SmileGenesis House

The Treatment Experience

The components of the treatment process are; phase requirements, individual client treatment plans, therapeutic activities, program responsibilities and evaluations. It is through active involvement and participation on a daily basis that clients learn or relearn while doing.


Phase evaluations occur at the conclusion of each treatment phase. Evaluation committees, made up of peers and staff, help determine where an individual should be within the phase progression of the program. These intense sessions give clients an opportunity to honestly critique their progress in recovery and the Genesis House treatment process.


Philosophically the Genesis House has always held honesty and responsibility as cornerstones to recovery. Developing honesty both toward self and others is accomplished primarily through the use of therapeutic activities and daily interaction. Responsibility, although stressed strongly in activities, is practiced daily in the form if in-house clean up responsibilities and mastery of daily living skills. As clients enter treatment they are assigned the clean up area of dishwasher, as more clients are admitted individuals move up to other responsibilities, e.g. cook, living room, bathroom, plants & animals, vehicles, etc.

Eventually clients find themselves in a position that involves greater responsibility and a more pivotal role in running the house. Such positions include; Tribeleader, a client in charge of the family and activities, Tribeleader Secretary, a client who assists the Tribeleader especially in documentation, the Kitchen Coordinator(s) who works with a crew of four clients to plan and prepare meals and supervise clean up of the kitchen, and the Industrial Therapy (I.T.) Coordinator whose responsibility includes assuring the entire house is maintained in a clean and orderly fashion.

The Genesis House is a self help program; structure, support, feedback and a safe, drug-free environment are provided – individual change is strongly dependent upon the client’s motivation, desire and a willingness to learn. Completion of the treatment process is one of the most difficult yet significant undertakings one can experience in.


Phase requirements are designed to help clients examine, clarify, accept and change those characteristics, both in behavior and attitude, which lead to their involvement with drugs and/or alcohol. There are three treatment phases, each a minimum of 90 days.

Requirements in the first phase of treatment center upon “telling one’s story”, self disclosure and acknowledgement of events which lead to admission. The middle phase further clarifies individual social and psychological problems and explores new more effective coping behaviors and strategies. The last phase allows individuals to practice successful strategies and provide opportunities for both increased responsibility and establishing a consistent pattern of new behaviors.

Activities & Treatment Plans

Therapeutic activities are designed to help individuals see and accept themselves in an honest and realistic light. The primary form of therapy used is confrontational in nature, it stresses here and now behavior, it encourages individuals to take responsibility and action as a means toward positive change. Clients who enter treatment are exposed to a number of “workshops” in preparation for the “group activity”, our most intensive group. Other therapeutic approaches which are incorporated into a daily activity structure include; gestalt therapy, psycho-drama, role playing, feedback groups, brief therapy, AA & NA, recreation/physical exercise and family outings. Additionally each client is assigned to a counselor, together they develop an Individual Client Treatment Plan (ICTP) that addresses drug choice, medical problems, legal matters, family issues, psycho-social problem areas and vocational/educational needs.

Fee for Services

Fees are based on clients ability to pay. All Out of County residents minimum fee is $800.00 a month.