About the Program at Shana's House

The path to living sober can be hard and painful.  That’s why it is so important to have a network of support during recovery.  While treatment centers and half way houses can be successful initially, returning to the real world immediately can be jarring.  Some newly recovered aren’t ready, and reentry too soon can be detrimental resulting in possible relapse, depression, or even self-harm.

For many recovering addicts, it is essential that they are eased back into their lives gently with a cache of tools and support that will help them face their triggers.  Womens houses like Shana’s House provide the necessary transition from treatment center to real life.  We help those in recovery reenter their lives so that they are ready to face the pressures without jeopardizing the sober living they’ve worked so hard to achieve. 

Using a 2-phase approach, residents are able to heal physically, emotionally, and socially.  They can also enhance their professional/academic career so that when they are ready to reenter their lives, they will come back even stronger.  Through our program, our residents will learn how to embrace new habits that will help them master sober living and thrive.  

Phase 1:  Baby Steps towards Living Sober
This is the very beginning phase of the program.  Women are usually fresh out of rehabilitation, and early in their recovery.  Often, the resident is extremely vulnerable and in a critical stage of maintaining control over their addiction.  For an outsider, the steps they take may not seem very significant but to the resident these are massive leaps toward self-responsibility and autonomy.  Shana’s House is able to successfully balance that fine line of providing enough healing to lead residents toward the path of self-sufficiency and recovery without becoming overwhelmed – which could cause discouragement and abandonment of the program. 

Over the course of Phase I, each woman will progress through Orientation, Junior Resident, and Senior Resident status based on her own unique progress toward clearly defined goals.

Phase 2:  Staying on the Path of Sobriety and Self-sufficiency
The next phase of our program will focus on strengthening the recovery process while helping residents become more independent.  This phase is for residents who have accomplished their goals in Phase 1 and are ready to progress to the next step. 

Phase 2 residents will continue to have weekly individual and group therapy sessions, random drug-testing, onsite case management, and family work.  We want to help those in recovery establish self-reliance while maintaining the network of support they built during Phase 1.  Our goal is to establish a foundation for a seamless transition into the real world. 

Maintaining Sober Living with Continuous Care
Staying sober is a lifelong process that doesn’t end when the resident finishes their recovery program.  It is an ongoing battle that requires constant support and vigilance.  That’s why our womens sober living home offers Continuing Care Services for any alumnae who has reentered their local community after completing Phase 1 or Phase 2.

Research has shown that structure and accountability during the first two years of recovery can dramatically improve the odds of successful sobriety.  Shana’s Sober Living House aims to help alumnae find sobriety in everyday life by providing structural services such as …

  •  Private sessions with a case manager (weekly)
  •  Individual assessment of needs
  •  Regular drug testing
  • Access to Shana’s House recreation activities

We are committed to the success of our “graduates”.  This is why Shana’s House provides essential resources, support, and coaching beyond the initial Phase 1 and Phase 2 programs.  Our goal is to help women struggling with addictions achieve a healthy, sober lifestyle. Through Shana’s Recovery House, alumnae can build on their recovery to strengthen from within and maintain an addiction-free lifestyle.

Other Services to Encourage Living in Recovery

Intensive Outpatient Programs
It is highly beneficial to explore different recovery options to figure out the best fit since every person is different.  There are a number of high-quality Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) in the surrounding area that can provide a wealth of experience.  We offer safe, secure transportation to/from those services.

Individual Therapy
Many addictions stem from psychological trauma which, if left unhealed, can lead to relapse.  Licensed therapists will work with residents to explore the deeper layers of these traumas, and work through them to heal from the inside out.  

Using a familiar, trustworthy therapist can strengthen the recovery progress, which is why we encourage residents to continue with the same professional.  If the resident does not have a therapist, not to worry.  Case managers will work closely with each resident to find a therapist that is a good fit and meets their needs.  It is essential that each resident feels secure and comfortable with their therapist since they will be working through intensely personal issues together. 

Psychiatric Services
All residents will have access to psychiatric services.  A minimum of one meeting per month with the assigned psychiatrist is expected.  If psychotropic medication is needed, it will be managed by the psychiatrist and monitored by Shana’s House staff.  All medications are kept in a locked safe in the staff office.

12-Step Meetings
The northeast has one of the strongest concentrations of 12-Step recovery programs – so there are plenty to choose from.  We strongly encourage residents to commit to a “home” meeting and find a sponsor within two weeks of their first meeting.  A sponsor will provide guidance and support for recovering addicts “working the steps,” which is an essential tool for successful recovery. 

Random testing to encourage a drug/alcohol-free lifestyle
We have a zero tolerance policy for drug/alcohol use at Shana’s House womens recovery home.  To maintain a drug/alcohol-free environment, there will be random testing 2-3 times a week (urinalysis and/or breathalyzer).  This will deter relapses and help maintain a safe, sober living environment for our residents. 

Building Executive Functioning Skills
Residents are given the opportunity to create healthy habits to improve their own self-care, this can include:  time management (and follow through), budgeting, community living, mindfulness, and moderation.

Recovery through Nutrition and Wellness
Nutrition plays a larger role in recovery than we may think.  Putting good fuel in our bodies helps us to feel good – and is a huge assist in recovery.  The Shana’s House Chef prepares healthy, locally-produced gourmet meals daily for Phase 1 residents.  Dinner is family-style and served each evening to encourage relationship building. 

Phase 2 and independent Phase 1 residents can learn to achieve culinary autonomy with meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking.  This way, when residents transition back into their lives outside of Shana’s House, they will be prepared to maintain a healthy food lifestyle.

Activities and Recreation
Outside interests that stimulate the body, mind, and spirit can have an enormously positive impact on a recovery program.  They also balance out the intense work of recovery by encouraging relaxation and play.  Shana’s House offers a multitude of activities to appeal to a wide range of interests including:  yoga, meditation, swimming, weight lifting, aerobic exercises, cooking lessons, painting/pottery workshops, and much more. 


Shana's House, Westport, CT
(203) 254-1182