When Willis Hudson led Maryland’s first-ever AA meeting, he most likely did not foresee the hundreds of alcoholics he would in turn help for years to come. Fortunately, his efforts eventually led to the creation of the co-ed Willis W. Hudson Center, a rehab with both inpatient and outpatient tracks committed to helping individuals face alcohol and drug addiction one day at a time.
Accommodations and Food
Located on the pristine Johnson Lake in Salisbury, Maryland, The Willis W. Hudson Center (or simply Hudson House, for locals) can serve up to 42 residents on its rustic, lakefront campus. Residents live in dormitory style rooms each with two twin beds, a dresser and small bedside tables. Meals are served cafeteria style, so potential residents shouldn’t expect anything gourmet, and men and women eat in separate shifts in a residential mess hall. There’s no gym on-site though there is an all-purpose rec room and plenty of outdoor space for fresh air, physical activity and meditation.
Clients are supposed to bring three to five days worth of clothing (no sleeveless shirts or drug paraphernalia), pens, paper, envelopes, stamps, cigarettes (if needed), money for vending machines and payphones, recovery related or spiritual reading materials and any medication they’re currently prescribed. No electronics or outside food and drink are allowed.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at Hudson House lasts 28 days, and combines 12-step meetings, family counseling, gendered process groups and one-on-one therapy. They also emphasize individualized treatment programs by conducting thorough evaluations of residents’ needs before treatment begins. After their mental and medical screens, clients are assigned treatment plans that go beyond simple group therapy and meetings by taking co-occurring disorders, family addiction history and past trauma into account.
There are 65 total employees at the Hudson Center, the majority of whom are CDACs. It’s equipped with a 24-hour nursing staff available for those undergoing detox, though only one full-time, on-site doctor (others come part time with at least one on site every day). Unfortunately, the detox program isn’t included in the main price, and will cost residents an extra $100 per day—it’s also worth noting here that it’s an ambulatory detox program, meaning clients aren’t on lockdown while getting clean (which is the standard for outpatient detox programs).
The Willis W. Hudson Center is a division of Hudson Health Services, a non-profit organization serving the eastern shore of Maryland and surrounding states. Aside from providing long-term tools for recovery and a continuum of care options, it also maintains several sober living facilities where clients leaving the Hudson Center can transition back into independent living.
Both located in Georgetown, Delaware, the Tau House for women and the Corinthian House for men can house up to eight residents, respectively. Hudson Health also has a six-person home in Salisbury, MD, used solely for young mothers in recovery. At these halfway houses clients have access to two meals a day, 12-step meetings, individual counseling and case management. A senior resident and a full time support staff supervise all of these sober living homes.
Hudson Health Services also has a Transitional Housing Program for clients involved in outpatient services, which is one step further towards complete independence. These houses offer private and semi-private rooms, full kitchens, laundry services and six-to-nine month leasing agreements. At these residences, clients can from upon a supportive environment of peers who are also regularly attending meetings and active in the recovery process.
Clients who opt for treatment in at Hudson House will be met with the basic tools they need to battle both the mental and physical aspects of addiction. Hudson House is fully supported by Hudson Health Services’ transitional facilities, which definitely helps round out its treatment offerings.
Willis W. Hudson Center
1506 Harting Dr
Salisbury, MD 21802
Willis W. Hudson Center Cost: $9,100 (adjusted 28 days). Reach the Willis W. Hudson Center by phone at (410) 219-9000 and by e-mail at [email protected]. Find the Willis W. Hudson Center on Facebook and Google+
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