ABOUT MISSION OF HOPE
Mission of Hope, located in Mobile, Ala., offers residential treatment to adult men struggling with chemical dependency. Set on 40 sprawling, private acres, the facility offers a 90-day, Christian-based treatment plan that emphasizes spiritual wholeness to maintain recovery. A similar facility, Haven of Hope, is offered for women.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at the facility is based on principles of Christian faith. Participation in Bible studies and nightly church services are central to the facility’s three-month treatment plan. Addiction education, anger management classes, recreational therapy, and vocational training are also important components of the program.
In addition, the facility schedules regular group counseling sessions to address gender-specific issues common among men in recovery. When appropriate, family and marriage counseling is available. Loved ones can visit on Sundays but must first participate in the facility’s family program before having visitation privileges.
To promote self-reliance and a successful transition back into the community, Mission of Hope offers GED preparation classes and vocational training to residents. It also runs a mechanical and woodworking shop, allowing residents to learn and practice these job skills while in early recovery.
After program graduation, residents who require additional support and meet certain criteria may reside at the facility’s on-site halfway house for an additional 90 days. While men are at the halfway house, they are expected to have a job and prepare for independent life.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff. However, one alum and one family member of a client strongly agreed when asked if the facility staff were experienced and well-trained but a third loved one disagreed.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Mission of Hope houses up to 50 men at a time. The campus is tobacco-free — no nicotine products of any kind are allowed, including patches and gum.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing there have been three alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com. The alumni had mixed opinions of the facility. One alum, Lisa, gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations & amenities, and meals & nutrition while an anonymous alum gave these same categories three stars each.
Lisa strongly agreed that the facility staff were experienced and well-trained. She also agreed when asked if the facility was clean and well maintained and if the treatment plan was affordable and/or payment plans, scholarships, or financial assistance were made available. Lisa indicated that the facility was not adequately equipped or staffed to treat co-occurring mental health problems in addition to substance use disorders and that there were many counseling options to choose from depending on the client’s preference.
A third alum, Beau, did not provide detailed information about the facility but did not reccomend the facility. He wrote, “This place is horrible! I graduated this program they tell you that 75% of graduates make it and stay clean. It’s more like 7%. They make you go to church 3 times a day plus bible class the rest of the time they work. All of the staff members are hypocrites and liers.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing there have been three friends or family members polled by Best-rehabs.com. The group gave very mixed reviews of the facility. One anonymous female loved one gave the facility a very positive review including five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations & amenities, and meals & nutrition. An anonymous male loved one gave only three stars for treatment effectiveness and four stars for accommodations & amenities and meals & nutrition.
Though the female loved one gave high ratings of the metrics listed above, she went on to strongly disagree when asked if family and loved ones were able to participate in treatment through facility programming; if the facility was adequately equipped and staffed to treat co-occurring mental health problems in addition to substance use disorders; and if the treatment and services offered at the facility were affordable or worth the cost. On the other hand, the male loved one strongly agreed that the facility did provide those things and also indicated that there were many counseling options to choose from depending on the client’s preference and that the facility staff were experienced and well-trained.
A third respondent, a friend of a previous client, gave the facility four out of five stars for accommodations & amenities and meals & nutrition. She agreed when asked if she would recommend this facility to another friend or loved one who was considering rehab or recommend that her loved one re-enter the facility if ever needed. The anonymous loved one provided additional commentary writing, “Christ based treatment plan. It turned my friends life around and now he has decided to stay on board and counsel others.”
There is no cost of treatment at the facility for participants. Mission of Hope is supported entirely by monetary, food, and furniture donations given by local churches, individuals and businesses.