is a safe space for residents to learn how to heal from addiction. There is a strong emphasis on the Big Book and application of the 12 steps that may not appeal to everyone but this is an excellent choice for those seeking an affordable, 12-step based treatment in a beautiful location.
Owl’s Nest Recovery Community Location
2528 W Palmetto St
Florence, SC 29501
Owl’s Nest Recovery Community Cost
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