Located in Lafayette, Louisiana, Victory Addiction Recovery Center is a relatively new facility which opened on a 23,000 square foot plot in 2012 in a residential neighborhood. It’s recently partnered with Summit Behaviorial Healthcare Company, which opened Great Oaks Recovery Center, another inpatient treatment center, in Houston this year. As an interesting side-note, Summit’s executive partner is former NBA player Chris Herren, who was the subject of his own ESPN 30 for 30 documentary.
Accommodations and Food
Though the word “compound” may sometimes carry negative associations, it’s still perhaps the most appropriate way to describe Victory’s facilities. The space was at various times a grocery story, teen center and even a church. Today, Victory has room for 22 clients at a time with two twin beds to a room. Each wing is co-ed, with a men and women’s bathrooms on each floor. The bedrooms are simple and sparsely decorated, with few other extras than a bedside table in each. Those undergoing detox are hosted on the same floor, closer to the nurses’ station for practical purposes.
Victory serves three meals a day, the majority of which are catered from the nearby Hub City Diner, a local fixture serving traditional American fare. All meals are included in the total cost and Victory also provides snacks throughout the day for clients, though candy, soft drinks and other unhealthy snacks are not permitted.
Treatment and Staff
Serving those 17 and older with an average stay of 30 to 45 days, Victory offers 12-step oriented treatment with meetings both on and off-site; there are open meetings on the premises that others from the local community can attend. Residents also spend their days in spirituality and meditation groups, physical training, meetings with dietitians and acupuncture sessions, as Victory makes every effort to offer holistic care.
Victory offers an on-site medical detox which typically lasts five to seven days, with a ten-to-14-day relapse track of therapy. Victory has two medical doctors on staff as well as a psychiatrist who visits as necessary. In addition, there’s also a team of counselors, therapists and psychologists on-site, as well as a group director who handles the day-to-day activities. Finally, a team of registered nurses are on-site at all times.
There is a free year of aftercare offered, wherein alumni can attend meetings on-site. At the end of each client’s stay Victory facilitates a multi-day family immersion program (coordinated a few weeks ahead of time). Each resident’s therapist holds sessions with the family members educating them on the science of addiction, all the work each resident has done and general relapse prevention strategies.
Victory keeps recreation activities on-site, and thus tries to offer a plethora of physical activities. There is a gym on the premises as well as a personal trainer who comes twice a week to develop workout plans with clients; an acupuncturist and yoga instructor are also on staff. Victory tries to weave physical activities into every resident’s therapy program but are understanding of those suffering from chronic pain; in those cases, it works to create special exercise programs tailored for them as well. Off-site excursions are infrequent and minor, but can include trips to a nearby park.
With the onset of the new partnership with Summit Behavioral Healthcare, Victory has plans to expand its facilities—including its 400 seat auditorium—into extra housing. Whether this will lead to higher enrollment or merely more space is unclear as of yet, but prospective clients should be on the lookout for future perks that may emerge from this business partnership.
At Victory, residents can expect a 12-step based experience with a holistic bent, all in a contained environment. The inclusion of a medical detox, a 24/7 nursing staff and regular psychiatric visits are all major boons for the facility. Overall, Victory Addiction Recovery offers no-nonsense holistic care with aftercare and family programs included at a quite reasonable price.
Victory Addiction Recovery Center
111 Liberty Ave
Lafayette, LA 70508
Victory Addiction Recovery Center Cost: $15,000 (30 days); $15,750 (35 days, with detox). Reach Victory Recovery Center by phone at (337) 347-9299. Find Victory Recovery Center on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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