We believe it is important to create a peaceful atmosphere and comfortable home for clients to reside in while doing this life-changing work. Environment plays a key role in the healing process. Many clients have not practiced self-care for a long time – many never learned how to do so to begin with. This reinforces negative beliefs about themselves and their inherent value. The 7th street program offers an environment that supports development of self-worth and the motivation to build a better life.
7th Street is the perfect blend of stately, historic mansion and cozy, homey atmosphere. It boasts all the beloved features of an upscale home of this era, such as high ceilings, decorative moldings, and a large porch with stately columns. Yet is is thoroughly modern as well. Spaces are provided both for group interaction and quiet introspection. Common areas include a living/group room with big-screen TV, and a large kitchen with industrial-grade stainless appliances, island and wrap-around counters; open to the dining area with room for family-style meals. All meals are prepared by our chef, with emphasis on nutrition to promote physical wellness. Dietary needs can be accommodated upon request.
The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, with ample room for each client to spread out and personalize his/her own space. The women’s (top two levels) and men’s (lower level) dorm areas are separated by the main floor, offering additional privacy and comfort. Each dorm area has two bathrooms, with the women’s dorm having an additional shower and vanity area. Each dorm has its own advantages; the male bathrooms were recently renovated, while the top level of the house has a huge terrace for sunning or relaxing with a good book.
The building is situated on over a half acre of lovely grounds, providing a sense of privacy and quiet, despite our central location. The grounds offer plenty of space for a game of volleyball or tossing a football around, as well as half-court basketball and an outdoor fire-pit. We hope to use the warmer months to dig into the large garden space and plant some veggies. Many different areas exist around the property from which to enjoy the healing benefits of nature.
LIFETIME SUPPORT NETWORK
Martin Buber, a Jewish mystical theologian, wrote in his book titled I-Thou, that our attention should not be placed on the “I” or the “Thou,” but on the hyphen or space, between the two words. This is the “sacred between.” Buber believed that “All life is meeting.”
Our program stands out from others due to the strong support network it provides for clients. Social support is a crucial factor for success at all stages of recovery: during the emotional work of treatment, step-down and transition phases, and the challenging moments of managing recovery for years to come. 7th Street maintains a large network of support through alumni and members of the recovery community. We utilize the 12-step program in this capacity, as research shows it is the most effective method for sustaining long-term recovery.
Some clients have aversions to participating in a 12-step program, or have had negative experiences in the past. If clients aren’t interested in becoming “Big Book thumpers” or working a staunch 12-step program following treatment, it’s ok. But we encourage them to recognize that the best way to access a large group of recovering individuals is to attend some 12-step meetings and/or events. Our lives depend on keeping a handful of close, sober friends. Support from family, church, etc is wonderful, but we also need support from those who’ve walked in our shoes and can guide us through the rough times. The 12-step program also offers many different ways to be of service to other recovering individuals. Being of service to others helps sustain recovery as it helps clients to get involved, improves mood, and allows them positively contribute to, and be of value to their community.
Clients will attend daily AA meetings at 7th Street, in addition to outside meetings. In good weather, we will hold campfire meetings on our property. Residents will have regular opportunities to participate in local events hosted by 12-step programs, including picnics, conferences and camping trips.