Path of Hope, a nonprofit treatment center in Lexington, North Carolina, was founded in 1976 as a sober living for men but in five short years became licensed as a chemical dependency center, and two years after that was able to add a women’s program. Operational now for over three decades, Path of Hope’s residential treatment program for men and women with substance use disorders is a well-oiled machine. The 12 steps are an integral part of the program and a heavy emphasis is placed on the spiritual, as well as the mental and physical, aspects of recovery.
Accommodations and Food
For 28 days, male and female residential clients live in neighboring houses on property owned by Path of Hope. The men’s home is a two-story, white house with a wrap-around porch that houses 11 to 12 clients at a time. The women’s home is smaller: also white, one-story, with a large front yard and capacity for six clients.
All Path of Hope residents share a room with one other resident. Bedrooms include two twin beds and one shared bathroom. There are laundry rooms in both houses and dining rooms where clients eat at designated times as a group. A cook usually prepares meals for clients based on menus prepared ahead of time, but clients are permitted to prepare their own meals with supervision from staff. The staff make two grocery trips per week, coordinating with the cook and clients based on their weekly needs.
Clients are permitted to bring personal items and bedding, but not cell phones and laptops. Those who require medication must bring a 30-day supply with a signed physician’s statement.
Treatment and Staff
Path of Hope does not offer detox, so clients must be clean and sober for 72 hours prior to intake. The assessment given at intake focuses on substance abuse history as opposed to psychiatric or psychological testing. The treatment curriculum at Path of Hope also focuses on sobriety from drugs and alcohol and clients learn about the 12-step model of recovery. There are two on-site 12-step meetings a week and four off-site.
Evidence-based practices, including Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Matrix Model and Stephanie Covington’s Trauma Model, are used to treat underlying emotional and behavioral issues. These techniques are employed by the clinical staff who facilitate the four group sessions each day. Some groups are dynamic and discussion-based; others focus on education about the cycle of addiction. Clients work with counselors and therapists one-on-one to establish goals in recovery, build self-esteem, promote accountability, practice honesty and nurture a relationship to a Higher Power. Individual sessions are at least once a week. After an individual or group session, clients may be assigned homework.
Male and female clients follow the same program for daily treatment. Before group and therapy, every client’s day at Path of Hope begins with an inspirational group reading followed by breakfast and chores. For clients with co-occurring conditions like depression and anxiety, Path of Hope offers dual diagnosis support.
Path of Hope counselors and therapists are licensed, certified or registered with North Carolina’s Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. Volunteers join staff to facilitate 12-step work with clients and help with daily operations. Many of the staff are in recovery.
Two staff members work at the women’s residence and three work at the men’s residence, so the staff-to-client ratio is between 1:3 and 1:4.
Sundays at Path of Hope are reserved for family visitation. Therapy sessions with clients and their families are scheduled as needed.
Path of Hope runs a sober living in addition to its residential program. The program requires a six-month commitment, health screening, proof of completion of prior substance abuse treatment, an intake with a substance abuse counselor and two weeks of rent ($125).
Path of Hope’s clinical curriculum is built on a 12-step foundation. Clients are strongly encouraged to lean on their peers in reinforcing step work and spiritual growth. This facility is a great fit for adults who are serious about their recovery and are ready to do the work. And the cost of treatment for 30 days comes at a reasonable price. Potential clients with acute mental health conditions may fare better at a treatment center with psychiatrists and psychologists on staff, however.
Path of Hope Location
1675 E Center St Ext
Lexington, NC 27295
Path of Hope Cost
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