Questhouse Inc opened in 2004 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, but not without some false starts. It was founded by Russ Hopper, a recovered alcoholic and former accountant, who in 2003 tried to convert a Bowling Green townhouse into a rehab for between 10 and 12 people and staff. He was voted down by the city but since then he’s come back with a new set-up; now, treatment happens at therapeutic offices built in 2006, while guests stay in condos built in 2007.
Questhouse is an organization that is not very transparent with information about who works for it, what living looks like, how it treats alcoholism and so on. It’s a voluntary retreat for spiritual recovery focused on mind, body and spirit, and a plus is that it’s very inexpensive. A downside is that the program isn’t as well-developed as some of the others out there.
Accommodations and Food
Guests stay in one of six shared condos, each of which is 1,500 square feet; though the center is co-ed, these rooms are obviously gender segregated. Each has a bathroom, bedroom, kitchenette and living area, all pretty plain. The condo complex is owned and run by an unaffiliated non-profit.
Condos are away from the treatment offices, so Questhouse provides shuttles for residents to get to treatment. Shuttles are also used for grocery trips, because there are no chefs to make meals; residents are expected to fend for themselves on that front. Clients can’t bring cell phones, cameras, computers or non-recovery literature into treatment. Soda and cigarettes are allowed, but residents have to bring money to get them.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment is generally built on the 12 steps with a sizable dose of religion, as well as programming based on Joe McQuany’s recovery dynamics program, and Gorski Relapse Prevention Therapy. There are also educational lectures, video presentations, spiritual readings, discussion groups and 12-step meetings.
Questhouse reportedly has a method of teaching by pamphlets and packets that residents to fill out based on different recovery problems. In addition, it offers different treatment tracks, one for professionals and one for women.
Questhouse only takes people who “exhibit a degree of physical, mental and emotional stability before coming in,” which potentially describes no active addict at the point they need treatment. This is because their program doesn’t have a detox or any medical staff on hand—not even nurses. Perhaps needless to say, co-occurring disorder support isn’t a focus here.
Questhouse has a small number of state-CADCs and Master’s-level therapists, all with multiple levels of certification for a roughly one-to-two staff to client ratio. The head therapist is a Christian minister, and much of the programming language has a Christian bend to it.
Family and friends are welcome to participate in weekly support meetings, though other than that, visitors aren’t welcome for any reason except emergencies.
Another bonus is the “quest plus assurance” program, which offers further care for clients who relapse within 60 days of enrolling in the program. There aren’t any transitional or outpatient services.
Questhouse provides Christian-leaning residential treatment at a relatively affordable price. Men and women struggling with a primary diagnosis of addition and alcoholism would potentially do well in this environment.
2349 Russellville Rd
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Questhouse Cost: $4,200 (30 days). Reach Questhouse Inc by phone at (270) 781-3387 or by email at [email protected].
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