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THE CLIENTS served by the Twelfth Step House come mainly from the northern two-thirds of Saint Louis County, although applicants from other areas of Minnesota are accepted. Preference for admission is given to men who demonstrate they are ready, willing, and able to cooperate in a plan of ongoing recovery, and who have successfully completed an inpatient treatment program, or have completed appropriate time in a detoxification unit. All clients are required to have been free of mood altering chemicals for a minimum of three days, to be at least eighteen years old, and deemed suitable for the Twelfth Step House Program after a screening interview with the Director, and/or a referral consultation with another human services agency.


THE PROGRAM. To promote on-going recovery from chemical dependency, development of a new life-style not centered on the use of alcohol and/or mood altering chemicals is essential. The Twelfth Step House Program places maximum responsibility for on-going recovery upon the individual, while assisting the individual with learning to make, healthy, rational choices, which promote a lasting recovery.

The Twelfth Step House also assists by providing a protective environment, individual counseling, group counseling, the companionship of others in recovery with similar problems, while, at the same time, challenging the clients with the realities of the everyday world. In doing so, the program of weekly Relapse Groups, Client's Business Meetings, Recreation/Leisure Activities, and Individual Counseling Sessions remain individualized and flexible enough to be adapted, for example, with an individual's employment or educational commitments. Staff Counselors assist each client with formulating a mutually agreed upon rehabilitation plan which promotes on-going recovery. Such plans often include appropriate use of other human service agencies in the local Iron Range area.

The Twelfth Step House program is tailored to individuals who are relapse prone and criminal recidivists who have not yet acquired the skills necessary for functional recovery. The regular attendance at both in house and out of house AA and/or NA meetings is mandatory and the program's goal is to teach specific living skills and problem solving techniques in a low stress environment.

The program is individualized and designed to assist the client in understanding his specific pattern of relapse and to learn new healthy, rational ways of dealing with his relapse triggers and warning signs. If a client does relapse to the point of usage, immediate intervention is taken and the client is placed in the local detoxification center. The client is readmitted to the program depending upon his attitude and desire to "get back on track". At this time the client's prior rehabilitation plan is revised and a new plan of action is formulated with the client's participation, to compensate for the behaviors, which led to his relapse.

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