Our Hope Philosophy
Our Hope Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to guiding women to lifelong recovery from alcoholism, addiction and other mental health and emotional conditions related to those diseases. Using our experience and expertise in women-centered recovery, we provide a comprehensive continuum of services that focus on healing the whole woman, upholding her dignity and helping her build strengths and resources for a life in recovery.
Areas of Specialization
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Intensive Out Patient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Meet the Staff
Carolyn J. Avery, MPA, RHIT, LPN, CADC, CCS-M
Carolyn Avery received her undergraduate degree in Health Services Administration from Ferris State University and her Master's degree in Public Administration with a Health Administration focus from Western Michigan University. She is also a Registered Health Information Technician and a Licensed Practical Nurse. Carolyn is certified as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor and as a Clinical Supervisor in the State of Michigan. Carolyn brought her extensive experience in mental health care, chemical dependency and administrative and clinical management to Our Hope in August 2011, after working most recently as Program Director of the Addictions Residential Treatment programs for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and before that, for Hope Network Behavioral Health Services. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cherry Street Health Services and on the Substance Use Disorder Advisory Council for Network 180.
Marcella Scott, M.Ed.
Marcella Scott served on the Board of Trustees for 15 months prior to being hired for this position. She has over 25 years experience working with women in recovery. She is excited about working to develop and maintain funding streams, grants and marketing programs in order to ensure Our Hope continues to offer women a safe environment to begin their recovery journey.
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ABOUT OUR HOPE
Located in a quiet, historic neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Mich., Our Hope provides treatment to women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions. The nonprofit’s services include residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), and continuing care. Additionally, staff members are trained to facilitate interventions at the request of a loved one.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Prior to admission, clients receive a comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessment, the findings of which help determine the most appropriate course of treatment. Women who opt for residential treatment may remain on-site for 30, 60, or 90 days. During this time, they participate in treatment that’s rooted in 12-step principles and incorporates individual therapy, group therapy, educational programming, recovery meetings, yoga, and optional detox-specific acupuncture. The center also creates a supportive community by planning group activities.
Intensive outpatient treatment typically consists of three-hour sessions three days per week for a period of eight to 12 weeks. Women may choose IOP as a primary treatment option for its flexibility, or use it as a “step-down” from residential treatment. Like the center’s residential offering, IOP blends individual and group therapy, incorporating holistic modalities like yoga and reiki. Additionally, outpatient clients are invited to engage in activities and meals with residents.
All program graduates leave the center with a comprehensive continuing care plan. Clients may continue to engage in email or phone-based coaching for up to 18 months at no additional charge.
An all-female staff consisting of master’s level clinicians and certified counselors administer treatment.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Clients reside in a large, Victorian-style home and attend therapy groups and meetings in an adjacent carriage house. The center aims to provide a homelike environment in order to ease their clients’ transitions back to everyday life. Clients are expected to actively participate in the upkeep of the home and help with preparing and serving group meals.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The three alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date shared positive assessments of the treatment they received at Our Hope. Both Carrie and an anonymous respondent found the all-female environment to be helpful. Carrie also appreciated the homelike facility. “A historic home nestled in a mature neighborhood didn't make it feel institutional and sterile,” she wrote. J.B. liked how the center addressed the complexities of her addiction. “It offered more than abstinence from drugs, it also worked with Co-Occurring Disorder and Trauma which was vital to my recovery,” she wrote.
According to its website, the center accepts self-pay and insurance plans from Cigna and Priority Health. Medicare and Medicaid are accepted in some situations, and a small financial assistance fund is available to individuals who qualify.
Updated December 2016
Published on January 2017
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