Quiet Creek Farm is a not-for-profit residential substance abuse treatment facility for men located in Irvine, Kentucky. This facility is set on a working farm and offers treatment that is based on 12-step principles, as well as holistic therapeutic methods in nature and provides a safe environment for clients to heal on their own term and own pace.
Accommodations and Food
The Quiet Creek facility is on 65 acres of rural farmland with horses in Estill County Kentucky. Accommodating up to eight men in a four bedroom, two-bathroom bunkhouse, the shared bedrooms house two clients in twin beds with dressers, nightstands and closet space. The residence is equipped with a large living room and dining room, kitchen and sitting areas. The facility provides a limited number of towels and linens, but offers a community on site laundry machines is available for all clients to use.
The residents share chores on a rotating cleaning schedule, and cook each other meals periodically. All the food is provided by Quiet Creek along with a prepared menu, and a small fee applies monthly for snacks, or extras like tobacco products, that are requested by the clients. All meals are eaten as a community in the dining room, and if there are food allergies or other special requests, the staff is happy to honor them as long as they are notified when the client checks into treatment.
There are no cell phones, laptops or iPads allowed while the client is in treatment, but there are house phones available. After the first 30 days at the facility clients can start taking trips off of the farm for outings, including trips to the local gym, or store runs. Every off site activity must have an employee of Quiet Creek with them. During the week there is a curfew of 11 pm and weekends is 12 am. There are visitation hours daily in the afternoon as long as the client participates in morning chores and activities, and attends to their horse.
Treatment and Staff
Every client who comes to the facility for the first time must have already completed detox and immediately enter a “blackout” phase. This means they are not allowed any phone calls or to leave the facility unless so that the client can acclimate to the schedule and protocols of treatment. Typically the men stay for a minimum of six months. Although at Quiet Creek, there is an emphasis on there being no particular amount of time that clients are expected to stay—time in treatment is determined by progress and not the calendar.
A typical day would involve a morning meditation, followed by breakfast, then a group session that may involve outdoor activities and experiential techniques. There is a strong emphasis on building healthy communication skills. The programs are designed so that the clients not only learn from their counselors, but also each other, which encourages openness, and accountability within the community, as well as a way to establish new and healthy relationships with their peers. There are also weekly house meetings and daily 12-step meetings that everyone is required to attend and obtain a sponsor.
The program at quiet Creek Farm combines work therapy and holistic elements, incorporating equine therapy and the EAGALA model, which stands for Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.
Quiet Creek Farm is designed to give a tight group of men a place to learn about themselves as people who are free of alcohol and drugs. In many cases this ignites interests clients didn’t even know they had. By getting rid of the pressure of completing treatment in a certain time frame, allows for the freedom of transformation at its own pace.
Quiet Creek Farm, Inc.
631 Dry Branch Rd
Irvine, KY 40336
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