What is a Therapeutic Community?

A therapeutic community (TC) is a model of addiction recovery that emphasizes the role of social support and group therapy in treating substance use disorders. A TC is a structured and supportive living environment where individuals with substance use disorders reside and participate in a comprehensive treatment program.

In a TC, residents participate in daily operations and maintenance of the community and are encouraged to form close relationships with each other. The community provides a safe and supportive environment where residents can work on their recovery and are encouraged to share their experiences, challenges, and successes.

The treatment program in a TC typically includes group therapy, individual counseling, and educational and recreational activities. The focus is on addressing the underlying psychological, social, and behavioral factors contributing to substance use. Residents are encouraged to take responsibility for their recovery and their role in the community.

The goal of a therapeutic community is to help individuals with substance use disorders achieve and maintain long-term recovery and to equip them with the skills and tools they need to rebuild their lives and reintegrate into society.

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