In an effort
to help bridge the gap between our clients beginning their recovery journey and
the clients who "know the ropes" here at Crossroads for Women, the women at our
halfway house (aka, Back Cove) invited the women at our residential
rehabilitation (aka, Res) program to their weekly "All House"
The All House meeting includes all of the halfway house clients, a Crossroads
clinician and a personal care coordinator (PCC). Typically, the group discusses
house issues, new policies or procedures, any new staff, as well as changes in
phases that the clients are making. The second half of the All House meeting is
more of a celebration, recognizing the women who have moved to the next phase
of their recovery. It's a time for everyone to see how far they've come on
their journey to recovery. This is where the women from Res came in.
The level of
freedom available to the clients at the halfway house may be difficult for Res
women to identify with, especially for those in very early recovery. Instead of
concentrating on the differences, the "newcomers" were invited to be
involved in some of their sober fun activities. Both Back Cove and Res clients
were in touch with their creative selves in a simple game of charades and used
this to their advantage. Some of these women have come from backgrounds not
conducive to playing a simple game of charades, and were even a bit fearful at
first. In the end, though, all clients smashed through their fears and did a
great job acting out words like calendar, water, basketball, and tack (easier
said than done!).
All in all,
it was a very positive experience for both residential programs. The clients
living in the halfway house got an up close and personal reminder of their past.
The clients out at Res had an opportunity to see what could happen next.
And everyone had the chance to experience some good, sober fun with other
After all, recovery isn't over after a 28 day or 6 month
~ Nikki Oliver, program manager
Crossroads Back Cove halfway house
Find out more about our residential programs:Crossroads Back Cove Halfway House Residential Rehabilitation
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