Therapeutic Community

The Therapeutic Community is a Value Formation program whose primary goal is the promotion of personal growth and the cessation of substance abuse behaviors. It is a scientific method of intervention founded on the “Enlightenment Model” of recovery where individuals living together empower each other to heal their dependencies through insights derived from group processes and “learning experiences”. The TC includes both professionals and graduates of the program who have completed the “Internship Training” course. Professionals from the fields of medicine, mental health, education, and law are also integral to the cross-disciplinary staff requirement. The TC believes that people can change and that learning occurs through the understanding and sharing of common experiences. By engaging the whole person in the recovery process, it further believes that an individual can be challenged to develop inherent talents and potentials, and enjoy the full benefits of a positive lifestyle, satisfying work, and healthy and supportive relationships. Community activities help members explore and learn about themselves in the following areas of personal development:

I.   Behavior Management
II.   Emotional/Psychological
III.   Intellectual/Spiritual
IV.   Vocational/Educational and Survival

In the TC model, members utilize the “Community as the Method” in promoting behavioral and attitudinal change. They do so through the following nine social learning fundamentals:

1.   Structure and systems
2.   Shared norms and values
3.   Individual and group relationships
4.   Collective formats that guide individual change
5.   Open communication
6.   Active participation
7.   Membership feedback
8.   Role modeling
9.   A unique terminology

This holistic approach in addressing deviant and dependent behavior is remarked to be one of the most effective behavior modification programs in the world.

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The Therapeutic Community by George de Leon

TC Tools of the House

At the core of every TC program are the Tools of the House. These unique forms of intervention help the community achieve effective organization and control. The Tools introduce the dependents into the learning culture of the TC, slowly replacing the “drug culture” they have adopted over the years of their drug taking. The “Tools” is a cluster of behavior modification methodologies and each has a specific purpose in promoting change. Together, they have a logical and practical function in sustaining the objectives of the community and cause lasting changes in the client’s behavior.

The TC Philosophy

I am here because there is no refuge, finally from myself.
Until I confront myself in the eyes and hearts of others, I am running.
Until I suffer them to share my secrets,
I have no safety from them.
Afraid to be known,
I can know neither myself nor any other, I will be alone.
Where else but in this common ground can I find such a mirror.
Here together, I can at last appear clearly to myself.
Not as the giant of my dreams. Nor the dwarf of my fears.
But as a person, part of a whole with my share in its purpose.
In this ground, I can take root and grow.
Not alone anymore as in death.
But alive to myself and to others.

Unwritten Philosophies

The principles that guide the TC program have found expression in what has come to be known as the “TC Unwritten Philosophies.” These tenets help develop the recovering dependent’s sense for insightful living and are the core values that guide the SELF program.

HONESTY
ACT AS IF
FORGIVENESS
NO FREE LUNCH
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
TRUST IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT
RESPONSIBLE LOVE AND CONCERN
WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND
TO UNDERSTAND RATHER THAN BE UNDERSTOOD
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR, YOU MIGHT JUST  GET IT
YOU ALONE CAN DO IT, BUT YOU CAN’T DO IT ALONE
PERSONAL GROWTH BEFORE VESTED INTEREST
YOU CAN’T KEEP IT UNLESS YOU GIVE IT AWAY
TO BE AWARE IS TO BE ALIVE
COMPENSATION IS VALID
PRIDE IN QUALITY
HUMILITY