A few comments from our wonderful, past residents.
This place helped me when no one else would. They save lives.Amanda
“I was a resident at Granada House from December 2018 through June 2019, after which time I graduated to Alcott, the three-quarter step down house for those who successfully complete the program at GH and wish to continue treatment. Granada House simply saved my life. Living in a structured environment that held me accountable for my words, actions, and behaviors, was precisely what I needed to make it possible to return to living independently and free of my addiction. Through in-house groups and counseling sessions, I learned how to examine what had created my issues and taught me how to face and cope with them, providing me with tools to self-regulate, not self-medicate. We were also required to attend 12-step meetings daily outside of the house, find a sponsor and work the steps, as well as attend weekly therapy sessions. One reason I chose to go to Granda, as opposed to other houses, was that working was not only recommended, it was required to live there. For me personally, working at a job is essential for self-esteem and a sense of autonomy, which is helpful when you’re an adult living in a group environment in which there aren’t often opportunities for autonomy. But the most important factor of my experience was the staff at the house. There was always someone available to talk to who could provide support and guidance, twenty-four hours a day. I greatly appreciate my time at Granada as it gave me the stepping stone to now being able to live a life of recovery, a life of freedom once again.”
“The House That Love Built: Granada is like no other recovery support structure in that it fully embraces the paradoxes and complexity that make up real life and adulthood. It treats clients like grownups, and does not micro-manage, but also thereby gives recovering residents plenty of rope with which to hang themselves! Accountability is considered an absolute given, and rules such as no smoking on the grounds, completing assigned chores, honesty, kindness, respect, etc., are not treated at all lightly by staff, which may come as a surprise to new residents. After arriving from a locked rehabilitation or criminal justice facility many experience the freedom of being able to come and go as they please, set their own meeting schedule, etc., as signs of laxity – the inevitable hammer coming down upon rule breaking is invariably met with indignant surprise, even though they had been advised of the rules both verbally and in a handbook – but given that staff are so warm and egalitarian, there is often a misguided assumption they might not really mean it! Hopefully the first offense is for something minor enough to allow for a second chance before getting the boot!
Participants who do manage to stay for the full experience (usually ~6 months) get a solid foundation in living day to day life substance-free in 12-step recovery. Clients attend weekly meetings with their individual counselor, daily 12-step meetings in the local community, as well as internal group counseling and educational sessions several times a week. All residents are expected, according to their ability, to obtain employment and pay their agreed upon rent. New residents are given some job search assistance and help obtaining human services as needed. Full dinner is provided on weekdays, and staples with which to make meals at other times are provided as well.
Clients are encouraged to form support structures, and are assisted in figuring out next steps, whether that is moving to an affiliated sober house nearby or returning home, returning to a previous career, etc. People often form lasting and supportive friendships during their stay, and graduates in good standing are also welcome to drop by any time for a chat, a meal, to attend an in-house meeting or to attend a nearby meeting with a group of residents. Many graduates have said that not only did Granada House change their direction and save their lives – not only did it teach them how to work, play drug-free, and live with others – it gave them their first real sense of a place to feel at home since childhood. ❤💜💙💚💛”
First place I realized that people do actually care. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Plenty of rope, don’t hang yourself. I love the place.Chris