Sarah McKenzie

28 days is nothing: Eden House's hard-core treatment

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Pressured by insurance cutbacks and development, Elliot Park center's year-long program perseveres

They say R.S. Eden House is often a last resort for drug addicts.

Some who arrive at its doors at 1025 Portland Ave. come with nothing. For many of the clients, it's a last-ditch effort to sober up after repeated failures at other treatment centers. It's either Eden House or jail.

About a quarter of the addicts who arrive at Eden House graduate from the program -- a year-long commitment to undergo rigorous, in-house group therapy and an aftercare program.

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