ABOUT BRIAN'S SAFEHOUSE, INC.
For about a decade, Brian’s Safehouse, Inc., has been serving men seeking recovery from substance use disorders, in Mount Hope, W.Va. Brian's Safehouse, Inc., is one of 21 (20.6 percent) of West Virginia treatment facilities in West Virginia to offer long-term residential care.
The faith-based Christian rehab center is a nonprofit, and a sister treatment center for women called The Sparrow's Nest is located nearby. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 37.3 percent of rehabs in West Virginia offer a program tailored to adult women, while 38.2 percent offer one tailored to adult men.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Admission to the 12-month program at Brian’s Safehouse in West Virginia begins with an online application, followed by an initial phone call, then an on-site or phone interview. Treatment plans are tailored for each resident while at the same time fitting within a highly structured program.
Treatment is divided into four phases, all of which involve at least weekly individual and group therapy, case management, and group meetings. During each stage, residents progress through the 12-Steps and take on increased responsibility in the house.
Part of the expectation of Brian’s Safehouse staff is that clients will demonstrate emotional regulation and prioritize Christian principles in decision-making. Clients also engage in work therapy, with an emphasis on developing a work ethic in preparation for recovery after rehab. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 27.5 percent of rehabs in West Virginia offer employment counseling or training for clients.
Family services are based in weekly classes in which loved ones learn about recovery and explore different points of view among other client family members. Aftercare services are also available.
The staff includes a master’s-level licensed social worker and two life coaches. Volunteers contribute as teachers and mentors. Many individuals involved in treatment services are in recovery themselves, including alumni of the residential program. According to information provided by the facility to Rehabs.com, the staff-to-client ratio is 1:5. To date, the four individuals polled by Rehabs.com praised the facility's staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 5/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Clients stay in dormitory-like rooms at Brian’s Safehouse, an arrangement the center’s website notes has therapeutic benefits. Ten residents are accommodated at a time. The website also touts the facility’s cleanliness and upkeep, maintained by daily staff inspections. To date, the four individuals polled by Rehabs.com agreed with this assessment.
Photographs feature a house set on spacious land with a large garden and pagoda. Inside is an open kitchen and simply furnished living spaces, along with workout and table tennis equipment. Residents also have access to a walking track and basketball court. No smoking or tobacco use is allowed on-site.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The four alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date all left highly positive reviews. All four praised the treatment effectiveness and some even credited the facility with saving their life. "This place saved my life," S.P. wrote in a representative review. "It showed me where I went wrong in life and gave me the tools to turn my life around and continue in the correct direction."
The two alumni surveyed on more granular metrics each gave four- and perfect five-star ratings to nearly all categories evaluated. Categories include the experience of the staff, staff availability, family participation, cleanliness of the facility, and counseling options, among others.
Reviews on third-party sites were similarly positive. On Google, four reviewers left five-star reviews. Likewise, on the center’s official Facebook page, which its staff may be able to monitor, the facility earned an average rating of 4.6 out of five stars based on 54 reviews.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Reviews from two loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com to date were overwhelmingly positive. Both reviewers awarded four- or five-star ratings across most metrics, including counseling options, staff support, and exercise and leisure activities, among others. One anonymous loved one wrote in a representative review, "My son has found his way back to God."
Brian's Safehouse asks clients to contribute $700 per month for room and board, along with a one-time education fee of $500. The facility does not accept insurance of any kind, according to its website.
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