Radiance is designed to help residents of Granada House answer some of the fundamental internal questions they face. Who am I? Where am I going? Why am I here? Held as an interactive mindfulness practices group, Radiance enables participants to consider, discuss and find some of the internal spiritual answers they seek. Knowledge which supports understanding and maintaining sobriety and balance in resident lives.
These meetings open hearts and minds to discussion and meditative practice on questions that all humans face, bringing a sense of community and deeper connection with the sense of self essential to long-term growth and peace of mind. Participants find a sense of belonging through the shared experience of the struggle of belief and the interconnectedness of each human soul.
a positive approach to the challenges we face
Positive parenting is a universal challenge. Recovery from addiction and alcoholism compounds this challenge. This eight-part series focuses on the intersection of addiction or alcoholism treatment and recovery and positive approaches to discipline, giving parents tools for fostering self-esteem, strengthening parents’ ability to listen to their children and understanding their children’s feelings, and helping parents develop confidence in their ability to parent effectively.
a safe place to get back into life
Once residents have completed the Granada House six-month program, they have the option of moving into a transition house called 12 Alcott Street. The move takes them from a house of 24 residents to one with just eight residents, just down the street from Granada House. Located in a quiet, family neighborhood, the eight men and women who live within the house have a unique chance to continue recovery in a less structured environment for up to six months. Extra time and support that has given many Granada House residents the help they need to get back into mainstream society.
Residents are required to attend five AA or NA meetings per week. They must go on at least one commitment a month with a local AA group. They must have a sponsor, join a local group, and actively participate by having a job within that group.
Once a week, an in-house discussion meeting is held in which the residents are given a chance to talk about issues affecting recovery and life.
Residents are encouraged to have a bank account and save for an apartment for after they leave Alcott Street.
Women’s Support Group
getting started strategies for the short-term and the long
The Granada House Women’s Support Group is divided into two segments. The first four-week segment is required of all women new to Granada House. Here they learn the rules of the house and the basic ABCs of recovery specific to their experiences in sobriety as women. Women close to graduation also attend, as facilitators foster a kinship, a give and take between those new to sobriety and those who are ready to leave the house living sober lives.
The second four-week segment stands in the weeks prior to graduation, as a reminder of their work, strengthening the sobriety message. It is a time used to reinforce self-worth and the growth that has been achieved and can continue long after their departure from the House.
These meetings are moments of reassurance that when those moments of doubt and insecurity arise, the graduates will be welcome to return both to the group but to connect to other women in the Granada House family.
personal progress. one person at a time
During each week of their stay, residents of Granada House receive individual counseling. Several areas of progress are addressed with each meeting: progress in developing a program of recovery, progress in group and individual therapy, psychological and social progress and adherence to medical, dental and other appointments. Counselors also discuss drug and alcohol, medical, legal, psychological, and family histories.
Acting as an advocate, role model, and guide through early methods of recovery, the counselor is an essential opportunity for residents to discuss parts of their lives that may be hindering their progress to talk about family relations, jobs or anything of import to them. Our counselors use the Stages of Change model to determine residents’ readiness to change maladaptive behavior. They then use Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based interventions to encourage healthy changes. Counselors are persuasive and empathetic to residents, helping them achieve contented sobriety, and happier, more productive lives.
Men’s Support Group
the foundation of support essential to growth
The Granada House Men’s Support Group takes on a dual role; for newcomer, it is the mandatory meeting that provides clear understanding of the rules of the house, the foundation from which participants can build as they move along the road to recovery, participants engage ‘old-timers’ in addressing questions and concerns within the house.
After initial instructions, the facilitator steps back as members answer questions with and for each other. The meeting is open to the give and take of information exchange, helping participants gain self-esteem in the process. Misinformation can be quickly corrected by the facilitator, who then redirects the meeting to a positive ending.
The group plays another role as well. The final four weeks prior to graduation, the ‘old-timers’ have an opportunity to reinforce all that has been accomplished on the road to sobriety in the previous five months. It acts as a refresher course, on what has been learned, and the tools they now have in their possession. Anxiety and stress at the new road ahead can be brought to the surface, and participants are encouraged to connect with Granada House staff to get the help they need to move confidently forward.
recovery through understanding
The Seeking Safety Group was formed as a program response to the realization that many of Granada’s clients live with PTSD. The combination of living in early recovery and with PTSD makes these clients especially susceptible to relapse. The Seeking Safety Group hopes to provide the group members with tools with which they can address their PTSD and maintain a sufficient time both safe and sober, that they might develop a lifelong program of independent living in gratitude and hope.
The Guidelines of the Seeking Safety Group
The first aim is to assist each client in establishing and maintaining a sense of safety.
The second goal is an integrated program of safety and early recovery.
The third goal is the understanding and practice of the essential principles of this integrated program.
These essential principles are grouped into four areas
Safe and sober thinking
Access to and use of staff and support and guidance
The fifth and final goal is to help each client develop a serious commitment to an ongoing and evolving use of regular, therapeutic, support processes.
getting to the heart of relapse
“Do the drill,” the saying goes in our Beyond Relapse Program, “Then do a little more.”
Developed by the Beyond Relapse group, the saying is the succinct center point of defense members use to find their way past some of their past impulses and actions. It means to maintain sobriety, plus do something extra such as therapy, another group or making the commitment to attend this group every week. The strength of this sentence, and the group itself, is witnessed by 11 strong years of existence.
Its dynamic is intense, exploring the feelings, thoughts and actions associated with relapse. Participants identify specific feelings and behaviors that could lead to slipping back into drug use, possibly weeks, months, even years, prior to that person’s drug usage. But finding those clues, identifying those symptoms associated with relapse, allows group members to develop a defense against them.
Within this dynamic, there is one added feature to the Program. Those with personal experience are able to recognize group members in danger of relapse, and through use of their own experiences, identify with and support those who need it.