Overview of Anchor House
Anchor House is a residential treatment facility for substance abuse, which is entirely based on faith. It has different units for both women and men. The main facility at Bergen Street in Brooklyn, New York is for men, whereas the other one at Park Place in Brooklyn is for women. Anchor House was brought into being by Reverend Cotto-Thorner in the year 1967.
In the beginning, the treatment used to take place at the United Methodist Church and then the Brooklyn and Long Island Church Society bought that place from United Methodist Church. Today, the women’s facility is at its original place while the men’s facility is located at a new building at Berger Street, which was established in 1996.
This facility was founded on the belief of Reverend Cotto-Thorner that a steady residence could make a distinction in the addicts’ lives with a proper recovery support. The mission of Anchor House is to offer an anchor to rejuvenate souls of the affected people while providing a reliable and stable foundation. The facility works on to bring back the lost hope for the people who are struggling with substance abuse.
Accommodation and Food at Anchor House
As stated earlier, Anchor House is a single program with two locations. The treatment center for women has 28 beds while the men’s consists of 50 beds. Generally, a dorm-like room is shared by four clients, which comes with bunk beds. There is a shared bathroom on every floor.
There is a common TV area in each facility. The décor of the facility is very home-like and looks like a beautiful-designed apartment. Both facilities offer gender-based curricula. The facility transports clients to YMCA for exercise sessions. Visitors can meet their families on a Family Day, which is held on the last Saturday of every month.
In terms of food, Anchor House provides clients with three standard American meals a day. All meals are prepared with the help of a head cook and other kitchen staff. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated based on an individual’s needs and requirements.
Treatment Options at Anchor House
Anchor House offers various treatment options for its residential and long-term residential programs. A few of the treatment options available at Anchor House include:
- Comprehensive Health Assessment
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Co-Occurring Residential Treatment
- Relapse Prevention
- Anger Management
- Stress Management
- After Care
Anchor House provides treatments to adults above the age of 18 with the help of various therapies. Some of the therapy options available at this facility are listed below:
- 12-step Meeting
- Evidence-based Approach
- Trauma-related Counseling
- Music Therapy
- Vocational Preparation
- Individual Counseling
- Community Service
- Group Therapy
- Family Support
Payment Options and Insurances
Anchor House offers treatments to the needy at a minimal fee. The treatment cost is entirely based on clients’ income and other factors. Clients can make payments through self-pay and insurances. Anchor House is covered by insurance providers like:
- Federal Government Funds
- State Government Funds for Substance Abuse Programs
Licenses and Accreditation
- Licensed by the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
- Licensed by the United States of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Accredited by New York City Administration for Children’s Services
- Accredited by the United Methodist City Society
- Accredited by the EAC Network
Anchor House’s Amenities
Anchor House provides drug rehabilitation and substance abuse services to both men and women. It even has special programs for people suffering from co-occurring mental disorders and for clients referred from the judicial system. The facility also offers services to pregnant women.
At this facility, computers and mobile phones are strictly not allowed during the first phase of treatment programs. However, one can use house phones to make calls and write letters to family or loved ones. Clients can start to work and can be a part of vocational training programs during the seventh or eighth month of their treatment. Anchor House provides referrals, recommendations, and suggestions for the same. The facility ensures that its clients leave with improved life skills and more self-knowledge. Its long-term program helps in rebuilding lives through education and extensive therapy.
About Anchor House’s Staff
The treatment at Anchor House is provided with the help of experts in the substance abuse treatment’s field. The multidisciplinary team of this facility includes CASACs, LMHCs, RNs, CRCs, LPNs, LMSWs, LCSWs, peer advocates, Human Service professionals, and recovery coaches.
George Affonso serves the post of Assistant Director at Anchor House from October 2014. Before joining the team of Anchor House, George has worked as a professional representative for Merck. He graduated in Marketing from UMass Dartmouth and received a masters’ degree in Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling from the University of Massachusetts.
Alison King is the Executive Director of Anchor House from the past four years. Before that, she has offered family and individual services at the women’s facility of Anchor House since January 1998. She has received her masters’ degree in Social Work from the State University of New York.
Tiana Savage joined the team of Anchor House as Substitute Counselor in May 2013. She also works as Behavioral Health Care Coordinator at Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, Inc. She has completed her bachelor’s and masters’ in Social Work at the State University of New Jersey-Camden.