Prospect House in Cincinnati, OH

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682 Hawthorne Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45205

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From a pretty tree-lined street in a residential neighborhood three miles west of central Cincinnati, nonprofit Prospect House is a 60-bed facility that provides one of the state's only 71 (17.4 percent) long-term residential treatment programs. This program is exclusively for men struggling with addiction, placing it amongst Ohio's 168 (41.1 percent) gender-specific treatment centers. Founded in 1970, the program is designed for men who do not have access to money or insurance. Prospect House provides counseling services as well as assistance with a range of legal problems and/or employment issues.


Treatment at Prospect House is based on the 12-Steps, and the center holds Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on the premises. Clients participate in a scheduled regime of counseling sessions, group meetings, educational courses, and recreational activities. Treatment can last from six months to eighteen months based on a client’s involvement in transitional housing programs. The facility uses a holistic approach to addressing addiction and related issues. There is a monthly meeting on-site for alumni.

According to the facility’s website, the program aims to teach clients a whole new way of life, and offers long-term treatment because this process cannot be rushed. Though the center provides little further information about its program, an alum review submitted to indicated that the client received minimal holistic treatment, but excellent individual and group counseling, and that he participated in several group counseling sessions per day. CiteHealth indicates that the center offers dedicated programming for individuals struggling with HIV and AIDS and members of the LGBTQ community.


Each member of the all-male counseling staff at Prospect House is in recovery. According to its 2012 tax return, the center employs 28 staff members in total. The single alum polled by to date gave the center five out of five stars for the level of training found in its counselors.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings; however, given that this is a 60-bed facility, there is likely a high level of availability for new clients, as the average number of individuals in residential treatment was 18 clients, as of 2016. In addition, the single alum polled by to date gave the center three out of five stars for its accommodations and five stars for its meals and its cleanliness.


The single alum polled by to date gave positive feedback. “Good place to recover,” Harold wrote, giving the center five out of five stars for its staff support, its overall effectiveness, and the overall level of its individual and group counseling, but just one out of five stars for its holistic offerings.

On Facebook, which the facility may be able to manage, the center earned five out of five stars from 43 reviews at the time of this writing.[1] Reviewers frequently praised the staff and the lessons they learned at Prospect House, and described the experience as life-saving or life-changing. “Saved my life. Great staff who truly care about the men who are there. Excellent after-care support for those who want it. 100% recommend it,” Scott wrote in a representative review on Facebook. Praise for the staff extended into other reviews as well: "Excellent people!! They take the time to get to know the family as well as the addict," one user wrote, with another echoing, "It's built on a sure, stable, and secure foundation. I truly appreciate maturity in the fellowship of recovering alcoholics and addicts."

On CiteHealth, the facility has a single five out of five star review. [2] "Prospect House saved my life. I had been to three other programs before I found Prospect House, there is no other place like it anywhere," this former client added.


To date, has not received any staff reviews.

On Indeed, the facility earned 3.7 out of five stars from 11 reviews from current and former employees. [3] The reviews were mixed. While some employees appreciated the “team work”, others thought management was “rude”. In a representative review, one former employee wrote: “enjoyed helping people achieve their highest functioning ability. great staff and co-workers. very demanding due to clients and the different levels of care needed required fast thinking and being alert at all times.we had 66 clients of all different backgrounds.”


Other than noting that treatment is intended for men without access to money or insurance, the center does not provide any information directly about its costs or insurance coverage; however, CiteHealth indicates that Prospect House offers a sliding fee scale. The single alum polled by to date indicated that he used insurance to pay for treatment, and that the facility offered him financial support.


Published on December 2018

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