3 Phases of Our Recovery Program
The overall goal of the recovery home is to provide quality care and supportive services to individuals afflicted with alcohol and drug related problems. It has a home away from home atmosphere, preparing those who pass through its doors for a triumphant return to a life of SOBRIETY. It is a County wide program for Los Angeles County with emphasis on the Filipino and Pacific/Asian communities.
· Quality care and assistance through TLC (Tender Loving Care) in a home-like atmosphere
· Provision of necessary education on the nature of alcoholism and drug abuse
· To instill in our residents the importance of recovery to themselves, their families, and to society
· Supportive services to enable them to return to acceptable normal life
THE TREATMENT AND RECOVERY PROCESSPalm House, Inc. is a program of human renewal and development offering a home away from home atmosphere that is alive, dynamic, warm cheerful and accepting. It provides an environment within which recovering persons from alcoholism and substance abuse can make a positive change in his life style. The staff is there with a TLC (Tender Loving Care) to help the resident attain his personal goal of growth and self confidence, on a one-to-one or group discussion or both. Interdependence and personal responsibility will always be encouraged on the part of the resident.
Palm House also offer a wide variety of opportunities, from within and without the home for developing interpersonal relationships, social interaction, community involvement and participation, educational programs, in non-drinking and drug free environment to reinforce their desire to change to a positive lifestyle. Individuals with physiological and/or psychological problems suffering from alcoholism and/or substance abuse may still be admitted into the program. However, they will be referred for medical and/or psychological assessment and treatment.
The program of “Human Renewal and Development” of Palm House provides a process wherein the progress of the individual, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, socially, vocationally and economically are manifested during their stay in the program. An after care program will be formulated by the resident and the staff prior to the discharge of the resident.
The process of each resident in the program is reflected on the three levels or phases of treatment and recovery. At the entry level or Phase I, the new resident is oriented by a staff to the program guidelines and a discussion on expectations by the program on the new resident and vice-versa to ease his adjustment period. This will be followed by an extensive needs assessment and intake to help both the new resident and the staff prepare an initial treatment and recovery plan. All treatment and recovery plans, developed conjointly, by resident and the staff are geared to cover all aspect of life- physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, family education, vocation, recreation and social. Any physiological and /or psychological condition will be referred to a medical and/or mental health professional. Any prescribed medication in the possession of the new resident shall be surrendered to the staff for safekeeping and given to the resident, as scheduled. After the intake, the new resident is introduced and welcomed by the whole resident of the house.
During, the first thirty (30) days in the program, the new resident will go through a lot of self-analysis asking himself whether he is an alcoholic and/or substance abuser or not, what precipitated his alcohol and/or substance abuse problems and what were the major contributing factor that categorized as alcoholic and/or drug addict.
Likewise, the resident will undergo a lot of alcohol and substance problems and effects of alcoholism and/or substance abuse to know what alternatives are there to pursue a life of sobriety.
At a formal evaluation, conjointly by the resident and the staff of the treatment and/or recovery plan, the resident his journey in the process, the resident is welcomed by the staff to the next phase of the treatment and /or recovery plan.
A revised treatment and recovery plan is conjointly developed by the resident and staff to reflect his treatment and recovery goals and objectives. He will then be introduced to the whole house on his promotion to the second phase. On his 30th day in the program, the resident will be given a 30-day chip during the in-house AA meeting. If the resident however elects to say that he is not an alcoholic and/or drug user, he will be discharged from the program.
The resident will continue to know more about himself. He will learn to appreciate and take care of “things” in the house. He assumes leadership roles over newer resident and their various chores in the house. He challenges himself and takes pride that his house is the best facility and maintains it the best way he can. He takes care of yard and learn to be creative in the landscaping it, He continues to learn more about the life of sobriety, alcoholism and other drug related problems participates in the fitness program to improve his physical well-being.
During this period, he will learn to entrust his life and his will to a higher power. As he continues to learn more about himself and as he develops more self confidence, he will soon start to make a formal inventory of himself, as a practice that will help him seek a lifetime of commitment to sobriety. He continues to actively participate in his “home group” AA meetings and to meetings outside his “home group.” He is now ripe to seek the help of a “sponsor” who will be his primary linkages with the “outside world.” He will also undergo, during the initial stage of Phase III, an intensive job or skills assessment to prepare him for the job market. If the resident chooses to pursue the same job, intensive one-to-one sessions will be conducted dealing with relationship of the job and that of his alcohol problems.
Likewise, if the resident chooses to learn and develop new skills, he will be referred to State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation or any of the programs responsive to his needs.
After the 60th day or before his 90th day in the program, as the resident has shown more confidence with himself pursuing a life of sobriety and persistency in assuming leadership responsibilities and portraying a positive role model to the new residents, he and the staff will conjointly review and evaluate his progress in the program. His treatment and recovery plan may also be revised at this time showing positive results and with the mutual understanding the resident is now ready to face the last phase of the program. He is formally introduced to the whole community as finishing the 2nd phase and will continue to a life of sobriety to the
This phase of treatment and recovery becomes more intense. He gains more in-depth understanding of himself as he relates to others, accepts more leadership roles and continue to a power of example to the other residents. This covers the last three (3) to four (4) months of his stay in the program. He starts to deal more with the “outside world” adjusting his newfound life of sobriety to that of the “square” and/or drinking and drug using world. Whatever problems he encounters with the outside world, he brings them to the program where he will seek appropriate suggestion and solutions from his peers and staff. During this phase, he will finish a job retraining program to prepare him for the actual living on the outside world.
He will soon realize that to develop his peace of mind, he has to admit to his greater power, to himself and to another person the errors, omissions, wrong doings he had done. He learns to ask his greater power to help him remove his defects of character and start to make a lifetime commitment to life of sobriety. As he asks greater power to help him get rid of his character defects, he will soon learn to seek the forgiveness and eventually make amends with the people he had harmed. He learns to develop good judgment for himself as he enhances a greater peace of mind. He knows that anger, envy, self-pity, jealousy, resentment and false pride can only lead him to the next drink or drug use. Self restraint becomes his way of life.
During this phase, the resident starts to develop and acquaintances, friends and redevelops a better and wholesome relationship with his loved ones. Towards the end of this phase, he will work out, with the staff his plan outside of Palm House. This is his exit plan.
He will have found “home group”, he will be going for his meetings and have joined the ranks of the alumni. He has identified where he will be living at times with his loved ones, in an independent living facility or has his own housing. On his last day, the community will give him a “going-away” party.
* These Three (3) Phases are currently under review to comply with the recent guidelines by Los Angeles County, Substance Abuse Control and Prevention (SAPC) on the Drug Medi-Cal, Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS).