Penfield Christian Homes

Penfield Christian Homes Union Point Georgia

For more than 30 years, Penfield Christian Homes has offered hope to men and women suffering from the disease of addiction. The faith-based rehab believes that recovery is possible through spiritual renewal and strives to help clients reclaim their health, happiness and inner peace. Treatment addresses the whole person — body, mind and spirit — and helps clients bring these areas into balance by cultivating a personal relationship with God.

ABOUT PENFIELD CHRISTIAN HOMES — UNION POINT, GEORGIA

Founded in 1979, Penfield Christian Homes operates three residential treatment facilities located throughout Georgia, two for men and one for women. The Union Point facility, located on 33 acres in a leafy area just outside the Oconee National Forest in northeastern Georgia, is the main campus, offering faith-based residential treatment for men. Medical detox is not available on-site, but Penfield can provide referrals to detox facilities.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Intake appointments are scheduled on weekdays only. All clients must be medically cleared by a nurse before admission, and clients must also provide a statement from a medical provider indicating that medical detox is not required.

Penfield accepts clients who are on probation or who have been court mandated. The organization allows clients to take some, but not all, prescription medications during their stay — prospective clients should contact the facility for more information about possible conflicts with their prescribed medications.

The program lasts six weeks and uses the 12-Steps along with two Christian programs based on the 12-Steps: Overcomers Outreach and Celebrate Recovery. Treatment approaches addiction through three channels: counseling, spirituality, and education. According to the facility’s website, Penfield was founded on the belief that “recovery from the addictive use of alcohol and drugs can be achieved through a personal faith in Jesus Christ,” and clients are expected to attend church services throughout treatment.

Aside from 12-Step and related fellowships, the building blocks of the program are individual and group counseling, Bible study and devotions, alcohol and drug education, relapse prevention, and spiritual guidance. Penfield also runs family education days.

The program also offers recreational activities that help show clients how to have fun without intoxicating substances — though it does not specify what these activities are.

Penfield will help set graduating clients up with aftercare according to their needs. There are also four alumni groups around the state to help former clients keep in touch with a sober network.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

Staff includes certified addiction counselors and pastors. Of the three individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the level of support received from staff, all three gave the facility four or five out of five stars in this category. The single individual polled on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it five out of five stars.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Clients may not receive visitors for the first 14 days of treatment. After 14 days, authorized family members may be allowed visit on weekend afternoons.

The center — whose decor is somewhat clinical — has a ping-pong table, a volleyball court, and an indoor basketball court, and is surrounded by green space. Clients share bedrooms and eat in a canteen-style dining room.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Eight of the 10 alumni surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave Penfield’s Union Point facility positive reviews. Three of the respondents credited the rehab with saving their lives, and nearly all praised the staff. “The counselors are gifted and caring. The program is focused and deliberate. Spiritual, Jesus centered foundation,” wrote Chris in a representative review.

The two negative reviews criticized Penfield’s food and fees respectively.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Of the six reviews by loved ones submitted to Best-rehabs.com to date, four were positive, one was negative, and one was neutral. Feedback from the positive reviewers was mostly quite vague, stating that treatment had been successful for the individual’s loved one. “My son checked in to this rehab & it helped him so much,” S.P. wrote in a representative review. “I would definitely recommend the Main Campus because they seem to know what they’re doing & you can feel the spirit as soon as you walk in the front door.” However, S.P. also described being disappointed by Penfield’s halfway house, and other reviewers cited rude intake staff and a loved one who relapsed while out on a day pass.

FINANCING

According to the facility’s website, Penfield is self-pay only and does not accept insurance.

Reviews about Penfield Christian Homes

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I had a relative spend the 6 weeks in this program. Less than 48 hours home the drinking has started all over again. A total waste of time and money.
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  • Great staff, awesome experience , glad to have found Penfield Been a long time since I have been sober and so closet to God.
    This is for those that may consider this facility as worth money to send your loved one. What a joke. DONATION SONATIONDONATION and your loved one eats left overs from the last 6 weeks with lots and lots of cheese and BUTTER. PLEASE. This place is a rip-off. Do not waist money.
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  • I am still sober and working the program. But the kicker was the rekindling of my relationship with God!!
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  • Awesome experience
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  • A place of refuge. The fear of going back here, and lots of AA keeps me sober.
    I had a wonderful experience with my son at Penfield. It really helped getting him connected back to his spirituality. Wonderful program. And thank goodness it's way out in the boonies. Best place he could have participated in a drug rehab program. Thankful to several members of staff. You'll always.be in my prayers
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  • Will meet some really good people at pennfield. The staff is really helpful and always ready to help in your needs.The main campus counselors and staff will always be remembered. 2-09 and I still think of them.
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  • Penfield saved my life! I was very impressed with how clinically sound staff Penfield is. They really cared about me and helping me change.
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  • My son checked in to this rehab & it helped him so much. The Main Campus is where it's at though. He learned a lot & made friends along the way. However, he tried the half way house in Lafayette, GA & it was a joke & complete waste of money. They talked it up & it was like daylight to dark after being at the Main Campus. They really need to shut it down because it's useless. I would definitely recommend the Main Campus because they seem to know what they're doing & you can feel the spirit as soon as you walk in the front door.
    Hello, I attended the Penfield Christian Home in November of 2011 South Campus. I was very reluctant to attend any rehab center because I thought that I could handle my addiction on my own. My addiction was unmanageable and I was close to death. The center is faith based and in my opinion that's where your strength comes from. I will admit that being sober takes alot of work but trust me it's worth it. The food was good but I wasn't there to fill my stomach, I was there to fill my soul. The counselor's were great and I am almost five years clean and sober. Thanks Penfield
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  • I hesitate to say negative things about any Christian organization, but our experience here was terrible. Money seems to be the motivation with them and I have personally heard them speak in a terribly derogatory manner to a family member trying to get admitted. He was told that since he could not pay $5000 up front that he should go from church to church begging until he had the money. I am sure that they have helped some people, but the way that representative spoke to someone in need was neither Christian nor professional. Unless this is your last option, I would suggest looking elsewhere. Hebron Colony in Boone NC charges at flat $300 medical deposit for a 12 week program.
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  • My nephew completed the program there in 2009. He has been on a job for 5 years now and is moving up the ladder in his company. Has purchased 2 vehicles with cash he has saved. He is living frugally and is paying bills responsibly on his own. He seems content though not social at all- maybe afraid to have outside influences. That seems to be his only issue! Thank you Penfield!!!!
    He did very well until he was allowed weekend passes. He showed up at the facility intoxicated. Penfield shipped him to another facility from which he left of his own accord. They did not report to his probation officer that he had come back intoxicated. They only said that he needed further treatment elsewhere. He got off the hook and his probation officer was non the wiser. Now he is back on the alcohol with no remorse or intentions to be sober.
    My son asked me to review your center. He has been in many rehab centers and his dad and I have told him, we feel a long term treatment center faith based is what he needs. We are active in alanon and know what we want and he wants, may be totally different and unless he's willing, none will work. What is your take on a 6 week program? I agree, without the Lord, nothing will work. Many Thanks, Paula.
    Paula, Penfield is unique in many ways. One way is our six-week program. For many individuals, this time frame works very well. In the event that someone needs longer term treatment, our qualified staff can, and will, assist clients with long-term individualized treatment plans based solely on the needs of the person. God bless
    Penfield saved my life. It allowed me to have a personal relationship with God and learn how to forgive myself for my transgressions. Mainly to be be free from addiction and live a successful life again without any drugs or alcohol. I truly feel God removed the addiction that I had learned to live with because I thought that was the only way I could not feel the pain of life's reality. I have been clean and sober now for over five years. Thank you Penfield.
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  • It saved my life. Main campus. Nothing fancy, but for those looking to get clean, discover a real relationship with God, and exit with the tools necessary to stay clean and sober, you will not find a better place. The counselors are gifted and caring. The program is focused and deliberate. Spiritual, Jesus centered foundation. Deep bonds develop between those in the community. Met and exceeded anything I could have hoped for. Just for today, I sit clean and sober with real hope for a lifetime.
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  • Isn't luxurious like most rehabs but I would recommend it.
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  • the food needed to be better. the patients take turns working in the kitchen and cooking the meals. we once had the same chili for 5 meals in a row.. Also, the portion size was sometimes lacking leaving you still hungry when going to bed.
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  • Seemed to really help my friend get clean.
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  • Good place to learn how to stay clean.