For more than 25 years, the Healing Place has been helping men and women achieve sobriety. They have a four phased program that emphasizes continued care from professional drug and alcohol counselors and registered nurses. It also stresses regular participation in support groups and self-sufficiency through learning life skills to help you recover from substance abuse.
A Social Model
The Healing Place originally started as a homeless shelter for men in 1989 in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Over time, the decision was made to make the leap to becoming a drug rehab center. Since so many of the men passing through the shelter were suffering from chemical dependency, the need for substance abuse treatment became apparent. In keeping with that original spirit of providing help and shelter to those most in need, all of the Healing Place’s services are free of charge.
The social model of treatment that the Healing Place practices involve many different people in your recovery, and this is not to say, only doctors, counselors of other medical professionals. You receive support, advice, and encouragement from a whole community of others in recovery; this includes alumni from the program who are there at every step of the way to make sure you don’t relapse.
The social model is manifested physically by the accommodations offered at the Healing Place, where people enrolled in the long-term residential program live in dormitories that house four to a room. The maximum capacity of the entire inpatient facility is between 240-350. The co-ed spaces number over a hundred. Women and their children live in separate accommodations.
Living in such close quarters is a deliberate feature of the program. You are encouraged to learn from other residents. You are taught to hold yourself accountable, show up on time for meetings, hold yourself responsible for your actions and help others by expressing and showing concern for their well-being.
Given that it is a free program and only has a limited amount of spaces, the Healing Place’s recovery program has to turn away close to 300 people a month. Any and all are welcome to apply, but the process works on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Preference is given for those who live in the surrounding area. However, the primary requirement for acceptance into the program is the desire to get better.
In its previous iteration as a homeless shelter, the Healing Place was a “wet” shelter, where people were allowed to stay even if they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This feature became doubly useful once the Healing Place morphed into a rehab facility – they already functioned as a detox.
The only difference now is that the detox stage of recovery at the Healing Place is the medically supervised. Detox is also a time to introduce the future participant to the fundamentals of the Healing Place’s social model of recovery.
Once detox is over, residents are provided a space in one of the Healing Place’s facilities so that they feel safe enough to make their recovery their sole focus. It is during the Off the Streets part of their recovery where residents receive the motivation to help them through to the next level.
They pair with members who are already in the upper tier of the program who can provide support and instruction on how to keep working the program. The third stage comes in two phases, the first being an educational component that stresses a deeper understanding of the 12 Step program.
Homework and writing assignments are a key feature of this stage of recovery. Peer mentors – graduates of the program – are on hand every step of the way to provide help and support whenever needed.
Having absorbed the fundamentals of the 12 Step program, residents then learn how to apply what they’ve learned to their lives and their relationships, readying them to leave the program. Interpersonal skills and concern for the well-being of others is a way to keep the focus on the importance of maintaining sobriety for the sake of family and loved ones.
Making A Difference
To date, the Healing Place claims to have helped over 3,500 people overcome their addictions with almost 75% of their graduates staying sober for at least a year after they’ve left the program. The Healing Place is also remarkable for the fact that all the services they provide are free of charge which is something uncommon in an industry the size of substance abuse treatment.
With the success rates that they have, it only goes to show that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get the help you need.
Cost for treatment at The Healing Place: Free