I attended this program for almost nine months. First of all, $2,650 a month is no where NEAR what it should cost each person to be in this program. I have been in two other programs that were in larger, nicer facilities, and I received more counseling time, and better care, at a fraction of the cost to no cost. I am still sober to this day after attending this program, but I firmly believe it\'s been out of anger and determination to prove these people wrong. The \"scholarship\" program is a scam. I was on partial \"scholarship\", my family had agreed to pay a certain amount. Even though they paid the agreed amount, the counselors and owner claimed that I, and my family still owed them an additional balance of $1,500. They claimed I signed a contract agreeing to the payment, but when I asked to see it they never produced it, and instead threatened to go after my family for the money. Every day the counselors will hunt and search for something or someone to psycho-analyze and create drama over. If more than a couple weeks go by where nothing is wrong and everyone thinks they\'re doing well, they will call a group and start pointing out everyone\'s flaws until they are back to feeling like they won\'t make it, and that they\'re doing it all wrong. They also thoroughly enjoy singing out one person, and making the whole group of girls agree that this person is a \"bully\" or is \"weak\", \"a doormatt\", \"follower\" etc. If you dare to disagree with the staff on these matters, then you are enabling that person.
While I agree that for me personally, sometimes things were true, and sometimes I needed them pointed out, doing it to people over and over until they feel like they can\'t truly be themselves with out being picked apart and psycho analyzed is truly awful. They teach you that isolation is bad and puts you at risk for relapse, but when you do something they disapprove of, the punishment is often being forced into extreme isolation.
Now let\'s talk about the bread house, if the proceeds from this business actually went to graceway, then the program wouldn\'t be so expensive. These people are all about making money off of drug addicts and their families who are desperate for help.... I realized they\'re more serious about helping themselves financially than anything else.
The way that the residents money and mail is handled is so bad. While there I received several letters that I was not allowed to open while in the program, but was told they would be given to me upon leaving. When I left I received none of them...
They rarely take the girls in the house to outside meetings, and when they do it\'s an hour away. They claim the meetings in Albany are \"unhealthy\". But after leaving and attending these meetings on my own, I realized that the truth is they don\'t want anyone confirming the truth about what really happens at graceway. And they don\'t want any of the girls meeting anyone who might help them \"escape\" to a better program.
You are forced to attend at least one meeting with all the same girls you live with, and no ones anonymity is respected at all. The doors have to be left open so the staff member on duty can hear everything that is being said.
We never once attended church, and even when I moved into the apartments I was still not allowed to attend church.
The Way does not help taper you back in to the real world what so ever, because you were seldom given the freedom to do the things you need to do in the real world.
I could go on more about how much emotional damage was done while I was there, when I make small mistakes I STILL live in fear of the extreme consequences.
If you\'re loved one is struggling with addiction, DO NOT put them through this program. It is not worth the money they claim they need at all.