Located in Wallingford, Vermont, Recovery House, Inc. provides detox, residential and transitional living to men and women. Established in 1972, this program’s mission is to provide affordable care based on the 12-step principles, organized through a system of phases residents must complete. Treatment is designed to offer individualized care based on specific needs, all while helping clients acclimate back into community and family roles.
Accommodations and Food
The Recovery House program takes place in two facilities, with detox and short term residential treatment at the Serenity House and transitional living at the Grace House. Serenity House is in a two story home with 24 beds in total. Women are housed on the main floor while men live on the second. All the rooms are shared between two or three clients at a time and bathrooms are shared by floor.
The Serenity House has an exercise room with stationary bikes, and residents can often take walks on the grounds or go on outings to play volleyball or basketball. On Friday evenings, clients participate in recreational activities, such as trips to concerts, the local lake or the movies.
During detox and residential, meals are provided and prepared by an on-site chef. Breakfast is always continental and lunch and dinner are served in the common dining room area. Meals are healthy and dietary restrictions are followed if requests are made by a resident.
Treatment and Staff
Recovery House is a 12-step based program that incorporates group and individual therapy, as well as relapse prevention classes into treatment. Daily meeting schedules vary, though daily AA or NA meetings are required. If after the initial assessment a counselor determines that medical detox is the best course of action, clients receive three to five days in a program monitored 24 hours a day before moving on to the 28-day residential program.
Most therapy takes place in groups with 12 residents at a time. Many of the sessions focus on educating clients about addiction as a disease. There are also journaling assignments residents are expected to participate in. Though the treatment is based on the 12 steps, the facility recognizes that not everyone responds equally to the same treatment methods. As a result, some clients may have more one-on-one sessions then others.
Once in the main program, residents are expected to complete assigned chores and maintain the order of the facility. After the 28 days are completed, some clients can move into the transitional living program located at the Grace House (depending on availability). A minimum stay is 90 days, though residents can live there for up to a year. Within three weeks of moving in each client must find employment, get a sponsor and attend regular AA meetings.
Grace House’s program is more lenient, as residents can come and go as they please. Still, frequent drug tests are performed while in the house and clients are expected to abide by an accountability agreement. The program has 12 beds, so there is an extensive screening process to pass in order to be admitted. This includes interviews with house staff as well meeting with other residents. Staff members at Recovery House are managed by a medical director, on-call physicians, RNs, LCSWs and CADCs.
Family members are permitted to visit as often as clients are comfortable with. Visiting days are Sundays, from 1 to 2:30 pm; these days include family therapy and educational sessions.
Recovery House works to provide adults with treatment that fully embraces each individual’s needs. From detox to residential treatment to transitional living, residents are fully supported through each step of their recovery. Though Recovery House may lack cutting-edge treatments methods or luxurious amenities, those in the area who are comfortable with 12-step care should find it an affordable option.
Recovery House, Inc.
98 Church St
Wallingford, VT 05773
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