Pre-‐Existing Website, at start of employment, August 2008
Current Website,November 2008, after re-‐launch (April 2008) consisting of new site map, all new content, and new photography. www.SecondGenesis.org
www.secondgenesis.org/index.php/about About Second Genesis Our mission is to empower individuals and families to make choices that will enable them to experience a healthy, responsible life free from alcohol, drugs, crime, violence and exploitation. Purpose Second Genesis facilitates individual recovery from substance abuse to providing information, support and guidance; and by insisting that persons served take an active role in planning and implementing therapeutic activities for themselves, their peers and their families. Core Values Second Genesis believes in the…• efficacy of the therapeutic community model• holistic approach to obstacles in recovery• involvement of client and family in treatment• adherence to a strict code of ethics• reduction of stigma associated with addiction Theorem “No man or woman here stands alone. We together are one, but many. Aware of our frailties and failings. We now strive to find strength in each other through the ancient concepts of honesty and love. We must relate as human beings and project our favorable attributes. We must be open for we must not return to the practice of hiding our defects. We pledge to be strong in our beliefs and firm in our convictions and to draw from these convictions that which when cultivated will contribute most to our common goal, that of creating a new person.”
www.secondgenesis.org/index.php/about/therapeutic_model/Therapeutic ModelIn our Traditional Therapeutic Communities, individuals in treatment are more than just ‘patients’. They aremembers of a community in which they are responsible for helping one another co-progress throughtreatment. The staff supports these efforts with individual and group therapy, social skills training, educationand vocational services, relapse prevention, as well as case management services. The ultimate objective isfor the residents to develop a sense of responsibility for themselves as well as others. Graduates leaveSecond Genesis with the tools they need to remain successful in recovery, and in life.SummaryThe therapeutic community model is a structured method and environment for changing human behavior inthe context of community life and responsibility. Utilized by Second Genesis, job functions allow clinical careworkers to assist participants in assessing the progress of their individualized treatment goals. The guidelinefor the therapeutic treatment model indicates that; as clients adapt to pro-social attitudes and behaviors,they become more aware of their maladaptive tendencies and begin to self-realize their pivotal role as amember of the community.Work Adjustment Training“Work adjustment training” is reinforced through house duties that are assigned and reviewed by staff witheach client’s learning needs in mind. Clients are expected to assume increased responsibilities in their houseas they progress through treatment and demonstrate clearly defined pro-social attitudes and behaviors.Maturity occurs as the houses mirrors back to the client those behaviors that are maladaptive in the pro-social Second Genesis environment. As educational opportunities arise and foster personal growth, personalaccountability is attained.Addiction EducationThese opportunities allow participants to overcome their denial of the presence and effects of addiction intheir lives. Clients explore and process their substance use and related personal histories while learningstrategies of recovery. The Second Genesis program highlights addiction education and relapse prevention,as well as life skills development.
Addiction Education and Relapse PreventionClients learn about the addiction cycle, develop an individualized relapse prevention plan, and adoptrecovery principles and practices, including the 12-step model.Life Skills EducationSubstance abuse that begins during the adolescent period interrupts social, educational, and intellectualmaturation. As a supplement to maturity achieved in the work-phase process, life skills seminars addressbehaviors and attitudes presented in the daily, living activities. Clients are armed with knowledge on how tobehave as an age and gender appropriate, socially acceptable member of the community.Additional Information:Therapeutic Communities of Americahttp://www.therapeuticcommunitiesofamerica.orgNational Institute on Drug Abuse-TC Summaryhttp://www.drugabuse.gov/PDF/RRTherapeutic.pdfSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationhttp://kap.samhsa.gov/products/brochures/pdfs/CJA_ConsumerBrochure.pdf
www.secondgenesis.org/index.php/programs_facilities/co_occurring_disorders_residential_programCo-Occurring Disorders Residential ProgramPhilosophyPatients live in a safe environment while receiving integrated treatment. They leave the program with theability to become stable, contributing members of society.HistoryIn 1999, the integrated Co-occurring Disorders Residential Program was created out of request by the stateof Maryland. Second Genesis has been a pioneer in providing an integrated model of service to clients withco-occurring disorders (those with both substance abuse and mental health concerns). Our treatmentprotocols were so well respected that out of this request, Second Genesis developed a Co-occurringDisorders Residential Program that enables clients to participate in a variety of therapeutic activities tofoster recovery. Since then, we have treated nearly 200 individuals, incorporating the best practices ofintegrated residential care for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Currently, we have 18 male beds and9 female beds.PerformanceOur co-occurring clients stay in treatment an average of 169 days which is much longer than the nationaland state averages, demonstrating that we effectively engage and retain our clients. Length of stay intreatment is correlated to many prosperous outcomes: including increased employment, decreasedsubstance use, criminal behavior, and homelessness.ClientsOur clients are men and women (no adolescents) with co-occurring disorders (those with both substanceabuse and mental health concerns).Client ResponsesWhen surveyed at discharge, all co-occurring clients state that treatment helped a lot with their drugproblem, and that their physical health and self esteem improved. As a client recently commented, “Serviceshere could not be better”.
StaffA staff of licensed and certified master’s level clinicians specialize in treating clients with both mental healthand substance abuse issues.Program and ActivitiesSecond Genesis’s treatment approach is based on a cognitive-behavioral model specifically designed to helpeach client understand and address the root of his or her addictive thinking. Furthermore, clients aredirected towards accepting change and ending the cycle of relapse and recidivism that prevails in thispopulation. In addition to individual and skill-based group therapy, clients participate in special activitiesincluding community service, sports days, group field trips, as well as a fatherhood program.