What is a Therapeutic Community?

What is a Therapeutic Community?2024-05-14T16:05:21-04:00
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Manor of Hope is a therapeutic community that assists men facing mental health and addiction challenges.

We’ve structured our therapeutic community to be a completely supportive environment that is designed to facilitate personal growth, recovery, and rehabilitation.

Our program offers long-term support with an emphasis on living substance-free and gaining confidence.

With guidance from some of the top mental health and addiction professionals in the Philadelphia area, our residents are given the best chance at stopping the cycle of self-destructive behaviors while finding a life full of meaning and wellness.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse regarding types of treatment programs, “The best-known residential treatment model is the therapeutic community (TC), with planned lengths of stay of between 6 and 12 months. TCs focus on the “re-socialization” of the individual and use the program’s entire community—including other residents, staff, and the social context—as active components of treatment”.


The Manor of Hope provides our residents with all of the elements of an effective therapeutic community, including:

  • Structured Environment: Therapeutic communities provide a highly structured, phased program and a supportive living environment to promote stability and routine.
  • Peer Support: We provide our residents with a culture of acceptance, patience, and respect. They support each other in their recovery journeys through mutual encouragement, sharing experiences, and providing emotional support. 
  • Therapeutic Activities: Our residents engage in various therapeutic activities, such as group therapy sessions, individual counseling, clinical, legal, medical, and educational training.
  • Vocational Activities: All of our residents participate in ongoing vocational rehabilitation and training, as well as important life-skills training. We have a unique paid, woodworking apprenticeship program available as well as computer skills, financial training and other skills.
  • Community Responsibility: Residents are encouraged to take on roles and responsibilities within the community. This fosters a sense of ownership, accountability, and belonging.
  • Holistic Approach: Our approach to recovery is holistic, addressing physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of well-being.
  • Healthy eating: Healthy meals are prepared from our organic garden. We have 2 chefs on staff who create nutritious meals. They’ve developed a culinary enrichment program to teach the skills needed for our residents to prepare their meals after graduating from our program.
  • Transportation off-campus: All necessary off-site transportation is provided throughout the length of their stay
  • Group recreational activities and trips
  • Long-Term Support: We allow individuals to stay in the program for an extended period to achieve sustainable recovery and personal growth. We have extensive aftercare planning to make sure they have the best support available for their ongoing journey.
  • Graduate housing: We have an extensive campus here at the Manor of Hope with on-campus graduate housing available for residents once they graduate from the program.

Wellness is a lifelong journey, and we’re here to support our residents every step of the way.

Explore more information about what a Therapeutic Community is below

More information about therapeutic communities can be found at The National Institute on Drug Abuse website.

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