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Residential Treatment Recovery Center
The day a new resident arrives, he or she joins the process of “Healing in the Context of Community.” Our community based, 24/7 approach to rehabilitation includes a daily schedule of early rising, quiet time, breakfast, work assignments, Christian classes and counseling, lunch, work assignments, supper and evening routines.
Along with being a rehabilitation and recovery program for addicts, His Mansion is also a training center for equipping young people for Christian service, through the process of Christian-formation. The men and women in this training program live and work beside the residents as Servant Leaders. They provide ongoing coaching and encouragement.
All of His Mansion Ministries, including mentoring, studying God’s Word, meaningful employment, and healthy lifestyle is regularly bathed in prayer. When all is said and done, if God doesn’t energize the process, rehabilitation is impossible.
At His Mansion, we believe in miracles — and witness them!
His Mansion is a no-nonsense community where recovery must be more important to the residents than it is to the staff. Residents are expected to work at the program and exhibit a desire to change. Those who are not ready to surrender to the process need not apply. Those who play games after arrival will be asked to leave.
We are a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free environment. Appropriate medical prescriptions are allowed. Applicants may not be wards of the state or mandated to His Mansion by the courts. Because we accept no state or federal monies, charge no fees, and accept only adults, we reserve the right to choose our residents carefully.
Our program takes a minimum of 12 months to complete. It includes a month-long induction and three phases of treatment:
Induction – is a thirty day commitment on the part of a resident to get to know the staff, other residents and the program. At the end of the month, a decision is made between the resident and staff as to whether there is a good fit. If so, the resident moves on to the first of three phases, each lasting four months:
- Phase 1: Foundations
- Phase 2: Inner Healing
- Phase 3: Discipleship
The weekly schedule at His Mansion is a balance of individual and group therapy, classroom studies, public and personal worship, and physical labor. Our recovery treatment model is not comprised of a single, canned approach, but is a weaving together of several distinct strands around a central dependence on Jesus Christ. The five components are:
- Growing in stature and Christian-formation
- Sociogram and Process/Healing Groups
- Living in Community
- Group and individual Counseling
- Physical work
Growing in Stature is based on the premise that God’s strategy for developing capable adults is through the family. Once upon a time parents, grandparents, relatives, enlightened teachers and local believers were available to help youngsters learn healthy perceptions about themselves, and essential skills with which to relate to others. But now in-tact nuclear families are rare and stable extended families even rarer. What a loss!
Through our Growing in Stature classes combined with community living, residents can experience the benefits of a caring extended family where important interpersonal skills are not only taught but are also “caught” in the context of real life.
Sociogram and Process/Healing Groups form the second corner of His Mansion’s pentagon of training. These components are used by several other successful programs to encourage a higher level of peer accountability and to raise up leadership from among the participants themselves.
Sociograms provide each resident with a weekly public evaluation by peers, work supervisors, instructors and mentors. This evaluation becomes the basis for evaluating a person’s progress. It identifies areas of strengths and weakness and provides guidelines for ongoing development and growth.
Process/Healing Groups meet on Thursday afternoons. For the women, the focus is on trauma recovery; for the men, it is on healthy sexuality and recovery from sexual addiction. The purpose of the groups is to support the transition from a dysfunctional life to one of victory and purpose.
Living in Community is a critical part of the journey of hope and healing at His Mansion. Living in the dormitories, participating in group activities, worshipping together, relaxing and having fun with each other are all important avenues by which we break down barriers and build up one another. Life together is where we test the truths, discoveries and tools we gain in the other directed activities of our program.
Group and Individual Counseling provides an environment where, in the spirit of love, groups confront lies, speak truth, grant forgiveness, apply mercy and offer a safe haven in the midst of life’s storms.
Physical work is an integral part of the recovery program, usually involving 25-30 hours a week. His Mansion is a working farm with over 20 buildings and more than 300 acres of woods, sugar maple groves and gardens. The men do most of the heavy labor dealing with agriculture, snow removal, equipment repair and building maintenance. The women do much of the inside work such as food service, canning and housekeeping. They also help with the gardening, wood-fuel processing and preventative maintenance.
We put into practice what we learn in the classroom and in group encounters during Work Crew. We are not a vocational training center but we strive to hone a work ethic that will help residents succeed at any job they take after leaving His Mansion.