Residential treatment at Alive Again Ministries is an intensive and holistic experience during which women receive personalized services that are best suited to help them achieve long-term recovery from chemical dependency, self-destructive behavior, and certain co-occurring mental health disorders.
Each girl who elects to enter the AAM program, North Carolinas’ Christian addiction and behavioral home for girls, will have a unique residential experience. Our main objectives for each resident who is entrusted into our care are the same. We provide a focused program where each person is treated with dignity and respect. The skills and strategies we provide will empower them to overcome the obstacles that have been preventing them from living healthier and more satisfying lives.
During the program girls experience the benefits working in active collaboration with dedicated and experienced professionals. We place a premium on ensuring that all play a pivotal role in their treatment experience and take ownership of their own recovery. From identifying short and long-term goals, through assessing their progress and determining which treatment elements are best suited to meeting their unique needs that impact their prospects for maintaining lifelong recovery.
Depending upon a wide range of personal factors, including but not limited to the girls’ strengths, needs, goals, and treatment history and her personalized plan may include the following elements:
I. Detoxification: Ridding one’s body of the substances upon which one has become dependent is an essential precursor to fully engaging in the comprehensive therapeutic care that can lead to long-term recovery. Unfortunately, attempting to wean oneself from many addictive substances without proper oversight can be a painful, stressful, and ultimately an unsuccessful experience. Commonly referred to as detox, this program features close professional supervision that is designed to maximize safety and minimize discomfort. Although the initial medically dangerous Detox is typically completed in a clinical environment before entering our program, the emotional detoxification with our long-term program is designed to be overcome while focusing on building a relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
II. Medication management: Depending upon the nature and severity of an individual’s comprehensive needs, the inclusion of certain prescription medications may alleviate symptoms, improve the treatment experience, and significantly enhance an individual’s ability to achieve an improved quality of life. All residents meet with a third party medical professional to determine if this option is best for them, unless they have already been managed by a professional during medical detoxification. If medication management services are determined to be beneficial, the individual can receive cooperative medication management throughout her time in our program.
III. Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions between a resident and her primary counselor are scheduled weekly, at times there may be additional sessions throughout the time in AAMs’ program. These individual sessions can be excellent opportunities for residents to process treatment-related successes and setbacks, address issues that they may be affecting both the healthy life process of a sober life, the challenges related to physical and spiritual questions and relationship issues.
IV. Christian discipleship: Fulfilling your physical needs and recovery is only the first step. The next is to change your actions based on desires and the ability to recognize your "triggers" of risky or emotional behaviors. To excel in this area, Alive Again has a structured, biblical based curriculum. Growing your knowledge and designed to address the underlying issues that have controlled your behaviors in every aspect of your life and girls will have the time growing their person and heart.
V. Lifestyle and Life skills: Our girls have often lost informative years in addiction and or mental health issues and come with deficiencies in basic skills. As a nurturing home, AAM works to change and educate on home and personal care. Teaching the benefits of a clean, healthy and sober life will include a structured day; from early morning, participating in meal preparation, caring for the house, a fitness routine, biblical studies and receiving biblical discipleship by staff, co-residents, volunteers and the church which the home attends. The nurturing and care is in both Christs love and biblical discipline.
VI. Family therapy: The impact of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders is not limited to the individual who is directly experiencing these problems. Close friends and family members can be affected by a loved one’s struggles, and can also play important roles in helping the afflicted individual achieve and maintain recovery. Regularly scheduled family phone sessions and eventually visits to AAM allow loved ones to discuss how the struggles of the individual in treatment has impacted their lives, heal rifts and form stronger bonds, and learn how they can best support their family member both during and after he or she is in treatment. In addition to participating in therapy sessions with their respective network, family members and other loved ones will also receive updates on the patient’s progress throughout her time in our care.
VII. Post completion planning: As indicated earlier on this page, one of the main objectives of AAM is to achieve and maintain long-term recovery. While we recognize the key role that our residential program can play in this process, we also understand that the time in our care represents just a few steps on her recovery journey. To ensure that residents can maintain and build upon the progress that they make with us, we conduct a thorough planning process that begins soon after an individual enters the program. By the time completed (typical one-year) she will have a throughout plan that documents her progress in treatment and identifies the professional referrals, community resources, church relationship, accountability and other services that will support a life of sobriety and experience a fulfilling life, and relationship with Jesus Christ. This may be a plan that does not include returning home, but rather making plans to function as a responsible adult, return to further education or potentially enter the mission field.