Stonehenge Therapeutic Community in Guelph, Ontario Canada was founded in 1971 as a long-term residential treatment program for adults with a history of substance abuse. Over the years, it has expanded to offer a broader scope of addiction treatment services. These include gender-specific facilities for men and women along with several options for transitional care and sober living for those who have completed an addiction treatment program.
Accommodations and Amenities
In partnership with The Canadian Mental Health Association, Stonehenge provides two transitional housing locations in the Guelph-Wellington region.
The gender-specific houses are Edinburgh Place for men and Sidney House for women and they have a combined 16 beds. Clients share bedrooms and bathrooms with one other person. There is also a long-term housing program where clients have their own apartment. Typically these units include a kitchen, bathroom, living room and a bedroom. Residents must purchase their own food and prepare their own meals. Smoking is forbidden inside the apartments and on the entire premises.
Rules and Regulations
Typically, applicants are put on a wait list that can last between a few months to one year. Each house has a tenant selection plan that lists specific criteria for potential clients and a detailed application. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have recent involvement in or have completed an addiction treatment program and be at risk of homelessness. Potential clients must also be committed to active participation in case management and support services.
The transitional program lasts for a period of up to 364 days. Clients receive weekly addiction counseling, must attend the weekly house meeting and participate in the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the house. Residents are also required to attend and participate in other recovery supports such as 12-step meetings and aftercare. It is an expectation of the program that clients actively participate in activities and stay focused on their ongoing recovery goals, which include obtaining permanent housing.
In the long-term program, single clients live independently and have weekly addiction counseling sessions in their units. Clients agree to actively participate in other addiction recovery supports such as 12-step meetings. There are case workers available who help residents find recovery support groups as well as other on-site and community-based supportive sources. Clients are allowed to stay indefinitely, as long as they continue to meet the criteria for residency. The cost of rent depends on the resident as it is 30 percent of their monthly income.
For graduates of the Stonehenge Therapeutic Community residential programs seeking supportive sober housing in the nearby Waterloo Region, counseling services and transitional and permanent housing units are provided through a partnership between House of Friendship and Waterloo Regional Homes. Those interested in this program can contact House of Friendship at (519) 957-5001 for more information.
Despite the fact that there are very specific criteria involved, as well as lengthy waiting lists, Stonehenge Supportive Housing offers great options for sober living. This is a solid choice for people in recovery who need an affordable and safe living situation.
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