House of Hope is a residential program for men dealing with substance abuse. It is a voluntary program for those who truly desire to forsake their former lifestyles. House of Hope serves to introduce the drug user into a total drug free lifestyle.
House of Hope maintains an "Open Door Policy" and accepts clients of any christian faith, race, or ethnic background. It is one of the very few residential substance abuse programs in the State meeting the needs of Spanish-speaking clients. (This group represents 30% of our clientele.) The staff consists of individuals who have successfully overcome drug and alcohol dependency. House of Hope has grown to a 55 bed facility because it has achieved a tremendous success rate. Eighty-six percent (86%) of the graduates never return to drugs. This statistic cannot begin to measure the degree of human input volunteered to achieve this result.
House of Hope utilizes a three-phase program:
2. Long Range Training
Phase One - Induction. This is accomplished with close personal support, but without the aid of substitute medication. Students stay in the First Phase program for three or four months, or until ready to undertake the next phase. A medical examination is conducted before entering House of hope. The emphasis of the program is development of self-respect, confidence and a capacity to enjoy life through classes and personal concern. A total living environment of personal and group interaction, under structured activity, forms the basis for this approach. This is supportive and yet confronts the individual with reality and life without substance abuse. New faith in self is created in the individual through awakening of the drug-numbed spirit for life buried within him. The spark for a new way of life, which brought them to House of Hope, is kindled until they are ready for the long-term treatment program which awaits them.
Phase Two - Long-Term Training This phase is for men who are truly serious about changing their former lifestyle. During this period of time the men continue to undergo academic and spiritual training. This phase continually changes as different ways to expand our curriculum are examined to meet the needs of the men who are at House of Hope.
Phase Three - Re-Entry,The men receive support as they prepare to return to society. Some men are encouraged to remain at House of Hope as counselor-trainees. Each phase gives the men the opportunity to cultivate the life practice of personal prayer and daily devotions. In addition the men have Chapel services, Christian growth classes, church attendance, and Christian mentoring to facilitate their spiritual journey, to discover God’s truth for themselves.
What Makes us Different:
The total environment is developed as a living experience.
Upon severance with drugs, the drug dependent person
- Begins to experience the emotions suppressed through the use of drugs. Human needs were replaced with his drug habit. (Love) This distorts his perception of himself and his own human desires beyond drugs.
- Feels within him an indefinable thirst for self-survival. That is why he seeks help and a break from the deadening clutch that drugs has on his life.
- Sees the program as a way out of the gnawing uselessness of his present life.
- Does not understand his own needs because he does not know, or cannot face them.
Process begins to make necessary changes from the former lifestyle
- Emotional pain that had previously made drugs so satisfying is channeled to provide the motivating force to push for a new life.
- The student is shown true warmth, support, and respect from the individual staff, but reality is confronted, not blocked out.
- The student becomes aware of his health, emotions, and past problems.
- The student is encouraged to discover himself and to touch the rest of the world using his self-acceptance as a cornerstone of stability.
- Self-acceptance is the first, most necessary step, but is only a starting point for a life that will include others and an awareness of the world around him.
Responsibilities and daily chores are assigned when the student is physically able.
The physical effort yields a concrete result which the individual student can recognize and appreciate.
Being a member of a group makes a difference
- Camaraderie and peer identification has proven very influential in developing self-respect.
- Room assignments of two to four students per room create a small group which has its own room responsibilities. This group creates its own cleaning schedule and works out the responsibilities that go with maintaining each bedroom.
- The major unit is the entire community. Everyone lives by the same rules and there is a feeling of "making it together." The community holds weekly group sessions at which the students can relate grievance and express personal concerns. Meetings are used to help individuals to confront their own emotions and express concern for others.
Recreation serves such therapeutic benefits as team cooperation, self-awareness and coping with self and others. Some of the specific recreation available is on the grounds: weight lifting, basketball, ping pong and other outdoor group sports. There are times when the men are blessed with Christian concert tickets, tickets to major or minor league baseball games or basketball games.
The program was incorporated and is a charter act under the State of Florida in 2014. It also holds a Federal Exemption Status under 501(c) (3) as a non-profit charitable organization.
The administrative offices and residential programs are located at our Wildwood Campus, 4738 NE 49th Blvd., Wildwood, Florida 34785.
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4738 NE 49th Boulevard in Wildwood, FL 34785
House of Hope is easily accessible from the Florida Turnpike at Route 301