Eden Hill Recovery Retreat for Women Philosophy
Eden Hill Recovery Retreat is a Transitional Living Program for women in early recovery. Our peaceful and private home, a lovingly-restored farmhouse that sits on an 18-acre property, is the perfect setting to cultivate the growth initiated in inpatient treatment and build it into habitual self-care and long-term recovery. With accommodations for twelve residents, we are able to offer maximal attention and create the ideal treatment plan for each woman.
Living a substance free life involves many changes in a woman's daily routine. Going directly home after inpatient treatment can be overwhelming and too often results in a relapse. Transitional Living offers a safe, supportive and structured environment for women to bravely face these enormous changes through therapy, community and compassion.
Our extended care women's program offers a comprehensive approach to treating alcohol, substance use, and co-occuring disorders. Treatment includes 24/7 care from dedicated professionals, three daily groups, and weekly individual psychotherapy with one of our licensed therapists. As the personalized plans and regular schedule are integrated into each women's life at Eden Hill, they serve as a blueprint for leading healthy, fulfilling, sober lives at home.
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Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Meet the Staff
Megan Wyrick, CAC
Executive Director, Megan Wyrick, comes to Eden Hill as a Certified Addictions Counselor with many years of working with women recovering from Substance Use disorders. Megan takes a loving and caring approach and has a passion for helping women achieve their freedom from the grasps of addiction. She works with each woman to design an individualized, workable treatment plan encouraging the 12-step process and strengthening relapse prevention skills. She works closely with residents and their families to create an aftercare plan that promotes a smooth transition to an individual's new way of life.
Wendy Walker Cleary, LCSW
Wendy Walker Cleary comes to Eden Hill with twenty years of clinical experience and a passion for working with women and addiction; alcohol, drugs, and food. Ms. Cleary received her Masters in Social Work from NYU and a post masters certificate in trauma studies at the National Institute for Psychotherapies. She has Level 1 and Level 2 training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Certified in Imago Relationship Therapy, Ms. Cleary is well versed in working with families as well. In summary, Ms. Cleary brings an integrative approach to treating the whole person with a deep understanding of the treatments that are most effective with women.
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ABOUT EDEN HILL RECOVERY RETREAT FOR WOMEN
Located in western Connecticut in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, Eden Hill is a sober living extended care program exclusively for women. Clients with co-occurring disorders are also treated. Length of stay varies depending upon each client, however a minimum commitment of 60 days is required. Detox services are not offered on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Eden Hill is 12-step based and devoted to providing clients with a life plan that will facilitate reintegration into their home community. Evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy are also utilized.
In addition to regular 12-step meeting attendance, treatment includes group therapy five times per week, which focuses on topics such as self-esteem, relationships, and client goals. In addition, women receive weekly one-on-one therapy which addresses issues such as trauma, depression, and anxiety.
Recreational and social activities are also an important part of the program, and Eden Hill offers daily opportunities for exercise, proper nutrition, and volunteer work.
Before residents leave Eden Hill, each client is asked to write her own personalized aftercare plan that she will implement upon her return home. This will include attendance of scheduled appointments and regular AA meeting attendance. Lastly, if she feels it would be helpful, a return to Eden Hill for a refresher relapse prevention weekend may be scheduled.
Families are encouraged to visit and participate in their loved one’s treatment, and they can stay in a bed and breakfast located right next door to the facility.
Eden Hill’s treatment team includes an M.D. and board-certified psychiatrist, as well as licensed marriage and family therapists, a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor, and a licensed clinical social worker.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility houses 12 women at a time, in semi-private rooms. All clients eat family-style meals together, which they are encouraged to organize and prepare themselves in the facility's "state-of-the-art chef's kitchen." Clients are given a membership to a local gym and may also participate in a weekly meditation class.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The sole alum to leave feedback with Rehabs.com at the time of this writing had an extremely positive experience at Eden Hill Recovery Retreat for Women, awarding praise to the facility, the staff, the programming, the atmosphere, and the community. This former client felt that Eden Hill was like a "second home" and commented on her experience there as "a very necessary, nurturing, and healing time." She lauded the effectiveness of the treatment she received, writing: "Some of the tools I left with we’re effective communication, the development and use of boundaries, healthy confrontation (or “care”from ration) and how to be a part of the solution instead of the problem."
On Eden Hill's Facebook page (which Eden Hill can manage), the facility received an average rating of 4.4 out of five stars based on seven reviews, six of which were perfect five-star ratings. All alumni commentary was positive: “Eden Hills saved my life. It gave me structure. Met fabulous people and the staff was loving and caring,” wrote Heidi in a representative review.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
As opposed to alumni feedback, the two loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave Eden Hills mostly negative feedback. C.J.K. reported that the facility used their debit card without authorization and wrote that staff was "not very responsive at returning phone calls and seeking amicable resolutions to unethical situations."
J.G., the parent of a former client, found the facility to be very pricey and claimed it did not follow through with the treatment it promised for their daughter. "We were mislead," the parent wrote. "My daughter went against one of their rules & she was dismissed after a week. We were promised supervision of a staff member anytime she would go out of the premises, because she was the youngest one there but that was never followed up."
WHAT STAFF SAY
The one current staffer surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave Eden Hill a positive review, awarding it mostly five out of five stars across 15 different evaluated metrics, including the facility’s willingness to put its clients’ interests first, its client loyalty, its staff’s leadership and experience, and its overall quality of executive management and leadership.
According to Eden Hill’s website, the facility is self-pay only – insurance is not accepted.
Published on January 2018
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