Grace House offers gender-specific long term residential substance abuse treatment designed to meet the unique needs of women.
We have the capacity to serve 70 clients at our two locations. The recommended length of stay in our program is three months to one year. Each client’s length of stay and treatment program is determined by their individual needs and progress in treatment. Our program is designed to enhance a woman’s ability to maintain sobriety and enable her to live a productive, healthy lifestyle . . . beneficial to herself, her family, and the community. We provide a safe therapeutic environment in which women receive substance abuse treatment. Our program includes:
- Long Term Residential Treatment Program
- Modified Therapeutic Community Model
- Individual, group, and family counseling
- Gender Specific Groups www.stephaniecovington.com
- Seeking Safety Groups – treatment for trauma and substance abuse www.seekingsafety.org
- Case Management
- Educational Groups
- 12-Step Activities
- Gorski Relapse Prevention Program www.cenaps.com
- Spirituality Meetings
- HIV Prevention Group
- Parenting Classes
- Life Skills Training
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Work Therapy
Residential Treatment Program
Grace House provides a long term residential substance abuse treatment program that encourages achievement, the recognition and development of one’s assets and builds self-worth as clients learn to accept responsibility for their behavior in a three-phase program:
1. Intensive Stabilization: The program offers at least 20 hours per week of a combination of medium-intensity clinical and recovery-focused services. During the first 14 days at Grace House, clients are in the Intensive Stabilization phase of treatment and have limited contact with individuals outside of Grace House. This time is used to assist each client in gaining insight into her addiction and to allow program staff to observe new clients without the confusion of outside influences.
2. Primary: In accordance with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria the program offers a combination of low- intensity clinical and recovery –focused services. Treatment is directed toward applying recovery skills, preventing relapse, improving emotional functioning, promoting personal responsibility and reintegrating the individual into the worlds of work, education and family life. Services provided are structured activities, which include both individual and group therapy. These services are based on an individualized treatment plan.
3. Re-Entry / Transition: Clients seek employment, gain employment, pursue vocational training and/or further education.
The rules and boundaries within a therapeutic community (T.C.) are created to foster healthy behavior. This therapeutic community uses consequences and earned advancement as part of a growth process. Grace House believes that taking responsibility for oneself and also for something larger than oneself is an important part of facilitating growth.
Members within a therapeutic community learn responsibility and self-reliance when placed in a setting that adheres to certain guidelines. There are shared responsibilities, giving each member an opportunity to be part of the survival of the community, as well as developing one’s living and social skills.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Work Therapy
A large part of a client’s treatment is centered on their therapeutic job assignment. Through this process, clients are provided with an opportunity to learn discipline, responsibility and all of the skills essential to reentering the community as a productive citizen.
Work Therapy is a therapeutic engagement that teaches both, vocational and non-vocational skills to clients and it teaches the clients how to cope with the stressors of sustained employment by utilizing recovery interventions. Vocational rehabilitation increases treatment participation and continuation. Employment leads to improved self-esteem, hope, and relationships. Employment correlates with decreased illegal activity, arrests, physical problems, and homelessness.
Aftercare meetings offer continued support after individuals graduate from their treatment program. These weekly group meetings provide support to former clients and give them an opportunity to share their experiences, strengths, and hopes with individuals who have similar problems.
Permanent Housing Program
Successful graduates of the Bridge House and Grace House treatment program have the opportunity to be further supported in their recovery by applying to the Permanent Housing Program. The Permanent Housing Program is for persons who are having difficulty securing affordable housing or who would otherwise be homeless. The program is designed for those graduates with low income who are also living with a verifiable disability.
A client’s disability can be defined as an ongoing struggle with substance abuse. They must have documented evidence of how this has been a continual source of difficulty and how it has negatively affected their ability to function as a fully productive man or woman in society.
This program should be viewed as an opportunity to maintain stable housing and employment while working on maintaining sobriety. A graduate may consider trying to further his or herself by obtaining new skills, furthering their education, or living independently.
Special consideration is given to the program because transitioning from a treatment setting to independent living is a significant life event. This may be a time that graduates experience various stressors associated with a sober, self-governing lifestyle, possibly for the first time. Therefore, the Permanent Housing Program has integrated well-rounded guidelines for participants that include an Aftercare group once a week, one individual counseling session and home visit per month, and a service plan with consumer-created goals. The housing counselor will work closely with participants in ensuring all guidelines are followed, as well as offering case management services, employment services, and rental assistance.
For anyone (male or female) seeking treatment at Bridge House / Grace House, please call our intake department at (504) 821-7120, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write us at 4150 Earhart Blvd., New Orleans LA 70125