A Reprieve for Women is a home – a place to make real connections – a place to belong – a sisterhood. We’re also a place to have fun, eat great food and where recovery is happening every day.
Women at A Reprieve are engaged in a wide variety of activities such as art, dance, and community activities that all assist in forming a strong environment for healing. We celebrate each holiday and other events to strengthen bonds and increase involvement.
There is a surrender wall to serve as a powerful visual reminder of the things residents are willing to give up for their sobriety. We aim to build self-confidence and help our residents learn to draw from their inner strength and the strength of the sisterhood. We create specific activities around dealing with anger, self confidence and relationships in healthy ways. Our activities help them to recognize this and learn how to work through their anger and overcome it.
Career readiness is a key component of the program. This assists residents in finding employment or reconnecting to school to finish their education. Women at A Reprieve often find jobs through the connections they make in the community. Throughout the program, there are several ceremonial celebrations that highlight resident progress and growth. These ceremonies build strong connections within our community and are a part of why residents of A Reprieve feel a part of our family forever.
Typical day at A Reprieve
Wake Up – The Reprieve day begins. Residents start their day by completing household chores and cooking breakfast together.
Daily Meditation – Residents of the Reprieve practice 30 minutes of guided Mindfulness meditation each morning. This practice allows the resident to begin their day by confronting, rather than suppressing or ignoring, any negative physical and emotional feelings that he may wake up with.
The nature of addiction is to avoid all negative experiences while attempting to feel a euphoric high at all times. This strategy has stopped working by the time the resident arrives at the Reprieve. Mindfulness meditation allows them to see this truth for themselves, through their own direct experience, and begin to develop a more effective strategy for dealing with unpleasant thoughts and emotions.
12-Step Presentation – Our Step Presentation is the process which enables our residents to begin to study, learn and practically apply the principles of 12 Step Recovery in their lives. Residents will complete, present and internalize each of the 12-steps in an intensive peer – supported setting. This is extensive, written work which each resident will present to his Program Specialist in front of his peers. This process is at the very core of what we do at The Reprieve and is the catalyst for substantial internal change. It also serves to help them develop healthy relationships and establish the communal support which is required to overcome Addiction and learn to live a satisfying and productive life free of drugs and alcohol.
Meals – Our meals are served family style. We start with guest introductions and a prayer of thanks. All of our staff and residents sit down together and enjoy a time of food and fellowship. Residents, along with Staff, plan, prepare and cook meals which are easily replicated in their own kitchens. They will learn about nutritional needs, portion sizes, meal planning, and how to make healthier choices.
Recreational Activities – We are located in a small town community that allows us to offer a variety of activities. We have access to a local gym which we use at least 3 times a week. We also use local and state parks for hiking and water related activities.
Community Meeting – The weekly community meeting is an opportunity for our residents and staff to come together and talk about the day. We discuss areas where we can progress, but we also praise areas where we excel.
12-Step Meeting (every evening) – Residents attend local 12-Step meetings every evening.
Accountability – Accountability is the last thing that residents will do before “lights out”. Accountability is designed to increase the resident’s awareness of the self-destructive behaviors which accompany the disease of addiction. Their fellow residents the help them develop a plan for changing these behaviors, and hold them accountable for carrying out that plan. This is done in an intimate setting, usually no more than 4 residents together, and it provides them with a daily look into their own spiritual growth as it unfolds.