Ceramics-Friend or Foe?

Ceramics is another creative endeavor offered by Right Path House. For some residents, working with paint and clay relieves stress but for some, it creates stress. For the ones where ceramics is a stress reliever, they realize that when they focus just on the clay, they're distracted from their problems. For the others who become stressed, they come to realize there is no right or wrong and that they are not being judged. In ceramic class, whatever a resident produces can help increase a feeling of self worth. Ceramic work helps in cognitive reasoning skills and socialization. By increasing their thought and motor skills, their frustration level may be reduced and more patience and endurance

Journaling for Reflection

We offer each resident the recovery journal titled, My First Year in Recovery. It holds 365 pages, one for each day of the first year out of rehab. It comes with an inspiring quote on each page. We encourage journaling after equine and art therapy as well as have a dedicated time every day to concentrate, reflect and write in quiet. It's helpful in processing interesting and sometimes newly surfaced feelings and insights. We also encourage journaling every evening.


Right Path offers to collaborate with therapists by offering activities such as equine encounters, art therapy or ropes to help them become more self-aware. Experiential activites-knowledge gained through experience assists residents in gaining knowledge about self. Some say that experiential activities accelerate unlearning. Using observation, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making, our horses, our ropes course or our art class, may be able to deliver a ​real life scenario that challenges residents to reveal emotions and ideas that can change a point of view. We have found that certain activities have a dramatic impact on our residents because they are in a non-traditional

Good Nutrition is Key

Every month, a nutritionalist comes in to guide and educate residents in what healthy eating and food combinations work best for recovery. Some diets can eliminate cravings and some vitamins and minerals found in certain foods can help our bodies heal from the devastating effects of our disease. ​ When meals are planned by our residents they consider what they have learned and what they may already know about nutrition and consider the needs of the other residemts. It is an opportunity to learn how to care for one's self as well as consider others. Residents take turns working in teams, so they get to know each other and they get to the chance to build their self-esteem.

Recreation is Part of the Core of Recovery

From numerous studies from SAMSHA and elsewhere, recreation is core to recovery. It not only evokes a sense of wellbeing, it builds self-confidence and helps build friendships. Throughout the time our residents are here, we offer an extensive array of options: ​ art class-painting sound bath movies goat nannying ceramics class journaling Escape New Haven meditation ​ IN NATURE kayaking hiking beach biking equine encounters labyrinth walking fruit picking

Following Your Dream

Purpose. Everyone needs a purpose in life and it needs to be of their chosing. At Right Path, we guide women to find their own path to purpose and within that purpose to find an inner glow and peace. ​ Whether that purpose is found in work as a homemaker or as a business person, we can introduce the deep inner peace that having a purpose brings- one little bit at a time. By doing our jobs at the house to the best of our abilities. we are living up to our potential at that moment and that, after all, is what we really have to work with. By accepting that we are perfect in our imperfection and that as we make mistakes, we are actually not going backwards, we are growing. Hope is here. ​ When

The Ropes Course

Who stands by your side when you are afraid? Do you believe someone will be there for you? We take self-belief and try to directly connect it to our sisterhood network on the ropes course. We hope that the ropes can offer positive self-esteem because we learn that we matter to others when we are being positively coached by others. ​ During recovery, self-esteem is affected by involvement in physical activities and self-confidence will vary as fears are faced. The Ropes affects their ability to accept help and give help. An individual's self-confidence can start using these strengths that may be gained to cope with life challenges.

Why Structure?

Structure. What a horrible word to anyone fresh out of rehab. Yet, a daily plan helps create a sense of mental harmony and integrity. ​ WHAT'S IN A DAY? PRACTICING A NEW MINDFUL LIFE UNTIL IT'S PART OF US Structure provides a sense of predictability and familiarity - a reassuring way of helping life to make sense. In early recovery, a sense of order is comforting because it eliminates decision making. Residents help plan their schedule which allows for creativity, laughter and learning. We can seamlessly go on from a 12-step meeting to an in-workshop to riding to yoga. Phase One includes 12-step meetings, social outings, daily exercise, educational in-house workshops, spiritual empowerment,

Community that Heals Hearts from Addiction

If addiction is a disease of loneliness; then sisterhood is the antidote. and there is real hope in our sisterhood. Combine our small, family-like group setting with our collaborating private outpatient program, and you will find that each woman finds the welcome mat in every facet of her stay at Right Path House to discover, develop and practice her interpersonal strengths in recovery. Residents learn that as people in recovery, we need each other to listen and to talk to. Our peer specialists are trained to support that simple act of being truly present for each other. We find inside something very special-love, compassion and healing from the loneliness of addiction. Our house activities

Exerise is Core

Exercise is the dimension of recovery that stands out as a favorite for most people. Exercise brings opportunities to make friends and develop new, healthier interests. Exercise also helps residents to avoid boredom and relieve stress. We offer: ​ Yoga Gym membership Dance Equine Encounters Hikes Off-road ​Biking Labyrinth Walk ​ ​

Our Three Phases

Why does a sober house have a program and how is your program set up? After rehab, Right Path House structures each day because early recovery can easily be derailed. A planned day allows for an interesting and fun day. We choose to open a three phase house. That means there is much less chance of relapse because we structure our recovery community as residents meet Life as they are able. It takes their team to collaborate and decide what ilevel is right. Because of this, residents who go to a phased sober living after rehab are much more likely to succeed at staying sober. Like immersion in a foreign language, recovery living at Right Path offers women who choose to learn the language of re

Why Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is offered to residents to help them face their fears. Fears such fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of not being perfect, are some of the fears that can be addressed by our art therapist to get recovery into perspective. ​ It has been reported that self-awareness that didn't arise through other avenues, was easier to access through art. Our therapist uses all mediums and links the work to an individual's stage of recovery.

Walking with a Horse

Grounded and In-the-Moment Trusting and building trusting relationships unveils the soul in such a big way thst it may take a little equine help. For some facing their fears of rejection we can take an opportunity to ground work a horse and observe how a client interacts with him. This groundwork can reveal inner blocks and emotions that cannot or will not surface any other way. The simple interaction of a horse and client can result in bringing out many emotions, including low-self-esteem, and anger. A participant's therapist can help with the processing of these emotions. Since a horse is an impartial but reactive witness to our forays into his world to train him, his reaction to the part

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After rehab, in-home care, and/or extended care, we think sober living is the next logical step toward recovery life. From SAMHSA research, we offer the four pillars of recovery: (1) community, (some life skill support,) (2) mental and physical wellness; including membership at the gym and yoga studio, an emphasis on whole food in shared evening meals, and professional therapy delivered from the surrounding community, (3) finding purpose in work or school and (4) re-integrating into a re-structured family dynamic or a new home. We welcome those with or without a history of treatment .