**ABOUT CORE: COMMUNITIES OF RECOVERY EXPERIENCE **
Communities of Recovery is a Christian nonprofit that runs two long-term residential recovery programs called CORE, based in Branson and Springfield, Mo. In addition to serving the general public, CORE serves as an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The program lasts a year, during which time residents are required to seek employment and to resolve any outstanding legal problems they might have. All residents must participate in random drug and alcohol tests; failing one of these tests results in immediate ejection from the program.
The fundamental elements of treatment are the 12-Steps, life skills training, and spiritual instruction. In particular, the 12-Steps are taught in a unique way, through a series of five seminars taught by graduates of the program who have at least a year of sobriety.
All clients without high school diplomas are required to attend GED classes. The center also provides classes on job skills, healthy lifestyle choices, personal finance, and parenting.
If a resident relapses, they are sometimes allowed to re-enter the program, though this is solely at the discretion of the management team.
Following successful completion of the year-long program, residents may participate inthat involves completing 100 hours of volunteer service and attending monthly sessions on leadership. This extended care program also includes a focus on financial responsibility and making amends.
The organization employs 21 staff members, though their credentials are not provided at the time of this writing, and there is currently no further information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff — though the two individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave it a one-star rating and a three-star rating.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residents sleep in gender-separate family homes, each of which has a house manager but is maintained entirely by residents. Members of the opposite sex are forbidden to enter either property, but smoking is allowed in designated areas. The two individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave CORE a three-star rating and a five-star rating for both its cleanliness and its meals, a three-star rating and a four-star rating for its accommodations, and a two-star rating and a three-star rating for its exercise and leisure offerings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Best-rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews directly from alumni of CORE, and secondary sites yielded mostly positive feedback at the time of this coverage: the center had a 4.6-star average rating based on 82 reviews on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page), and a single five-star rating on Google.  A few isolated reviews on these sites cited difficulties with management and a sense that the organization did not have clients’ best interests at heart. However, the overwhelming majority of reviews were positive, with alumni expressing gratitude to CORE for their continued sobriety and thanking the facility’s staff. “I myself went through C. O. R. E. It was the best thing. The people who run it are amazing. They know where we are coming from because they’ve been there,” P.H. wrote in a representative review on Google.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Neither of the loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com to date would recommend treatment at this facility, though one reviewer did indicate that treatment had worked for their loved one, adding anonymously: “But everyone is different. This facility would have to have the right person attending,” and telling Best-rehabs.com that the center offered “no high quality treatments.” “Not really there to help u.pricing to high..seems to me everyone who’s been thru treatment ..end up doing the same things again,” the other reviewer wrote anonymously.
The two reviewers concurred in giving the facility just one star for its holistic offerings; they also gave mediocre two- and three-star ratings for the facility’s counseling options and ability to treat co-occurring disorders. However, they disagreed on the facility’s family participation and treatment effectiveness, which each received a poor two-star rating and a good four-star rating.
The cost of treatment is subsidized by governmental grants, foundations, tithes, and donations; residents also pay a weekly fee. The single individual polled by Best-rehabs.com to date on the center’s affordability gave it three out of five stars.