Project Ninety’s philosophy incorporates a tenet to provide premiere drug and alcohol recovery services to individuals in need in the communities it serves.
Project Ninety’s residential alcohol and drug treatment program is a clean and sober environment. Residents pass through four distinct phases before completing the program. The first month is devoted to self-evaluation and awareness; the second month is spent planning the future; and the last month is devoted to putting that plan into action. It is important to know that the design of the Primary Program is a common thread that is woven throughout all of Project Ninety’s programs.
P90’s philosophy of “one addict helping another” is manifested through its application of social model treatment; “a modality of treatment known as the recovery process characterized by life-long commitment to lifestyle changes to enable an individual to develop a constructive, productive and meaningful sober way of life that fulfills their potential; generally accomplished in a community based program”. In addition, Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA) have always been a vital adjunct to Project Ninety.
The program helps individuals learn how to handle the stress of everyday living without drinking or using drugs. A person learns about recovery through individual and group counseling with a strong emphasis on peer support. One is also introduced to functioning in social situations such as dances, sporting events, and excursions, to experience socializing without the use of alcohol and drugs.
One person’s recovery has exponential results. Examples include a man taking their business back, assisting their spouse with the responsibilities of the family, creating a stable and supportive environment for their children who as a result begin to do better in school. This person becomes a role model for others who might follow their lead into recovery. The domestic violence calls to the home disappear. This person becomes involved in recovery and gives back to the community he once burdened.
Individuals are assisted with rebuilding their lives one day at a time through participating in Project Ninety’s treatment program. Utilizing the recovery tools learned during treatment residents develop sustainable plans to living life without the use of drugs and alcohol. The investment made in these men not only restores lives but also increases productivity in the community. The benefit of treatment includes individuals transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing, over-utilization of emergency medical services decreases and an individual’s capacity to re-enter the workforce is heightened.
Individuals that may have had a negative outlook about themselves and who may not have had the avenues to live up to their full potential become empowered and take with them a renewed sense of self.
Project Ninety focuses on individualized treatment for all its clients. Treatment is designed to address a myriad of issues such as parenting, poverty, abuse, race, trauma, incarceration, and recidivism and . Project Ninety strives to create a warm and welcoming environment.
Treatment for Addiction & Mental Health Issues
Project Ninety provides treatment for individuals with addiction and mental health issues. This is often referred to as co-occurring disorders.
Co-occurring addiction and mental illness exacerbate each other and those who suffer from both do not always receive the treatment they need to effectively address both issues. The lack of adequate treatment comes at a great cost to individuals, families, employers, health system(s) and taxpayers.
By treating both issues simultaneously Project Ninety helps individuals from getting caught in a taxpayer-supported revolving door of law enforcement, mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment and social services. Having a Co-Occurring Disorders Program allows Project Ninety to provide the individualized attention that is critical to someone who may struggle with receiving treatment at all.
This intensive approach offers focused counseling and treatment specific to mental illnesses and addiction and allows the time and individual attention that is necessary to effectively treat both. A person is encouraged to accept responsibility for their mental health and understand how it interacts with their addiction. With simultaneous treatment of both issues a person can integrate the tools that are necessary to their management of both diseases.
Individuals with co-occurring disorders who are not in treatment are likely to access expensive emergency psychiatric services. They often require assistance from emergency service responders who are accompanied by police. In other words, they are stressing an already strained system. Project Ninety’s Co-Occurring Disorders Program relieves the pressure on the system by making high quality treatment accessible and affordable.
While in treatment, a person learns boundaries and recovery skills through firm but gentle guidance. They learn how to create and maintain support networks. Counselors work with each person to overcome any stigma they may experience because of their mental illness.
Since the early 1990's, this component of Project Ninety is a premier example of social model treatment that provides services for people who might otherwise go untreated.
The Co-Occurring Disorders Program is one of Project Ninety’s more expensive programs because it depends on a broad array of resources to help clients. For the person, this program empowers him or her while establishing and supporting their ability to maintain recovery; for the family, the program returns a healthier child, spouse and parent; and for the community, the Co-Occurring Disorders Program has a huge positive impact by lowering the demand on tax revenue supported services and the associated costs.
Working Person Program
The Working Program allows those with full-time jobs to continue contributing to their communities and providing for their families while receiving residential substance abuse treatment.
By not having to leave a job to enter treatment, a person has a chance to work on their sobriety without the consequence of losing their job.
Established in 1997, the Working Program follows the same phases and provides the same services as the Primary Program, but it is modified to meet individuals work schedules. Residents remain employed during treatment and attend group or individual counseling on weekday evenings and weekends.
Just as in the Primary Program, the recovery of one Working Program resident helps the community by saving on taxpayer resources. The resident no longer relies upon public services, recidivism decreases, as do any employment related issues. In fact, employers often comment about the immediate improvements they see in the person’s work ethic and attitude. An individual has the chance to become the reliable employee they once were. They develop self confidence and take pride in a job well done, which reinforces the program’s success.
Through the Working Program, one also learns how to support their colleagues and how to cope with bad days at work without resorting to substance abuse. The resident begins setting good examples for others struggling with addiction, and for their family — all while contributing to the community as a taxpaying citizen.
The Working Program is unique in that it is not a taxpayer-supported program. Project Ninety believes it is an individual’s responsibility to pay for treatment if that individual has the ability to do so.
Project Ninety’s Outpatient Program is for adult men who are in need of substance abuse treatment in an environment that is less structured than residential treatment. These individuals may come to interviews as a self referral or referred through probation/parole.
The Outpatient Program provides treatment and education around addiction through the utilization of the same methodology found in Project Ninety’s residential treatment. Outpatient clients typically have been able to maintain family/friends support that will allow them to succeed in a program that has less structure. It is quite common for individuals to still be working, living at home, and contributing to the community.
Participants attend sessions three times a week. Two sessions are dedicated to group counseling. Once a week individuals meet with their counselor for a one on one.