Each resident will work one-on-one with a case manager who will assist the client in developing an ongoing plan to help him or her identify and commit to recovery-based activities that will enable them to move forward with all aspects of their life. They will create a defined set of goals and a schedule designed to support the accomplishment of these goals, and regularly re-evaluate with the client to assess progress. In addition, the case manager will work with clients on goal setting, health management, coping skills, financial planning, and will connect clients to resources as needed.
Happy Destiny House is a recovery community, not just a place to abstain from drugs. Since active participation in a 12-step program has proven so valuable to those recovering from addiction, residents attend at least 5 meetings per week in the 12-step program of their choice, get a sponsor, and meet with them regularly. Residents are kept accountable to their program by submitting random drug tests, and documenting their meeting participation as well as their step work, and turning it in each week to the house manager. In addition to keeping residents accountable, this allows us to offer additional supports as needed based on each individuals progress. Residents are encouraged to create fellowship among the household by attending meetings together and supporting each other in their journeys. We are extremely deliberate in setting a tone of unity and recovery in Happy Destiny House.
For many people, sobriety is just the beginning. We need to develop attitudes, habits, and self discipline that allow us to live and function in a way that often eludes those of us who have struggled with addiction. Each resident is given a weekly chore, participates in Sunday cleaning at the house, and will make their bed in the morning. The structure is scaffolded to gradually release responsibilities and privileges to residents as they move through the program successfully. During the first 30 days, residents' curfew is 9:00pm (unless at a 12-step meeting with other house residents) and no overnight passes are given. After the first 30 days, curfew is extended to midnight and overnights are allowed. Residents are encouraged to learn and practice domestic skills by working through conflicts with positive communication at house meetings, cooking dinner together, etc.
Fun and Fellowship
Most importantly, we insist on having fun and enjoying life one day at a time! We have BBQs in the summer, go on group trips to AA events, participate in service in our community, hang out and play cards, you name it. We aim to help residents see that life can be filled with happiness, laughter, and camaraderie.