The Quapaw House is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, a peaceful small town deep in the Ouchita Mountains. It’s a hidden gem for creatives since the city hosts an annual documentary film festival along with rotating art and music events. Quapaw House is mostly a no-frills experience with a low price, a professional staff and a variety of educational resources for addiction. In addition to its basic adult residential program, Quapow offers specialized tracks for teens, pregnant women and mothers with young children, which includes on-site childcare and familial integration.
Accommodations and Food
Quapaw recently expanded its facilities to offer private rooms to residents without an extra charge (space permitting), though more often residents will have a roommate. Quapaw can hold 70 residents, though it reportedly does not often operate at full capacity. All rooms provide basic dorm style housing, with private rooms typically reserved for clients who don’t pay through insurance (though other residents can also be assigned them, luck permitting).
Clients are served three meals a day, though Quapaw’s meal plan is fairly simple. Meals come from rotating menus of fruits, salads and entrees (generally something like chicken and a side, hot sandwiches or pasta). Arrangements can be made for allergies, but Quapaw doesn’t seem to specialize in any particular culinary tradition. Snacks are available later in the day, and vending machines are also on-site.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at Quapaw emphasizes the 12 steps along with physical fitness and supervised recreation. Generally, the program begins with a medically-supervised detox lasting five days. Regular treatment schedules begin with breakfast at 6 am followed by an NA-based reading, a meditation and five to six hours of group and individual sessions (residents generally receive about one hour of individual therapy a week). AA and NA meetings are held both on- and off-site. Evenings are more relaxed, and usually involve heading outside for volleyball, basketball or horseshoes. After that comes dinner, more free time and an evening snack, with lights-out at 10 pm.
Residents will have access to a variety of different medical professionals, including an on-site physician. The staff-to-client ratio is about 10-to-one, and only licensed therapists, CADCs or other substance abuse credited professionals perform discussion and counseling sessions.
If Quapaw House is light on one-on-one sessions, it makes up for it with a variety of educational groups such as adult education classes for those seeking their G.E.D. (though not on-site), HIV disease prevention seminars, group problem-solving sessions, perinatal and post-partum care and advising, parenting classes, job skills training, nutrition classes, family counseling and domestic violence counseling.
Bonus on-site amenities include a fitness room with a treadmill and an elliptical, as well as outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. The facility also boasts an entertainment room with a television, but Internet, phones and laptops are not allowed; clients are allowed visitors, though only on Sundays.
Overall, Quapaw House is mostly only for those seeking basic, nuts and bolts treatment at an affordable price, though the educational resources it offers and the specialized program tracks are sure to be helpful for some.
812 Mountain Pine Rd
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Quapaw House Cost: $6,000 (30 days, includes detox). Reach Quapaw House by phone at (501) 767-4456. Find Quapaw House on Facebook
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