Life Skills Programs
The Life Skills component of our program is offered 12 times per week in 45 minute sessions. The philosophy for life skills is to provide the clients with coping skills to use in their daily living in preparation for when they leave the house. Many of the men have either never developed life skills due to their history or they are undeveloped. Examples of Life Skills topics would be Interpersonal Relationships, Setting Boundaries and Dealing with Guilt.
Relapse Prevention Programs
Relapse Prevention sessions are scheduled two times weekly. Clients are provided with tools to identify, understand and manage triggers that could affect their long-term recovery. By being able to identify the potential triggers for relapse in combination with various recovery tools, the relapse can be prevented before it happens. Relapse prevention is about making a plan and modifying accordingly as needed. Examples would be Relapse Signs and Symptoms, Five Myths that will Sabotage Recovery, and Relapse Symptoms List.
Case Reviews with Caseworkers & One-on-one Counseling
Clients are assigned to an Alcare Place Caseworker for one-on-one counseling sessions. Sessions are scheduled by bi-weekly or increased as needed. Caseworkers focus on the individual client’s personal recovery, issues they might be dealing with, next steps, etc.
Clients participate in two sessions weekly on Goal Setting. Understanding the importance of setting goals is discussed. Through this process, clients learn accountability, responsibility, and develop self-esteem through the achievement of reaching their short-term and long-term goals. The tangible and concrete component of setting and achieving goals provides the clients with clear successes. Short-term goals provide insights into how to achieve a means to an end. Subsequently, those successes will provide the men with the confidence to set realistic and achievable long-term goals.
Acupuncture and Relaxation
These sessions are scheduled twice weekly. Acupuncture is used to stimulate certain locations in the body to improve the corresponding problem area. Research has shown that acupuncture raises endorphin levels. It was noted that addicts were better able to curb cravings and withdrawal symptoms when endorphin levels were kept high. For addiction, acupuncture is done in the auricular (ear). Focus points include the sympathetic nervous system, the kidneys, liver and lung. Clients are also taught through their participation how to use relaxation techniques. Relaxation can improve a person's overall well-being and be an additional tool for recovery.
AA, NA, GA
These meetings (4 to 6 per week) are scheduled depending on phase of recovery along with 12 step workshops and programming.
Every week Clients participate in a basic introduction to the 12 Step Program principles.
"AA's Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practices as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole".
- From the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Alcoholics Anonymous, World Services. Inc
Week Ahead group and Weekend Planning
During the week ahead group residents and staff focus on short term objectives in many different areas in which they are going to try and improve and progress towards recovery.
Weekend planning group is designed to let individuals discuss not only plans for the weekend but also come up with an EAP (Emergency Action Plan) just in case they need help inside or away from the house.