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SOC 2070
Linda Hunter

Cheri -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 cominrdfrom the correctional system that they must stay for the full 6 months of the contract. 2/3 ’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. Jen -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. -Even when she started high school she gravitated to the “stoners” and then felt safe and comfortable so she never left her comfort zone. -She had an opportunity to go out West so she decided to get rid of the heroine. Detoxed at her mum’s for a few weeks. Thought it wasn’t that bad so decided it would be best if she would get properly clean. Mum said she would help her as long as she was committed to getting clean. -Throughout her life her mum had unintentionally funded her addiction for years by supporting her, feeding her and giving her money when she needed it. -Picked Stonehenge because of the longer period. She hadn’t had a job for 6 years, didn’t have any hobbies or friends who didn’t use and had forgotten how to live. -She was on a year waiting list so during that time she still used occasionally. -She began on 27 September (just before she used, ate junk food and then went in). -Stonehenge has changed her life, she has developed good life skills of meeting different people and the community base of the program. Learned so much about herself that she didn’t know. -Got some housing now, got support networks in Guelph, happy now, proud of herself, fixing things with family. Mike -Middle class, normal household. No addiction but drinking on his Dad’s side. -Feeling like he didn’t fit in in school, didn’t want to be around other people so went into French emersion in grade 7. Same thing in high school, most of his friends were academics. He secretly hung out with street kids and gangs but tried to keep these friends separate. -Tried different drugs and alcohol. Did not like weed but loved LSD. At 15 or 16 he got drunk for the first time and really enjoyed it. Loved the mind altering drugs. -Bar hopped at 16 because his friends were older so he could get it, felt like a rebel to his square friends. -He was in army cadets, got into the reserves, a few months later was in the military for good. Thstattitude of being tough and not showing weakness, work hard and party harder was in effect -1 year in the military he went to the former Ugislavia. It was an eye opener but he loved it because it was exactly what he wanted to do. One of his friends was killed, everyone drank like crazy, told family they were ok and then stayed drunk for a few days. Felt like this was the best way to deal with the loss. It was considered unhealthy to talk about issues. -Another best friend was killed overseas, drank to numb it and deal with it. Idea was to kill everything inside instead of dealing with it. -He began questioning things in the military. Was it worth these guys lives? -Got out because he didn’t want to be an engineer anymore. The experience really hit him when he came and moved back i
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