Founded in 1969 by a priest and two recovering addicts in a local parish, the Detroit based SHAR now serves about 6,000 individuals annually through a full range of substance abuse, mental health and other behavioral health services. Funded by the city, SHAR seeks to promote personal growth and responsibility in its primary treatment locations, long-term transitional facilities and two prison-based sites.
Treatment and Staff
The primary locations are SHAR Main and SHAR Academy (in the historic Fanny Wingert Elementary School building) on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, and SHAR Macomb in Warren, Michigan. Residential treatment and detox facilities for men and women are housed in the SHAR Main building. Usually lasting three to five days, SHAR’s sub-acute detox does not employ restraints, does not administer IV therapy and does not prescribe methadone (Suboxone is used for opiate detoxification). Clients whose addictions produce active withdrawal symptoms (seizures or delirium tremors) are referred to a hospital-based acute detox setting. Everyone is monitored 24 hours a day by physician and nursing staff and medications are adjusted as clinically warranted. After discharge, clients are referred to residential or another level of appropriate care at SHAR or another agency.
SHAR is a Therapeutic Community involving open-ended participation. Its program is a “tough” balance between structure, personal choice, freedom and opportunity. Clients can stay anywhere from the three to five days of detox into months of transitional living. Residents at different stages of recovery interact with one another in symbiotic ways within the community. On-site 12-step meetings are an integral part of this interaction.
Evidence-based treatment modalities are employed at all levels of treatment, such as motivational enhancement strategies, cognitive restructuring, relapse prevention and training in areas such as anger management, domestic violence, problem solving and social skills. All aspects of each client’s problems are targeted, including environmental factors, cognitive factors and behaviorial, physical and emotional factors.
SHAR supports self-directed approaches to care that builds on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families and communities. The individual is expected to take responsibility for their sustained health, wellness and recovery from alcohol and drug problems. SHAR provides life skills and vocational training and an opportunity to develop practical skills, which provide opportunities for recovering clients where there were none before; clients find work and support themselves in sobriety and in turn support the rebuilding of the community of Detroit.
The SHAR staff has extensive experience in substance abuse, mental health treatment and the therapeutic community modality. Medical, substance abuse professionals and paraprofessional peer coaches comprise the treatment staff.
This is a program for the residents of Detroit—a private, non-profit facility for locals who have nowhere else to turn. SHAR also provides substance abuse services to personnel returning home after recent wars in a bid to regain pre-duty levels of functioning, and treat PTSD and other mental health and trauma-related concerns.
1852 West Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48208
SHAR Cost: Sliding scale (30 days). Reach SHAR by phone at 313-894-8444. Find SHAR on Facebook.
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