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01/17/2017
By: John B.
Palm House Recovery Center
My name is Sandie. Throughout my life I have battled with the disease of addiction. At the end of my active addiction, I wanted to end it all. I tried, but God had a different plan for me. I was incarcerated for three years in prison. During that time I found God. I prayed. I asked God to one day give me the opportunity. The opportunity to help women who were like me. Who suffer daily the way I had. I was released from prison and I went home. I was miserable, because my children were in active addiction and there was nothing I could do. I found out after spending ten months at home that I had to go to rehab. I tried talking to my probation officer to get a sentence modification. It was a no go. Even though I was miserable at home, seeing my children in active addiction and being so close to falling myself I was willing to put up with it. I was willing to put up with it because I was afraid of change. The day came and I had to go. I had spoken with some people at the palm house and that's where I would be living. I would be there for a year. I was so nervous and was dreading the days that were coming . Time flew by though and something amazing happened. My prayer was coming true.I grew in the program and was promoted to being a house parent. I was starting my journey in recovery and helping other women. The reward of seeing these girls come in broken and afraid like me, then seeing them change and start putting their lives together again. I’m telling you there is nothing like it. No price can ever be placed on it. This is all thanks to being here at the Palm house. Since then I have graduated the program. I am now the Assistant Women's Coordinator. Last and most importantly I have my children back and they are no longer in active addiction either.
01/17/2017
By: John B.
Addiction Care Treatment Program
My name is Sandie. Throughout my life I have battled with the disease of addiction. At the end of my active addiction, I wanted to end it all. I tried, but God had a different plan for me. I was incarcerated for three years in prison. During that time I found God. I prayed. I asked God to one day give me the opportunity. The opportunity to help women who were like me. Who suffer daily the way I had. I was released from prison and I went home. I was miserable, because my children were in active addiction and there was nothing I could do. I found out after spending ten months at home that I had to go to rehab. I tried talking to my probation officer to get a sentence modification. It was a no go. Even though I was miserable at home, seeing my children in active addiction and being so close to falling myself I was willing to put up with it. I was willing to put up with it because I was afraid of change. The day came and I had to go. I had spoken with some people at the palm house and that's where I would be living. I would be there for a year. I was so nervous and was dreading the days that were coming . Time flew by though and something amazing happened. My prayer was coming true.I grew in the program and was promoted to being a house parent. I was starting my journey in recovery and helping other women. The reward of seeing these girls come in broken and afraid like me, then seeing them change and start putting their lives together again. I’m telling you there is nothing like it. No price can ever be placed on it. This is all thanks to being here at the Palm house. Since then I have graduated the program. I am now the Assistant Women's Coordinator. Last and most importantly I have my children back and they are no longer in active addiction.
02/14/2017
By: Jim W.
Palm House Recovery Center
I arrived at The Palm House on January 9, 2017 and have been here for over a month and I am pleased to say I have remained sober. They have fifteen weekly in house meetings directly related to recovery form alcohol and drugs either AA, NA or Celebrate Recovery. They even build resumes and help with job placement. A friend of mine got on with Caterpillar and is so happy he chose to stay here. The accountability here is tough in that they always know where you are. They make me sign in and out and make me attend at least 7 meetings a week and they check your progress. They even give me food here not to mention a roof over my head. Ricky, Joe, Steve, Ron, John and Wanda have helped me and I know they care about us because you hear it in their voice in the meetings. I want to thank the Palm House for everything they do. I feel as though I have a family away from home and if you want real life recovery I would come here.
06/26/2012
By: amnichols
Athens YMCA
The YMCA of Athens is an older facility, but it offers a variety of fitness classes, two gyms, outdoor tracks, pools, etc. we have a family membership through work, which makes summer Y camp very affordable compared to other local cos or daycare. Also if you can afford it, get the spa membership. No kids allowed in the locker rooms. There's a hot tub and steam room. Also a lounge area with tv and towel and laundry service. You can also get a permanent locker to keep you workout gear in instead of supplying your own lock and taking your stuff home. It's an older facility and not fancy, but clean and functional. A good place for the whole family to get fit and have fun.
01/17/2017
By: John B.
Palm House Recovery Center
I arrived at the Palm House on November 11 of 2015 from Prison. I had been trying to get clean for 15 YEARS. Finally, I put my self-centered attitude away and took the suggestions they offered. I disliked the structure of the Palm House, but stuck with it. Through the structure of the Palm House and the Grace of God, I graduated, and remained clean. Now, I work to help others which is what I learned there.
07/17/2015
By: S C.
Athens Area Commencement Center
Excellent Staff! Everyone one that I came in contact with at Athens Area Commencement Center appeared sincere in their quest to help! The office was inviting and felt like a safe zone. I would highly recommend using Athens Area Commencement.
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08/29/2013
By: mitneek
Athens Area Commencement Center
I would recommend this treatment center to anyone in need. Very nice treatment center!
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Group counseling is when one or more counselors lead a group discussion, usually between five and 15 people. The group may focus on a shared experience or situation, and provide support and encouragement to the other attendees.
Each state defines its own requirements for what licenses and education are needed to be a counselor. It's common for counselors to have a bachelor's degree in psychology or a similar field, as well as a master's degree. After that, counselors should obtain their state license, and can move on to achieving other licenses like the:
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) license
  • Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) license
  • Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) license
  • Forensic Health Evaluators (FHE) license
  • Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) license
  • Certified Family Therapist (CFT) license
This all depends on the patient's goals and circumstances. Some people are happy with their results after just a few sessions; others continue to meet with their counselors for years. There is no right or wrong length of time to go to counseling.
Anyone can benefit from counseling services. Counseling can help you gain greater insight into yourself; deal with feelings of sadness, worry, depression or anxiety; as well as work out relationship problems, trauma or addiction. Not every type of counseling service works with every person.
Yes. Except in very specific situations, a counselor will never repeat conversations from a counseling session. Situations where information from sessions might be shared include:
  • If the counselor believes the patient might harm him or herself, or someone else.
  • If the counselor wants to get a second opinion on the patient's treatment. If this is the case, the counselor should seek the patient's written permission before consulting another professional.

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