Located in Willimantic, Connecticut, Perception House has offered residential treatment to adults since 1971. Rooted in the 12 steps, its program centers on complete abstinence. Through individual and group therapy, clients discuss and process their emotions and behaviors. This long-term treatment program truly sets residents up for sustainable sobriety.
Accommodations and Food
Perception House is a three-story pre-war house with a welcoming wrap-around front porch and a stone foundation. Situated on a corner lot, its ample yard and old-growth trees are surrounded by other historic homes. It can accommodate a total of 20 clients, with seven bedrooms comfortably furnished with twin beds, nightstands and shared dressers. Two gender-specific bathrooms are also shared amongst residents. Common areas include a TV room, kitchen, laundry room, dining room, living room and a den—with the latter two used for group meetings. While food, cleaning and paper supplies are provided, residents are responsible for cooking their own meals and keeping the house clean. Chores are assigned and rotate weekly.
Additionally, residents are given a weekly allowance that can be used during supervised grocery trips so residents may select food items of their choice. Coffee and snacks are provided in the morning and afternoon. Smoking is permitted outside in designated areas and only during specified breaks. No cellphones or laptops are allowed at the facility. Clients have access to the phone in the counseling office.
Treatment and Staff
Upon entry, each client undergoes an initial assessment to determine the level of care they need. Typical lengths of stay vary between four and eight months.
Each day starts with breakfast at 8 am followed by morning group at 9. From 10 to 11 am, there is an in-house AA meeting then free time until lunch at noon. Clients have until 2:30 to clean their rooms, do chores and use the laundry facilities. From 2:30 pm to 4 pm, they attend gender-specific groups that use CBT and include topics such as trauma, parenting, mental health, self-esteem, addiction and health, peer pressure, family dynamics, coping skills, relapse prevention, stress management and gender-specific issues. Educational lectures address the disease model of addiction and the dangers of substance abuse. There is also a group designed for those with co-occurring disorders. An introduction to the 12 steps is also incorporated.
Following dinner, there are various meetings throughout the week. On Monday nights, a house meeting is facilitated by a counselor where household issues are discussed; including weekly cooking and cleaning assignments, weekend passes, visitor approval, disciplinary actions and other house-related business. On Tuesday and Thursday nights, in-house AA meetings are facilitated by a community member. On Friday and Saturday evenings, clients attend outside AA/NA meetings. After the meetings, residents have free time until curfew with lights out by 11 pm.
Residents can expect random urine tests and daily breathalyzers upon returning from an outside meeting. Visitors are welcome on Sundays from 1 to 4 pm but all visits must be approved by the counseling staff. Dual diagnosis support and medication management are also offered. Though detox is not available, referrals to outside facilities can be made when necessary.
After 30 days, residents are eligible for an eight-hour Saturday pass. At 60 days sober, clients are eligible for overnight passes. Those on pass are given call-in times to report to staff and are required to attend a 12-step meeting.
Additional programs through Perception include two sober living homes, one of which specializes in homeless and HIV-positive clients. A Homeless Outreach Program that offers substance abuse treatment, health care, job training, educational training and housing to those who qualify. Its Latino Outreach ensures access to high quality and appropriate recovery services through referrals to detox, transportation to treatment and follow up. Its AIDS Outreach provides testing, education and counseling.
Perception House is a residential treatment program that focuses on teaching clients how to live healthy productive lives in sobriety. Rooted in the 12-step model, the facility offers therapy and emphasizes developing life skills. By offering additional programs addressing the homeless and AIDS communities as well as sober living homes, Perception provides much-needed help to various populations outside of standard addiction treatment. In all, the options here make it a desirable choice for a variety of needs and situations.
Perception House Location
54 North St, P.O. Box 407
Willimantic, CT 06226
Perception House Cost
$15,000 (30 days). Sliding scale available. Reach Perception House by phone at (860) 450-7129.
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