Recovery Education

Based on the Developmental Model of Recovery, this 8-Module lecture series outlines the addiction cycle and teaches residents how to identify relapse warning signs, what to do when they are triggered and how to minimize their effect.

These lectures are designed to educate residents on the bio-psycho-social aspects of addiction. In other words, in order for them to fully understand recovery they must first learn about the nature of this disease. Alcohol and drug addiction affects the body, mind, and social makeup. Therefore, a successful recovery program must address all these areas of the addict’s life.

Personal Development
This large group meeting offers you an opportunity to participate in your own recovery by sharing “where you’re at” with regard to your attitude towards the program, other residents, the staff and your sobriety.  This gathering is an occasion to let it all hang out, as well as to reach out and help someone else.  It should be noted that when you share your reality, the staff and your peers will check it.  Don’t let this scare you.  Our experience has been when you open yourself up to corrections and instruction, your ability to handle problems increases tremendously.

Recovery Tasks
Recovery tasks are sobriety-based activities that will assist you in establishing your personal program.  These activities include journaling, 12-Step work, Big Book readings, 4th Step inventory, Thought of the Day, and Meditations.

Bible Study
This session will have a strong emphasis on learning how to apply biblical principles to real life situations.  Residents are encouraged to bring a notebook, pen and a bible to this meeting, all of which are supplied by Harvest House at your request.   Some of the topics will be:  listening, language, morals, honesty, values, stealing, etc.   This will not so much be an attempt to get you to conform, as to show you a better way to enjoy life.

Discussion Groups
Small group discussions are an opportunity to share with others a thought for the day; an agreed upon topic; or a current concern.   This non-confrontational setting allows you the freedom to share your thoughts and feelings in a more intimate peer group.   There are special small groups for women and families to address their common concerns.                                         

Counseling
Although there is no formal individual counseling, each resident is assigned a primary counselor.  The counselor’s responsibility is to complete an assessment interview, treatment plan and progress reports. Counselors meet twice weekly with their groups of assigned counselees to discuss weekend planning and to assist in solving problems. Your counselor will be available to arrange outside appointments, solve problems and provide support and guidance.