Streets of Hope is a 30-hour Harm Reduction-based alcohol and other drug psycho-educational program led by a Licensed Masters-level Social Worker and designed to support clients to aide them in their own recovery. The Streets of Hope group meets three times a week, and a certificate of completion is awarded individuals who complete the required fifteen (15) sessions. Individuals may begin at any point in the course. Based on Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, including elements of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Stages of Change, as well as the 12 Step Model, Streets of Hope is a unique approach to working with homeless and formerly homeless men and women. Group topics vary, usually consisting of a didactic psycho-educational segment followed by group process. Individual counseling may be possible on a space available basis. As an estimated 75% of ARCH clients face challenges with substance abuse/dependency issues, remaining clean and sober in an environment where others continue to use requires not only a mechanism through which people can change their lives, but also a community of support and recovery. Streets of Hope offers both.
The program includes a thirty (30) hour curriculum, focusing on topics such as understanding addiction, recognizing relapse triggers, building healthy relationships, anger management, HIV and STI prevention, Hepatitis C, mental health issues, stress management and relaxation training, as well as other topics related to homelessness and substance use issues. Each group session includes both an educational component and a processing/support component. Ongoing Aftercare is available to those who complete the 30-hour program.