Would you offer to give someone a ride only to take them further away from their destination? Of course not why would anyone do such a thing? And yet we as a society do this all the time, we make colossal efforts to get alcoholics and addicts into recovery and detox programs and yet do not give any thought to life after rehab? We leave them vulnerable and alone with no life’s purspose; this in turn resluts in higher rates of relapse and then the sycle starts all over again. We at the Oasis Movement are putting an end to this cycle. In 1992 Takis Liris and the late John Campbell the founders of the Oasis Addiction Recovery Society sought to create a place where recovering addicts and alcoholics could go to “stabilize their recovery, overcome personal barriers, educate themselves and join the workforce by finding viable employment”– an Oasis. While successfully completing a detox, or treatment program is a great accomplishment, this is only part of the journey of an addict or alcoholic in recovery. The ability to create a viable life for themselves while staying clean and sober is where the real work begins. The founders at Oasis have created a safe, welcoming environment where anyone could go to relax, socialize and upgrade or learn the skills they need to secure meaningful employment. According to the founders “meaningful work [is] a key element in rebuilding individual pride, the human spirit and the will to succeed – to find a better life”
Oasis programs include:
1). Employment Essentials Program: This six-week program was created for those individuals who have successfully completed 30 days of sobriety. During their six weeks the participant will have on going one on one sessions with a counselor, specialized assessment designed to help them decide their career and education path; life skills workshop; career goal and job search skills; digital literacy and computer skills. Once the participant has completed this program they have further access to a series of post program support activities.
2.) Ontario Disability Support Program (Job Placement/Retention), focusing on those recovering from drug or alcohol addiction and who also suffer from disabilities and cannot find employment or are thus under-employed. Participants are retrained and are given support in resume preparation, interviewing and networking skills.
3.) Employment Preparation Program, which offers various workshops as well as one on one training on job objectives, resumes, job searching techniques, and networking.
Taki the co -founder is a former alcoholic and has been in recovery for years, and his dedication and noble work through the Society has been recognized by the city of Toronto. Taki’s ability to remain sober and lead a meaningful life has made him a stellar example for everyone who is living with recovery. Oasis recognizes and acknowledges that former addicts and alcoholics constantly struggle to transform and change; their programs help individuals mentally break from their past and acknowledge and accept the newly transformed individuals they have become.