A Therapeutic Community (TC) goes much further than simply helping individuals stop using drugs and alcohol. Our TC provides a supportive environment where our students learn why they used and where they can develop all the tools necessary to stay sober. Within the TC, students change their destructive attitudes, behaviors, values, and lifestyles. Lasting recovery takes time. Learning a totally new lifestyle cannot be achieved in a short-term program. To expect people with a long history of addiction to turn their lives around and maintain sobriety after only a few months of treatment is simply unrealistic. This is why treatment in a TC lasts between 2 to 5 years.
The motto of our TC is “each one, teach one”. This implies that individuals assume responsibility not only for their own recovery, but also for the recovery of their peers. They recognize the recovery of each member is related to the recovery of all and conduct themselves accordingly—in turn, reinforcing their own recovery. Personal growth and proper living are achieved by peers serving as role models, providing support through interaction, and confronting each other in group sessions. By doing all of this, participants come to understand and resolve the cause of their addiction and also gain the tools they need to stay sober.