Considering a Halfway House? A halfway house is the next vital step in continuing on a journey of recovery. The people, places and things in our lives can easily trigger us to fall back into our old ways. Sometimes our families also need time to heal after the damage we’ve done in our addiction. Whatever your need, it is a daunting experience leaving a primary care facility and re-integrating back into society. It is important now to find a safe, structured environment in which to phase back into the world.
Our Purpose Trust in Hope Recovery House provides a safe, secure and structured environment for addicts. We provide guidance and stability on an addict’s path to self-actualization by introducing routines and getting them involved in a program of sustainable recovery. We aim to provide balance in an addict’s life as they learn to deal with the day-to-day struggles of life. Addiction is a serious disease and can be fatal, so we take an even stricter stance when it comes to the lives of the residence in our care.
Our Mission We aim to guide addicts through example and through our own experience. We seek to serve in a loving and caring way and to inspire change in the lives of the addicts we encounter. Our promise is to always be firm but fair because every addict deserves a second chance.
Our Program Addiction is a disease. If our disease is left without management we will come out of remission. At Trust in Hope we firmly believe in a spiritual solution to addiction and the only way that we have found to keep addiction at bay on a permanent basis is a daily program of recovery known as the 12 steps.
Step Work This is probably the most important recovery tool. Residents deal with their disease, their past and their guilt and shame in the step work. The steps provide new hope for addicts and also teach tools for living in our modern society without becoming overwhelmed. There are 12 steps in total. Residents are expected to do step work and it gets check by staff on a weekly basis.
Sponsor A sponsor is an addict that has worked the 12 steps and now gives back by taking addicts in early recovery through the steps. A sponsor acts as a spiritual guide and an anchor in recovery. Every resident must have a sponsor. We can help in finding an appropriate sponsor for each resident.
12 step meetings Meetings are where addicts from all over Pretoria get together to share their experience, strength and hope with each other. Meetings are about identification. We believe that one addict can best help and understand another addict. Residents are expected to do 90 meetings in 90 days from their admission and thereafter are required to continue doing a minimum of 5 meetings a week.
Service As addicts we have done nothing but take!!! We have taken opportunities from ourselves, we have taken from our friends and family, we have taken from society. It’s time to give back. Service is simply providing some of your time to helping other addicts find recovery. This can be done in a number of ways but in early recovery, simple service positions are available at meetings to provide a way for addicts to selflessly give back to the fellowship. Residents are expected to get involved in service.
Timetable A lack of structure and routine is an addict’s worse enemy. Our mandatory timetable helps addict’s to set goals and plan their weeks in advance. This is a tool for orientation and accountability. All residents must do a weekly planner and staff will discuss each resident’s planner with them at the weekly house meeting.
What We Offer In addition to the above mentioned program of recovery we offer: The Houses: Trust in Hope recovery is located in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria. We have two houses that have been converted into our recovery center. Each house provides living accommodation for 12 people, one is a men’s residence and the other is for the ladies. Brand new beds and comfortable linens are provided. Each house has a swimming pool, social and relaxing areas, there is a games room, meeting hall and plenty of secure parking. We have two domestic workers from Monday to Thursday and four washing machines available to residents. Safety is a key concern, so we provide 24 hours security via electric fencing and outside CCTV. We also have a live-in night and weekend manager. We provide DSTV, uncapped Wi-Fi and house outings for entertainment and are a dedicated team of passionate recovering addicts.
Meals Our menu has been put together by a qualified nutritionist and is on a three week rotational basis to provide food diversity. Breakfast cereals are provided in the morning, breads and jams are available for lunch and a hot cooked meal is prepared Monday to Thursday on the premises by our staff. Fridays we usually braai or get take out, weekend meals and specialty foods are at the residents on cost. We do cater for people who require Halaal meals.
A Little Guidance Becoming a part of society again as an addict is not easy. We have let down our employers, hurt family and friends and generally don’t know how to act in most situations. But there is hope! From filling out a CV and managing the gaps in our employment record to healing ties with family and friends, we are here to help. We offer our support through all of life’s difficult situations. Whether it’s a court case or suggesting which career paths are suitable, we have the experience needed to point you in the right direction.
The Rules and Regulations Curfew Residents must be home by 10:00 PM from Mondays to Thursdays. Fridays and Saturdays the curfew is 12:00 AM Sundays is 08:00 PM Extensions are available within reason if prior written notice has been given to staff for consideration. No extensions will be given within the first month of stay.
Weekends out Within the first month of stay at the Trust in Hope, residents are not permitted to sleep out. Nights away are earned through clean time. In your second months you’ll be given one night, in your third month two nights and in your fourth month 3 nights and so on. Sleep out forms must be completed and handed to staff before at the weekly house meeting for consideration and validation. Special holiday sleep outs and sleep outs for special occasion are provided at the staff’s discretion.
Drugs testing and breathalyzer Residents will be subjected to random spot testing and breathalyzers throughout their stay. We will also test residents on return from weekends out, sleep outs or based on changes in behavior. Tests will be at the residents cost.
Tidiness Although we provide cleaning staff, all residents are expected to clean up after themselves. All residents must wash their own clothes and dishes, make their own beds and keep their living areas tidy. Spot checks will be conducted by staff.
Visitors No resident may have visitors over that do not have at least 30 days clean and sober. All visitors must first report to a staff member. Visitors may not bring drugs or alcohol onto the premises nor be under the influence of any substance. No inappropriate behaviors will be permitted by visitors, visitors may not have sex on the property and no visitors are allowed into a resident’s room for any reason. Visitors may stay on the premises no later than one hour after the designated curfew times.
House meetings A weekly house meeting is held every Wednesday and is mandatory. No exceptions will be made. All residents must attend the meeting.
Night Clubs No residents will be permitted to go to night clubs until they have 1 consecutive year clean or sober. Even then it is recommended that you go with a groups of recovering addicts and not alone.
Energy Drinks No resident may bring on the premises any energy drink containing taurine, guarana or any other stimulants. Residents are also not allowed to consume these energy drinks during their stay with us.
Tattoos and body piercings No resident is allowed to obtain any new tattoos or body piercings until they have 1 consecutive year clean or sober.
Rent and Stay It is recommended that a resident stays for at least 6 months in the halfway house to get the full benefit of learning this new way of life. Rent is due on the first day of every calendar month. Should a resident leave or be expelled, that month’s rent is not refundable. Admission prior to the first of the month will be charged at a daily pro-rata rate.
Non negotiables No drugs or alcohol may be used by any resident. No drugs or alcohol may be brought onto the premises. No sexual or romantic relationships may develop between residents or staff. No sexual or romantic relationships may develop between residents and any other fellow 12 step program members. Violence towards oneself or other is prohibited. Intentional damage to property is prohibited. No resident may have a friend or family member or partner sleep over. Dishonesty is strictly prohibited. Smoking in the house is prohibited.