Not far from the coastal Texas city of Galveston, Pathway to Recovery offers a no-nonsense approach to addiction at an affordable cost with men’s and women’s facilities in La Marque, Texas and a men’s-only rehab in Angleton. The facility was founded by CEO Dennis McColgin, who saw his career as a professional golfer break down by his own addictions. For the most part, Pathway seeks only to create a simple, homey setting to get down to the business of living sober.
Accommodations and Food
All three of Pathway to Recovery’s facilities share similar accommodations. Set on two acres of land, the La Marque location features a main house with three two-man rooms for lodging inside; behind the house is a dorm which sleeps 12 women, and another dorm for 16—a total of 32 beds. Rooms feature twin-sized mattresses and are shared with one to two other residents at a time, though each does come with a private bathroom. For those who self-pay, Pathway to Recovery does its best to place them in a two-man room.
The Angleton facility is similar and sleeps 25 men, all in dorm-style housing with three or four to a room. A client’s first 10 days are an integration period with the program, and certain liberties like walking to the nearby convenience store or going to off-site meetings are restricted. After this initial phase, residents get sponsors who take them to outside meetings as they begin to have more freedom. There are cooks on-site at both locations who prepare meals for clients during the weekdays, but on the weekends residents must cook and prepare their own meals.
Treatment and Staff
Days start early at Pathway to Recovery with a 6 am wake up call followed by some physical activity (either running or stretches) before breakfast at 6:30 am. Immediately following is a morning meditation session and spiritual literature class. Residents are assigned different cleaning tasks through the week, with a general inspection every day to make sure everyone is fulfilling their duties. After lunch, clients meet with their individual counselors, have AA study classes or work on their 12-step assignments.
There’s also recreation time, meetings with smaller process groups and personal time, which includes use of the house phone. After dinner, there are nightly on-site AA meetings at 8 pm, though residents can also attend off-site meetings with their sponsors. During the week, lights out is 11 pm, though weekends are more relaxed; the days are less rigorous and there’s more personal time. Family members are invited to take part in weekly meetings and can see clients during visiting hours. Pathway to Recovery also offers employee assistance programs and can help residents get their GED or high school diploma.
Pathway to Recovery encourages physical exercise. There are free weights, basketball hoops and a volleyball court on-site; clients often play baseball on the grounds as well. Recreation at Pathway is much more about promoting camaraderie and fellowship than anything else.
While there’s no medical detox offered at Pathway to Recovery, it can assist in setting up an appointment for one at a nearby facility. Similarly, there are no medical doctors or psychiatrists on staff but rather a team of LCDCs who work intimately with residents day in and day out. There are one to two house managers available around the clock, but most therapists and counselors work traditional weekly hours. Pathway to Recovery is not a dual diagnosis treatment facility and is entirely 12-step oriented with a focus on the disease model of addiction; the average staff-to-client ratio is one-to-four or five.
Pathway to Recovery takes measures to integrate residents into the local sober community; the core belief being that this a necessary staple for those hoping to build a continued sober life. As a result, there are frequent trips to local 12-step meetings and gatherings, including 12-step dances and holiday parties. On Thanksgiving of 2013, clients at Pathway even participated in an “Alcathon,” a marathon day of meetings every hour with a shared meal in the evening.
Pathway to Recovery succeeds in creating a community atmosphere focused on the basics: ongoing sobriety and restoring one’s life to a place of sanity.
Pathway to Recovery
1224 Linton Dr
La Marque, TX 77568
Pathway to Recovery Cost: $4,000 (30 days). Reach Pathway to Recovery by phone at (888) 300-3697. Find Pathway to Recovery on Facebook
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