Phase I—the “21-Day Program.”

At the outset of the 21-day program, clients are evaluated for special needs in the areas of housing, medical condition, job prospects and the like. A client may be referred to community programs and/or practitioners who have affiliation agreements with Hope House as a means to address various special needs. At the same time, the client begins a series of required, intensive daily sessions which include AA group and step meetings, education assemblies focused on such topics as health, Aids, HIV and small group gatherings focused on teaching communication skills, anger management and the role of spirituality in daily living.

Phase II—the “Work Program.”

After completion of the twenty one-day program, all clients, if physically able, are expected to be gainfully employed in a full-time job or be engaged in seeking full-time employment on a daily basis. Clients who are unable to work are expected to attend house meetings and to take advantage of volunteer opportunities. At a minimum, clients must maintain a structured, daily routine subject to counselor approval. As a condition of Phase II, all clients with income must pay a program fee in the form of rent at $119 per week or $17 per day.

Phase III—“Aftercare.”

A client may participate in this phase of the Hope House program after “graduating” from Phase II. This program aspect consists of participation in weekly small groups convened to address daily living issues and the need for peer and/or additional professional support. The Hope House mission is to provide effective treatment for alcoholism and other substance abuse in a safe, secure, community-based setting so that its residents may live a substance-free lifestyle (with family members when possible), earn a living in a meaningful job, and become a productive member of a community. While the conduct of a proven, tested, effective treatment program is the centerpiece of the Hope House mission; other aspects of the mission are accomplished in many ways: • Providing housing in a clean, safe, home-like atmosphere; • Maintaining, supporting and educating an experienced professional, paraprofessional and support staff; • Affording opportunities to residents in the areas of health care and employment; • Educating the community to the dangers and risks of substance use and abuse as well as to the health and social benefits of treatment and recovery; • Working collaboratively in the community with partner individuals and organizations in the delivery of health and social services to our residents; and, • Advocating social policies to our elected officials to insure continued development and expansion of a public health approach to substance abuse treatment particularly for low and moderate-income persons.