Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm in Aurora, WV

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Aurora WV 26705

Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm Philosophy

Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm is a long-term mindfulness-based, residential recovery program for men, situated in a private and majestic farming community. Peers and clinical partners facilitate healing through multiple modalities, including:

- Mindfulness, meditation, and yoga
- 12 step programs
- Music and arts programs
- Outdoor recreation excursions
- Facilitated therapy (individual, group, and family)
- Farming and sustainability programs

The goal of the Jacob’s Ladder program is to foster awakening and authenticity through the synthesis of the 12-step principles, self-discovery through the deliberate practice of mindfulness, facilitation of expert clinical treatment, and interactive connection with a working farm environment.
Individualized and customized programs based on clinical and philosophical models separate Jacob's Ladder from other treatment settings.s.

Areas of Specialization

  • Creative Arts Therapy
    Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.

  • Holistic Therapy
    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.

Facility Highlights

Recording Booth and Art Studio for Music and Arts Programs

Mindfulness Lifestyle Training, Daily Meditation, and Facilitated Yoga Classes

Diverse Farming Responsibilities (Livestock, Gardening, Beekeeping, Maple-Syrup Collection, Eggs, and More)

Meet the Staff

Kevin Blankenship, MD

Founder

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The son of a coal miner, Kevin grew up in a small town in southern West Virginia. After graduating from high school, Kevin joined the U.S. Army to serve his country. After military service, Dr. Blankenship earned degrees in pharmacy and medicine and went on to complete his emergency medicine residency at West Virginia University. He became board certified in emergency medicine and worked in numerous medical settings throughout West Virginia. In 2014 an immediate family crisis with addiction brought Kevin face-to-face with the significant issue of this growing epidemic and the lack of recovery options throughout our country. Inspired by this experience, Dr. Blankenship has dedicated himself professionally to being part of the solution through directly serving the recovery industry and indirectly combating the stigma surrounding this issue in today's society. This dedication is what has become Jacob's Ladder.

Chad Bishop

Director of Operations

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Chad earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from West Virginia University in 2000 and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Glenville State College in 2014. Chad spent time early in his career coaching women’s basketball and softball at Waynesburg College and then as head assistant coach of men’s basketball at Potomac State College.

Chad has spent much of his career helping others. For the past decade, Chad has worked for West Virginia Department of Juvenile Services at the Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center (KHRC) in Davis, WV. When he started out with KHRC, he was a counselor and was quickly promoted to case manager. While with KHRC, he earned his certification in Therapeutic Recreation for High and Low Ropes Courses and various counseling techniques.

​Chad’s natural leadership skills and commitment to others extends beyond professional contributions and also shows through his volunteerism within his community and county. He is currently a chair for Preston County Parks and Recreation Commission, Aurora Middle School Girls’ Basketball Coach, and President of the Aurora Youth League. Chad uses his leadership and interpersonal skills to help motivate others to be productive members of society. Chad is a native of Aurora, WV, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

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ABOUT JACOB’S LADDER - BROOKSIDE FARM

Jacob’s Ladder at Brookside Farm offers short- and long-term residential treatment for adult males who are struggling with substance abuse. Set amidst the rolling hills of historic Aurora, W.Va., the center is one of 36 treatment facilities in the state with specially tailored programs for adult men. Medical detox is not available on-site; clients must complete detox before admission.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

To determine whether prospective clients are an appropriate fit, Jacob’s Ladder conducts bio-psychosocial assessments. The facility recommends a minimum stay of six months for the long-term program, while short-term programs may last between one and three months.

As its name suggests, Jacob’s Ladder at Brookside Farm is adjacent to a farm, where a typical day in treatment consists of farming duties designed to promote accountability, teamwork, and mindfulness. Using the phrase “the work is never done,” the program draws a parallel between an active, working farm and a life of recovery. Daily tasks may include tending to animals, hay baling, planting, watering, fence repair, machinery maintenance, and other seasonal duties.

Clients engage in a range of traditional treatments. With evidence-based modalities – including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and rational emotive therapy (RET) – at its foundation, the program facilitates regular process and discussion groups, family therapy, and weekly one-on-one sessions with a primary counselor. The facility also incorporates the 12-step model of recovery, and clients attend meetings, study fellowship literature, and perform “step-work.”

The program emphasizes mindfulness and recovery-focused lifestyles through holistic and experiential treatment methods. Clients participate in music and art lessons, guided yoga, and daily meditation, as well as weekly recreational outdoor activities, such as rafting, skiing, rock climbing, hiking, biking, fishing, and camping.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Founded and led by a board-certified medical doctor, Jacob’s Ladder employs a program director who is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, music and arts director, licensed social worker, yoga instructor, and team of recovery coordinators with in-depth understanding of the 12-step principles and recovery process. Brookside Farm’s manager oversees the program’s farming duties.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Jacob’s Ladder sits across the street from the 132-acre Cathedral State Park with winding streams, old-growth forests, and miles of hiking trails. The program’s three-story, 14-bed residence is a renovated, 19th-century mountain lodge with a wrap-around deck, kitchen and dining room area, library, multiple bathrooms, and showers. According to the website, residents’ sleeping quarters are “modest.” As part of recovery, clients learn to prepare and frequently cook their own meals, often using produce from Brookside Farm.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The two alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date praised the facility. Despite noting “scheduling issues,” D.D. described Jacob’s Ladder as a “great, clean and affordable” program, adding that staff were “willing to work with you on your financing, and everyone is there to help you succeed.” Alum Shawn added: "I attended Jacobs Ladder and got to expierience a rehabilitation program that was/is the best in the country..."

On secondary review sites, feedback was exceedingly favorable to date. On Google, two alum both gave the facility perfect five-star ratings, while 12 individuals all gave the facility perfect five-star ratings on its Facebook page, which the facility can manage. [1] [2] Reviewers (alumni, loved ones) lavished praise and gratitude on the counselors and program for building bonds and transforming lives.

WHAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAY

The four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date also provided excellent feedback, particularly for the facility's staff. Family members commended the “warm, caring staff” who provided “constant loving support” and “have a deep desire to help the residents.” In a representative review, Leslie wrote that the staff had "been a god send.”

Loved ones also felt the facility offered robust and varied counseling options, praising its holistic offerings and overall approach to recovery. One anonymous parent wrote: "After 2 weeks, my son has light and peace, I can hear it in his voice."

WHAT STAFF SAY

Seven staff members polled by Rehabs.com to date also felt the facility offered uniquely effective programming, employed a dedicated staff, and was on the cutting-edge of recovery. "Jacob's Ladder has assembled a team of extremely talented and caring staff from around the country," one employee wrote.

Staff members also emphasized the impact of the long-term recovery program. “The accomplishments of the young men who are finding themselves at Jacob's Ladder are humbling and inspiring!” another employee added.

FINANCING

The cost for the program depends on the length of stay. The one-month intensive residential experience is $15,000. If staying for two to three months the cost is $9,000/month. The recommended long-term recovery program, which is four months to six months plus, is $8,000/month. Jacob’s Ladder now accepts insurance and financial aid is available.

[1] GoogleReviews

[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/JacobsLadderBrookside/reviews/?ref=page_internal

Published on June 2018

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I attended Jacobs Ladder and got to expierience a rehabilitation program that was/is the best in the country,Jacobs Ladder saved my life and I cant put into words the gratitude and love that I have for the program and staff. No matter where I go or what I do in life going forward,Jacobs Ladder and the staff will ALWAYS be a part of me and hold a very special place in my heart. I love Jacobs Ladder and all the staff associated with the program. All the staff are so much more than staff....they are my friends and family,I know that I can ALWAYS turn to them for advice or anything else if I need to and that means the world to me. i want to thank each and everyone of you for saving my life,I love you guys and wish nothing but the best for you and your families.

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Like any other I have ever seen!

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Jacobs Ladder is mindful of its surroundings, it is almost completely self sufficient on meals. The extracurricular activities mixed with professional counseling is awesome. The weaknesses are very limited. If I had one, it is the fact that it is a new facility. Jacobs Ladder is like an old sole that fits in with todays society, community, and provides all accommodations for clients and their family members. This is a one of a kind facility and is determined to help young men in recovery.

I would like to thank one man in particular for following his vision and giving WV a ray of hope with Jacob's Ladder. After 2 weeks, my son has light and peace, I can hear it in his voice. He's learning about his addiction and being provided with skills to deal with it on another level. I'm so grateful for this beautiful, nourishing treatment center. My son made the decision to get healthy, but Jacob's Ladder is giving him the building blocks to STAY healthy. Jacobs Ladder has saved his life.

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Clean, respectful, honest. The facility caters to every individual's needs.

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Jacob's Ladder provides music and art therapy, a working farm for the residents to focus on, and challenging recreational activities for the residents. Jacob's Ladder is on the leading edge of recovery programs in the United States. There is no other program like it in the country and I would recommend this facility for any drug addicted male between the ages of 18 and 25.

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The real strength of Jacob's Ladder is the focus on the programming. Rather than focusing on any one specific model, they synthesize multiple proven techniques and allow the course of treatment to emerge through individual customization. The combination of active participation in a farming lifestyle (farm work as well as residential responsibilities), mindfulness, 12 steps, yoga and meditation, group and individual sessions, music and arts programs, and wilderness programs is phenomenal. Rarely can you find such and opportunity. The setting is amazingly peaceful, setting the tone for all that is to be discovered on the 6 month journey. Jacob's Ladder is designed to foster an awakening by creating a community of unconditional positive regard for self, other and the earth. To accomplish this, the setting and living quarters are simple. While clean and comfortable, individuals looking for luxury and pampering will not find what they seek at Jacob's Ladder. Those wishing to reprogram their mind using proven techniques in an amazing setting will be more than satisfied. I've got the fortunate viewpoint of watching the guys who have come in the program progress through their discovery and awakening. It's evident that short term treatment leaves a lot to be desired, and the six month regimented program is making a difference. The accomplishments of the young men who are finding themselves at Jacob's Ladder are humbling and inspiring!

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Jacob's Ladder has assembled a team of extremely talented and caring staff from around the country. The staff are in long term recovery and have worked in the treatment world for many years. The philosophy of Jacob’s Ladder is that one size doesn’t fit all, and that treatment plans need to be individualized for each resident. Jacob’s Ladder offers a hybrid treatment model that includes mindfulness based stress reduction, 12-step facilitation, music and arts therapy, farming, and adventure therapy, as well as offering clinical and psychological therapy through a partnership with WVU Medicine. The progress I have seen in the residents of Jacob’s Ladder is remarkable. Jacob's Ladder is a new facility and is establishing it's name among the treatment leaders. Although Jacob's Ladder is a new treatment center, the staff are comprised of leaders in the treatment and medical fields with decades of experience. Jacob's Ladder is located at Brookside Farm in Aurora, WV. This location is the epitome of a healing environment. This 300 acre farm is located behind a state park, has streams running through it, and is filled with wildlife of all types. This setting allows for a total immersion in recovery.

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Personalized treatment plans. Flexibility in the treatment program for residents as they progress through their recovery is a big plus.

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The men who run this facility have a deep desire to help the residents who live there. No weakness at this point. Residents are able to explore their own spirituality and are guided and directed in a positive light by the staff.

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The staff and therapist are extremely experienced, very kind and gentle in dealings with client and families. They see the human being under the addiction and help them to address their issues. The farming and it's many responsibilities is a huge part of the program and it helps clients to feel self reliant and self sufficient and they find new skills in themselves they never knew they had. The physical lodgings and the beautiful farmland where it is situated is amazing, therapeutic and restful to clients and families when they visit. In addition to work on the farm they also have fun and take them to a wide variety of experiences...from camping, fishing, bowling, an amusement park, a day at the lake...while not meant to be a vacation the young men at this facility are having fun, working as a team and are a huge support system for one another as they all work on their own issues. The staff are excellent and adept at helping clients to address their medical/dental issues while living there. They provide constant loving support even when it might be a procedure or test the client is fearful of and this is critical to helping all the clients to be as healthy as possible. I feel extremely grateful to have our loved one there and I know it does not get better than Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm for helping someone with addiction issues. They have recently implemented a weekly communication via emails with photos to family which is very wonderful and reassuring. Seeing this continue makes it easier to have our loved one very far away from home. Our loved one had done an initial detox and treatment at another shorter term facility where it was determined he had serious deep rooted issues and realized he needed a long term program afterward. The therapist there and the therapist at Jacob's Ladder communicated very effectively so that our son had a seamless transition where he is continuing to work on his issues...and time was not lost as he moved into this longer term program. Jacob's Ladder staff very quickly understood what our son needed to work on and we are grateful to have him in their program.

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Warm, caring staff in a rural setting allows for residents to concentrate on healing. I had the opportunity to see real change in a young man who stayed at Jacob's Ladder. He had the chance to experience several types of therapy options including mediation, mindfulness, yoga, exercise, AA/NA, motivational interviewing, counseling, art, and music therapy in order to find what spoke to him. He has been clean five months and is physically and spiritually a different person. Having the experience of caring for the farm and its animals has helped him invest in life again.

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Holistic approach to treatment , provides a working environment for the residents, promotes self worth. From my first contact with the staff they were helpful in getting my son into the facility regardless of my financial status. They have been a god send.

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Clean, respectful, and overall exciting! Still working out some scheduling issues. Great, clean, and affordable facility! Willing to work with you on your financing, and everyone is there to help you to succeed.

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Excellent facility.

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