Saint Illa Residential Treatment Center offers residential treatment programs for men and women struggling with substance abuse. The facility is located in Waycross, Georgia and operates under Unison Behavioral Health, a company that has been around since 1971. Both inpatient programs teach clients about addiction while also offering dual diagnosis support. Saint Illa also offers an on-site detox for those who need it.
Accommodations and Food
Residents at Saint Illa are offered accommodation in a hospital-like setting. All residents live in the same facility, though they rarely cross paths since they attend separate programs on different schedules. The facility has 26 beds available, 10 for women and 16 for men. Rooms are shared between two clients and come equipped with twin beds and a desk. There are no private bathrooms attached to the bedrooms. The house also has two large communal rooms for group sessions and leisure activities, which generally consist of playing board games and watching TV. Saint Illa also has an outdoor courtyard where clients can enjoy the fresh air.
Hot meals are offered in a communal cafeteria three times a day. Menu items range from healthy options to comfort food options like pizza, pasta and fried chicken. The healthier options can be found in the fresh salad bar, which consists of vegetables, fruits and soup. Throughout the day, residents are welcome to grab fruit, tea or coffee.
Treatment and Staff
Before admission, all clients are given an initial psychological assessment to determine their specific needs and what level of care would be most appropriate. Saint Illa has an on-site detox facility with Suboxone assistance available during the withdrawal process. Detox typically lasts three to seven days, monitored by a certified addiction physician. Aside from medication-assisted treatment, clients are required to follow a daily routine that consists of hour-long group therapy sessions, with additional dual diagnosis support available for those who need it. Both residential programs last 30 days.
Daily schedules begin with a 6 am wake up followed by breakfast and a 30-minute meditation. Residents are then required to attend various groups throughout the day, with topics including substance abuse education, life skills training and wellness. Wellness groups consist of nutrition and fitness classes, including yoga and weight training. Clients are also required to complete daily reading and writing assignments.
On Saturdays and Sundays, residents have a lighter schedule and are not required to engage in group counseling sessions. They participate in longer meditation sessions and more group activities and have longer dinners and more time outside. On Friday and Saturday nights, men are required to attend in-house AA/NA meetings while women do so on Saturday and Sundays. Every night, residents get an hour of free time before lights out at 10:15 pm. The only one exception to this is on Saturday night, when clients get an additional hour.
The staff at Saint Illa’s is made up of certified addiction specialists, a psychiatrist, health educators and therapists who are all interested in providing the best care to their residents.
Saint Illa Residential Treatment Center offers a highly structured program for men and women seeking treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Though the program is relatively spare and lacking in luxury, it remains an affordable option for those who need a strict routine and round-the-clock support.
Saint Illa Residential Treatment Center
3455 Harris Rd
Waycross, GA 31503
Saint Illa Residential Treatment Center Cost: Sliding scale (30 days). Reach Saint Illa Residential Treatment Center by phone at (912) 449-7200.
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