The residents form what we call a therapeutic community. This group becomes the primary agent for change during your stay at Shane's Crib. Living in a therapeutic community will be a new experience for you.
You will have the opportunity to help develop a caring and safe environment in which to address personal issues regarding your recovery. Initially, most new residents are anxious about their surroundings and the people in their community. It takes about two weeks to adjust and begin to feel a part of the group. As a member of the community, you are urged to express your needs and expectations. In turn, the other residents will also be open and direct about communicating with you. As you progress in your recovery, you will become more trusting and your conversations to be more open and honest.
The community is responsible for confronting an individual about whom they are concerned. Failure on the part of the community to accept their responsibility results in members engaging in a conspiracy of silence. When this occurs, you may be discharged. Once conflicts are resolved they must be brought to the community meeting with staff present. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to notify your resident staff person or contact the on call staff member.