The Owl's Nest Philosophy
At the Owl’s Nest, residents are more than just a number. If a resident is still struggling with dependency after their scheduled program is completed, they are encouraged to remain with the Owl’s Nest until they feel comfortable enough to return home. During both The Short-Term Intensive and Long-Term Programs, residents attend group sessions that encourage them to discuss their experiences and how they plan on achieving sobriety through the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Owl’s Nest staff provides unique insight and advice during these sessions because the program staff all went through the exact same issues.
Areas of Specialization
Intensive Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
The Addiction Recovery Program at The Owl’s Nest is an intensive study and application of the only time tested proven method of recovery from addiction: the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as they are outlined in the Big Book of AA. The Short-Term Intensive option at The Owl's Nest offers a more personalized course of implementation; the group sessions contain less people, which allow the staff to effectively present the curriculum in a shorter amount of time.
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This shows the trend of how popular this drug has become, and the dangers associated with its increased popularity. Rehab centers nationwide have also seen the surge in phone calls to their facilities. Gene Rowell, Executive Director of the Owl’s Nest Recovery Community in Florence, SC, recognizes the urgency in addressing this growing national problem. “Of those whom we have treated at the Owl’s Nest Recovery Community, we know this growing epidemic is treatable. However, because of the extreme harm this drug can cause, once abuse is established, treatment must be immediate, intensive, and thorough.”
12-Step Program of Recovery
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The Owl’s Nest is a low-cost 160-bed rehab facility operating out of a leafy area of Florence, South Carolina, just over a hundred miles north of Charleston. Prices are as low as $39/day, and treatment is strongly 12-step based. This is very much a community-minded non-profit facility: all staff are alumni of the program, and there’s a large and very active alumni network.
The Owl’s Nest specializes in treating those suffering from chronic relapse. It’s not a medical facility, so they can’t offer detox services, and anyone with a severe physical dependency should be aware that there are no physicians on staff. There are two treatment options: short- or long-term residential care. The short-term care option is the more intensive of the two, and features study of the AA Big Book along with group therapy. The facility’s materials also indicate that individual therapy is a component of care here, though one alum surveyed by Rehabs.com did not receive individual therapy. Residents on the long-term program are housed off-campus and must commit to a minimum of four months; they may stay for up to a year. All long-term residents are required to seek employment and assume responsibility for themselves.
There are outpourings of praise for the facility across a variety of review sites, in which dozens of alumni credit the Owl’s Nest with saving their lives after repeated relapse and praise the staff for their enthusiasm. That said, a number of conflicting reviews consistently raise the same problem about poor, even dangerous leadership. Alum J. wrote in to Rehabs.com to say: “The living conditions were horrific. The people running this place were actively using.” Another anonymous alum responded to a Rehabs.com survey to say they left early because: “The director said horrible things.” Alum T.T. wrote in to Facebook to describe the ownership as “corrupt” and “greedy,” and one anonymous alum writing in a Google review acknowledged problems at the higher levels of management, but said, “I chose to focus on what I was doing everyday and not on what [...] anyone else that was doing the wrong things were doing”—indicating that however true they are, the many rumors about the leadership need not invalidate a stay here provided that the resident is truly committed to recovery.
In 2007...I was a 29 year old single mother, homeless and relapsing after my 7th rehab program...in desperation, I called 911 and sheriffs deputies rescued me and took my daughter into protective custody. I was so broken and utterly convinced that checking into another rehab had no chance of working. I had no money and no family support but a kind and loving deputy told me about a place called The Owls Nest recovery community for women located in South Carolina. The Owls Nest staff drove 400 miles to pick me up and within 1 hour, I had something that I thought was gone forever. . . HOPE. I learned more about the problem of addiction and the solution of recovery in my first 3 days than i had learned in 7 rehabs and 10 years of bouncing in and out of narcotics anonymous. Due to Gods grace and the ladies Owls Nest, i will celebrate 8 years of happy, useful, successful and continuous sobriety. The Nest is very special. The program there is designed to speacialize in the most hopeless cases, like mine. Owls Nest is TRULY non-profit. all staff members are also alumni of the program....It didn't take me very long to figure out that one major difference of the Nest compared to other places, is that NO ONE has ever been "kicked out" of the Nest. It is strictly the individuals behavior that determines who stays and who goes...If you don't have family or friends to help you financially the Nest will train you and provide transportation for you to seek out and find a job so you can pay your own way....I thank GOD every day for bringing me home to the Owls Nest, it saved my family's ives.
I have struggled with addiction and alcoholism for 15 years and the Owl's Nest is the only place that has given me hope again. I was lost and didn't understand why I was hurting my daughter and my family. I lost custody of my daughter, job, home, family,friends; I had lost hope. I wanted to quit hurting my family and live life sober and be happy, because I was only existing in this world. I thought I was going to die an addict. Then I found a recovery place called the Owl's Nest. I was scared and nervous about recovery, but I was willing to do anything to stay sober. I followed suggestions and worked the 12 steps of alcoholics anonymous. Through working the 12 steps of AA and the Owls Nest I have had a spiritual awakening and and I have found peace of mind. Today I have my daughter in my life, my family wants to have a relationship with me, I have a great job, I have TRUE friends, and most importantly I have found GOD. My life is being restored and it's so much more than I could have ever dreamed. I owe a debt I could never repay to the Owls Nest. I would recommend this place to anyone struggling with addiction or alcoholism.
This place saved my life. Anyone wanting to get sober should check them out. I would highly recommend them.
The Owl\'s Nest is the place to be if you want to be sober. They teach you a lot about humility and everything about the AA program of action. Prior to going to the Owl's Nest, I was in 6 treatments where after leaving I was using within 24 hours. The Owl's Nest gave me the necessary tools to get and remain sober and living a life full of happiness and true freedom. They are extremely affordable compared to the other places around the country and the attitude and morale of the staff and residents is bar none to any other place. I have recommended this place and will continue to do so.
I have been to so many other places and this is the one that did it. I am originally from Long Island and have made this my home because of the fellowship I found at the Owl\'s Nest. Near 2 years sober and I am grateful to God for the Owl\'s Nest.
Everyone treated me with love and compassion. I felt like i was surrounded by family. It wasn't always easy but it was exactly what I needed to get sober and stay sober. This place focuses on the real solution and how to maintain it!
The living conditions were horrific. The people running this place were actively using. There are not any trained counselors at the facility. There was no medical care, ambulance had to be called for people having seizures often. The clients were required to seek employment in the community shortly after arriving and pay for being there. There was not organized 12-step activity. After months of being there you were occasionally allowed to attend 12-step meetings. This place was almost cult like. Not my first treatment but I believe it will be the last. I relapsed shortly after leaving, at 6 months. I used for approximately 6 weeks. I'll have 5 years in September. One thing that helped keep me sober to start with was the thought of having to go back to a nightmare hole like that!
The Owls Nest program is NOT for everyone. we are NOT a "treatment center" We have a 40 person staff comprised completely of alumni of the program. Our program is designed for men and women on whom "traditional" methods have not worked. The Owls Nest began 12 years ago as the only 501c3 non-profit organization of our kind anywhere in SC. We have grown from a 12-bed mens-only facility to now providing 160 beds for BOTH men and women. Owls Nest must charge the $39 per day fee so we can provide room/board/electric/3 prepared meals daily and transportation to/from work/job interviews. The program services we offer (information and education about the problem of addiction/the solution of recovery/the program of action and the continued program of action)are all offered at NO charge.
the Owls Nest literally saved my life. they accepted me with no money and then provided for me until i was well enough to start paying my own way. the living conditions are what YOU make of them(since residents are required to keep their rooms clean) I needed the straight truth and i got it at the Nest. thank God