Our extensive Aftercare program incorporates all the elements of our long-standing -- and long-running -- Sober Home program. In Aftercare you’ll partake in a three-hour spiritual group session with Minister to the Community Rabbi Mark “The Gromit” Rotenberg. It revolves around of a round-robin check-in. The check-in will give you an opportunity to address whatever’s arisen throughout the week -- good, bad and/or indifferent. It will also give you an opportunity to get feedback and input from Rabbi Mark himself, who’s got two decades in recovery, as well as from your peers, who are not only on the same page of the program, but who often share similar paths as you. It often takes the perspective of a friend to help you see the truth about it. And the check-in will unleash a myriad of fresh perspective.
Speaking of perspective... Our Aftercare program also includes one of the most perspective-expanding programs in recovery. It’s called Steel on Steel. It was devised and refined many years ago by members of Alcoholics Anonymous. Steel on Steel is, by definition, a Spiritual Exercise, specifically designed for A.A. members who are set on attaining a deeper connection to their spiritual connection. In actuality, it’s an advanced method of achieving unparalleled enlightenment. The name springs from the Spiritual Principal, which reads “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” And its ultimate goal is to reach the highest realms of the Fellowship of the Spirit. As you might expect, the undertaking requires an intense personal commitment. But by this time, you’ll have already made an intense personal commitment, so this will simply further embed you in the process of your own recovery. Put simply, Steel on Steel ain’t for the faint of heart. But it is for the man who’s looking to fully put his heart into the matter, once and for all.
Aftercare is where you’ll find -- and reap the benefits of -- ever strengthening fellowship. Fellowship itself is all about heart. Where to place it. How to listen to it. How to follow it. And how best to share it with others. It’s about enlarging your heart to include the company of men who, like you, are seeking to reach out and help someone other than themselves. If recovery is about living a truly heartfelt life (and it is), then fellowship is about having the heart to do just that.
Aftercare doesn’t mean an end to in-house support. You’ll also still have access to all of our recovery counselors, whether it’s your individual therapist, your caseworker or our in-house team of behavioral techs and facilitators. That is to say, you’ll still have the safety net provided throughout your time at Healing Properties. You’ll be trusted, because you’ll have earned it. Our trust, as well as the trust of others. And -- yes! -- you’ll once again be trusting yourself.
Aftercare is where you’ll join the ranks of nearly two decades of prior recovery practice. It means access to all the insight gathered by and from the 7000-plus men who preceded you here. It will allow you to avoid the many mistakes that might trip you up and also permit you to take advantage of the many successes that will enable you to soar. You’ll garner the strength and the solidity of an extended sober family; a family who’ve extended their hands directly to you. They’ve set the stage for your sobriety, it’s now up to you. Each step will bring you closer to your goal -- long-term sobriety.
Consider Aftercare as much a restoration as a reformation of your entire life. A restoring of the bonds between loved ones, your standing in the community, the respect of yourself and others. Together, the two will combine to provide a total transformation. Basically, the start of a new life. The new you might not recognize many of the characteristics that made up the old you. Then again, it won’t want to. It won’t need to either. You will now be able to recognize the truly important aspects of your life, and how best to appreciate those aspects. And at the end of the day, you’ll be putting into practice the one essential element of genuine recovery -- gratitude.
At Healing Properties, our OP program will utilize your previous progress at other levels of care and provide further services to help you maintain your sobriety. If you completed inpatient treatment at another facility and transitioned to Healing Properties for Intensive-Outpatient services prior to participating in Outpatient programming. Or you have been in our program since completing a medical detox, our OP program will help you maintain your sobriety. You will continue to live with-in our residential housing while continuing to participate in treatment at our facility. You will attend one group therapy session per week and meet with your therapist once per week. Healing Properties has created a program which will allow you to continue participating in treatment but, will further help you to begin balancing your life in early recovery. This portion of of program consists of three months of treatment. You will further continue to have access to the clinical, case management, and medical staff for support and services.
What you will find in our OP program is a platform to continue building on your success and support to cope with challenges in early recovery.