Founded in 1968, House of Hope and Stepping Stones are twin facilities offering substance abuse treatment for men and women. Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the once modest organization has expanded into an eight-building compound providing residential care for the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders. House of Hope and Stepping Stones are both CARF-accredited.
Accommodations and Food
House of Hope and Stepping Stones can accommodate 92 men and 38 women, respectively, for long-term care and 28 transitional beds for either gender, making a total of 162 beds. Because the organization is state-sponsored, 53 beds are generally reserved for clients coming in through the Department of Corrections (DOC) for six months of addiction treatment, 22 beds are for those coming through the DOC with dual diagnosis and 37 beds are for dual diagnosis clients referred through the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Accommodations at both locations are basic, with clients sharing rooms with one to two other roommates. Each facility has a dining room that typically doubles as a meeting room for group therapy. All meals are provided by the staff, including snacks.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment combines group and individual therapy using evidence-based practices such as CBT, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and relapse prevention techniques. Twelve-step principles are also a major component of the program and clients attend regular on-site AA/NA meetings. Those with co-occurring disorders can get psychiatric support services as well as medication management as necessary.
Because the facilities once operated only as halfway houses, the programs still encourage independence and the development of life skills. As a result, educational seminars on money management, HIV/AIDS awareness, GED classes and employment are also offered.
Staff consists of CAPs, CAPPs, psychologists, LMHCs as well as Master’s- and PhD-level counselors. The staff to client ratio is generally one-to-12.
In support of the diverse local community, House of Hope and Stepping Stones also offer all treatment services in Spanish. Additionally, referrals for basic medical care including physicals, follow-up appointments and blood work are available. Finally, a family program is available and can be incorporated into any program as necessary.
Overall, House of Hope and Stepping Stones provides a wide range of comprehensive services primarily geared towards court-ordered clientele. In addition to evidence-based care, both facilities offer skill-development and educational services to help clients properly reintegrate into society. While the facilities are modest, House of Hope and Stepping Stones is a solid resource for addiction recovery and dual diagnosis care.
House of Hope and Stepping Stones
908 SW 1st St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
901 N.E. 17th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
House of Hope and Stepping Stones Cost: Sliding scale. Reach House of Hope and Stepping Stones at (954) 524-8989. Find House of Hope and Stepping Stones on Facebook
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