Building Community through Celebration

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

family-closeness-3-472010-mAn important factor in residential treatment is fostering family involvement and a sense of community among our clients. Phoenix House Dorchester Center, a residential substance abuse treatment program for mothers with small children, works to build strong bonds–both within the individual families in our care and among the 14 families who reside here at any given time. Since family participation in a client’s recovery is an important factor in attaining and sustaining sobriety, promoting healthy social and familial interactions holds an important place in the treatment process.

Toward this end, the staff at our Dorchester Center recently organized a potluck dinner for the clients and their families. Since celebrating the cultural diversity of residents and staff members was a goal of the event, each family was invited to prepare and contribute a favorite dish.  There was a crafts table for the kids and the walls were decorated with their artwork, adding to the festive spirit of the day. More than 50 clients, staff, their children, and other family members joined in the celebration, which is sure to become an annual event.

Community gatherings like this have significant value in our clients’ treatment experiences and their continued sobriety. These events help clients build trust in relationships, work on practical life skills, and feel proud of their sobriety and what it can offer. The potluck afternoon provided our clients with a new and real-life way to increase their self-esteem and develop a sense of community.

Phoenix House Dorchester Center is located on the campus of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a multiservice organization offering family-centered programs for underprivileged women and children.  Phoenix Families, Dorchester Center’s sister program, also located on the St. Mary’s campus, provides emergency shelter and rehousing services for homeless women with small children.

If someone you know is experiencing problems related to drug or alcohol use, call Phoenix House today at 1 888 671 9392. We’re always here for you!

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