Engagement offers support to individuals looking to recover from the effects of problematic substance use or dependence prior to entering a residential program. Once a referral has been made, individuals participate in an intake interview with one of a staff member where the individual expresses personal recovery goals and are introduced to our continuum of care model. Engagement programming includes intake service, individual counselling sessions, invitation to our weekly community lunch program, enrollment in our engagement group counselling, and ongoing assessment of suitability for admission to our other treatment programs.
Clients in Engagement may come to the conclusion that, on learning more, St. Michael’s Homes is not the right service provider for them. In those instances, staff will work with the client toward gaining admission to a suitable program offered by another service provider. Continuation in Engagement does not require abstinence on the part of the client, but it does require that the client understand that residential programs at St. Michael’s Homes requires situational abstinence for the maintaining of the supportive communal environment.