The Program

Treatment Curriculum and Activities

Adult Basic Education

Pensacola State College administers the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) as clients enter the program. The college also provides instruction two hours a day four days a week for clients preparing to take the GED exam.

A.M. Meeting

A.M. Meeting is the first group meeting of the day and is used to create good feelings and promote consistency, punctuality and cooperation. The A.M. Meeting also allows for the sharing of the daily schedule, appointments, Learning Experiences, current events, weather, sports and general announcements.

A.M. Work Crew

Work as therapy is the foundation of a Therapeutic Community. A.M. Work Crew completes daily job assignments to ensure order and cleanliness of the facilities and to demonstrate a learned ability to accept responsibility.

Anger Resolution

This interactive group provides a forum and tools for identifying and experiencing anger in constructive, honest and healthy ways.

Basic Life Principles

This 36-week course teaches Christian principles of authority, responsibility, ownership, suffering, freedom and success.

Case Management

Case managers meet individually with incoming clients to assess their needs and set a plan for medical and mental health care, education, employment, and legal and family issues. The client and case manager together work on the plan throughout his time in treatment.

Centering Prayer

Each morning begins with a 20-minute meditative prayer in the presence of God. This time allow participants an understanding of their intrinsic value and true relationship with the Lord.

Clean and Sober Fun

This time for socializing, playing board games and cards, and engaging in other constructive and creative activities allow clients to learn to spend evening hours without drugs or alcohol. Boredom is a common cause for relapse. Learning how to spend leisure time assists clients in staying drug- and alcohol-free after they graduate.

Communication

A certified specialist teaches this comprehensive, 12-hour course for clients and their significant others. Clients learn how to speak without putting the other person on the defensive, how to listen so that the person speaking feels understood and how to resolve conflict in a constructive manner.

Criminal Lifestyles

This course examines costs and payoffs of criminal behavior and the thinking errors that support a criminal lifestyle. Clients learn about manipulation, grandiosity, history of social rule-breaking and harmful attitudes.

Encounters

This group provides clients with tools and the opportunity to confront negative and destructive behaviors or attitudes. Peers confront one another about negative behaviors and attitudes.

Family Forum

This large group therapy allows family members to learn about issues involved in recovery and successful return to the community. Family members discuss how their loved one’s addiction has affected them and their family.

Money Smart

Recovery Maintenance

Clients learn how chemicals affect the brain. They also create a safety plan that contains proven methods for not caving into cravings for chemicals.

 

HOUSE MEETING

The purpose of House Meeting is to discuss community issues and provide support and encouragement to new TC family members or members who are experiencing particularly stressful times. Rational Authority facilitates the House Meeting. TC family members are given the opportunity to present Push Ups to express gratitude and Pull Ups to raise awareness and to make any announcements that will benefit the family. All “house” needs are addressed.

SEMINARS

Seminars broaden one’s scope, expose TC family members to new ideas, and teach us about ourselves and the world around us. Rational Authority must approve the topic of a Seminar. Topics will include issues such as alcoholism, chemical dependency, sexual abuse, domestic violence and other issues that impact participants. In addition to TC family members, Rational Authority and outside speakers may participate in seminars.

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

Individual Counseling explores your unique strengths, abilities, needs, and preferences and for setting goals and objectives with your Counselor. You will have an opportunity, the luxury, of being totally honest with a person who will walk you through your past traumas, investigate your fears and begin the healing that will free you to be the person you're intended to be.

GROUP THERAPY

Group Therapy allows time for sharing our feelings about both our past and our present, for getting help from your peers and counselors on processing our feelings, and for beginning to emotionally grow in a safe environment. Group will focus on feelings usually kept hidden from others and ourselves, as well as feelings that we easily share. This is your time to look into ourselves and build on what is real and good about you.

TWELVE STEP MEETINGS

Twelve Step meetings take place on a daily basis in the TC and include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Most Excellent Way. All of these meetings are based on the 12 Step program for recovery. The fellowship that takes place in meetings provides support and positive encouragement to live a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle. See Appendix R for the 12 Steps.

EDUCATION AND VOCATION

Education and Vocation incorporates an assessment of your employment/vocation history and aptitude. This assessment is done during Phase I so that tutoring and mentoring of your educational and vocational skills can begin early. This will be an on-going process throughout your stay in the TC.

P.M. MEETING

P.M. Meeting is a daily event used to close the day for the TC and plan for the next day’s activities. All members of the TC must be present for this meeting unless excused by Rational Authority.