Step By Step Recovery is a nonprofit residential treatment facility that provides substance abuse treatment for financially challenged alcoholics and addicts in the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville, Georgia. It was co-founded by Veronica Butler and Bridget Hall in 2004 and, with a solid 12-step approach, its mission is to teach people how to stay clean and change their lives by learning new behaviors.
Accommodations and Food
Step by Step has a 30-bed capacity. Residents live in three adjacent, gender-specific homes in a quiet neighborhood. The homes have three or four bedrooms, each of which accommodates four clients, has its own bathroom and is furnished with beds and dressers.
Residents are responsible for purchasing their own groceries and making their own meals. For those who can’t afford to buy food or who need clothing, the rehab makes sure that their needs are met. Step by Step works in partnership with Atlanta Community Food Bank and The Salvation Army and relies heavily on donations from the community.
Treatment and Staff
Detox services are not available, and Step by Step requires that residents be clean and sober upon intake. Treatment length ranges from six months to two years. Weekly treatment includes four group sessions and attendance at three AA/NA/CA meetings off the premises. Group topics include spirituality, life skills, the 12 steps, the disease of addiction, behavioral skills, meditation and relapse prevention. Clients are required to get sponsors and work the steps. In addition, they are subject to random drug testing. For those with co-occurring disorders, the rehab doesn’t diagnose or treat mental health issues, but will refer clients to appropriate outside facilities for dual diagnosis support.
The program is broken down into four phases, starting with a 90-day orientation that teaches residents all about the 12 steps and essential recovery principles. In addition, residents learn how to become responsible for their actions by doing chores and making meals.
The next stage lasts six months and residents are required to find work while they continue practicing the 12 steps in their daily lives. During the third phase, which lasts anywhere from one year to 18 months, residents continue to build a strong foundation in recovery. In the final six months, residents prepare for graduation and re-entry back into the community.
Step by Step doesn’t accept private health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. The program admission fee is $725. While the rehab does have a limited number of beds for destitute clients, typically a 30-day out-of-pocket cost is $600.
Besides co-founders Hall and Butler, the staff includes eight licensed substance abuse counselors, who are all in recovery.
Step by Step provides job readiness training, GED preparation for those who dd not graduate high school and HIV/STD/AIDS health education. The rehab caters to criminal justice clients and is approved by the state of Georgia’s State Board of Pardon and Paroles.
For financially challenged clients who want to apply the 12 steps to their lives, this rehab might be an ideal fit. However, those who need medication-assisted treatment or on-site dual diagnosis support should probably look for another option.
Step By Step Recovery
191 Plainview Dr, Ste 3
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
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