Wedgwood Christian Services is a residential treatment facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1960 as Christian Youth Homes, the facility has grown substantially over the years and now offers a wide variety of services. Wedgwood serves primarily adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 and offers residential inpatient, Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and counseling.
Accommodations and Food
Wedgwood’s campus is large and sprawling, feeling very much like an actual college campus with various treatment facilities scattered around the property. The substance abuse residential program is in a new two-story structure resembling an apartment building.
When clients arrive at the residential facility, they are assigned to an individual room with a twin bed. Each floor is equipped with a common bathroom shared among clients. After a couple of weeks in the program, clients are allowed to move into a shared room with a roommate.
The facility has rooms for both group and individual meetings. A large main kitchen on the campus prepares dinners for clients, and they prepare their own breakfast and lunch in a smaller kitchen overseen by counselors. Wedgwood also has a campus gym and clients are encouraged to incorporate physical fitness into their recovery program.
Treatment and Staff
The residential program usually lasts 30 to 45 days (depending on the client’s insurance coverage) and consists of group and individual therapy. Clients have daily group sessions that are both educational and sharing-based and individual meetings are available as requested by clients.
The program is coed and accommodates a maximum of 14 clients. While at Wedgwood, adolescents attend class during the day so they can continue with schooling. Clients also do activities with counselors off campus, especially in the summer when school isn’t in session. Recreational activities include bowling, going camping and going to the movies.
Although Wedgwood is a Christian organization, its services are not faith-based and all spiritual development is entirely voluntary. Treatment at Wedgwood uses the Stages of Change Model, CBT with a strong trauma focus and EMDR. The program also teaches relapse prevention and life skills such as meal preparation and doing laundry.
Wedgwood provides dual diagnosis, but it does not prescribe new medication and requires that clients be mentally stable upon entering the program. It uses the 12 steps and offers clients the opportunity to participate in local AA and NA meetings. Group meetings are run by two licensed therapists and the program has support staff available around the clock. A consulting psychiatrist monitors prescriptions and assists with diagnosing co-occurring disorders.
Wedgwood also offers an IOP for adolescents that lasts for eight to 12 weeks and consists of three group meetings a week. Group meetings are three hours long and are held in a local church. The program covers stress and anger management and works on client’s motivation. The meetings are highly interactive and clients are encouraged to share.
The IOP is not 12-step based, but they recommend the steps to clients who may benefit. Like the residential program, the IOP program uses CBT and is dual-diagnosis capable. An LPC and additional support staff run the program.
Wedgwood offers family therapy for loved ones to help understand the specific addiction issues facing the client and their families. Individual counseling is available for both adults and adolescents who do not need intensive or residential treatment.
Wedgwood offers a wide variety of options for adolescent clients and its off-campus activities help build trust between the clients and counselors, creating a positive environment for therapy.
Wedgwood Christian Services
3300 36th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
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