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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.
01/07/2016
By: Adam M.
Favor House Ministries
The Favor House has guided not only my husband, but my entire family to a new way of life. There has been a remarkable change in my husband since he has been at the Favor House. He has been able to maintain his sobriety, break down walls he has had built up over the years and is learning new tactics to deal with the struggles of daily life. My marriage was on very shaky ground, and was in desperate need of a change. I can honestly say that we would not be in the position we are today without all of the people and resources involved in the Favor House. The program provided the change and motivation necessary to revive my marriage and keep my family together. Now, our marriage is better than ever, and growing stronger each day.My husband has become the man I always knew he could be. We are surrounded by friends, who are becoming as close as family that genuinely care about us, and the success and sobriety of my husband. We are learning through the guidance of the Favor House how to grow and walk with the Lord. I will forever be grateful to Adam and Ashley Manning for the love and service they have provided my family. The program at the Favor House is not focused on profit or gain, but creating genuine and lasting change in the hearts of those involved. I truly believe there is no limit to the amount of lives that the Favor House and its program will impact.
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.
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!
Tips & Advices
If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment. Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program.
Yes. Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. Be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers.
Yes. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful.  Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances.
Yes. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should be factored into your decision. Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse.

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