Our intensive residential program is a highly structured 90-day program, during which residents receive counseling and support for their addictions and are introduced to a 12-step program. The California Recovery program includes:
In residential treatment we provide both formal and informal therapy. Four of our licensed counselors set aside appointments for one-on-one sessions. They also regularly schedule groups. In addition, AA meetings led by highly experienced people in recovery are at the heart of our program. We are social model recovery.
The value of group therapy in residential treatment is the “group.” As the residents in our fellowship share their experience, their hopes and dreams for staying sober, the entire group benefits. Our residents are scheduled for at least 5 groups every day. Sometimes the messenger is not the leader of the group, but the newest member reminding everyone of how bad it really is being “out there.” Everyone attending is important for only through fellowship can we grow in recovery.
12 Step Meetings
The value of 12 step meetings is hard to measure. Obviously a meeting and a meeting place have been identified as valuable since 1935. Meetings provide fellowship, a strong bond among members, especially those serious about staying sober. Meetings provide a much needed routine for those who have lived without any rules or regulations. 12 step meetings have both. A newcomer in residential treatment can count on what will happen in the meeting and begin to have courage about what he has to contribute.
These lectures are important to residential treatment as they fill the gap between what the alcoholics thinks he knows and what is real. For example methamphetamine is a destroyer of other parts of the body besides teeth. Cocaine does contribute to heart attacks, oxycodone is a killer, and the “last drink,” the one before death, cannot be detected. Information on what happens with a drunk behind the wheel who thinks she is a better driver drunk is important to show how dangerous and destructive drinking and driving really is.
Alcoholism and Addiction are diseases not only of the mind but of the body and in residential treatment we integrate group walks and group activities on a daily basis as it helps detox the body of the damages caused by the drug and alcohol use.
Yoga and dance are optional; meditation is a daily requirement and an important way to start every day. Each resident must participate, our program is not religious it is spiritual so it can conform to the beliefs of any person. Everyone is provided the chance to share spiritual moments which are bound to come with sobriety.
Sometimes art therapy is more than art. Some days it turns into a singing hour sometimes it becomes yoga. The art instructor is interesting, inspiring and flexible in working with the clients.