ABOUT FREEDOM HOUSE, INC.
Freedom House, Inc. is an established resource for adult men and women seeking treatment and support for substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders in Clinton, N.J., just an hour west of New York City. Founded in 1986, the facility puts over 30 years of experience into its long-term, phased residential treatment for men, gender-separate transitional living for both men and women and their children, and outpatient services.
Since its founding, according to the facility’s website, Freedom House, Inc. has served over 2,600 people and reunited over 400 children with their families.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Residential treatment typically begins with an initial assessment upon admission to identify a client’s particular needs. To be eligible for treatment, however, clients must be medically stable and post-detoxification and expect a stay that ranges, on average, from four to eight months.
Relative to other programs statewide, Freedom House’s long-term option for men is one of just 195 (56.7 percent) that’s dedicated exclusively to serving adult men and one of just 38 (11 percent) that offers more than 30 days of residential care.
Obtaining stable, gainful employment is an important part of the long-term program, so men must be able and willing to work. As such, Freedom House is one of just 148 (43 percent) that offers employment training for clients. In Phase II, typically three months in, men are permitted to drive their cars to and from work. In all phases, men have individual and group counseling, educational sessions, and weekly 12-step meetings to attend.
They’ll begin Phase I adhering to a strict schedule that includes limited contact with family. As they demonstrate a sense of stability and responsibility, men begin seeking employment before their transition into Phase II. Once in Phase II, Freedom House, Inc.'s program requirements become less structured. In addition to having access to their own vehicle, residents are required to maintain full-time employment while attending all mandatory treatment sessions, as their work schedule allows.
To transition into Phase III, clients must have at least $1,000 in savings, completed all recovery assignments, and be firmly immersed in local 12-step fellowship. Phase III offers transitional living that is peer-driven and focused on reintegrating into the community.
While transitional housing serves as Phase III for men, women are only eligible for these services upon completion of an approved primary program. Residents must also maintain full-time employment while in transitional living. All are encouraged to utilize the facility’s outpatient services for additional support.
Freedom House, Inc. employs a team of licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselors (LCADC), peer specialists, and house supervisors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photos and videos published on the facility’s website depict homelike residences with shared and private rooms. Although new admissions share rooms, residents may move into a private room as they progress. In total, Freedom House can accommodate 66 men and women across four separate homes.
After Phase I, clients may receive additional privileges, such as weekend passes to visit loved ones and receiving visitors. The facility also has a fitness room and wrap-around porches.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The sole Rehabs.com survey respondent to date, M.H., simply wrote “THis place stinks,” but did not elaborate upon their experience.
On Facebook, however, which the facility itself can manage, all 12 reviewers gave Freedom House five out of five stars. Many highlighted and praised a tight-knit environment, while others offered up reports of sustained recovery. "Freedom House is a Family,” wrote Jay in a representative statement. “A Family that I will forever be grateful for and will always support.”
Yet on Google, the sole reviewer who provided written commentary in addition to a star-rating, found the facility a bit lax: “Everyone comes and goes and nothing is checked at all. Ive seen bruthas shooting heron in the back all the time.”
According to the facility’s website, residential treatment at Freedom House comes to about $100 per day. Details on the costs of transitional living and outpatient services are not provided.
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