Stonehenge Therapeutic Community in Guelph, Ontario, Canada was founded in 1971 as a long-term residential treatment program for men and women with a history of substance abuse. Over the years, it has expanded to offer a broader scope of addiction treatment and serve more diverse client groups. Today, Stonehenge provides programs ranging from inpatient to aftercare and a variety of treatment tracks; including gender-specific care, specialized programs for opioid substitution, pregnant and parenting women and criminal justice clients. The residential facility for women, Century House, is designed to set women up for a successful recovery in a gender-specific and supportive environment.
Accommodations and Food
The large brick house can accommodate a maximum of 14 women with residents living in double-occupancy bedrooms. Rooms are furnished with twin beds, have ample closet space and shared bathrooms. Common areas include a media room with cable TV for clients to enjoy during downtime. No cell phones, laptops or mp3 players are allowed on the premises.
All meals are served family-style with residents assisting in meal preparation. A chef ensures that the food prepared is healthy but with comfort food options like pizza and pasta. Coffee and tea are served throughout the day.
Treatment and Staff
The Century House residential program is tailored to the unique needs of women struggling with chemical dependency. In order to be admitted, clients must be physically stable and not in need of detox. However, there is an opiate replacement track available for those who wish to participate in ongoing Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) with methadone. There is a physician and lab services available on-site. Residents must commit to stay in the program for four to six months. The treatment process follows a therapeutic community model that addresses physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing needs for women.
Throughout their stay, clients advance through three phases. The first phase, known as orientation phase, is the first two weeks of treatment and focuses on getting the client acclimated to the program. Clients are paired with a supportive peer and not allowed any contact with the outside world during this time. They participate in multiple group sessions each day; including sexuality and gender, relationships, domestic violence, parenting skills, conflict resolution and spirituality. Additionally, psycho-education classes help clients gain knowledge about themselves and the disease of addiction. All groups are facilitated by female LADCs and utilize CBT techniques.
The second phase is called active treatment and lasts three to four months. During this time, individual therapy is introduced as well as special groups for dual diagnosis support. During this phase clients also begin to focus on their general health and wellness by learning about nutrition and exercise, relaxation techniques and risk reduction. Clients may receive medication management and additional assessments by a staff psychiatrist. Medical services are provided as well, including HIV/AIDS treatment and classes on self-care.
The re-entry phase is the third and final level and focuses on preparing clients for returning back to the community and workforce. Through collaborations with organizations in the community, clients receive vocational education, GED classes, housing referrals and employment opportunities. All therapeutic activities continue but focus shifts to relapse prevention and continuing recovery skills. Residents are encouraged, but not required, to attend off-site 12-step meetings .
The Stonehenge organization is headed by Heather Kerr, CSW, who serves as Executive Director. There are also nurses, a psychiatrist, CADCs, Master’s-level therapists and support staff available on-site 24-hours a day.
Family members of clients meet once a month for a group that offers addiction education and support. Complimentary aftercare is available for up to two years, which is a weekly group that meets with staff on-site.
Pregnant women are offered priority entrance into the program and provided with prenatal care and parenting classes. When possible, women who have been separated from their children during active addiction are provided with services to reunite them.
Stonehenge Therapeutic Community, in partnership with The Canadian Mental Health Association provides two transitional housing programs in the Guelph-Wellington region.
Stonehenge Therapeutic Community provides women with a safe environment for personal development in early recovery. Clients engage in social activities to support each other and build a foundation for a new way of life. Clients at Century Home can expect to be treated with dignity and respect while cultivating skills and tools to support long-term sobriety.
Stonehenge Therapeutic Community
60 Westwood Rd
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