ABOUT DAMASCUS ROAD RECOVERY
Damascus Road Recovery, Inc., located in Covington, Ga., offers a faith-based, long-term residential treatment for adult men struggling with substance misuse disorders. According to the facility’s website, the center’s specializations are methamphetamine addiction and prescription drug misuse, though it is equipped to treat most substance use disorders.
Founded in 2002, Damascus Recovery, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. According to a 2016 SAMHSA survey, 27.4 percent of treatment facilities in Georgia are private nonprofit organizations.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Before being admitted for treatment, potential clients participate in a phone screening with facility staff to determine whether the client is a good fit for this highly structured program.
The treatment program is primarily based on the 12-step model of recovery. Additionally, treatment incorporates individual and group counseling, spirituality coaching, education about addiction, and classes on relapse prevention, among other offerings. Structured recreation and work activity is also a key part of the treatment program. As a faith-based program, residents may also participate in Bible studies and devotionals.
The facility’s website notes that residents are required to attend church during treatment, and that contact with families is not allowed during the first 90 days. Subsequently, family members may have contact with residents. However, in order to do so, they are required to attend Al-Anon 12-step meetings and quarterly sessions at the facility.
Damascus Road’s staff is comprised of three staff members: two certified addiction counselors, one of whom is an ordained minister, and an intern counselor working toward certification.
According to the facility's website, Damascus Road Recovery is approved by the Department of Corrections and is a member of the Georgia Association of Recovery Residences.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to the facility's website, Damascus Road Recovery started as a single home in January 2004 with six beds but has since expanded to six residences with a total of 44 beds. The 36-acre lakeside campus is equipped with cabin-style recovery homes.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Though Rehabs.com has not received any reviews from alumni to date, on Google, four alumni gave the facility an average rating of four out of five stars.  Although three reviewers rated the facility five out of five stars with no supplied commentary, the fourth, Charlie, left a one-star rating wrote:"This place is a joke."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has surveyed seven loved ones who left mixed reviews. Positive reviewers tended to emphasize the effectiveness of treatment while noting that treatment regimens were extremely strict. “Staff are NO-NONSENSE with addicts AND the families.,” wrote S.D. in a representative review. K.P.P. echoed this sentiment writing that "This is a tough love program and not for the weak."
Loved ones who left negative feedback tended to criticize the level of staff training, lack of one-on-one counseling, and poor communication with family members. One loved one, M.L.F., wrote in a representative review: "They lied to our qualifier the entire time that they were there... Telling them that they were giving us weekly updates. We didn't receive a single update the entire time."
However, many reviewers noted that the facility was honest upfront about a lack of communication with loved ones as part of treatment protocol. "This program is highly effective. Not to much marketing out there about the program but it is a Christian based very productive program," Elaine wrote.
While no information is available through the facility's website concerning its cost, reviewers indicated that residents pay for treatment through work therapy. Damascus Road Recovery, Inc. also offers an admission scholarship fund.
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