Residential Recovery Program
It's difficult to look at a problem while living in it. Our House provides a safe, structured environment to work towards recovery.
Our Residential Recovery Program is a year-long journey, with 24-hour client support. During their stay, residents experience group and individual counselling sessions, which are informed by the same understandings as 12-Step Programs and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as other evidence based approaches. We also provide psycho-educational modules, and create opportunities for residents to reflect upon, understand, and manage their emotions with feeling checks. This provides residents with tools for long-term recovery, including:
As recreation is an important part of maintaining sobriety and good mental health, residents have many opportunities to enjoy recreational activities, such as paintball, go-carting, theatre, golfing, camping, baseball tournaments, and water park excursions. Residents can also use the on-site weight room or play street hockey and volleyball in our 3 acre yard. Our residents and staff have also been active in the community, volunteering for the Edmonton Food Bank's annual "Candy Cane Lane" fundraising event, as well as at their warehouse weekly. Residents have also volunteered with several other events and organizations, like Habitat for Humanity and the Santa's Anonymous Campaign.
Relapse prevention specific groups are offered to each resident twice per year. A large group is held in December yearly, as this is an especially vulnerable time for our men, and this group is also part of our regular module rotation.
As they prepare to leave our program, our clients are given time and assistance to prepare for leaving Our House. We work with unions and post-secondary institutions to better prepare them for their next steps, so that they can reenter the community and continue down a new path. Once they leave our program, our outreach staff is available 24 hours by phone, ready to provide help and support
Before being admitted the Our House Residential Recovery Program, it's important that you qualify with a few pre-requisites, including:
- Experiencing addiction to drugs and/or alcohol
Completion of a short-term residential program
A Day in the Program
Each day at Our House is scheduled to include important activities while simultaneously leaving enough time for residents to enjoy time to themselves. The day begins at 7:00 a.m., when residents wake up, make their beds, take showers, and eat breakfast. From 8:00 a.m. to 8:20 a.m., residents enjoy a brief morning walk to start their day. At 9:00 a.m., residents meet either for group counselling or for a general meeting. This is followed by lunch at 11:00 a.m. The afternoon is filled with a few activities, often including STEP work, using the basis of Alcoholics Anonymous's Twelve Steps. The afternoon may also include individual or group activities. Dinner is served at 4:00 p.m. and plenty of time is provided for the completion of evening chores, even for those attending meetings of Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, or Alcoholics Anonymous. Lights out is at 12:30 a.m. every night.
Weekends are a little bit different, granting more freedom to residents and starting at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Brunch is served starting at 10:30 a.m., with most of the day being left open for residents to spend as they wish, although they can still attend Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on Saturday and Sunday. Curfews are later on each of these days, allowing for residents to make the most of their time.
What is Provided?
Our House supplies all necessities for life, although clients may wish to bring some of their own. We will always provide the following as part of our program:
A shared bedroom
A communal workout gym
3 meals per day, every day
Bedding, linens, and towels as required. It is preferred that clients bring their own, but we are more than able to provide
Clothing, though you'll probably want to bring your own. The clothing we provide will probably not be very stylish, and may also not be especially comfortable
Courses and programs offered by trained professionals that will best ensure a positive change in your life
What our Program is Not
Our residential program is may things: fun, valuable, helpful, empowering, to name a few.
But there are some things our program is not:
Our program doesn't guarantee 100% lifelong sobriety. But a long-term program like ours statistically reduces the likelihood of a relapse. Research shows that the longer a person is sober, the less likely they are to relapse, and our program helps start that long-term progress.
Fighting addictions is hard. If it were easy, there would be no need for our program! That said, it's easier to work together than it is to struggle on your own. With professional help, and the support of comrades who are fighting through the same struggle, the battle to overcome addiction becomes more bearable.
Our Residential Recovery Program is not a replacement for detoxification, or for crisis support. If you need either of these forms of support, we have a list of resources and programs that can help you in the short term. Our program is not designed to handle the medical symptoms that a detoxification process is capable of treating. Our House is designed to take the short-term successes of detox and shorter residential programs, and transfer that to a long-term success strategy to create a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle.
With friends all around you, Our House makes addiction recovery not only bearable, but enjoyable.