Williamsville Wellness Center is a 28-day recovery program situated on 400 acres of Virginian farmland that caters specifically to gambling addiction. The rehab is housed in a renovated plantation that also happens to be a national landmark. It was founded by Robert Cabaniss, Jr. in 2007, but the family has deep roots in Williamsville and, in an ironic twist, the property is off of a street called Cabaniss Lane.
Accommodations and Food
There’s room for 16 people at a time (eight men, eight women) and a bonus is that although most residents get roommates, there are some private rooms available at no extra charge. The rustic accommodations are certainly unique. Clients are responsible for making their own breakfast while lunch and dinner are prepared by the in-house chef.
Treatment and Staff
Williamsville Wellness features a comprehensive 12-step based, talk therapy-heavy program focusing on one-on-one sessions and group therapy as a support. Its approach has been dubbed “the Williamsville model.” Daily treatment boasts a one-to-one therapist-to-client ratio, and is overseen by a variety of therapists with different specialties.
An average day at Williamsville means wake-up and breakfast between 8 and 9 am. Between 9 and 10 am, residents go into a rotating morning group session followed by individual sessions from 10 am to 1pm. After that, lunch is served between 1 and 2 pm, followed by more one-on-one meetings from 2 to 4 pm, and another group meeting from 4 to 5 pm. After that comes an hour of free time from 5 to 6 pm, dinner from 6 to 7 pm, and finally off-site AA/NA/GA (Gamblers Anonymous) meetings between 7 and 9pm (at least twice a week). Family members are allowed to visit on weekends, though this must be approved 24 hours in advance.
Despite the busy daily schedule, Williamsville offers a fairly unrestrictive rehab experience. Residents are allowed to drink coffee, read non-recovery literature and use electronics of all varieties to their hearts’ content. A few potential downsides, the center is unusually heavy on talk therapy, and caters more specifically towards gamblers than alcoholics and addicts, which means no on-site detox.
Williamsville does have eight modalities, all of which are essential to its approach to recovery—which is, in short, is the aforementioned one-on-one therapy along with the added bonus of holistic treatment options (including yoga, massage and even a juicing program); there is also an on-site gym and personal trainers.
Prices are reasonable and being housed in a plantation is a unique perk. If residents’ main issue is gambling and being down in Virginia sounds amenable, this countrified recovery stay could be well worth the trip.
Williamsville Wellness Center Location
10515 Cabaniss Ln
Hanover, VA 23069
Williamsville Wellness Center Cost
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