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Safe LandingThe Basics

Safe Landing Home is a sober living facility for women in Leominster, Massachusetts. It was founded in 2015 by Richard Summers, an LSW with experience working with dual diagnosis clients at nearby McLean Hospital and Emerson Hospital. Safe Landing provides a structured environment to help newly sober women transition back into society.

Accommodations and Amenities

Safe Landing offers an intimate and safe recovery environment. It houses a maximum of four residents, all in private rooms with queen-sized beds, dressers and closet space. The house itself has cozy decor with large couches, shared living areas, an on-site gym with exercise equipment and a fully-equipped kitchen. Throughout their stay, all residents are served three meals a day.

Rules and Regulations

Though each program is customized, all residents are expected to remain sober throughout their time at Safe Landing and to submit to regular and random drug testing. Unlike some transitional facilities, Safe Landing integrates structured treatment. Programming includes individual and group therapy as well as case management sessions with on-site staff to discuss dual diagnosis issues, medication management, life skills and other related topics. The facility also provides neurofeedback treatment for an additional fee. Though 12-step participation is not explicitly required, transportation is offered to help residents get to off-site meetings of their choosing, whether it’s AA/NA or SMART Recovery.

All clients are expected to stay a minimum of 30 days. Because each program is flexible, participants may or may not be expected to get a job or volunteer throughout that time. For those who cannot secure gainful employment, resume building, interviewing and networking classes are offered.

The support staff at Safe Landing includes LMHCs, LCSWs, RNs and additional Master’s-level counselors.

Extras

Holistic and recreational activities facilitated for clients include art, music and equine therapy as well as biking and canoeing.

In Summary

Safe Landing Home offers a comprehensive range of services for women in recovery. The facility itself provides a very intimate and individualized program, with dual diagnosis support and flexible therapeutic approaches depending on each resident’s needs. For women in the area, Safe Landing is a well-rounded and competitively-priced option worth considering.

Safe Landing Home
151 Pond St
Leominster, MA 01453

Safe Landing Home Cost: $9,990 (30 days). Reach Safe Landing Home by phone at (617) 461-9011 or by email at [email protected]. Find Safe Landing Home on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Instagram

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  1. Charlene Cormier on

    Here at Safe Landing our goal is to help empower women with mental health and/or substance abuse challenges transition back into their independent lives. We have many years of experience in this field and are acutely aware of the challenges this population faces, as well as the challenges, we as a provider, face.
    We would like to take this opportunity to respond to comments regarding our Program.

    We are very sensitive and empathetic to the needs and challenges of the clients we support. We understand that the population we serve are dealing with a variety of Mental Health Challenges. We believe we try our best to go above and beyond, to provide the compassion, patience and empathy that our clients deserve.

    From the moment we decided to explore this venture, one of our priorities was to provide a serene, clean, and beautiful environment. We believe we have achieved this goal as our staff continually assists in keeping our home neat and clean. We also believe as a part of our client’s recovery, that’s it important they take personal responsibility in assisting to keep their environment clean. Therefore, the expectation is that clients assist us in this goal, picking up after themselves and keeping common areas, as well as their rooms neat and clean. We provide all the deep and continual day to day cleaning.

    We take confidentially very seriously; both our staff members and all clients sign a confidentially agreement on day one. No confidential information is ever shared, period.

    Our fee structure is based on many factors to include: 24/7 Supervision, On-call Psychiatrist, Staff RN for Med Management & Support, Expressive Art Therapy, Farm Day Program, Equine Therapy, Meditation Focused Program, One-on-One Support, Holistic Support, Recovery Coach, Case Manager, Breathalyzing & Tox Screening, Exercise Groups, Gym membership, Personal Trainer, Outside Activities, Entertainment, Volunteer Opportunities, Massage Therapy, Hair Salon Services & Food, and Transportation to Clinical Appointments. Lastly, the daily cost of running a supportive living house.

    We continually encourage clients to take advantage of the diverse therapeutic modalities offered. As a transitional/supportive living home, we understand and value the power of choice. Often our clients come to Safe Landing feeling as if they have been dis-empowered regarding their ability to make choices. We structure our program providing many options for clients to choose from. When clients choose not to participate, we begin to understand that our model of support may not be what’s appropriate for them. When that is present, we often see our clients focus shift from taking personal responsibility for their recovery to negative distractions that do not foster growth, mobility, and spiritual awakening.

    We send Dana, Sarah and all our clients love and compassion, and hope that she also finds what’s wanted for her and focuses on that, to find her happiness and live a life of joy.

  2. My recent experience with Safe Landing was extremely disappointing on almost every level. Upon arrival at Safe Landing, I was in very early recovery and had just graduated from an amazingly healing and supportive McLean Hospital 30-day program. I arrived deeply enthusiastic about and engaged in my recovery and was quite hopeful about my progress and the future in spite of the many challenges and obstacles that lay ahead for me. My positive attitude and general outlook began to deteriorate very soon after settling in to my new reality at Safe Landing.

    I never would have agreed to choose Safe Landing as my next step had I known that the services that had been promised and advertised were simply either nonexistent or not in place yet. Regardless, these offered services would have been severely compromised by the combination of the physical facility and the management’s and staff’s inability, misguidedness, and lack of expertise to serve and treat women such as myself who struggle with the co-occurrence of substance use disorder and trauma-related conditions such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

    I found it completely unacceptable that this facility has the nerve to charge $2500 a week per client when even the most basic amenities such as housekeeping and basic meal preparation were nonexistent, never mind the severe lack of therapeutic engagement facilitated by a qualified specialist. I discovered that the owner has no significant experience working on substance-related issues outside of his running Safe Landing, which he obscures by discussing his working (in a unrelated capacity) at facilities that have dual-diagnosis programs.

    I regret the time and money spent at Safe Landing as it did not inspire me or enhance my recovery. Shame on Safe Landing for exploiting and profiting from the unfortunate and devastating confluence of substance use disorder and very often trauma-related psychiatric disorders that so many women struggle with. There is a desperate need for empowering, supportive and affordable after care for women in recovery, but Safe Landing is failing to fulfill this need

  3. I was disturbed at the level of incompetence, disorganization, and lack of professionalism at Safe Landing. I left because my treatment team felt that the facility was unsafe.

    Residents were languishing and relapsing. While some individuals may use drugs or alcohol at sober living facilities, I was surprised residents were inebriated in the common areas without the staff ever responding or following up. There was also an incident where a staff member drove inebriated to pick up a resident from an appointment.

    The house policy is to organize medications and give residents their medications on a day-to-day basis rather than permitting self-dispensing. I was given the wrong dosages and medications for four days in a row, despite alerting staff.

    I found ants in my bedroom on the first day I arrived. I returned one one to Safe Landing and found that my belongings have been removed from my closet and strewn all over my bed, along with a trashcan placed on its side on my bed. I had a significant allergic reaction to dust mites in the carpeting and bedding, and the carpeting was not cleaned. There were no housekeeping services at the house.

    I paid a significant fee ahead of time to be driven to and from appointments and provided the owner my schedule – with times and locations – well in advance. Nonetheless, the owner had me picked up at the wrong times and taken to the wrong locations numerous times. He hired a driver who did not have GPS or a smart phone. When I requested a change, the owner hired Ubers, but would send them to the wrong locations for pickup. I would often find myself waiting in excess of half an hour for rides.

    The owner breached confidentiality repeatedly, and would discuss residents’ private matters with other residents.

    Staff was unaware of the availability of meetings and services in the area. They only informed residents about and provided transportation to an AA meeting in the town. Neither the owner nor staff had any experience with meetings other than AA. They had never heard of popular meetings such as Refuge Recovery, and only one staff member was aware of – but not informed about – SMART Recovery.

    Some of the failings can be attributed to financial difficulties. The owner purchased the house rather than rented, and this has likely led to liquidity issues. As a result, Safe Landing is and unable to provide the services it advertises.

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