For people who have found the world of drugs, the process of inner emptiness is intense and therefore, it often seems that there is no more hope. The reception at Fazenda da Esperança takes place through the freedom of the person when writing a letter requesting help. The letter is a document, the first and most important step to attest to this free will and the desire for recovery.
The person who arrives at the farm realizes that there is no gate with everything locked, that is, whoever is there is because they want to. For those who no longer believe in anything, this is an opportunity to find a new lifestyle.
At the farm, the family atmosphere is very important, the houses are structured to provide coexistence. The welcomed people have the experience of sitting together at the table for meals, socializing while performing various group activities, such as daily work and sports.
In the initial process, the host maintains contact with the family only through correspondence. This period lasts for three months until the first visit.
In the first three months, the farm allows the family to participate in training. We try to create a dialogue with family members, because in the families there are people who suffered, were on the side, tried, but were unable to help the addict. In other words, the family environment, typical of the farm, extends to the home of the young or adult who is in recovery.
After the first three months, those welcomed are familiarized with the charism of Hope and receive a visit from their family members, who usually perceive the change of the person being welcomed. In this way, the family is prepared to understand that the person is well, but it is not yet time to take them home.
The host needs to complete the one-year proposal and live each stage well so that a relapse does not happen later on.
The great difference of the female farm is to welcome pregnant women and mothers with their children. Unlike other communities and recovery clinics, Fazenda da Esperança considers it important that the mother has her children close by and does not distance herself during the 12-month period.
These women go through a path of accompaniment, where love transforms so many lives and the family gains an even greater meaning.
The three columns of a farm are work, spirituality and community life - living together. These elements characterize the method used for the recovery of those welcomed, and through them the pain is transformed into love. For people who have experienced the suffering caused by drugs and the release of addictions, it is much more than a recovery, it is discovering a new lifestyle, it is discovering God.
This structure evolved in daily life, from the experience of the Gospel, as a necessary activity for those welcomed.
Spirituality is the main point of the recovery tripod, one that gives meaning to others. It is through spirituality that the host has the opportunity to get to know a new lifestyle, putting it into practice in everyday life.
This discovery, from the experience of the Gospel, helps to give a boost in the daily life of each recovering person, and when it extends to the family, it makes the return home a continuation of all learning during the 12 months lived on the farm.
Through work, spirituality can be put into practice so that what God inspires is experienced. In the creation account, God worked for six days, performed all the work, created and then entrusted man to continue. Thus, at the farm, young people within a year have the possibility to give a new meaning to this activity, and after completing 12 months, put into practice their return to society.
Work must bring about communion and, above all, trust in divine providence, a meaning that fills the heart and brings joy. One can, through work, go beyond and concretely love and live the Word. The successful realization of this pillar makes the host (s) value their ideals, restore their strength, creativity, self-esteem and this also reflects in the coexistence, column that completes this tripod.
Before being welcomed, living with family and friends was shaken or did not even exist. Within the farm, relationships and space are structured so that, most of the time, the person has to live with others.
Meals are eaten in community, the rooms divided into groups, as well as most leisure moments. There is practically no individual work, except for those, for example, who want to read a book; and even those who leave the chapel are to establish a relationship with God.
All this so that when conflicts arrive, the people welcomed have the possibility to learn how to overcome and not seek to avoid difficult situations. It is at that moment that they can see their own defects and know their personal limitations. And yet, supported by the experience of the Word, give the chance for new challenges and attitudes.