SOC 2070 Lecture Notes - Clean House, Junk Food, Age 13
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-While in school she was encouraged to work in addictions and did a placement at Homewood.
There was an extensive out-patient program there which was a two week program based on
education and group work. She felt unprepared for work at Stonehenge.
-Started at Stonehenge in 2003 where she was an addictions therapist for 5 years and then
became the clinical director. Stonehenge has 4-6 month long programs. Self-referred patients are
called “Health clients.” However, they also have clients coming from the correctional system
that they must stay for the full 6 months of the contract. 2/3rd’s are correctional.
-She has worked in the women’s and men’s centers as a therapist and found it was very different
working with both genders. With men she found they needed you to draw out the issues whereas
women always wanted more time to talk.
-As a clinical director she works more with policy.
-Housing was sometimes found to be a barrier for residents after they left so Stonehenge has
expanded into transitional housing.
-Employment can also be an issue for residents so Stonehenge is looking to expand to create a
business that employees their residents.
-At the women’s center there are 13 beds and 32 in the men’s. There are lots of conflicts due to
doing so much together e.g. therapy, cooking, living together.
-There is the ability to do in depth therapy/clinical work because of the extensive program.
-Orientation phase-first 3 weeks of just getting clean. They must be clean for 5 days before they
enter the program. Have a buddy for the first few weeks to teach you the rules (over 100 formal
rules at Stonehenge).
-Lots of patients have experienced trauma.
-A typical day of a resident-must be up and ready by 7am, dorm tours, eat breakfast, circle
checks (how they are doing, goals and feeling of the whole group) (residents cook all meals,
clean etc), group therapy 1.5hrs in a group of 10, activity therapy (sports, cards, games), lunch,
house meeting (behavioural, senior members inform staff of what is going on, house concerns,
can sometimes be positive), clean house, eat dinner, medication, evening programming (art
therapy-this is the favourite part of the program) and education sessions.
-From Toronto, decent family, upper middle class who was supportive.
-Began smoking weed and drinking at age 13 but it was just normal teenage stuff.
-Went to Western, was always drinking. Tried many different drugs such as acid, mushrooms etc
-17 or 18 tried cocaine and crack for the first time. Was a social aspect not a lifestyle thing. Last
year of university she began using crack more often, wanted to go back to Toronto to get rid of it
-Still working throughout all of this. She went back to school.
-Found lots of friends in the bar industry who used cocaine. With 1 month left of teaching
practice she lost her job, kicked out of teaching and drugs became her life.
-She distanced herself from family as not to bring her addiction to them. She always had people
taking care of her so she didn’t face her addiction. She was living a destructive lifestyle but had
nothing to face it with. She began using heroine.
-She started shoplifting to support the habit and went to jail a lot. Did this for a few years. In jail
she found she had no spiritual connection, no family connection and she was physically sick.
-the drugs were normal for her because she was so immersed in it. Everyone she knew was a
criminal or a drug addict.
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