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ABOUT O’BRIEN HOUSE
O’Brien House, located in Baton Rouge, L.A., is a substance abuse treatment center for adults. Founded in 1971, the center is named after Paul S. “Pat” O’Brien, who spent 53 years of his life helping alcoholics and educating individuals about the disease of alcoholism. The facility offers both residential and outpatient program, prevention programs, adult education, and a specialized veterans program. The vision of the center to continually expand and help meet the needs of the growing population of Baton Rouge in order to, “save lives and families from alcoholism and drug abuse.”
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The facility’s residential program typically lasts three months. The program follows the 12-Steps along with individual and group therapy. There is a life skills program that includes career counseling and job placement assistance.
The program is divided in three phases designed to gradually strengthen each client’s recovery program for sustainable sobriety. The first phase typically lasts two to three weeks and requires daily 12-step meetings with completion of steps one through three before the end of treatment. Clients also participate in daily therapeutic groups, are assigned house duties and chores, and complete literacy training and/or job readiness skills that have been assigned.
Phase two usually lasts six to eight weeks and requires clients to obtain a sponsor, attend five 12-step meetings per week, complete steps four through seven, and continue with assigned chores and skills work. Clients are also required to find and maintain full-time employment at this stage, as well as work with their primary counselor to develop a comprehensive money management and budget plan.
The third and final phase is designed to prepare clients to transition back into the community. In this phase, clients complete steps eight through 12, continue to attend regular 12-step meetings, develop of a budget, housing plan, and relapse prevention plan, and receive comprehensive discharge planning.
Outpatient options includes a month-long Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that meets three times per week for three-hour sessions each. The less intensive outpatient program lasts for nine weeks and meets once per week for four hours.
Veterans services include two confidential weekly groups that are held by a licensed clinician to discuss issues specific to veterans. Case management is available to assist with referrals to community resources and services and creative workshops help veterans explore different ways of expression.
The treatment team includes licensed clinical social workers, certified addiction counselors, a medical director, and a registered dietician.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, to friends/family members of alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the facility four and five out of five stars for its accommodations and amenities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
On the facility’s Google Reviews page there is an overall rating of five out of five stars based on three total reviews. Alum J.P., who gave five stars, gave the facility a positive review. He wrote “Wonderful place taught me how to get back in life.” C.P., another alum, supported that viewpoint. He gave five stars and wrote “An excellent program doing invaluable work.”
On the facility’s Facebook page, which, there is an overall rating of five out of five stars based one nine total reviews. Alumni gave the facility positive reviews. Alum T.A., who gave five stars, gave a positive review. She wrote “The O'Brien House is an amazing place its Helpful. It Works for Sober Living .Thanks All Staff and O'Brien House it self.” C.D., another alum, gave five stars and did not provide additional commentary.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing there have been two friends and family members polled by Rehabs.com. Both loved ones gave the facility a positive review. One anonymous loved one gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, four stars for accommodations & amenities, and four stars for meals & nutrition. The loved one agreed that the facility strictly offered a faith-based program; that the facility strictly followed a 12-step model; and that there were many counseling options to choose from depending on the client’s preference. The loved one felt that a strength of the facility was its 12 step, open meetings but the the facility could improve upon its dual diagnosis training. The loved one also added also added, “My experience was good, open meetings helped because old timers would come to share, living in a drug/ alcohol free environment helped also.”
According to HealthGrove, O’Brien House accepts Medicare, state insurance other than Medicaid, military insurance, and Access to Recovery vouchers.
Published on July 2017
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