Created in 1995, Jericho Project is a state-licensed, year-long residential program in Brisbane, California, a suburb of San Francisco. The program specializes in treating chemically dependent criminal offenders, showing them how—through therapy, community, life skills, recreation and 12-step work—they can live independent and healthy lives. The vast majority of its clients are court-ordered.
Accommodations and Food
Jericho Project’s facilities include several residences, the main house and a community center. Newly-admitted clients and staff members live in the main house, while other clients and case managers live in the other residences. The homes feature family-style interiors, with a TV in the living room and oversized dining rooms. Clients share bedrooms with one or two other people.
For meals, everyone participates. Staff members stock the kitchens with the appropriate ingredients, pitching in to help guide the clients through recipes. The food is served and eaten as a group, promoting healthy conversation and bonding. Items such as coffee and sugar are permitted in the homes.
The community center is where most of the action occurs—the space includes classrooms, offices, an extensive gym and exercise area and meeting rooms for staff. Clients can work out in the evenings, as physical fitness is an essential part of the program. Although it is not encouraged, smoking is allowed during breaks in designated areas.
Treatment and Staff
While many programs focus on individual therapy, Jericho Project’s year-long treatment process uses group counseling as the recovery tool. Through CBT and DBT therapy, counselors help change a client’s negative thoughts and behaviors. Group topics include life skills, relapse prevention, anger management, parenting, navigating the criminal justice system and trauma. Living in a group also teaches the clients about personal responsibility. This requires each member to maintain personal hygiene, keep up with household chores and respect the other members of the community.
Clients also have the opportunity to participate in vocational training and educational classes that helps prepare them for life after treatment. Class topics include an introduction to computers, English, remedial math and nutrition.
Family visits are approved on an individual basis. While many programs offer a family night or family therapy, Jericho Project encourages clients to slowly heal family dynamics after their treatment is completed.
Clients have access to the world of 12-step recovery during their stay. On-site AA/NA meetings occur several times per week at the community center. This type of recovery immerses clients in a sober community, giving them a strong support system during and after the program.
For severe addiction, a month or two of treatment is often not enough. With a 12-month program, Jericho Project allow clients to transform all aspects of their lives, teaching new ways of thinking and behaviors that lead to success.
470 Valley Dr
Brisbane, CA 94005
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