Since 1989 the non-profit Completion House DBA Turning Point Recovery Centers has provided long and short-term residential treatment for financially challenged men and women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders in Pontiac, Michigan. Turning Point believes compassion mixed with clinical, evidence-based treatment and a 12-step approach is the most effective way to help alcoholics and addicts heal from chemical dependency.
Accommodations and Food
Turning Point Recovery Centers accommodates about 24 clients, with 12 men living in a Cape Cod style home, and 12 women residing in a white shingled two-story house with a pitch gabled roof. Residents are lodged in double-occupancy rooms, which include twin beds, dressers, lamps and ample storage space.
The facilities include common areas and an exercise room. Smoking is permitted outside in designated spaces and clients are asked to pack Big Books and other personal items (including cigarettes if they smoke) before they arrive.
Clients are served three meals a day, courtesy of a local food bank. Other basic food items that are always available include milk, coffee, bread, snacks, peanut butter and jelly.
Treatment and Staff
Prior to admission, clients undergo comprehensive assessments with staff, to determine the best course of treatment. For those who need it, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), specifically Vivitrol injections, is provided on a monthly basis by a visiting nurse. Clients requiring a more comprehensive detox are referred to local facilities. Length of stay is between 30 and 90 days.
Evidence-based modalities, specifically DBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), along with a strong 12-step approach, are employed. At Turning Point Recovery Centers, weekly treatment includes six hours of daily group therapy, one individual session and attendance at 12-step meetings. Groups are gender-specific with topics that include social skills, Seeking Safety, didactic processing, relapse prevention, anger management, coping skills, 12-step recovery, substance addiction education and co-occurring disorders. Clients are transported to AA/NA meetings, usually in the evenings.
Dual diagnosis support with an emphasis on trauma-informed care is also provided. Clients requiring psychiatric care are referred to a local psychiatrist who provides comprehensive evaluations and prescribes psychotropic medication, if appropriate.
Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted, to ensure the safety of the entire household.
The staff includes peer recovery coaches, primary therapists and licensed addiction counselors. The staff-to-client ratio is almost one-to-one.
Other services include life skills classes, financial literary, budget planning, employment readiness groups, recreation therapy and case management. Besides the formal inpatient program, Turning Point Recovery Centers also offers sober living options for those with a minimum of two weeks of sobriety.
On a weekly basis, a certified yoga teacher provides a yoga class along with acupuncture at the women’s facility.
Additionally, the facility collaborates with the Oakland County Community Corrections to offer the Alternatives to Incarceration for Substance Abusers (ATI) program.
Usually, a person’s financing for treatment determines length of stay. However, Turning Point Recovery Centers does accept Medicaid, and for others, fees are based on a sliding scale basis. A combination of both 12-step and evidence-based practices along with solid dual diagnosis support all make this facility one worth considering for early recovery.
Turning Point Recovery Centers Locations
54 Seneca St
Pontiac, MI 48342
239 State St
Pontiac, MI 48341
Turning Point Recovery Centers Cost
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