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Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm
Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm is a long-term mindfulness-based, residential recovery program for young men, situated in a private and majestic farming community. Peers and clinical partners facilitate healing through multiple modalities, including: Mindfulness, meditation, and yoga, 12 step programs, Music and arts programs, Outdoor recreation excursions, Facilitated therapy (individual, group, and family), Farming and sustainability programs, The goal of the Jacob’s Ladder program is to foster awakening, and authenticity through the synthesis of the 12-step principles, self-discovery through the deliberate practice of mindfulness, facilitation of expert clinical treatment, and interactive connection with a working farm environment. Individualized and customized programs, based on clinical and philosophical models, separate Jacob's Ladder from other treatment settings.
Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm Reviews and Ratings Details
The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.
Reviews at a Glance
- Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
- Holistic Therapy
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
- Family Program
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
- Individualized Treatment
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Kevin Blankenship, MD - Founder
The son of a coal miner, Kevin grew up in a small town in southern West Virginia. After graduating from high school, Kevin joined the U.S. Army to serve his country. After military service, Dr. Blankenship earned degrees in pharmacy and medicine and went on to complete his emergency medicine residency at West Virginia University. He became board certified in emergency medicine and worked in numerous medical settings throughout West Virginia. In 2014 an immediate family crisis with addiction brought Kevin face-to-face with the significant issue of this growing epidemic and the lack of recovery options throughout our country. Inspired by this experience, Dr. Blankenship has dedicated himself professionally to being part of the solution through directly serving the recovery industry and indirectly combating the stigma surrounding this issue in today's society. This dedication is what has become Jacob's Ladder.
Craig Cohen, LADC - Program Director
Craig is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor who is instrumental in the multi-phasic design of the Jacob’s Ladder program, including the synthesis of 12 step programming and mindfulness based recovery. He attended Augsburg College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Theology where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Later, he attended the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies where he graduated with High Honors. Craig has worked in the treatment of addiction for nearly two decades including early time spent in Chemical Dependency Specialist and Counselor roles in renowned facilities like Fairview and Hazelden, while most recently he’s owned and operated a successful intervention services business for families across the country.
Chad Bishop - Director of Operations
Chad earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from West Virginia University in 2000 and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Glenville State College in 2014. Chad spent time early in his career coaching women’s basketball and softball at Waynesburg College and then as head assistant coach of men’s basketball at Potomac State College. Chad has spent much of his career helping others. For the past decade, Chad has worked for West Virginia Department of Juvenile Services at the Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center (KHRC) in Davis, WV. When he started out with KHRC, he was a counselor and was quickly promoted to case manager. While with KHRC, he earned his certification in Therapeutic Recreation for High and Low Ropes Courses and various counseling techniques. Chad’s natural leadership skills and commitment to others extends beyond professional contributions and also shows through his volunteerism within his community and county. He is currently a chair for Preston County Parks and Recreation Commission, Aurora Middle School Girls’ Basketball Coach, and President of the Aurora Youth League. Chad uses his leadership and interpersonal skills to help motivate others to be productive members of society. Chad is a native of Aurora, WV, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Brandhi Irvon Gafeney - Director of Music & Arts
Originally from Benton Harbor, Michigan, Brandhi proudly served in the U.S. Army traveling abroad with significant time spent in Korea and Germany. As a songwriter and musician, he has published two musical projects, the last of which was an innovative project where he recorded 10 songs and painted a series of oil paintings inspired by the tracks. Those works have been displayed in London, England, and Barcelona, Spain. Brandhi received a life coaching certification in 2014 and has always believed that music possesses healing qualities and that it is the universal language of the human race. Brandhi is currently pursuing a music therapy degree at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, where he lives with his wife and their four children.