Frequently Asked Questions

Following are several categories of questions we are asked frequently, with specific questions and answers following each.  You will find questions about daily living and policies for women in Residential Treatment, in-depth descriptions of Our Hope's services and paying for treatment. Please scroll down to find the areas that interest you.  If you are not able to find your question or if you need further clarification or help, please feel free to call us at 616-451-2039 or contact us online.



Treatment & Other Services






What types of therapy do you offer?

     Women in our Residential Treatment Program participate in Individual and Group Therapy as well as psycho-educational groups on a variety of topics related to recovery and healing. In addition, the women incorporate daily activities such as Art Therapy and Reiki. The goal is to implement a new and healthy way of living that promotes health and wellness. Family sessions are also available and often occur toward the end of a woman's treatment in order to ease her transition home.

     We have an integrated therapeutic approach, because we know that different women and different issues require different types of interventions. We utilize a great deal of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in which we help women identify self-defeating thinking patterns that contribute to unhealthy behaviors and substitute them with healthier, more functional ways of thinking and behaving. In addition, we are person-centered and focus on emotional healing, rebuilding a sense of self, and healing relationships.

     Outpatient therapy: outpatient services are available on a private pay basis. Our Hope offers a sliding scale fee for any clients interested in outpatient therapy.

How often will I see my therapist?

     Each woman in our Residential Treatment Program will have at least one hour of individual therapy a week. Women can request more times with their therapist as needed.

     Everyday the women participate in either group therapy or a psycho-educational group. The group sessions are 3 to 5 hours long depending on the day of the week.

What if I am already seeing a therapist?

If you are already engaged in individual therapy, we make every effort to coordinate care with your existing therapist. Typically women temporarily suspend treatment with their current therapist while engaging in therapy at Our Hope. If you give us permission, we will communicate with your therapist to assist with your transition into therapy at Our Hope and to help coordinate aftercare and your transition back to your original therapist.

Daily Living & Policies for Treatment


If you are considering Residential Treatment at Our Hope, you probably have many questions. In addition to the basics of what to expect and what to bring, you are undoubtedly very anxious, even afraid, of what life might be like once you enter treatment and begin your journey to recovery.  We would love to talk to you personally, but hope the following information and thoughts from our Clinical Team, all of whom are Master’s level Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors and women themselves, will help to ease some of your anxiety.

What does it mean when you say that I must take personal responsibility for my recovery? Why is that important?

     Alcoholism and addiction create many self-defeating habits.  Even in abstinence, these habits tend to continue until long-lasting emotional, physical, spiritual and social changes are made.  Through one-on-one and group therapy with our expert Clinical Therapists, 12-Step meetings and the development of healthy relationships, a woman can work on building a stable foundation to support her recovery.

     While in treatment at Our Hope, you will focus on triggers and other factors that influenced the progression of your alcoholism and/or substance use to prevent future relapse.  We know and teach that addiction is a disease which becomes more chronic over time.  We believe that addiction is a “no-fault” illness and that any woman can assume responsibility for her life once she seeks help.  Learning to take responsibility for your choices is a core component of personal growth.

     Typically, alcohol and/or drug use begins as a way to help manage your stress or provide an escape from problems.  Some women have troublesome pasts, including abusive relationships and/or a history of trauma.  It can become easy to think that a person or situation caused your alcoholism or addiction.  This just keeps you in a cycle of blame and prevents the development of healthy coping skills and taking control of your life.  Changing this means that you allow us to help you learn to nurture your emotional well-being and take an honest inventory of your strengths, abilities and talents.  It also means that we help you work through anger, resentment and pain, thereby allowing you to transform and find the peace you’ve been seeking.  In the end, you will be empowered to once again (or maybe even for the first time!) take control of your life and quite possibly, even like yourself.