ABOUT JACOB’S WELL RECOVERY CENTER
Located in the small, southern Mississippi town of Poplarville, Jacob’s Well Recovery Center provides longterm residential care for women struggling with addiction and substance abuse. The rehabilitation process is based in counseling, religious studies, and work therapy. The Christian faith-based facility was founded in 2005 by a husband and wife who continue to operate both Jacob’s Well and a nearby men’s facility called Damascus Road Recovery Center.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Jacob’s Well Recovery Center encourages women to seek support for addiction recovery in a location outside their familiar community, according to an August 2017 Seacoast Echo story on the facility. Upon enrolling in the Poplarville facility, residents should expect to commit to a six-month program focused on developing spiritual and social recovery tools and the skills and ethic to maintain steady employment.
In fact, during a 90-day portion of the work therapy program, clients receive training in business management through increasing responsibility at the organization’s multiple thrift stores, according to a January 2015 ABC-affiliate WLOX news story.
Another WLOX story describes the facility’s programming schedule as beginning with a daily religious devotion and going on to include bible study and worship activities as well as daily work assignments. Educational sessions on drugs and alcohol are also incorporated, according to a June 2017 Seacoast Echo piece. Additional programming includes interactions with special visitors who have included a Christian poet and local ministers, as presented on the facility’s official Facebook page.
Some women enrolled at Jacob’s Well are involved in the prison system and fulfilling court orders for treatment and transitional housing, as multiple local news sources have noted, including a January 2015 Picayune Item story.
The founder of Jacob’s Well Recovery Center is a pastor and podcast host who is also in recovery. Other information about the treatment staff is limited, beyond the inclusion of volunteers in many roles. However, the sole individual polled by Best-rehabs.com to date awarded five out of five stars for the staff’s level of training and experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. At the time of a January 2015 local ABC affiliate story, Jacob’s Well Recovery Center housed 21 women in treatment, and a Picayune Item piece describes accommodations as dorm-like. Data collected from several metrics measuring accommodations indicates that the one individual polled was strongly satisfied with meals, nutrition, exercise and leisure activities, and the facility’s cleanliness and upkeep. Each of these was rated four stars. The center’s policies regarding communication with the outside while in treatment fared only a little worse, with a three-star rating.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Best-rehabs.com has not yet received any feedback from former clients of Jacob’s Well Recovery Center, and reviews elsewhere are scarce. On the facility’s official Facebook page, which its staff may monitor, all eight ratings posted are five out of five stars. The one reviewer who provided written comments drew attention to the challenging nature of the program but wrote: “I can guarantee it will be worth it.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
One loved one provided survey responses to Best-rehabs.com, granting four or five stars for most metrics measured. They highlighted the facility’s opportunities for family participation in the recovery process with a four-star rating, writing: “The church service that family can attend is very moving & the support system is amazing!” Additionally, the reviewer portrayed an effective, somewhat flexible treatment program. Metrics measuring the overall effectiveness of treatment and the facility’s capacity to treat co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders received five stars and options in counseling approaches received four. Holistic therapy offerings, however, appeared to be limited, indicated by a two-star rating. The loved one concluded that the program needed more funding and that it was worth the cost because of the positive changes in their relative’s life.
Jacob’s Well Recovery Center appears to be well-received in the wider community, as well, as reported in two summer 2017 articles in the Seacoast Echo. In one, a local judge is reported to have called the facility the “best program she has seen for drug addiction rehab.” In the other, a local Mayor noted, “There are a lot of positives with what they do.”
There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website regarding its costs. However, a November 2015 story in the Picayune Item about the organization’s men’s program notes that the facility is funded by donations from local individuals, churches, and businesses and by “a monthly $500 residential tuition,” which clients might cover with contributions from their work assignments.