Circle of Life Recovery Centre Rules

Home from Home

The staff at Home from Home welcomes you to our structured communal environment.

Rules and Expectations. 2014

Criteria requirements for admission to the halfway house.

  • Residents must be clean from drugs and alcohol and a baseline drug test or breathalyzer will be done as part of the admission process.
  • The staff can randomly test the resident if using is suspected.
  • The resident will need to actively work a recovery program that is in line with the halfway house and the outcome of the residents recovery remains their responsibility.
  • If the resident has not been referred from a treatment centre an assessment will be mandatory.
  • All residents must be medically stable and in the event of any medical condition a letter from treating doctor is required regarding diagnosis and treatment.
  • In the event of Psychiatric illnesses the resident is expected to follow up on a regular basis with their Psychiatrist. Following each checkup an update from treating doctor is to be handed in to the staff of Home from Home.
  • The resident is aware that they will be immediately discharged from the halfway house on receiving 3 written warnings.
  • Minimum stay is one calendar month and the fees are to be paid in advance. Should the resident not settle on the due date they may be asked to leave.
  • Should a resident wish to leave the halfway house a month’s written notice is required.
  • In the event that a resident is suspended the staff reserves the right to use their discretion regarding whether or not the resident is readmitted or referred to a more suitable facility.
  • In the event that a resident is asked to leave any moneys already paid will be forfeited as part of the consequences around being asked to leave.
  • House Rules:

    The contravention of these rules will lead to immediate dismissal.

  • Alcohol and/or Drugs.
  • Use, possession or dealing in any of these substances, including abuse of medication, this includes possession of any medication without the explicit awareness and knowledge of the staff.
    No using paraphernalia is permitted onto the property.

  • No Willful damage or threatening damage to the property. Damage to property will be charged to the resident.

  • No Weapons or Threats.
  • Possession or use of weapons, or threats of physical violence to staff or other residents, will result in immediate dismissal. This includes threatening a staff member or resident verbally or by intimidation.

  • Sexual/ Romantic relationships.

  • No sex or sexual relationships are allowed while in the house or when you go out for weekends. No sex or sexual relationships to develop between residents, nor between former residents. For those already in a relationship, no sex of any sort is permitted on the premises. No sex with prostitutes. Non-residents may not stay over night.

  • Theft of property from other residents or staff of the halfway house is prohibited
  • Residents may not engage in criminal behavior
  • Residents are not to act out with behaviors’ related to other addictions such as gambling, sex and love addiction, eating disorders
  • Residents are not to initiate contact with our neighbors for any reason whatsoever and are to respect their privacy at all times
  • Awareness/ Collusion
  • with regards to the breaking of the above rules. Should a resident be aware of, involved or assisting any other resident in breaking any of the rules without informing the therapy staff, this will be considered a contravention of the rules and could lead to immediate dismissal.

    Contravention of the above mentioned rules will be as follows:
    Permanent dismissal at the discretion of the Circle of Life staff.

    Re-admission conditions:

    Upon return the resident will have no privileges – length of time is assessed on an individual basis. Total honesty about relapse and dishonest behavior is paramount Display a conscious commitment to the program. Return with a negative sample in all cases except marijuana and agree to a screening interview on return

    Written warning offenses

    Dangerous people places and things
  • Residents may not associate with people who are know to be using drugs or drinking.
  • Residents may not engage in sexual acts with anybody unless with an established partner of which the halfway house staff are aware
  • Residents may not enter bars, bottle stores, night clubs, casinos, totes, betting parlours, pool bars, striptease venues, escort agencies or tattoo parlours
  • Residents may not be in possession of drug paraphernalia
  • No pornography may be kept in the house
  • Accountability

  • Residents are expected to attend dinner at 18h00 every evening Monday to Friday
  • No resident is permitted to lie on their beds unless ill and staff have been made aware
  • You are expected to sign out and sign in every time you leave the house and when you return
  • The resident is expected to stay in for the first 2 weeks
  • All residents are aware that the curfew during the week is 22h30 and Friday and Saturday 00h30 and Sunday 22H30
  • Residents are expected to actively seek employment
  • Regular drug testing and breathalyzers will be done and it’s an added cost of R120
  • It is the residents responsibility to give written requests for special timeout well in advance
  • Residents may not lend, borrow money from other residents or staff
  • Group and fellowship requirements

  • The resident is expected to attend 4 meetings per week
  • Residents must be in therapy
  • Eating disorder residents are expected to attend an OA meeting per week
  • Residents must have a sponsor
  • Residents are expected to do step work and as part of the halfway house expectations show it to the house manager at the weekly meeting
  • Medical

  • Residents are not allowed to keep medication on their person and all prescribed medication is to be handed to the staff
  • No over the counter medication is to be kept on your person
  • All prescribed medication may not be refused and if a resident wants to have changes made it has to be in consultation with the prescribing doctor
  • Money issues

  • Under no circumstances are residents permitted to lend, borrow money
  • No resident is permitted to employ a staff member of the halfway house and or do business dealings with the staff
  • The resident undertakes to settle all fees with the halfway house
  • Residents are not permitted to keep large sums of cash on their person and in the event of this happening it is to be handed to the staff for safe keeping
  • Safety and security

  • Residents are expected to ensure that each evening the house and gates are locked up
  • Panic buttons are not toys so please use in the event of emergencies
  • When a resident is coming or leaving the premises to be vigilant and ensure that there are no suspicious happenings before opening the gates to the property
  • House expectations

    Home from Home is a sheltered environment for people in recovery and as a result the safety and integrity of the house needs to be maintained at all times. The focus is around being able to live in a community where residents respect each other and the environment.

    It is important that residents confront each other when the expectations are not being met and learn how to deal with conflict that may arise from time to time.

    All residents are expected to take responsibility for the serenity and maintenance of the house.

    A weekly house meeting is mandatory with the house manager and this is the time to air grievances if residents have not been able to resolve issues.

    Visitors

  • All visitors need to sign in and no more than three visitors at one given time.
  • Visitors are not permitted to stay after 22h00 during the week and midnight on weekends
  • Visitors may be asked to leave and banned from the house if the staff feels that that person is not good for the resident’s recovery.
  • Visitors may not stay overnight.
  • Visitors may not spend time in your rooms
  • 1.)PLEASE NO HOOTING AT THE FRONT OF THE GATE PLEASE INFORM VISITORS
    2.) BE RESPECTFUL TO NEIGHBOURS WHEN GETTING IN/OUT YOUR CAR /COMPLAINTS ON LOUD MUSIC AND RESIDENTS NOISY
    3.) PLEASE NOTE PARKING AREAS –AND BE CONSIDERATE WHEN PARKING YOUR CAR FOR OTHER RESIDENTS
    4.) HOUSE DUTIES: PLEASE DUTIES NEED TO DONE TWICE A DAY MORNING AND NIGHT AND THERE WILL BE ACCOUNTIBILTY BETWEEN MERVIN, GLADYS AND COLLETTE .3 WARNINGS OF DUTIES NOT BEING DONE AND A CONSEQUENCE
    5.) WAKE UP TIME FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY IS 6H30 AND JUST FOR TODAY BY 7H30. WEEKENDS 8H45 AM WAKEUP TIME AND JUST FOR TODAY AT 9H00
    6.) ACCOUNTABILITY FOR BEDROOMS: 3 WARNINGS AND A CONSEQUENCE (MONITORED BY GLADY/MERIN AND COLLETTE)
    7.) RESIDENT RESPONSIBLE FOR COOKING ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY DINNER MUST BE COOKED AND READY BY 17H00 AND ON A TUESDAY TO FRIDAY Y 18H00
    8.) CONSEQUENCES WILL BE GIVEN FOR DINNER BEING LATE
    9.)EACH RESIDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HYGIENE IN THE HOUSE AND ALL PLATES CUPS AND MUGS NEED TO BE WASHED PROPERLY

    General

  • No smoking allowed in the house.
  • House keys and remotes are your responsibility and on discharge the deposit fee will be returned provided that they are handed back to the staff.
  • Expectations:
  • 2.1 Active Recovery Program.
  • Residents are expected to participate actively in their treatment program, attending all groups and meetings.
  • 2.2 Peaceful environment Residents are expected to show consideration for:
  • a) Others with regards to the use of the TV, radio and stereo equipment,
    b) Particularly between the hours of 10pm and 7:30am.
  • Excessive Profanity will not be tolerated
  • Anonymity/Confidentiality

    is considered a serious issue; we expect that you respect the confidentiality of what you hear in treatment.

    Whereabouts.

    Once you have permission to leave the premises, the staff reserves the right to know your whereabouts at any given time.

    Drug Testing.

  • The staff reserves the right to test for drugs at our discretion and the cost will be for the account of the resident.
  • Staff must approve any medication.
  • Any failure to provide a sample as requested will be considered a positive test and could result in dismissal.
  • What is provided?

  • Residents will be provided with shared bedrooms, a clean towel, sheet and duvet cover which will be washed weekly.
  • A laundry facility is available.
  • Breakfast and dinner provided and weekends the residents are expected to sort all meals out.


    Address

    • Address:

      20 Nevada Drive
      Northcliff

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