Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm

Ratings & Reviews
Recovery.org Reviews
  • Overall: 4.9
  • Accommodations: 4.8
  • Meals: 5
  • Effectiveness: 5
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Contact Information
PO Box F
Aurora, WV 26705
  • $ Paying for Treatment
    • Insurance is not Accepted
    • Financing is Available
    • Medicare is not Accepted
    • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

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

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Jacobs Ladder is mindful of its surroundings, it is almost completely self sufficient on meals. The extracurricular activities mixed with professional counseling is awesome. The weaknesses are very ...


I would like to thank one man in particular for following his vision and giving WV a ray of hope with Jacob\'s Ladder. After 2 weeks, my son has light and peace, I can hear it in his voice. He\'s lear...


Clean, respectful, honest. The facility caters to every individual's needs.


Jacob's Ladder provides music and art therapy, a working farm for the residents to focus on, and challenging recreational activities for the residents. Jacob's Ladder is on the leading edge of recover...


The real strength of Jacob's Ladder is the focus on the programming. Rather than focusing on any one specific model, they synthesize multiple proven techniques and allow the course of treatment to em...


Jacob's Ladder has assembled a team of extremely talented and caring staff from around the country. The staff are in long term recovery and have worked in the treatment world for many years. The phi...


Personalized treatment plans. Flexibility in the treatment program for residents as they progress through their recovery is a big plus.


The men who run this facility have a deep desire to help the residents who live there. No weakness at this point. Residents are able to explore their own spirituality and are guided and directed in a ...


The staff and therapist are extremely experienced, very kind and gentle in dealings with client and families. They see the human being under the addiction and help them to address their issues. The ...


Warm, caring staff in a rural setting allows for residents to concentrate on healing. I had the opportunity to see real change in a young man who stayed at Jacob's Ladder. He had the chance to experie...


Holistic approach to treatment , provides a working environment for the residents, promotes self worth. From my first contact with the staff they were helpful in getting my son into the facility regar...


Clean, respectful, and overall exciting! Still working out some scheduling issues. Great, clean, and affordable facility! Willing to work with you on your financing, and everyone is there to help you ...


Excellent facility.

Areas of Focus
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.

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.

Key Staff Members
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    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.

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    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.