Entering a residential treatment setting can be a challenging decision for someone to make; especially an adolescent. Staff at the Boys Recovery Lodge and Girls Recovery Lodge of Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic recognize this and strive to offer clients an enjoyable treatment experience.
A few weeks prior to Halloween, staff members began discussing ways to make clients feel comfortable over the Halloween weekend. The team developed a schedule that was focused on offering clients an opportunity to relax and have fun while learning about addiction recovery. “We wanted to incorporate themes of gratitude and giving back,” shared Stephanie LaCroix, Clinical Supervisor. Activities included a door decoration contest, staff costumes, caramel apples with thank you notes attached, trick or treating, painting pumpkins, and a pizza party. To add a twist to trick or treating, staff asked clients a variety of recovery based questions in exchange for sweet treats.
The Halloween activities were a success marked by smiles and enthusiastic energy from both clients and staff. “It was definitely a bonding experience for everyone,” LaCroix happily shared, “especially for clients to see us as regular people who can have fun, too. It was nice to be out of the typical clinical element.”