Located in the San Francisco suburb of Vallejo, California, House of Acts provides substance abuse treatment for adults and youth suffering from chemical dependency in a transitional environment. It was founded in 1989 by legal professional and CADC Hattie Smith-Miles, who had a spiritual realization when she read Acts 26:18 in the New Testament, and was inspired to name the rehab after the biblical book. While the House of Acts provides a faith-based approach, residents are not mandated to pursue a religious program. Smith-Miles believes that religion, just like recovery, is something that clients must seek on their own behalf.
Accommodations and Food
House of Acts has four houses—two for men and two for women—each with a ten-bed capacity. Clients share rooms that include twin beds, dressers and a closet for personal belongings. Besides sleeping quarters, the cozy family-style houses include a living room, dining room and kitchen. The House of Acts provides the food. Residents rotate and prepare home-cooked meals in the kitchen for the entire household.
The Grant Street house for men also acts as the main office. The house includes a fully equipped computer room, so that residents learn how to use or enhance their computer skills and get a job.
Treatment and Staff
Prospective residents must have a face-to-face interview prior to admission. Detox services are not offered, but referrals will be provided for those who need help facing withdrawal. The rehab requires that a client have between 10 and 14 days of abstinence from chemical substances prior to admission. Residential treatment lasts about six months, and aftercare is usually between 30 and 90 days.
Treatment follows the Matrix Model. The first 30 days includes a blackout period where clients have limited access to the outside world and attend daily groups. After 30 days, clients are allowed to have free time between 4 and 8 pm daily.
Clients are mandated to be in the program six hours per day, or between 30 and 35 hours a week. Treatment includes group therapy, individual therapy (once per week), HIV education (bi-weekly), case management and attendance at a minimum of three weekly 12-step meetings. Group topics include relapse prevention, domestic violence, stress management, anger management, parenting, life skills, family education, nutrition and triggers. While not , clients are encouraged to attend local church services.
Aftercare includes weekly group and individual therapy and the duration varies per client. Male clients also have a sober living option that includes case management, exit planning, job and permanent housing assistance, as well as medical referrals.
Besides Smith-Miles who is a Bachelor’s-level CADC, staff includes a supervising counselor/CADC, spiritual guidance counselor/CADC, two women’s counselors of whom one has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, a volunteer, a men’s counselor and manager of the House of Act’s Hidden Treasures Boutique.
The 30-day cost is $2000 for residential, and $700 for sober living. Additionally, the House of Acts provides a sliding scale fee for qualified clients.
The House of Acts Workforce Division provides job opportunities as well as training. Workforce provides community services which include painting, handyman work, moving and packing, minor house repairs, hauling and other physical labor.
The House of Acts helps clients receive their GED degrees, as well as help them enroll in online college courses or classes at local community colleges.
This is a program where willingness, work and a desire to stay clean and sober play a huge factor in a client’s success. While the faith-based aspect of this program is not forced down anyone’s throat, those who are a little squeamish about religion should keep looking. However, for those who desire a faith-based caring family-style place to work on their recovery, this might be a great fit.
House of Acts
627 Grant Street
Vallejo, CA 94590
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