Hope House Addiction Services began in 1956 when Boston South End resident Jack Donahue began providing food and shelter for recovering alcoholics. The organization was incorporated in 1965, then in 1972 it was the site at which the Massachusetts governor signed the bill decriminalizing intoxication. In 2009, Hope House moved to its new home, a newly-built 35,000 square foot facility in Boston’s New Market neighborhood. The new facility houses a men’s residential treatment program as well as outpatient services, which include one-on-one counseling and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services for opioid addiction.
Accommodations and Food
Hope House’s men’s residential program treats up to 90 men at a time. Men have shared rooms in the new facility, which features basic and modern décor in a dorm-like setting. All meals are taken at the facility’s cafeteria which serves standard American fare. Hope House has recreational areas for watching television and a computer lab where men may conduct job search activities.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment is divided into three phases. Phase One, Hope House’s core program, lasts 21 days. Men in need of detox services are referred to affiliated clinics to complete this process before entering Hope House. Once admitted, men are restricted to the facility for 21 days where they’ll attend group and individual therapy several times each day.
Treatment at Hope House uses the 12-step framework and residents are required to attend daily on-site 12-step meetings. Group therapy uses CBT skills to address anger management and relapse prevention and assemblies are offered to teach foundations of spirituality in recovery, communication skills and other life skills. Residents have daily interaction with the treatment team which includes Master’s-level therapists such as LCSWs and LMHCs. Therapists are equipped to treat clients with co-occurring disorders as long as their substance abuse diagnosis is primary.
After 21 days, residents enter Phase Two of treatment which focuses on employment. Men are expected to obtain a full-time job or spend the equivalent time seeking full-time employment. Men unable to find employment are encouraged to find volunteer opportunities to build skills and relationships. In this phase men must establish a daily routine to be approved by their counselor. Employed residents must pay Hope House $119/week for room and board. Residents in Phase Two can also visit family outside the facility.
Phase Three is used to transition to independent living. Men move out Hope House during this time and attend the residence for regular group therapy and individual counseling to process issues as they arise during their transition. At this time, a client’s counselor works with him to obtain any other health or community services he may need to support his recovery and productivity.
Hope House currently has funding to provide one-on-one counseling for aftercare for alumni of its residential program.
Hope House is one of the oldest and best-known recovery facilities in Boston. Its multi-phase treatment process ensures that clients build upon successes in recovery and are able to leave treatment with improved life skills and self-knowledge.
Hope House Addiction Services
8 Farnham St.
Boston, MA 02119
Hope House Addiction Services Residential Cost: Phase One—no cost, Phase Two $476 (30 days). Reach Hope House Addiction Services at (617) 971-9360. Find Hope House Addiction Services on Facebook
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