Covenant Community (CCI) provides comprehensive assessment and holistic drug-abuse treatment within the context of a residential, therapeutic community. Upon arrival, a Case Manager who develops a personalized treatment and recovery plan assesses each client. Initial treatment begins with eight weeks of day treatment at a partner agency. Day treatment consists of a concentrated rehabilitation process including 12-Step, psycho-educational, group, and individual counseling.
Following day treatment, clients meet with representatives from Vocational Rehabilitation if it is determined they exhibit qualifying co-morbidities. We utilize speakers and workshops to educate residents on other topics such as CPR and first aid, sexually transmitted diseases, and relapse prevention. Our Counselors then continue the intensive rehabilitation therapy in group and individual settings. As an organization we require participants to attend three in-house and four external Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous meetings a week.
Here at Covenant Community we provide food, transportation, medical, dental and legal referrals, and a safe home environment with 24-hour staff supervision. Beyond the clinical and practical aspects of our program, CCI offers our clients with diverse life experiences to exemplify a “normal” life. The men participate in group outings such as bowling, going to the movies, and vary in community days.
The length of stay per client ranges between six months to three years depending upon the needs of each individual. Clients are required to find either full-time employment or part-time employment while attending school. It is strongly encouraged for individuals to open a savings account with the goal of accumulating sufficient funds to acquire permanent housing at the completion of the basic six-month program. It is our objective to transition our clients to drug-free, independent living with a comprehensive after-care plan to maintain sobriety. We pride ourselves in providing every client with an individualized after-care plan upon completion of the program.
Following completion of our program, clients are strongly encouraged to become active members in our alumni group, The Men of Hope (MOH.) MOH’s purpose is to keep relationships intact, encourage each other in maintaining sobriety, and serve as mentors to new residents. The MOH provides a vital support system and resource for our graduates. As previously noted, they sponsor many of the outings; and with the current residents, serve Sunday breakfast at All Saints Episcopal Church.
Since the 1960’s, the spectrum of addiction has widened considerably. There are essential differences among users, in abuse patterns, life styles, and motivations for change. Four major strategies for treatment have emerged to address these differences among addicts. They are: primary short-term detoxification, methadone maintenance (exclusively for heroin addicts), drug-free outpatient day programs, and drug-free residential communities.
Covenant Community is a particular type of residential program based on the therapeutic community model.
The goal of the therapeutic community is a global change in behavior and thought patterns: abstinence from illicit substances, elimination of anti-social activity, employability, pro-social attitudes, values, and actions. This approach requires multi-dimensional influence and training which for most individuals can only occur in a 24-hour residential setting. The influx of crack cocaine usage, which feeds on frenetic, impulsive behavior, makes residential treatment especially critical.
The therapeutic community can be distinguished from other major drug treatment residential modalities in two fundamental ways. First, the primary "therapist" in the therapeutic community is the community itself. The teachers are the members of the community and the staff. Mature members of the community and staff (most of whom are recovering addicts) serve as successful models of personal change and guide the recovery process. Thus, the community provides a 24-hour learning experience in which individual changes in conduct, attitudes, and emotions are monitored and mutually reinforced in the daily regimen.
Secondly, addiction is viewed as a disorder of the whole person affecting all areas of functioning, physical, mental and spiritual. Cognitive and behavioral problems appear, as do mood disturbances. Thinking is often unrealistic and disorganized. Values are confused, nonexistent, or anti-social. Frequently there are deficits in verbal, reading, writing and marketable skills. Always, moral and spiritual issues are apparent whether the individual expresses these deep issues explicitly or psychologically. The therapeutic community model addresses the entire person.