Founded in 1999 by Pastor Bob Trial and his wife Nancy Trial in Talking Rock, Georgia, The Timothy House is a Christ-centered residential treatment facility for men suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. The Timothy House mission is to use Biblical teachings and prayer as well as individual and group therapy to help clients recover from chemical dependency. The Timothy House also works with criminal justice clients.
Accommodations and Food
The Timothy House operates three houses and has a 45-bed capacity. Men share double- or triple-occupancy dorm-style rooms. The main house common areas include a fully equipped kitchen, meeting room and dining area. Food is provided and clients take turns preparing meals and cleaning up. Cell phones and Internet use are not allowed until clients become house leaders, which is achieved after a certain amount of progress has been made in treatment.
Treatment and Staff
Prior to admission, clients undergo a comprehensive in-person assessment. Staff also visit incarcerated, hospitalized or homeless clients if necessary. Treatment length is between six and 24 months depending on the client and the intensity of his addiction. Clients undergoing detox are admitted on a case-by-case basis, but Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is not provided. Those with co-occurring disorders are provided with psychiatric referrals.
The Timothy House operates on the premise that clients struggling with drug and alcohol addiction can’t recover on their own, but rather need help, which is provided by belief in Jesus Christ. Treatment is faith-based, and includes group and individual therapy, Bible studies, recovery support groups and Church attendance. Group topics include life skills, healthy choices and understanding the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. Men focus on changing their thought processes as well as learning how to make healthier lifestyle choices.
The recovery support groups parallel 12-step meetings and Celebrate Recovery, but are unique to The Timothy House and are lead by Christian fellows. Clients participate in an intensive recovery program which includes a three-hour group session on Mondays from 5 to 8 pm and two-hour group sessions on Fridays from 9 to 11 am. As they progress in treatment, the men are expected to look for jobs, work or perform community service. These activities are woven into their daily treatment schedules.
A typical weekday involves rising at 6 am followed by breakfast roll-call at 7 am. Clients finish chores by 8 am then attend a morning devotion followed by the workday beginning at 8 am. Lunch is served at noon and the workday is over at 4 pm. There is an evening meeting at 7 pm (except for Fridays). Quiet time is at 10 pm with lights out at 11 pm.
The staff of five includes CADCs, pastors and Nancy Trial, who is known as “mama” by residents.
The Timothy House’s newest program, The Fellowship of Brothers incorporates faith-based adventure therapy and serves to foster fellowship, self-reliance and confidence.
The Timothy House program is beset suited for clients seeking a Christ-centered approach, as treatment does not follow a 12-step protocol. However, with traditional therapuetic methods combined with spiritual development, this program gives residents the foundation for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual recovery. For men seeking structure and fellowship, this family-style rehab is likely a good fit.
The Timothy House
PO Box 868
Talking Rock, GA 30175
38 Regeneration Way
Talking Rock, GA 30175
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