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THE CARL E. DAHL HOUSESituated on a 30-acre hilltop in Athol, Massachusetts, our farm represents a departure from traditional approaches to substance use and other co-occurring disorders. While residents of our home are provided a first-class education on established recovery support options, they also learn something most programs cannot offer.... purpose. The other "residents" of our working farm include goats, pigs, chickens, horses and more. All of these animals greet new residents with a message they may not have heard in some time... "I need YOU". Animals and crops know nothing about stigma, cast no judgment, and have no interest in the past of an individual. They seek companionship and a symbiotic relationship with our residents that provides returns which cannot be measured.
The HouseOur historic New England farmhouse, built in 1883, provides all of the comfort and charm of farm living in a beautifully maintained home with accommodations for up to 8 men in single occupancy rooms. A well-appointed kitchen and dining area, cozy living and recreational areas, as well as reading and sitting rooms allow residents to enjoy the best of farm living.
Therapeutic FarmingEach resident is tasked with a set of responsibilities each day that are crucial to the operation of our farm and to the wellbeing of our animals and crops. Farm staff provide all training and support, but residents can expect to reconnect with the earth and go to bed each night with a sense of mental, physical and spiritual accomplishment.
Clinical SupportOur residents are receive clinical support and counseling from licensed clinicians who are on site and able to meet the individual needs of each person. The clinical team is made up of experienced and credentialed professionals who use a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). For people needing assistance with access to psychiatry and/or medication management, we have a network of community providers with whom we work closely to support our residents.
Recovery SupportResidents of the farm will benefit from a staff that possesses decades of professional and personal recovery experience. Education and exposure to the many different paths to a lifetime of recovery allow each individual to decide which path is right for them. Traditional 12-step models, cognitive approaches, Buddhist and Native American practices all provide different avenues to the same destination... a life of contented sobriety. Our goal is to assist each resident to experience and discover what works best for them. No matter which approach an individual prefers, there is one constant in the life of every person in successful long-term recovery... social connection. Having, and using, social connections is the most important indicator of good mental health. Residents of the farm will travel to outside meetings and support environments. Our local community boasts a Peer Recovery Center just a quick van or bike ride from the farm where residents can find support groups, access to resources and social/recreational experiences with other local residents in recovery.
For more information, please give us a call at: 978-632-0934. Or visit us online at: www.dahlhouse.org.