Interval Brotherhood Home in Coventry Township is an asset in this area, a well-established residential treatment center for alcohol and substance addictions for more than 40 years.
IBH is successful at treating residents, recording a treatment completion rate of 70 percent compared to the national rate of 50 percent. But getting clients through a treatment program and helping them achieve long-term sobriety are different challenges. At just over 40 percent, IBH’s long-term sobriety rate is only slightly better than the 40 percent national rate.
Raising the post-treatment success rate is a challenge IBH wisely takes on. As Donald Finn, the executive director, and the facility’s board of directors understand well, in many instances, whether clients stay sober and stable for the long term depends as much on what they learn in treatment as on their living arrangements, their employment skills and job opportunities.
For that reason, IBH is developing plans to secure housing structured to help clients stay safe and sober after they complete treatment and leave the safe confines of the facility. A partnership with Goodwill also provides job opportunities, as does a garden project. In addition, the facility plans to track clients to see how they cope after treatment.
For most of its history, IBH was Father Sam, the facility closely identified with Father Samuel Ciccolini, the Catholic priest who founded and ran the 60-bed center until he ran into trouble with the law in 2010. It is gratifying that under new leadership, IBH has not broken stride, emerging from the shadow of Father Sam to broaden the scope of its services to men and women struggling to break the grip of addictions.