Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Wedgewood Christian Services is a Christian-based, community-focused nonprofit treatment facility aimed at “helping hurting kids.” For 55 years, Wedgewood has been helping troubled kids and their families discover meaning and purpose and promote healing and wholeness in their lives by focusing on treatment for mental and behavioral problems—including addictions—by applying Christian principals.
While treatment at Wedgwood addresses a whole range of adult and youth problems (including sex trafficking, abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, sexual behavior issues, teen pregnancy, developmental delays, learning difficulties, and school expulsions), its specialty is adolescent substance abuse. Social services and treatment programs range anywhere from a low-intensity general outpatient track to an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and residential treatment. Only children and teens are allowed in their residential program.
Accommodations and Food
Wedgewood’s residential facility is situated on a beautiful campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which has ample outside space for activates. There are 11 small gender-specific homes on campus, with 10 to 11 beds per home, each serving a different purpose.
Since there are a total of 10 treatment programs offered by Wedgwood, homes are divided based on programs. Residents are all between the ages of 12 and 17, though Wedgwood occasionally makes exceptions outside these parameters.
Wholesome meals are prepared for residents by a kitchen staff. Teens are permitted to watch TV in the community room during allotted times or hang out in the game room.
Treatment and Staff
While Wedgewood offers 10 different treatment programs for residential clients, its specialty is adolescent substance abuse. Treatment addresses co-occurring mental health diagnosis, uses a 12-step facilitation, is solution-focused and adheres to a motivational skill building model. AA and NA meetings are hosted on-site and all are expected to be attended. While teens with mental health issues, behavioral problems or crisis in their families might stay up to a year at this residential facility, those seeking treatment solely for substance abuse typically stay an average of 30 days.
All treatment is individualized, evidence-based and Christian-focused and usually includes individual, daily group therapy, family therapy, activity therapy and nursing and psychiatric services. Wedgwood follows a CBT approach, with a strong focus on trauma. Specialized services may include EMDR, DBT, or TF-CBT—a trauma-focused form of CBT. Family can come and visit frequently and are strongly encouraged to participate in therapy with their teens.
Staff at Wedgwood consists of LCSWs, therapists and psychiatrists who carefully design an individualized treatment plan for each client with a strong emphasis on creating positive social interactions and trusting relationships with adult authority figures.
Through group and individual therapy, staff aim to help teens learn to become more aware of their emotions and impulses as well as the effects of their behavior and using on themselves and others. Parents are allowed to attend some of the DBT groups. For those residents only staying for 30 days, parents are expected to get lessons and homework from their teachers, though academic assistance will be provided. For those staying longer, education services are provided by Lighthouse Academy, located on campus. And for those further along in their recovery, attending school off campus is sometimes an option.
Staff are trained to address a whole host of issues including anxiety, bullying, family conflicts and change, life transitions, trauma, social skills, questions about identity and purpose, death of loved ones, ADD or ADHD and academic learning difficulties.
A coordinated team approach is used to meet each teen’s needs, which sometimes involves a group of professionals including a primary therapist, home supervisors, education specialists, a wellness specialist, a nurse and psychiatrist.
Besides substance abuse treatment, Wedgwood provides a number of other youth services including foster care, independent living, in-home intervention, outpatient counseling and prevention.
Wedgwood is a Christian faith oriented treatment facility aimed at empowering youth and their families with love, purpose, a sense of community and healing. Through Christian principles and evidence-based treatment, their residential treatment seeks to help some of the most vulnerable youth in the Michigan to get back on track by removing them from stressful environments and giving them a Christian environment full of trained professionals to help them address and deal with their problems head on.
Because Wedgwood is non-profit, it is accessible to all, regardless of income. Some insurance plans are accepted, but most payments come from state-funded legacies like the Department of Human Services, Community Mental Health, Juvenile Courts and Michigan Adoption Services.
Wedgewood Christian Services
3300 36th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Wedgewood Christian Services Costs: State-funded or private insurance. Reach Wedgewood Christian Services by phone at (616) 942-2110. Find Wedgewood Christian Services on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
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