Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm
PO Box F, Aurora, West Virginia, 26705
Jacob's Ladder at Brookside Farm is a long-term mindfulness-based, residential recovery program for 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.s.
- Recording Booth and Art Studio for Music and Arts Programs
- Mindfulness Lifestyle Training, Daily Meditation, and Facilitated Yoga Classes
- Diverse Farming Responsibilities (Livestock, Gardening, Beekeeping, Maple-Syrup Collection, Eggs, and More)
Creative Arts TherapyWriting, 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 TherapyFacilities 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.
Meet the Staff
- Kevin Blankenship, MDFounderThe 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.
- Chad BishopDirector of OperationsChad 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.
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