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USA Kentucky Christian Drug Rehab Center Off the Street I & II
Off the Street (OTS) I and II are driven by mutual obligations between the clients and THP in that clients are given certain basics (i.e., room and board), and in exchange, they are exposed to similar peers who motivate one another in executing some basic life and social skills and in learning core principles that are central to the AA program. These clients have a modest claim to a bed and a shelf for their belongings and look to their peers for support, confidence, and hope. Through interaction with others who are new in recovery, they come to the understanding that their life is out of control.
Off the Street clients come to understand about the physical craving and the mental obsession. They are buying into the self-centered-disease problem and the other-centered spiritual solution. They also learn the basics of responsibility and move away from a "street" mentality. Along the way, they make a commitment to get to the solution.
Each new client is given a "72-hour buddy."
Bed moves are made weekly as a reward for progress, i.e., number of meetings, number of classes, etc.
The first four written assignments are completed in OTS II because clients are not cognitively aware enough in OTS I. (Assignment number five is given in Phase).
As clients are completing OTS II, they begin their job assignments in the dining room.
OTS I clients visit the community* meeting (four at a time on rotation) in order to learn what that process involves.
OTS I and II clients are expected to take care of their issues (legal, child support, etc.) before getting into the recovery phase of the program.
*The community meeting takes place for one hour three times a week. It is a gathering of all members of the program and is facilitated by the Program Director. Personal issues (such as inappropriate behavior or being late for work) are brought up by peers and resolved. Personal problems are also addressed. Peer accountability in this group setting is the primary catalyst for personal change for the recovering addict and alcoholic.
The recovery program consists of 67 men's program beds and 35 women's beds. This part of the program has three components.
Information: Clients read and study the AA text, commonly referred to as the Big Book, from which the Twelve Steps are taken. They learn how to apply the Twelve Steps in their lives by studying the Big Book and a curriculum called Recovery Dynamics that breaks the Steps down into their simplest form. This curriculum consists of 28 classes and 32 written assignments. All clients are assisted through Phase by Peer Mentors*
Application: The first part stresses personal accountability, e.g., being on time for classes and meetings, completing job assignments, etc. It encourages clients to look at and access their own behavior. This is facilitated by the community meeting described in Off the Street I and II.
The second aspect is the interpersonal, which stresses concern and accountability for one's sisters and brothers. This is achieved through working with OTS clients by role modeling, through holding one's peers accountable for their actions, in peer counseling, and by giving support to others.
At Step Twelve all clients go back to Detox to role model their recovery. They also go to the Healing Centers. They sleep in Overnight, having first moved their belongings to Building 1000. These clients move into 1000 when they find employment.
Peer Mentors are men (18) and women (10) who have completed the program. They are not recruited for this position. Clients can apply for the position while they are on Step 10 at the men's facility and Step 12 at the women's. Their applications are reviewed by their respective Program Directors, who make the final decision about placing a person in this position. Peer Mentors have their own community.
How Do Women in Addiction Differ from Men?
Women in Early Recovery are very different from men, physically, mentally and emotionally. And most of the time, they do not come alone. There are children involved, whether those children are with their mother or are absent because of her addiction.
Society dictates that a woman's first responsibility is the care of her children. She comes into Detox loaded with guilt and shame from not being able to care properly for her children because of addiction. These feelings are compounded when she is taught that she must put her own needs ahead of her children's for a time, that her own recovery is her first priority. This does not feel "normal." She must first give herself permission to put herself and her recovery first. Even after she has been in recovery for some time and is clear-minded enough to think again, these mixed messages can take their toll on a woman's heart and mind.
Society can also "sabotage" a woman when she becomes ready to get help with addiction. Often, she may lose her parental rights once she comes forward and admits to having a problem with drinking or drugs. It is also viewed as a "morality issue" rather than a disease, which can contribute to a woman's reluctance to come forward. The Healing Place is breaking down some of those barriers, educating people about the disease of addiction.
Tragically, women who enter Detox are usually in worse physical shape than men. The disease progresses more rapidly in women due in part to their higher body fat content. Psychologically, they differ from men in that they are often better at manipulating the people around them--the doctors, family members, etc.--which contributes to their staying in addiction longer.
Because of their reluctance to admit to addiction, concerns about their children and various societal pressures, the needs of women in recovery must be met in unique ways. The Healing Place has a track record of success in meeting the needs of these women. Through helping their children, it also assists the entire family.
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