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Justin’s Lighthouse  / A Therapeutic Community

Here’s what it means…

THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITIES / TC’s (NIDA- National Institute on Drug Abuse REPORT)      click for link

The therapeutic community (TC) for the treatment of

drug abuse and addiction has existed for about 50 years.

The Therapeutic Community (TC) has long out-performed the traditional ‘drug and alcohol treatment centers’.

TCs are drug-free residential settings that use a hierarchical model with treatment stages that reflect increased levels of personal and social responsibility.

Recovery Peer influence / Multiple group exposures

are used to help individuals learn and assimilate social norms and develop more effective social skills.

Much like Sober Living with a full structure & curriculum

Higher success rates than traditional clinical drug treatment programs

Therapeutic Communities (TC) differ from other treatment approaches principally in their use of the community, comprising treatment staff and those in recovery, as key agents of change.

Real-World Approach

outdoor movie night

This approach is often referred to as “community method.”

TC residents interact in structured and unstructured ways to influence;

  • attitudes,
  • perceptions, and
  • behaviors associated with drug use.

Most Addicts have a history of;

  • social functioning
  • education/vocational skills
  • positive community involvement

Recovery involves rehabilitation;

  • re-learning or
  • re-establishing healthy functioning, skills, and values
  • regaining physical and emotional health.

Some Addicts have never acquired functional life-styles.

Recovery for them involves habilitation;

  • learning for the first time
  • behavioral skills,
  • attitudes, and values associated with socialized living.

Therapeutic Models offer a much more complete rebuilding process.

For three decades, NIDA has conducted several large studies to advance scientific knowledge of the outcomes of drug abuse treatment as typically delivered in the United States.

Real Evidence-based practices

These studies found that participation in a TC was associated with several positive outcomes.

For example, the Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study (DATOS), the most recent long-term study of drug treatment outcomes, showed that those who successfully completed treatment in a TC had lower levels of cocaine, heroin, and alcohol use; criminal behavior; unemployment; and indicators of depression than they had before treatment

Much more than just drugs & alcohol

Those treated often have other severe problems, such as multiple drug addictions, involvement with the criminal justice system, lack of positive social support, and mental health problems;

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • post-traumatic stress disorder, and
  • antisocial and other personality disorders.

Less relapses with Therapeutic Communities

In other words, relapse rates are far lower from TC’s than through traditional clinical inpatient programs.

Further, TC graduates hold jobs longer (career building) and experience less depression (common symptom among substance abusers), and other mental health issues.

Justin’s Lighthouse does believe in treating mental-illness, when necessary, through qualified psychiatric care/mental health professionals.

Following instructions is a hallmark of recovery.

Mental health meds don’t have to last forever

Not for everyone, but, some addicts who have a history of extreme anxiety or depression can be assisted by minimal medications…

Anxiety & Depression don’t just go away

 Stabilizing the brain with mid meds so the addict can actually learn and apply new behaviors can be hugely beneficial!

Most clients experience much less mental-health flair-ups after completing this program, which translates into less medication.

Some clients are able to be rid of all mental-health meds as their recovery/coping skills grow stronger, and, after agreement with their mental health professionals.

Medical Warning
Do not abruptly stop taking medications as prescribed-We will properly address that once you are enrolled in our program
Justin’s Lighthouse is a strong advocate of the use of Suboxone for the treatment of opioid addiction. Research indicates an 80% success rate vs 20% rates when Suboxone is not used during treatment.  We have witnessed tremendous success among our clients.

The reason is simple;

It is only through a long-term therapeutic community can a person be exposed to such an array of life-building modalities; TC’s are able to combine the best from every other modality to expose the client to a completeness-of-change in a daily structure of seam-less programming, encouragement, and social interaction.

Summary of the Justin’s Lighthouse Process 

Stage 1:         1 – 90 days

Week 1:

  • Settling-in / rest period
  • Regaining strength/resting/eating/light group attendance
  • No responsibilities (except to the recovery plan)

Weeks 2-12: 

  • Focusing on why they are here/No communication with outside world
  • Full daily schedule /Group & activity participation
  • Occasional field trips

Includes; Education, Spiritual development, Accountability, Group counseling, Peer groups,

  • Assigned a daily chore
  • Encouraged to open up in groups
  • Outdoor Bonfires / Spiritual groups
  • Outdoor Groups (when weather permits)
  • Address any immediate issues, such as legal (if necessary)
  • Light one-on-one sessions w/Minister in recovery
  • Developing a structured daily routine/ Learning to follow the schedule
  • Writing assignments (if recommended by recovery plan)
  • Learning how to be a part of a group/Thinking of others
  • Beginning to accept more personal responsibility/acceptance of the past
  • Becoming more accountable
  • Encouraged to stop counting the days
  • Introduction to outside 12 step meetings/ Celebrate recovery

The first 30 days are most critical The client must begin to focus on themselves and the program while letting-go of perceived problems & issues in the outside world. Issues they can do nothing about, anyway.

Family is vital – must adhere to the “No Phone” rule for 30 days.

Phones keep the addict distracted from doing anything new.

Obviously in the event of an emergency the client will be allowed to call or receive calls.

Time to grow up!

Once the client arrives on property and the family drives away, the reality of the situation begins to set-in, so, this is the point where the the addict begins to feel alone. This is normal, even for a grown adult-child.

Remember, your adult-child is accustomed to being rescued from their own negative emotions. Conditioned to expect a parent to step in to fix whatever is causing those negative feelings… Let it play out.

Long history of Rescuing

Families only know how to cover up the pain for the person, but, professionals & peers can teach them how to accept responsibility.

This event must happen in order to begin the process of recovery.

If the addict is able to speak with family or friends during these first critical hours, the addict may manipulate to get the family to pick them back up.

Families will hear things;

“You know what…”?

  • “This isn’t what I thought”
  • “I really just want to go back home and do it myself” 
  • “I thought I would know someone here” 
  • “I’m ready to leave”…

Addicts still manipulate until change occurs

Remember, we are dealing with a substance abuser who has been able to manipulate their way through life. They are a masters of puling-heart strings.

If change is going to happen, then families must trust the professionals and allow the person to feel a little uncomfortable.

NOTE: The event I’ve described happen 100% of the time (varying degrees). We are equipped to handle this situation. It will serve to be a major turning point for the substance abuser, if allowed to take place.

Stage 2:         91-180 days

  • Beginning to display consistent behaviors / Better decision making, much change is occurring /still a long way to go
  • Begins to take on a leadership role among the group
  • Begins to conduct weekly Peer group
  • Serious attention to past trauma/healing/pain caused to others
  • Forgiveness of self & others
  •  Added responsibilities within the program/helping newer clients adjust
  • Beginning to face the issues of the past (legal/family)
  • Individual counseling becomes more intense/ trauma

Stage 3:         Beyond 180 days

  • Begin to talk about the possibility of gaining employment (each case is different)
  • Well-versed in the daily & weekly structure/very consistent
  • Gaining tremendous self-esteem/learning to love self
  • Solidifying behaviors that display genuine care for others
  • Building on a strong foundation of recovery
  • Once employment begins, client participate in program while not at work
  • Individual counseling continues

This period is a time when many clients think they are ready to leave and get on with their lives.

This is wrong thinking and a huge mistake!

At 6 months the person is feeling great – looking great – making good decisions.

Critical Time

However, 6 months is still not enough time to solidify a very solid recovery foundation.

What really needs to happen after 6 good months is exactly the same thing the person has been doing for the the previous 6 months… Doing it over & over

Personal Note

As a recovering addict, I can tell you first-hand, taking one-year out of an otherwise wreck of a life; to change what needs to be changed

Please heed our advice and I guarantee you will finally get your son or daughter back at full potential!

Dr. Miles K Lewis, Director

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