Founded in 2002 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, The Plymouth House is a 12-step based residential treatment program for men and women, age 18 and older, suffering from chemical dependency. Their belief is that clients can recover from addiction by learning to utilize the 12 steps in their lives. Upon successful completion, many clients participate in the Plymouth House Sober Living transitional care program.
Accommodations and Food
The Plymouth House campus is situated on 20 acres and resembles a boarding school. There is a non-denominational chapel, a dining room inside a main barn building, exercise gym, laundry facility, yoga studio, vegetable garden, meeting areas and gender-specific lounges and dorms. The Plymouth House accommodates 39 clients in gender-specific dorms. The furnished bedrooms have a rustic feel, and accommodate between two and three clients. Each suite has its own bathroom, and a private porch where smoking is allowed.
Clients are served three healthy and nutritious meals a day cafeteria-style, and dine inside the main barn. While breakfast is optional, residents must attend lunch and dinner meals. A typical entrée might include grilled chicken, salad and fresh veggies, which are provided from the garden on a seasonal basis. Menus are posted daily inside the dining room. Special needs, and vegetarian diets are taken into account.
Forbidden items include cellphones, laptops, and any electronic device that can connect to the Internet. Additionally, nail polish, hair dyes, cameras, diet scales, pocketknives, colognes, perfumes and items containing alcohol are not allowed on the premises. While laundry facilities and detergent are provided, clients are asked to bring along a supply of quarters. Also, no more than $30 spending money is allowed. All new residents are subject to search, and forbidden items are confiscated and stored in the main office until discharge. The Plymouth House staff conducts store runs on Mondays and Fridays. Clients are asked to provide a written request, along with appropriate funds inside provided envelopes. Resident supervisors live on the premises, and oversee operations.
Treatment and Staff
Prior to admittance, clients must have been clean and sober for a minimum of 72 hours, and have already undergone (or not need) medical detox. Clients that have not been in a detox facility must provide a clean drug test as proof of their sobriety. Additionally, clients are asked to undergo a drug and alcohol screenings periodically. Potential clients receive a comprehensive phone interview with staff to ensure that Plymouth House is an appropriate fit. Clients must commit to a two-week minimum length of stay, but treatment length is typically between three and five weeks.
At Plymouth House, a strict 12-step based approach is utilized during treatment. Mental health support for clients with co-occurring disorders is not provided, nor does Plymouth House work with any health care providers. The weekly curriculum includes meditation, goal setting groups, Big Book study groups, inventory work, daily 12-step meetings, yoga, exercise and comprehensive 12-step work. Residents must work on steps one through seven while at The Plymouth House.
A typical daily schedule includes an optional breakfast served from 6:30 am to 8:15 am, followed by optional yoga class from 7 am to 8:45 am. While yoga is taught, some clients participate in an 8 am goals group, followed by an 8:30 am meditation inside the chapel. At 9:15 am, there is a reflections group, followed by two Big Book groups. Lunch is served at noon, followed by a guest-led group from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Another Big Book group, which is assigned to certain clients, is held from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Those not participating can attend an optional inventory workshop held from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, or hang out in the lounge and work on fellowship, make phone calls or work out in the gym. Hiking is conducted from 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm. Dinner is from 5 pm to 7 pm. From 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm clients attend an outside 12-step meeting. Wrap-up is between 10 pm and 11 pm. Lights out is at 11:30 pm.
Staff is comprised of 12-step practitioners, men and women who are in long-term recovery. The client to staff ratio is almost one to one.
Weekly alumni events are held at 7 pm Wednesdays and 9:30 am Saturdays, on the premises.
For those with co-occurring disorders, and who might need more clinical support, The Plymouth House will not be the right fit. But for Big Book aficionados, look no further. Besides providing a quaint and tranquil setting, The Plymouth House is completely immersed in the 12 steps, and teaches residents all about AA/NA. Former clients rave about The Plymouth House, saying that it saved their lives.
The Plymouth House
446 Main St
Plymouth, NH 03264
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