Sojourner Recovery Services, founded in 1984, is named for former slave Sojourner Truth, who inspired women to better their lives and to help other women do the same. Sojourner Recovery Services is a non-profit treatment center funded by the United Way and the Butler County Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services Board. Located in the Cincinnati suburb of Hamilton, Ohio, across from Miami University’s Hamilton Campus, Sojourner offers services to adolescents and adults. Individuals seeking treatment must be Butler County residents or referred by a contractual agency.
Accommodations and Food
There are two Sojourner women’s residential centers: Herland Family Center and Brookwood Center. Herland Family Center is a red brick townhouse nestled in the small town of Hamilton. Brookwood Center is an apartment building in a more suburban part of town. There is one Sojourner men’s residential center that occupies a two-story brick home. Healthy meals are prepared by the residents at all locations.
Treatment and Staff
All clients are assessed using the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) or the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) to determine the extent of their addiction. The information obtained during assessments is filtered through the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) clinical protocols to determine the appropriate level of care. Detox is only available at a contracted facility outside of Butler County. There are no mental health counselors on staff but a psychiatrist is available to recommend medication during an assessment. Medications may include Suboxone and Campral at the psychiatrist’s discretion.
In addition to substance abuse treatment, perinatal care is available for pregnant residents (over the age of 18) or new mothers suffering from post-partum depression. Once admitted, there is a seven-day introductory period during which residents cannot accept visitors or receive phone calls.
Individual treatment programs and group sessions are conducted at Sojourner’s main facility on University Avenue. A day at both Sojourner women’s residences begins with breakfast before 8 am, followed by treatment until 4:30 pm. All other social/recreational activities take place in the evenings. Weekend days include visiting hours between 2 and 4 pm. In accordance with the real-life skills Sojourner stresses in treatment, residents may receive Therapeutic Leaves of Absence (TLOA) on weekends after 14 days.
Male clients begin their day with breakfast before 8 am, followed by programs from 8:15 am to 3:30 pm. The men’s home follows the women’s timeline of a seven-day introductory period. Visiting hours on the weekend are from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Therapeutic Leaves of Absence are also offered for men after seven days.
Sojourner’s residential treatment program requires clients to participate in activities for at least 30 hours. Non-Intensive Outpatient (NIOP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) services are both offered. Adolescent IOP patients receive structured alcohol and drug addiction services at a minimum of four days and eight total hours per week. Adolescent NIOP is offered two days per week, with a minimum of four hours weekly. Once a client is admitted to the facility for treatment, a clinician reevaluates the client to see if any changes have occurred between the first assessment and admission. Staff observe clients then meets to discuss individual treatment plans.
Therapy primarily focuses on co-occurring disorders. Treatment includes individual assessments, case management services (five days a week), occupational therapy, recreational therapy, anger management, time management, nutritional education, parenting training and expressive therapies, such as art, drama, poetry, music and movement. Sojourner’s singular focus on substance abuse extends to a continuum of care after rehabilitation.
Clients work with staff members to form individualized treatment plans. Depending on the person’s program, the length of treatment varies. Staff members work with clients to assess which referrals to other sources are needed. Group therapy, family sessions, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), CBT and acupuncture are the choice models for Sojourner’s holistic approach to therapy. Other therapies include Seven Challenges, Seeking Safety and Stages of Change. Sojourner provides discharge recovery planning as part of the continuum of treatment.
Clients who begin treatment at Sojourner are provided with a small token of comfort: welcome baskets filled with new bedding, towels, a fleece blanket, small mementos, a pillow and a journal.
Clients are invited to participate with the community in events like their recent 5k race.
Sojourner Recovery Services is a county-run, family-friendly facility that provides several treatment options for clients. Adults and adolescents who want to be part of a safe space under the guidance of staff could certainly find a strong foundation here.
Sojourner Recovery Services
1430 University Blvd
Hamilton, OH 45011
Sojourner Recovery Services Cost: Sliding scale (supplemented by county and donated funds). Reach Sojourner Recovery Services by phone at 513-868-7654 or email. Find Sojourner Recovery Services on Facebook
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