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The Life House Transition Home Program (The LifeHouse) is a therapeutic and educational recovery and re-entry residence program for women, serving local women who need help with both life management and substance abuse issues. Staffed by a multi-disciplinary team, The LifeHouse uses holistically appropriate and theory-driven treatment methods that are creatively designed for women’s special needs. The LifeHouse design includes advocacy and case management services for families. The LifeHouse structure was selected based on life experiences and literature review completed before the initial design of The LifeHouse and continued throughout the twenty-three years of field-testing, formative evaluation, and modifications. The LifeHouse consists of three phases.
In Phase 1, the “initial treatment” phase, the women’s individual emotional and behavioral needs are the focus of treatment. Phase 1 includes enrollment in the program, intake interviews, 16 weeks of separate group therapy for the women, and recommendations and support for them to engage in community support group meetings or recovery activities. Common community support group and recovery activities include, Smart Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, financial management, employment readiness, anger management, Thinking For a Change, support groups for victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse, parenting skills, marriage enrichment, classes related to concurrent legal requirements, and various religious activities. Women were also encouraged to use the local recreation center. Each participant develops a primary treatment plan during this phase.
During Phase 1, the women learn about addiction and craving and are introduced to the basics of cognitive-behavioral techniques to make changes in their lives. Methods for transferring this information to the women are adjusted to the learning styles and culture of individual groups of participants. Meanwhile, the women participate in age-clustered educational therapy groups that involve team and community building therapy techniques. These techniques allow the women to process their own experiences, learn about various emotions, and understand the effects of addiction on their family. In this initial phase, The LifeHouse family advocate begins to assist the women in developing the skills necessary to access needed resources. Common needs include housing, transportation, and employment. In addition, based on knowledge that the women will find it difficult to achieve abstinence if chronic medical problems have not been treated adequately, such treatment is accessed. Maximizing the women’s physical health is addressed in this phase by referral to appropriate local resources. The LifeHouse intervenes in the family’s environmental system in all phases of treatment, but more directly in the second and third phases of treatment.
During Phase 2, the program helps the participants re-create their family communication and behavior with family skill-building classes. Fathers/partners and/or other key adult extended family members may participate during this phase because of the important role they have in both the lives of the children as well as the potential supportive role they could have in the women’s recovery. In this “skill-building” phase, the entire family’s communication and problem-solving skills are the focus of the intervention. In addition to the 12 weeks of family skill-building classes provided by The LifeHouse staff, women continue to attend community support group meetings. The curriculum used during this phase is a modification of the DARE To Be You (DTBY) program. DTBY is a substance abuse prevention program that includes family training, education, and activities for teaching self-responsibility, personal and parenting efficacy, communication and social skills, and problem-solving and decision making skills. The DTBY program was selected based on its strong research base and the local availability of DTBY facilities and trained staff. Other prevention programs have been suggested for this family skill-building phase, especially programs such as Incredible Years, Nurturing Parenting, and Celebrating Families.Therapy services continue on an individual or family basis during the second phase, and also include other family members, if appropriate.
Phase 3, the “lifestyle change” phase lasts approximately six months, or until program discharge. The women’s vocational and social needs are the focus of advocacy efforts during this final phase, which includes ongoing adjunct treatment services as needed and mandatory support group meetings. During this time, unmet treatment goals are modified or fulfilled, and women engage in individual or family counseling to support their achievement of realistic treatment goals.
The LIFEHOUSE Project is a transitional living home for women in Carrollton, KY who have struggled with lives entangled in addiction.
The Hope Outreach Transition Home video introduces the need of a transition home in Carrollton.
THE HARD TRUTH
Females are the fasting growing population in our judicial system.
Substance abuse effects every area of family and our community.
We can help guide our community's women who have found their lives entangled in the substance abuse lifestyle. We can help them change their lives.
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