With over 25 years of service in Grand Terrace, a town not far north of Riverside, California, Drug Alternative Program provides an intense, long-term recovery program for men. They were founded in 1987 by Cliff and Freddie Harris, a married couple with a personal connection to addiction. Cliff is the author of Death Dance, a memoir which chronicles his struggles with addiction and his redemptive path of recovery. DAP’s treatment is characterized by emphasizing the 12 steps, encouraging back-to-work support and fostering a religious connection with the Seventh Day Adventist church. The owners are very hands-on when it comes to treatment at DAP, all as an attempt to create a family atmosphere.
Accommodations and Food
DAP houses clients in four small homes within a two block radius of one another in Grand Terrace. There’s room for six men in each, though DAP rarely treats more than 10 men at a time. Bedrooms are small, with twin beds and basic furnishings, and residents share rooms depending on space and total enrollment. The homes also come with common areas used for group therapy, 12-step meetings and educational workshops.
Discipline is a big part of the DAP lifestyle, and applies to home life there as well. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the premises and coffee is verboten as well. When it comes to food, the men are expected to take care of their own cooking in the house with Sundays spent grocery shopping, all financed by DAP. This is in keeping with DAP’s program philosophy, which aims to instill a sense of self-reliance in their clientele.
Treatment and Staff
Average stays at DAP last anywhere from 12 to 18 months. Each client is expected to be employed throughout treatment, though their program does assist in the process of finding a job. Days start quite early at DAP, meaning a 4:20 am wake up call with breakfast shortly after at 4:45 am. At 5:30 am, there are prayer services before residents are expected to make their way to work. Dinner is served early at 4:45 pm followed by the meat of the recovery sessions from 6:30 to 9 pm. This consists of group and individual therapy, Bible study and 12-step meetings. After a period of down time, lights go out promptly at 10:30 pm.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, DAP does not offer an on-site medical detox. Similarly, they also have no medical doctors or psychiatrists on staff, though they can assist their residents in scheduling off-site visits when necessary. For the most part, the staff is primarily certified counselors and therapists. In keeping with their religious approach, they also have a Seventh Day Adventist minister on staff.
With clients expected to work during the day and spend their evenings on group therapy and 12-step meetings, the recreational opportunities are few and far between at DAP; still, this doesn’t mean that clients don’t relax with each other in the home environment. There’s a local gym five miles away that residents can enjoy, but sponsored activities for the most part are outside of DAP’s purview (besides Sunday services, of course). Finally, as an aid in the job search, DAP offers employment for those who fit the bill with their own lawn care business that operates in the Grand Terrace area.
For those looking at DAP, there a few factors to consider. First and foremost is that this is a program highly influenced by the Seventh Day Adventist faith of its founders, Cliff and Freddie Harris; those on-the-fence about that would likely do better by looking elsewhere. Secondly, the services at DAP are as basic as it gets: work by day, recovery by night.
While these factors could be enough to give potential clients pause, DAP does have the tenure and the personal touch that makes them a worthy facility for those looking for a simple, no-nonsense and affordable recovery experience. Given their extremely low cost, they’re also a potentially better value than many other competing facilities.
Drug Alternative Program
11810 Kingston St
Grand Terrace, CA 92313
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