GraceWay Recovery Residence for Women in Albany, GA

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412 West Tift Avenue
Albany GA 31701

GraceWay Recovery Residence for Women Philosophy

GraceWay Recovery Residence is a non-profit recovery community for women dedicated to providing women with the environment and tools necessary to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety. GraceWay utilizes the twelve step methodology to provide holistic and abstinence-based recovery support services.

Areas of Specialization

  • Family Program
    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Facility Highlights

Long-term residential and sober living options

Family workshops

Daily peer groups and 12-step groups

Meet the Staff

Shannon Burke, LMSW, CADCII

Executive Director

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Amy Jack, C.A.R.E.S.

Program Director

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Located in the heart of downtown Albany, Ga., a stately blue Victorian house serves as GraceWay Recovery Residence’s home for women struggling with substance abuse who are seeking recovery support services. The nonprofit provides long-term, personalized residential care. GraceWay serves women as young as 15 years old.

Pregnant and non-pregnant women seeking help for eating disorders, self-mutilation, or addiction to drugs, alcohol, pornography, and prescription medications can find counseling and sanctuary within GraceWay’s highly structured program.


Programming follows the spiritual principles of 12-step methodology. In addition to 12-step based programming, daily peer support groups, and weekly individual sessions, residents also partake in holistic activities such as music, arts, sports, exercise, and weekly recreation activities. GraceWay holds its residents to random drug screenings and maintains a zero-tolerance policy for relapse. Although the initial primary care stage lasts 30 days, length of stay ultimately depends on each client’s individual needs.

Women are immersed in a highly structured, two-phase program that begins with “Phase I.” In this initial phase, women participate in 12-step study, attend individual and group counseling, and learn anger management and stress management techniques. Health, nutrition, and exercise classes also make up a part of the program curriculum.

In the second phase, “Phase II,” women focus on developing career and financial plans. Women are given opportunities to explore career and educational paths and some even begin jobs in the immediate Albany area.

Women have the option of remaining in GraceWay’s sober living apartments for up to two years. Women have the opportunity to continue practicing living skills, work or attend school, and pay it forward through mentoring or sponsoring residents in the first phase.


The team at GraceWay consists of a licensed master social worker, addiction counselors, and community life skill volunteers. GraceWay is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


For the first two phases of the program, residents stay at GraceWay’s Victorian home, which is within walking distance to churches, a public library, parks, museums, and bike trails. For the last phase, residents move Transitional apartments located next door to the residence called “The Way” Sober Living Apartments. “The Way” houses women in nine two-bedroom apartments.

Women share rooms and have access to on-site laundry machines. Smoking is permitted outside in designated areas, but GraceWay and The Way Sober Living Apartments has a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol.


To date, has received positive feedback from one former client. The anonymous alum said that the facility’s strengths included knowledge of the 12-Steps, spirituality, and its accommodations. This alum gave GraceWay a five-star ratings for its counseling options, overall effectiveness, and affordability, but felt overwhelmed by all the new faces that GraceWay admits. “Lots of new comers at one time,” they wrote.


At the time of this writing, two proud parents shared their positive experiences with Reviewers K.B. and S.D.L. both gave perfect five-star ratings for the facility’s overall effectiveness, accommodations, and meals, and found favor and comfort in the faith-based programming and the “tough scheduled day,” however note that GraceWay no longer offers faith-based programming.


GraceWay is funded by donations, fundraisers, and residence fees rather than federal aid and does not work with insurance. The non-refundable admission fee is $250 and covers the resident’s supplies, books, and first drug screening. The monthly cost for the residential program is $3,000 per month. GraceWay works with American HealthCare Lending to assist those seeking financing options.

Updated July 2016

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Graceway gave me my daughter back. Prior to us finding Graceway, we tried several 30 day programs and they just didn't work long tern. Our daughter has FINALLY found peace and happiness in her life. She is about to celebrate her 1st year sober and I couldn't be prouder of her. Graceway is the real deal!!!! The staff is simply amazing. Graceway has helped our entire family and we will be forever grateful. If you or a loved one is battling this baffling and powerful disease I urge you to CALL GRACEWAY.

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Graceway was an oasis in a sea of recovery house disappointments. In dealing with 8 other treatment centers over the years, our hope for successful treatment for our daughter had faded. From our very first interaction with the staff we knew that Graceway was different. Their unique approach, long term care model and the fact that the staff truly (got it) in understanding what is needed to achieve long term recovery. From that first phone call as frightened parent until the recent 1 year celebratory call with the staff and every moment in between we knew our daughter was in the right place finally. I highly recommend Graceway recovery to anyone who is looking for a true long-term solution to overcoming addiction and rebuilding a relationship with your family member. They focus on recovery for the entire family and help rebuild relationships along with educating the resident about how to get their life back on track regardless on where it was before they began.

I stayed as a resident at Graceway for a year and I highly recommend anyone seeking help give this place a chance. While at Graceway I learned how to live sober and have meaningful relationships back with my family and daughter. The counselors really devoted so much time to help us and care about what is best for us. I am forever grateful for the chance I got that saved my life. It can yours too.

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A very effective treatment & recovery program with caring, experienced staff. A personalized approach with individualized focus which assists immensely in long-term recovery. This program has succeeded for our family member where many others have failed. Can't say enough positive things about it.

I went through the program six years ago and have not looked back since. This program gave me so much more than just learning how to not drink or use. While I was in the program I found that I was capable of so much more than I realized: self-sufficiency, responsibility, honesty. I was in active addiction for fifteen years. Six years into my recovery, I am able to pay all of my own bills and provide for myself- not relying on others to bail me out today! I went back to school in the sober living apartments and have continued my education. I have rebuilt all of my relationships which were shattered when I first arrived. I must say that going through GraceWay was REALLY hard and there were times that I wanted to quit and run. There were times that I was angry with everyone because I didn't want to look at myself. There were times that I didn't practice what I was learning and fell back into my old patterns and behaviors. Despite all of this, I learned at GraceWay that I am not suppose to be perfect. I can make mistakes and continue to grow. I can be extremely difficult all the while knowing that my support system will be there to help me when I am ready to accept help. Digging deep and changing things about yourself that you don't even want to acknowledge can be very painful. But it does get better! If you are looking to just do the bare minimum to get sober, this program may not be for you. If you are looking to gain a better understanding of yourself and the disease, find a higher power, and learn how to rise above your difficulties then this is the place for you!

I attended this program for almost nine months. First of all, $2,650 a month is no where NEAR what it should cost each person to be in this program. I have been in two other programs that were in larger, nicer facilities, and I received more counseling time, and better care, at a fraction of the cost to no cost. I am still sober to this day after attending this program, but I firmly believe it's been out of anger and determination to prove these people wrong. The "scholarship" program is a scam. I was on partial "scholarship", my family had agreed to pay a certain amount. Even though they paid the agreed amount, the counselors and owner claimed that I, and my family still owed them an additional balance of $1,500. They claimed I signed a contract agreeing to the payment, but when I asked to see it they never produced it, and instead threatened to go after my family for the money. Every day the counselors will hunt and search for something or someone to psycho-analyze and create drama over. If more than a couple weeks go by where nothing is wrong and everyone thinks they're doing well, they will call a group and start pointing out everyone's flaws until they are back to feeling like they won't make it, and that they're doing it all wrong. They also thoroughly enjoy singing out one person, and making the whole group of girls agree that this person is a "bully" or is "weak", "a doormatt", "follower" etc. If you dare to disagree with the staff on these matters, then you are enabling that person. While I agree that for me personally, sometimes things were true, and sometimes I needed them pointed out, doing it to people over and over until they feel like they can't truly be themselves with out being picked apart and psycho analyzed is truly awful. They teach you that isolation is bad and puts you at risk for relapse, but when you do something they disapprove of, the punishment is often being forced into extreme isolation. Now let's talk about the bread house, if the proceeds from this business actually went to graceway, then the program wouldn't be so expensive. These people are all about making money off of drug addicts and their families who are desperate for help.... I realized they're more serious about helping themselves financially than anything else. The way that the residents money and mail is handled is so bad. While there I received several letters that I was not allowed to open while in the program, but was told they would be given to me upon leaving. When I left I received none of them... They rarely take the girls in the house to outside meetings, and when they do it's an hour away. They claim the meetings in Albany are "unhealthy". But after leaving and attending these meetings on my own, I realized that the truth is they don't want anyone confirming the truth about what really happens at graceway. And they don't want any of the girls meeting anyone who might help them "escape" to a better program. You are forced to attend at least one meeting with all the same girls you live with, and no ones anonymity is respected at all. The doors have to be left open so the staff member on duty can hear everything that is being said. We never once attended church, and even when I moved into the apartments I was still not allowed to attend church. The Way does not help taper you back in to the real world what so ever, because you were seldom given the freedom to do the things you need to do in the real world. I could go on more about how much emotional damage was done while I was there, when I make small mistakes I STILL live in fear of the extreme consequences. If you're loved one is struggling with addiction, DO NOT put them through this program. It is not worth the money they claim they need at all.

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Outside appearance misleading, was never taken to church altho they professed to be catholic...owner professed to be recovering alcoholic but never known to attend aa meetings,

Official Facility Response

It is true that the founder is Catholic. However, this program is about encouraging women to find spirituality through the 12-steps and choosing a church upon their transitions if they so choose. It is not about converting anyone to Catholicism, and we want all women to have the opportunity to practice a faith of their choosing. Neither the staff or founder attend meetings in Albany. It has been recommended to our staff through clinical supervision to attend meetings outside of the Albany area to avoid the creation of dual roles.

Very thankful for the care given to my daughter. She has progressed so much and will be forever grateful.

No. Absolutely NOT. This place has no professional counselors... The self described "founder" leads a lavish lifestyle funded by the vulnerable meek in need.

Official Facility Response

Susan, GraceWay is a non-profit organization which means that all of our financials are public domain and available online for all to see. The founder of the program has never received any monies from the program. Since opening the program, the founder has acted as a volunteer and a Board member but has never been an employee. As for the perceived lavish lifestyle you have described, the founder and her family own a separate business which has been successful enough for them to not only be the founders but also be one of our top donors.

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As or our family learns to navigate the storm of addiction, GRACEWAY RECOVERY gave our daughter and our family the emotional, physical and spiritual life line we needed. Her care and recovery,ongoing, is professional, loving and gentle, adhering to a tough scheduled day, giving her life back and great comfort to her family certain she is in Gods hands and staff who recognize that through HIM all things are possible

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Strengths: Knowledge of the steps, spirituality, nice facility, all women Weaknesses: Lots of new comers at one time. I didn't pay anything.

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I have worked with folks with addiction both in local jails and state prisons as well as in my church and there is nowhere more faith based and successful because they are faith based and I am thankful to Graceway for the transformation that took place in my daughters life! Treating the mental and physical is necessary but if you are looking for eternal you need to go to Graceway because the mind and body eventually turns to dust and the Holy Spirit goes on to eternity. Therefore the Holy Spirit is the most important relationship you can have in this life! Praise God for Graceway and my daughter and I will be forever grateful!

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