CASPAR Men’s Residences was founded in 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts. Operating under the blanket of the community outreach network CASPAR, Inc., which provides intervention, treatment and preventative services for adults and teenagers, this facility offers residential treatment for adult men in the Boston area.
Accommodations and Food
CASPAR operates two houses for the men’s residential program, one housing 17 men and the other housing 25. Both houses have a variety of double, triple and quadruple rooms. All of the houses have on-site rooms for counseling and a large kitchen for client use.
The residential program is very work-oriented so if they are not already employed, clients are required to find a job while living in the house. CASPAR offers resume help as well as job seeking advice. Clients are able to use computers at the local library to submit applications.
Although the houses do not have an on-site gym, both houses are close to a local YMCA that clients use for exercise.
Clients prepare their own breakfast and lunch from a variety of foods that CASPAR keeps stocked, including oatmeal, eggs and cereal for breakfast and sandwich ingredients for lunch. CASPAR has an on-staff cook who prepares dinner each day from a set menu.
Treatment and Staff
The intake process at CASPAR begins with an initial phone assessment followed by an in-person meeting. CASPAR only accepts clients that are stable and sober. If the client is unstable or currently using, he is referred to an outside detox program. The waiting list for CASPAR can be long at times, and clients who are placed on the list are often referred to live in outside sober living homes while awaiting admission.
Depending on the client, the residential program can last anywhere from six to nine months. Although the schedule varies each day, clients spend a majority of it either in group meetings, at work or searching for a job.
The therapy consists of group and individual counseling. The group meetings consist of 12-step facilitation, harm reduction, Motivational Interviewing (MI), CBT and relapse prevention. CASPAR also recommends clients attend outside AA/NA meetings while in the program.
The counselors at CASPAR consist of a variety of both LADCs, volunteers and counselor interns.
CASPAR does not have an official aftercare program, but does refer graduating clients to outside sober living houses and outpatient programs. Furthermore, CASPAR highly recommends clients work with a sponsor and stay very active in community 12-step groups.
While somewhat inconvenient, a waiting list is usually indicative of a solid treatment program. CASPAR Men’s Residences is an affordable, viable inpatient option for men in the greater Boston area. The work-oriented approach of the facility creates a solid platform for clients to find and maintain a job for when they transition from the residential treatment back into the real world. Additionally, the focus on making sure clients land in a stable sober living environment before leaving, helps increase the chances of maintaining long-term sobriety and recovery.
CASPAR Men’s Residences
66 Canal St
Boston, MA 02114
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