The Owl's Nest, Florence, SC

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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.

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Ellie Robins


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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.

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