Our Life Change Program is Market Street Mission’s Christian long-term addiction recovery curriculum that includes 12-step work, individual and group counseling, and education and job training.
Addiction and substance abuse problems do not discriminate by age, race, or social background. We aim to provide an addiction recovery plan that will guide men in making a “Life Change” by giving them the tools they need to find long term sobriety. Our drug abuse program is not just a “quick fix,” but one that focuses on giving men back the lives the Lord intended for them to have.
Below Describes The Focus, Environment And Requirements Of The Addiction Recovery Curriculum:
The Pre-Program phase begins once a man indicates that he would like to become a part of the Mission’s addiction recovery experience.
This period is designed to determine if a man could benefit from our program, provide him necessary information for a decision, and begin the process of assimilation.
One Mission resident described the Pre-Program phase as one of “settling down” – the man and the Mission get to know one another in order to begin a new relationship and determine if our addiction recovery program is the right fit
The month-long Pre-Program is the gateway and “living waiting list” for the Life Change Program, as a man stays here and gets to know the Mission before formal entry into the following phases.
The goal of Phase 1 of the Life Change Program is to provide, through the use of work, an environment and structure for our residents to foster ongoing sobriety. Work therapy is the time for individuals to sober up their bodies and minds and to bring some structure into their lives through our addiction recovery program.
The average resident in the Mission’s program has had little or no work experience. Even those who have held jobs have normally been unemployed for a considerable amount of time. The fact that these men have come into the program and have signed contracts to improve themselves signifies that their lives have become unmanageable, and they have reached a place where they know they need to get help.
Every man is unique ‒ unique in his history, unique in his needs, and unique in his rehabilitation. Although the Mission espouses a holistic approach, i.e. viewing the person as a whole with many simultaneous problems, a man can expect a sequential process in recovery.
The primary focus of work therapy is threefold:
This is not to suggest that physical, mental/emotional and spiritual rehabilitation should be in sequence, but rather that normally the body recovers more quickly than the mind. We believe that a full structured drug addiction training program is needed for long term, successful recovery.
Phase 2 is central to the Market Street Mission’s Life Change Program. After having progressed through Pre-Program and Phase I, the individual is a candidate for classroom instruction.
It is here that men can really come to grips with the problems in their lives and deal with them. The class topics reflect the Mission’s emphasis on recovery from drug and alcohol addiction with a Gospel Mission perspective. Mission staff and local clergy teach courses helping men recover from substance abuse and preparing them for godly, productive, sober lives after graduation.
Some of these classes include:
The four objectives of Phase 2 are:
II Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Recovery is a life-long journey that is helped by a balance of independence, accountability, and structure in a sober environment. It is our hope that alumni will stay connected with the Mission after they finish the program, and we offer several options for continued growth post-graduation.
Upon completing our addiction recovery program, we offer each graduate the opportunity to reside at our facility for three months at no cost to the client, thanks to the charitable support of compassionate donors. During this time, the client may procure full-time employment, begin to save money, and plan his next steps forward in life. Clients in transition are still required to attend weekly church services and meetings, as well as meet with their sponsor/mentor.
The Market Street Mission currently owns four sober living houses in Morris and Monmouth Counties. Our sober living facilities are available to alumni of our program. While in sober living, each resident pays rent at a reduced rate, while maintaining sobriety commitments and daily accountability.
To learn more about our sober houses and their impact on our graduates, visit our sober houses page.
Men who complete the Life Change Program may be invited to become a Mission Intern. The Mission Internship is built on II Timothy 2:2 – “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”
As Program graduates, Mission Interns are equipped and entrusted to carry the message of the Gospel of hope to those coming to us for help.
Following graduation, interns are trained to assist staff with vital Mission functions. In return, the Mission continues to work with the interns on personal, relational, and career and educational growth.
The internship also provides continued accountability, structure, housing, counseling, and training for those who participate. The program can last up to two years following graduation.