Graham: And they bond with the animals. You'd be surprised how much the animals will know when a person is in crisis and come and comfort them. So these are examples, I think, of unconditional love that they've never seen. We love dogs.
Storms: And that's a criteria for coming there. If you can't be around animals then you have to go somewhere else.
Graham: Another part of it is, living in the house, there are chores involved in the house and things like that are different than in most treatment centers. Most treatment centers you may just go and sit in your group and then go hang out in your room. But this isn't. They're actively involved in their program throughout the day by participating in chores.
Storms: And gardening. We have a beautiful place out there with flowers and we do gardening every day.
Star: How many women have gone through your doors since you opened? Do you have a rough estimate?
Storms: Let's see. We get about 40 people a year. So about 250 since we've opened.
Star: Do you use a 12-step type of program?
Storms: We're 12-step oriented, but we're also oriented toward really teaching them how to change their thinking and their actions. Changing the way they think and changing the way they act is what sobriety's all about. Sobriety is not about just not drinking and not taking drugs, it's about change, the willingness to change.
We're very involved in 12-step programs. We go to a 12-step meeting every day, sometimes two. And I think that's one reason our program is so successful is because by the time they leave there, they've become a part of the 12-step community here, and they're comfortable there.