Our Services

Women have a different outlook on life than men and therefore respond to different therapeutic processes and
experience a different set of challenges during the treatment process.  Our thorough screening and assessment of the
women who come to our treatment programs will allow our team of clinical experts to provide her with a personalized
curriculum of recovery activities to give her the best possible chance at achieving long-term abstinence.


Our program consists of four phases and offers an alumni program.
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Phase I

During this phase, the women receive a medical evaluation by our Medical Director, a board-certified family practice
physician.   General health is assessed and specific concerns are addressed.  Clients may request PAP smears, and
HIV antibody and STD blood work, and other medical tests.  Follow-up treatment, if needed, is accomplished through
the Outpatient Clinic Services program of Columbus Regional Medical Healthcare Systems.  Residents also have
dental screenings through the Mobile Unit of CHRS and follow-up care through Columbus Technical College Dental
Clinic.  Vision problems are addressed and care is provided by local optometrists. Each resident is oriented to the
program by her case manager/counselor and other staff members; program rules, guidelines, and client rights are
discussed.  In Phase I, attendance and participation in a variety of activities is required.  These classes include life
skills, cognitive and comprehension skills, parenting, relapse prevention, GED instruction, recovery principles,
addiction education, meditation, and weekly recreation events.  Nutrition classes conducted by the Georgia Extension
Service teach residents how to create a menu and shopping list and to prepare low-cost, healthful meals.  Group
therapy is provided three times a week by our counselors. All residents in Phase I must achieve required measures in
addition to the goals that they wish to accomplish prior to moving forward to the next phase.  These measures include
the ability to follow program rules; follow the daily schedule without supervision; complete all required reading and
writing assignments on time; participate actively in all program activities; and voluntarily self-disclose in group therapy,
education sessions, and private appointments with their assigned counselor.  Clients must remain abstinent from
alcohol and drugs, as evidenced by monthly and/or random drug screens and attend six 12-step meetings per week.
Phase II

As the resident moves forward into this phase, her case manager will assist her in updating her treatment plan to
include job hunting; saving money; and demonstrating her ability to be self-sufficient by assuming financial
responsibility for food, shelter, and services rendered. A maximum of 30% of a resident's gross salary is paid to the
House of T.I.M.E, for her participation in the program.  Phase II residents are required to secure employment and are
given two weeks to accomplish this.  Residents are required to leave their recovery residence no later than 8:30am to
begin looking for work and must return to the Service Center by 3:00pm.  If a resident does not become employed,
she may be discharged from the program if her unemployment is a result of lack of progress, lack of motivation, or
demonstrated unwillingness to comply with the program rules.  If these conditions do not apply, and the
unemployment is due to circumstance, the resident must attend an employment class, which instructs the resident on
how to read the classified ads and locate a job that she is qualified to do.  The employment class also offers positive
self-esteem building and dressing for success.  One restriction to employment is the acceptance of any job where
alcoholic beverages are served; jobs where alcohol is sold are permissible, but advised against.  Resident's are also
restricted from accepting employment if they have no proper means of transportation, such as a job that would
require travel to and from work, when public transportation is not available.  Every resident is required to attend all
program activities and meetings and all evening events on the schedule during the job-search period.  The extra
support provided by peers during these activities is essential since feelings of rejection and discouragement peak
during this time.  Once employed, a resident's schedule of activities at the Center will be restructured to accommodate
her new work schedule. A resident must open a savings account at a local banking institution of her choice when she
receives her first paycheck; she must deposit a portion of this and future checks into her savings account.  This will
eventually help provide means to secure permanent housing upon completion of the program.


Phase III encompasses the next four to six weeks and the resident's treatment plan is again updated.  During this
phase, she prepares to secure her own permanent residence by seeking housing within her budget.The resident attends
budgeting classes where she tracks her spending and learns the value of "watching the dollar."  She reports her
spending habits weekly and her peers help her search for other avenues to become more budget conscious. The
resident will continue paying a maximum of 30%of her income toward housing, food, utilities, and services rendered.  
The resident is closer to moving in to permanent housing and during the phase she begins the search for housing of
her own.  To assist her in this search, the House of T.I.M.E.'s Residential Manager may accompany the resident to
potential locations and will go with the resident to obtain a lease.  If the resident wishes, the House of T.I.M.E. will
furnish a referral letter which confirms her history of timely monthly payments towards housing and utilities.

After-Care:

After-care is the fourth and final phase of the recovery program of the House of T.I.M.E.  When a resident "Moves
Forward" she signs a contract stating her intent to participate in weekly sessions for six months.  This group is
facilitated by our Residential Manager and is a vital element to the resident's continued successful recovery.  In this
environment, she can share her feelings, joys, frustrations, successes, and failures, or anything else she wishes to talk
about in a safe atmosphere with other women who have experienced these things or who are also dealing with them
currently.

Alumni:

Our Alumni meet bi-weekly on a voluntary basis to give back what was given to them.  Our Alumni serve as role
models to our current  and After-Care clients.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment:

The treatment that our dual diagnosed clients receive is ideal because it addresses both the chemical dependency and
the co-occurring disorder.


Our initial psychological assessment and pre-screening of our clients includes an analysis of their substance abuse
history and medical records so that we can acknowledge the dual diagnosis and integrate it into their individual
treatment program. During the intake process, our client will meet with one of our psychiatrists who will screen and
make various adjustments to the treatment program depending on the type of dual diagnosis we identify.

Some examples of the disorders we have experience identifying and treating are:
  • Depressive disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive
    disorder, and phobias.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Other psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and personality disorders
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House of T.I.M.E., Inc.

"This I  Must Earn"
Transitional Recovery Program for Addicted Homeless Women