Our Hope was founded in 1972 to provide a recovery sanctuary for women. Located in the historic Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan, this facility offers residential treatment for substance abuse in a home-like setting. Through affordable care, gender-specific treatment and holistic approaches to recovery, women are able to heal in the hands of a trained clinical team.
Accommodations and Food
The Victorian carriage house in which clients live resembles a real-life dollhouse. The exterior of the 14-bed home features a quaint front porch, purple front doors and matching purple shutters while the interior has velvet couches, overhead chandeliers, a fireplace to stay warm and a welcoming kitchen. Bedrooms are located in the upstairs area of the home and include antique desks and dressers, flowered bedspreads and white lace curtains. All bedrooms are shared between two clients.
The majority of therapy takes place in the multi-purpose group room. This newly added addition to the home features Steelcase chairs, artwork and a flat screen television. While the house has a gym, clients can also attend the local YMCA on a daily basis to swim, work out and participate in guided yoga classes.
For meals, Our Hope aims to integrate self-care into the client’s life. Instead of cooking for them, the facility allows clients to plan their meals as a group. Ingredients can be picked out during supervised grocery trips. Back in the home, clients share cooking and cleaning duties, preparing three meals per day for each other and eating as a family.
Treatment and Staff
The treatment team is all-female and features only clinically trained professionals, such as licensed therapists and social workers. For those seeking detox, the facility can recommend a local detox facility prior to admission. While this program addresses mental health issues during therapy, medication management is not provided. However, clients who are already taking meds are able to bring their prescriptions into treatment.
The 30-to-90 day treatment involves individual therapy once a week, group therapy, psycho-educational lectures, recreation and life skills. Group topics include relapse prevention, parenting, employment, processing, grief, trauma and codependency, while life skills involves grocery shopping, meal planning, sewing and chores. Clients are introduced to the 12-steps through daily on- and off-site AA/NA meetings.
A typical day in treatment begins with wake up at 7 am followed by breakfast. Morning meditation goes from 8:30 am to 9:30 am followed by group therapy until 11:30 am. A buffet-style lunch goes from 11:30 am to 12 pm followed by a 12-step meeting. Group therapy resumes at 1:30 pm and continues until 4:30 pm. There’s some free time until the family-style dinner at 5 pm. Clients attend another 12-step meeting or community meeting from 6 to 7 pm followed by free time, chores check and lights out at 11 pm.
After completing residential care, clients can attend the outpatient program, which typically runs three hours per day for eight to 12 weeks and includes individual therapy, group therapy and 12-step work.
Our Hope offers acupuncture detoxification therapy in a group setting every other week for no additional charge.
This women-only program offers comfortable, 70’s style living, therapy and a taste of the real world during treatment. Through the application of life skills and the 12 steps, the women can gain the necessary tools to live successful, sober lives.
324 Lyon NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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