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Kennington Addiction Treatment Center
3232 Lay Springs Rd
Gadsden, AL 35904
Kennington Addiction Treatment Center provides residential treatment for males between the ages of 12 and 18. The length of stay is approximately 90 days, depending on progress in treatment. The program is located on just over 72 acres of land on The Bridge - Gadsden campus in Etowah County, Alabama. Three distinct programs share the facilities, administrative and support staff services of the campus.
The program is named in honor and memory of Bob Kennington, a former counselor for The Bridge. Positive Bob, as he was known to all who knew him, impacted the lives of thousands of addicted individuals through The Bridge and his very successful career with chemical dependency programs in correctional settings.
The therapeutic model at Kennington combines several key components, including the Transtheoretical Model of Change, Motivational Interviewing, and Interactive Journaling. Participants at Kennington use an interactive journaling tool called the KIDS Journal System, created by the The Change Companies. KIDS stands for Keep it Direct and Simple, and the fifteen journals in the series explore issues specific to adolescents in chemical dependency and behavioral health treatment programs.
Each week clients receive 1.5 hours of individual therapy, 5 hours of group therapy, 5 hours of basic living skills in a group setting, and 1 hour of case management services. Family counseling sessions are available via Skype, by telephone, or on campus. Clients participate in recreational activities on a daily basis.
Kennington helps its clients succeed academically through its self-contained education program, offered through the Attalla City School System. Each client's individual educational background and needs are assessed, and an appropriate program is designed that may include work toward a high school diploma or GED, vocational interest inventories, job skills awareness, and life skills training.
The program also provides comprehensive medical services on campus.
Kennington is licensed by the Alabama Department of Youth Services. The program has 24 certified beds serving clients throughout Alabama, with 8 additional beds in the Kennington Annex, for a total of 32 certified beds.