For people who have encountered the drug world, the process of inner emptiness is intense and so it often seems that there is no hope left. The reception in the Farm of Hope is through the freedom of the person when writing a letter requesting the help request. The letter is a document, the first and most important step in attesting 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, who is there is because they want. For those who no longer believe in anything this is an opportunity to find a new lifestyle.
In the farm is very important the family climate, the houses are structured to provide coexistence. The host have the experience of sitting together at the table for meals, living with 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 enables the participation in formation moments. It seeks to create a dialogue with family members, because in families there are people who suffered, were next door, tried, but could not help the drug addict.
The family environment, proper to the farm, extends to the home of the young or recovering adult. The family also experienced emptiness because of the pain. This is significant when everyone realizes that the family needs to go through a healing and transformation process.
After the three months have elapsed, the welcomed are familiar with the charism of Hope and are visited by their relatives, who usually perceive the change of the welcomed person. 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 step well so that no further relapse occurs later.
The great differential of the female farm is to welcome pregnant women and mothers with their children, unlike other communities and recovery clinics.
The Farm of Hope considers it important for the mother to have her children around and not distance herself during the 12 month period.
These women go through an accompanying path where love transforms so many lives and the family gains even greater meaning.
The three pillars of a farm are work, spirituality and community life. These elements characterize the method used for the recovery of the welcomed and through them the pain is transformed into love. For people who have experienced drug suffering and freedom from addiction, 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 living of the Gospel, as a necessary activity for the welcomed.
Spirituality is the main point of the tripod of recovery, the one that gives meaning to others. It is through spirituality that the host has the opportunity to know a new lifestyle, putting it into practice in everyday life.
This discovery, from living the Gospel, helps to boost the daily life of each recovering person, and when it extends to the family, returning home is 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 can be experienced. In the account of creation God worked for six days, performed every work, created, and then entrusted man with continuity. Thus at the Farm, the young person in the period of one year, has the possibility to give new meaning to this activity, and after completing 12 months, put into practice in his return to society.
Work must bring 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 accomplishment of this pillar makes the host appreciate his ideals, restores his strength, creativity, self-esteem and this also reflects in living together, a 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.
The meals are made in community, the rooms are divided into groups, as well as most leisure time. There is practically no individual work, except for those who want to read a book; and even those who retire to the chapel are to establish a relationship with God.
All of this so that when conflicts come, people who are welcomed have the opportunity to learn how to overcome and not try to avoid difficult situations. This is when they can see their own defects and know their personal limitations. And, supported by living the Word, give the chance for new challenges and attitudes.