Frequently Asked Questions

Where is The Empowerment Center?

The 34-bed facility is in Washoe County, Nevada. It is a state licensed facility close to city bus lines, shopping, and employment centers.

Are there residency requirements?

  • Prior or current treatment episode
  • Desire to stay clean and sober
  • Ability to follow program rules
  • Willingness to work a 12-step program of recovery
  • Ability to pay fees in a timely manner

The Empowerment Center is not funded by tax dollars; therefore, it is imperative each resident pay fees in a timely manner.

What does the program provide?

  • Semi-private rooms
  • All bills paid
  • Furnishings (including linens, towels, TV, Internet, phones, free long distance)
  • On site laundry facilities
  • Meals
  • Weekly life skills training, step study, and 12-step meetings
  • Weekly Women’s Empowerment or Men’s Strength of Character groups
  • Successful, experienced, sober staff, with experiential knowledge of the 12-steps of recovery

The Empowerment Center prepares its members for success by providing democratically run, self-supporting housing. Residents interact with others in maintaining the facility, following guidelines, and obtaining gainful employment.

What are the fees for residency?

Fees are $155 per week or $22.14 per day. Upon intake, residents pay their first and last week’s fee and an administrative fee of $50. Limited scholarships are available for individuals seeking services at The Empowerment Center.

How long is the program?

The minimum length of stay is 90 days. However, residents are encouraged to stay up to two years in order to build a solid foundation of recovery.

Do you or a loved one need help?

Please answer the following questions honestly.

  1. Is drinking/drug use/gambling making your home life unhappy?
  2. Does your drinking/drug use/gambling make you careless of your family’s welfare?
  3. Is drinking/drug use/gambling affecting your reputation?
  4. Do you drink/use/gamble to escape from worries or trouble?
  5. Do you drink/use alone?
  6. Have you lost time from work due to drinking/using/gambling?
  7. Has your ambition decreased since you started drinking/using drugs/gambling?
  8. Is drinking/using drugs/gambling jeopardizing your job or business?
  9. Have you ever felt remorse after drinking/using drugs/gambling?
  10. Are you in financial difficulties as a result of your drinking/using drugs/gambling?
  11. Do you crave a drink/use drugs/gamble at a definite time each day?
  12. Does drinking/drug use/gambling cause you to have difficulty sleeping?
  13. Do you drink/use drugs to build self-confidence?
  14. Have you had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking?
  15. Have you ever been treated for an addiction?

If you answered YES to one of the questions, you should consider whether alcohol, drugs or gambling is an area of concern for you.

If you answered YES to any two, there’s a good chance you may have issues that need attention.

If you answered YES to three or more, you should seek a professional opinion to further explore your habits and whether you need help.

The Empowerment Center – Your Helping Hand

The Empowerment Center prepares you for success by providing democratically run, self-supporting homes that require residents to interact with others in maintaining the house, following facility guidelines, and assistance in obtaining gainful employment.

Our philosophy of honoring and supporting each individual’s authentic contribution to the community and the world around them translates into a practical and effective sober living approach. The Empowerment Center structure provides the best “fit” for residents who are able to work toward the following goals and ideals:

  • Commit to a minimum 90-day stay: To begin to cast off negative behavior patterns and develop new habits.
  • Embark on a path of 12-step recovery: By attending regular 12-step meetings.
  • Become productive: Through work, school, or by attending an outpatient or day patient chemical dependency program.
  • Become dependable and reliable: Through developing good daily habits and participating in household tasks.
  • Attain new life skills: By attending weekly Life Skills Enrichment classes.
  • Remain medication-compliant.
  • Embrace a support network: By using the support team of offsite therapists, counselors,EC staff and peers in the community.
  • Participate in recreational therapy: By learning to have fun in sobriety.
  • Develop communication skills through interaction with staff and peers.
  • Create a healthy foundation of recovery and personal growth by progressing through a “Level System” of earned rewards.

Who We Serve:

Men, Women, and Veterans

The staff at The Empowerment Center recognizes the special issues that each person faces in his or her recovery. We specialize in working one-on-one with our clients to create change in their lives, with focus on identifying personal problem areas and leading the client through a program of recovery on all issues. The Empowerment Center actively participates with Nevada Department of Correction, Nevada Department of Parole and Probation, and specialty courts to help our clients. If you have a friend, relative, or know someone who needs help with this disease, you can be the intervening factor that may make a difference for them.

The Empowerment Center provides a variety of addiction services to eligible veterans who have chosen to be clean and sober and whose long term desire is to reintegrate back into the community. The Empowerment Center helps and supports eligible veterans after successful completion of either day or inpatient rehabilitation programs.

Addiction and Behavioral Health Resources

Alcohol Screening: www.alcoholscreening.org

Partner Awareness: www.ensuringsolutions.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: www.samhsa.gov

Prevention Information: http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help

Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse: health2k.state.nv.us/BADA/

Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies: www.casat.unr.edu

National Institute on Drug Abuse: www.nida.nih.gov

National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse: www.niaaa.nih.gov