The Healing Place - Men's Campus Philosophy
The Healing Place truly is "where hope is found." Whether you are someone struggling with addiction in your own life, looking to get help for a loved one, or searching for a recovery model that really works, we are here for you. Our program is unlike any other in the country. Because it's based on a social model - one that's about empowerment rather than entitlement - it is more than five times more effective than the national average at keeping people clean and sober. Best of all, it's open to everyone, and we maintain it with a far lower cost than most other facilities.
Areas of Specialization
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
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.
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ABOUT THE HEALING PLACE – MEN’S CAMPUS
Originally founded as a homeless shelter in 1989, The Healing Place has developed into a long-term drug and alcohol recovery program for adult men. With a heavy emphasis placed on personal accountability, treatment takes men through detox, 12-step support groups, and peer mentoring, all of which come entirely free of charge. A separate facility for women is located nearby.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Remaining true to its original mission, The Healing Place provides meals and a safe place to stay overnight for the homeless. Due to limited space, however, priority space is reserved for residents of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Drawing upon the 12-Steps, peer mentoring and a focus on personal accountability, treatment takes place within three distinct phases: detox, “Off the Streets,” where clients move away from “street mentality” and commit to the program, and, finally, the Recovery Stage, during which time clients attend classes, complete written assignments, and learn from mentors who have successfully finished the program. This final phase focuses first on personal accountability, and then on interpersonal skills and community involvement.
There’s little individual counseling available, but, if the 2,500-strong Facebook group “The Healing Place Saved My Ass” is anything to go by, the fiercely loyal alumni don’t seem to have missed it. The facility also proudly claims that 75 percent of its alumni remain clean and sober a year after completing treatment, attributing this high success rate to a program model based on empowerment rather than entitlement.
The large staff here consists of programming, operational, and development efforts. Those in need of detox or with pre-existing medical conditions should take note that, though there are numerous MDs on the board of directors, there are no doctors on the treatment team.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its gender-separate living arrangements and related offerings, yet review coverage available indicates that facilities are clean but “old and out dated.” Nevertheless, eight individuals polled by Rehabs.com awarded the men’s campus an above-average rating of 3.62 out of five stars for its cleanliness.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Former clients tend to praise the program very highly. “This program was God sent. A treatment facility that is free, medical care free, clothing free, a new life clean and sober totally free. All you have to do is want the help,” an anonymous reviewer told Rehabs.com. Similarly, alum Derek wrote: “They gave me a place to stay, but the 12 steps saved my life.”
Other program graduates, like Douglas, felt that the “totally free” program “really works,” insofar as clients are “open minded and motivated.” “This place saved my life and it works if you [want] it!!!!” exclaimed John.
Though grateful for being “able to live life on life’s terms,” alum T.A.L. noted that detox here is non-medical, effectively making it an unenjoyable process.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from loved ones are similarly positive. Of its many strengths, loved ones highlighted the facility’s caring, straightforward staff, family picnics, and treatment that is highly affordable.
“My loved one had moved in and out of using cycles for years. Here he learned why he was addictive and how to deal with it on a day to day basis... I cannot say enough about this facility and their methods of treatment," wrote B.F.P.
Treatment is available free of charge.
Updated February 2017
Published on February 2017
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