No Turning Back is a male-only rehabilitation facility located in Pimlico, about 20 minutes from the center of Baltimore. Robert Carter Jr., a Baltimore native who felt that the homeless could rise from poverty if given the right resources, founded No Turning Back, which has been open for more than eight years.
Accommodations and Food
No Turning Back’s residential treatment services operate out of five different homes with a total capacity of about 45. Residents either share a room with one other man or have a room to themselves. Access to a television and a computer is available.
No Turning Back encourages self-sufficiency so staff expects clients to prepare their own food. They go to the market weekly and pick up their own ingredients (included in the price of treatment), and have access to the kitchen at any time throughout the day to cook meals.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at No Turning Back consists of individual and group therapy, physical health with access to a doctor, a chiropractor, a massage therapist, a physical therapist, an acupuncturist as well as naturopathy, life skills like budgeting, nutrition, meal preparation, time management, communication and job-seeking skills, and addiction and relapse education. It does not offer detox.
Residents are encouraged to take responsibility for their own lives so there are several times during the day when they can job search on the computer or work on their own budgets. Staff can help if needed but they want residents to figure things out on their own to gain confidence. All meetings are held at a different facility, so residents are transported daily back and forth as needed.
A typical day at No Turning Back begins with an early morning wake-up, followed by a morning meditation group, morning chores, breakfast and a variety of groups and life skill sessions until lunch. After lunch, clients may have more groups, possibly a one-on-one session, and possibly a 12-step meeting. Later in the day, the schedule includes dinner, an evening group and free time before lights out.
Staff at No Turning Back includes the president/founder, a program director, a clinical supervisor, two substance abuse counselors, a mental health therapist (who has a Master’s degree), an intake specialist and administrative staff. Residents also have access to a medical doctor if necessary. They employ about 10 staff total and the staff-to-resident ratio is about one-to-five.
No Turning Back encourages clients to stay in touch with their families during treatment. Clients may have visitors on approved days, and also may take their cell phones on site (there’s a phone on site for those who do not have their own). Occasionally, they host specific outings, such as a picnic or pool party, so residents can spend extended time with their family outside the facility.
Residents may return for group meetings after graduating from the program, and they are given referrals to find AA and NA meetings in the area.
No Turning Back is a good resource for substance abusers in the Baltimore area who are unemployed or homeless, but is not ideal for those seeking a more relaxed, comfortable or luxurious treatment and does not offer physical fitness activities.
No Turning Back
2826 Oakley Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215
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