Brian's Safehouse, Inc. Philosophy
Brian's Safehouse is a place where men struggling with addiction can encounter the life-restoring powers of God in an environment free from drugs and alcohol. Our program teaches residents emotional, spiritual, and practical life skills and enables the residents to reenter society as responsible, contributing citizens. We are designed to meet the need for a long-term, life training facility.
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Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
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ABOUT BRIAN'S SAFEHOUSE, INC
For about a decade, Brian’s Safehouse, Inc., has been serving men seeking recovery from substance use disorders, in Mount Hope, W.Va. Brian's Safehouse, Inc., is one of 21 (20.6 percent) of treatment facilities in West Virginia to offer long-term residential care.
The faith-based Christian rehab center is 12-step-based. A sister treatment center for women called The Sparrow's Nest is located nearby. Neither facility offers detox services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Admission to the 12-month program at Brian’s Safehouse in West Virginia begins with an online application, followed by an initial phone call, then an on-site or phone interview. Treatment plans are tailored for each resident while at the same time fitting within a highly structured program.
Treatment in all four phases of the program involves at least weekly individual and group therapy, case management, and group meetings. During each stage, residents progress through the 12 Steps, a treatment method that's used by 77.5 percent of West Virginia facilities, and take on increased responsibility in the house. Part of the expectation of Brian’s Safehouse staff is that clients will demonstrate emotional regulation and prioritize Christian principles in decision-making. Clients also engage in work therapy with an emphasis on developing a work ethic in preparation for recovery after rehab.
The center approaches recovery from a position of supporting and confronting, addressing men’s strengths and weaknesses. A case board determines discipline within the house community when deemed necessary.
Family services are based in a weekly class that meets near the rehab house, where loved ones learn about recovery and explore different points of view among other client family members. After six months of treatment, clients may visit loved ones at their homes while monitored by staff to measure recovery progress. Aftercare services are provided.
The founders of Brian’s Safehouse lost a son to overdose prior to opening the center. The staff includes a master’s level licensed social worker and two life coaches. Volunteers contribute as teachers and mentors. Many individuals involved in treatment services are in recovery themselves, including alumni of the residential program. According to information provided by the facility to Rehabs.com, the staff-to-client ratio is 1:5.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Clients stay in dormitory-like rooms at Brian’s Safehouse, an arrangement the center’s website notes has therapeutic benefits. Ten residents are accommodated at a time. The website also touts the facility’s cleanliness and upkeep, maintained by daily staff inspections.
Photographs feature a house set on spacious land with a large garden and pagoda. Inside is an open kitchen and simply furnished living spaces, along with workout and table tennis equipment. Residents also have access to a walking track and basketball court. No smoking or tobacco use is allowed on-site.
Brian’s Safehouse is supported by the donation of supplies and services, including free dental work, as reported in a local ABC affiliate’s October 2017 news story.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Rehabs.com has not yet received any feedback from alumni for Brian’s Safehouse, at the time of this writing. However, reviews by loved ones were overwhelmingly positive. The sole individual polled by Rehabs.com awarded maximum five-star ratings across several metrics measuring treatment and accommodations, including counseling options and exercise and leisure activities. The anonymous parent wrote: "My son has found his way back to God."
Likewise on the center’s official Facebook page, which its staff may be able to monitor, the facility earned an average rating of 4.6 out of five stars based on 78 reviews. Most reviews were from loved ones or community members. The reviews praised staff members and overall treatment effectiveness. “Good people dedicated to helping people find freedom from addiction,” Brad wrote in a representative review. 
Brian's Safehouse asks clients to contribute $700 per month for room and board, along with a one-time education fee of $500. The facility does not accept insurance of any kind, according to its website.
Published on February 2018
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