The Orientation phase is where a man is introduced to the program, at this time the men learn to acclimate to the daily discipline that will be required of them. In addition, because of the mental state a man is in when he enters the program, he will need this orientation time to clear his mind from the negative psychological impact that drugs brought to his life and learn to find new life in Christ.
During this time, a man learns how to journal and hear from the Lord. Journaling is the most important tool used at The Blake House, and this is where a man learns to have direct communication with God.
During this phase the teachings are directed towards two main areas: trust and ownership. The first priority is to begin to develop the trust in God, other men, and themselves. This is needed to begin to break down the walls that keep them bound in their addiction. Second, and most important, a man begins to take ownership of his life and the choices he has made. The man learns how to look at his addiction and the devastation it has had on his life and on the lives of others. As a result, he begins to take responsibility for his actions. Orientation implements the beginning steps to help a man break free from his addictions.
In this class, men will learn both the physical and psychological aspects of chemical dependency and learn to take a deeper responsibility for their recovery. This level of the program explores stages of growing dependency on chemicals and what commitments are necessary on the road to recovery. It explores the unhealthy thinking process that each man possesses. It is important to see how the mind has been contaminated in order to understand the controlling effects of addiction. The lessons are also designed to expose the denial and defense mechanisms that are so prevalent in the addicts life. Most importantly, this class “prepares” a man spiritually and emotionally for the the next phase of this program.
Inner Healing is a 10-week period of time where the men in the program can be directly focused on the healing needed for their own personal wounds. Specifically, Inner Healing begins with a man looking at his defense mechanisms at an even deeper level. This is necessary to help bring down some of his walls and unify the class through openness and vulnerability. Thus, bringing true healing and acceptance.Taking ownership and responsibility is a main focal point of this area of the recovery process. This is one of the reasons we are a regeneration program instead of a rehabilitation program; we have learned that to simply bring a man back to his former state is ineffective; instead we need to regenerate a man into a new creation in Christ. This is achieved, in part, through deep emotional and spiritual healing.
Identity is the last class in the 10-month regeneration program. Here the men are held to the highest standard. They are the leaders in the program, and they are expected to live as such. The disciples are given leadership opportunities that should encourage a sense of worth. Some of those positions assigned are as such: job site leaders, and probably most importantly, when a new brother comes into the program, they are responsible for teaching them how to journal and hear from the Lord.
Family Recovery seeks to revive and heal relationships torn by the disease of addiction. For true recovery, it is imperative that healing and forgiveness occur between the family and the addict. As families undergo this intense healing process, they begin to expose the underlying causes of addiction. The Blake House then provides a place to reinforce this healing and move forward in the rebuilding of the family.