Acorn Recovery Living emphasizes a set of core values that makes for a memorable experience. By understanding and embracing these concepts, individuals will be on track to achieving full recovery.

Program Separateness

The Acorn Recovery House provides residents with a safe setting for recovery that allows residents to disconnect from their past life and build new connections with other individuals in recovery.

Acorn Recovery House Environment

The ARH environment has many common areas for hosting group activities and promoting community. These areas include the dining room, recreation, and group area.

Program  Activities

Recovery and educational services take place in the context of the peer community. Virtually all activities occur in groups or meetings where residents can interact and learn from one another. Group activities include:

  • At least one daily meal prepared, served, and shared by all members.
  • Daily check-in.
  • Attending community 12-step meetings daily.
  • Peer organized recreational activities.

Staff as Community Members

Each staff member is a part of the recovery community. He/she is a manager and elder in this community and helps residents access the program. Staff members function as consistent and trustworthy rational authorities and as role models, facilitators, and guides in the program. Residents are expected to follow staff direction.  Refusal to follow staff instruction may result in discharge.

Peers as Role Models

Senior residents are expected to demonstrate the desired behaviors and reflect the values and teachings of recovery. They serve as role models for new and junior residents. The strength and integrity of the community as an arena for social learning depend on the number and quality of its peer role models. Residents serve in leadership and teaching roles in the community.

A Structured Day

Each day has a schedule of recovery and educational activities with prescribed formats, times, and routine procedures. 

Order, routine activities, and a schedule counter the characteristically disordered lives of active addiction and leave little time for negative thinking and boredom—factors that often contribute to relapse.

Stages of the Program

The Recovery program is organized into three major stages of recovery (orientation, primary recovery, and re-entry) these stages reflect a developmental view of the recovery process. 

The program stages and phases of recovery allow for individual goals to be established and incremental learning to take place.


A large portion of recovery is the accountability in changing ones behaviour. Accountability with oneself as well as with others in the community is an essential piece to support long-term recovery. At Acorn, all residents are responsible for the daily operation of the house, which includes cleaning, meal preparation, maintenance, schedule coordination, and meetings.

Being accountable within the community provides residents with a sense of responsibility and affiliation within the house. Residents also receive opportunities for self-examination and personal growth through a culture of accountability. 

Recovery Concepts

Recovery concepts embody the programs values and belief system, which are antidotes to the values and beliefs present in the culture of addiction. Residents learn how to take action and implement the concepts learned in treatment into their lives. 

Awareness Training

All recovery and educational interventions involve raising residents’ consciousness of their effect of conduct and attitudes on themselves and others.

Emotional Growth Training

Community residents learn to identify feelings, express them appropriately, and manage them constructively in stressful situations.

The interpersonal and social demands of living together in the recovery community provide opportunities to experience this training.

Planned Duration of Recovery

A period of intense recovery programming is needed to ensure the internalization of recovery teachings.

The length of time that residents must be in the recovery program depends on their progress in achieving individualized behavioral goals in each program stage.

Transitional Planning

When it comes time for a resident to transition out of the Acorn Recovery Living program, a complete re-entry plan is developed between the resident, their peers, and staff. This process ensures that residents have every opportunity to achieve their long-term recovery goals as they embark on another new chapter.