The Magdalen House Social Detox program provides a safe and comfortable setting for an alcoholic woman to physically separate from alcohol so that she may learn about alcoholism and begin working 12-Step spiritual principles to achieve sobriety. But it’s so much more than that. It’s a place that feels like home, surrounded by women that have walked the same path of alcoholic despair, walking shoulder to shoulder towards a solution.

While there’s no way to really convey what the full experience is like, we can share what a typical day at The Magdalen House looks like during the 14-day period that a woman is in our Social Detox program.

Because all meetings are open to women in recovery, clients are given the opportunity to find a sponsor and become acquainted with our recovery community several times each day. For more information about our meetings, please visit magdalenhouse.org/meetings.

Daily Schedule

7:30 am

  • Rise and shine!
    Women are required to be out of their beds by 7:30 am. Breakfast is self-serve.

8:00 am

  • Coffee and morning meditation
    Each client picks a “Word of the Day,” a spiritual principle that she will use to practice throughout the day and together the women read “On Awakening” on page 86 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12-Step curriculum used by The Magdalen House.

9:00 am

  • Morning chores
    Each client is assigned daily chores that allow her to start giving back and contributing to life in a small way. Clients are responsible for picking up after themselves, keeping rooms tidy, and making their own beds.

10:00 am

  • Monday – Friday: Staff-Led Class
    Steps 1-3 are taught by a staff member who is a woman in recovery.

  • Saturday: Yoga
    A gentle yoga class is led by a certified Yoga instructor.
  • Sunday: Personal Time

11:00 am

  • Monday – Saturday: Personal Time
    May include relaxing outside, reading, meeting with a sponsor, resting, light exercise, and socializing with peers.
  • Sunday: Speaker Meeting
    Recovered women share their knowledge of the 12 Steps and their personal experience with working the program found in the Big Book.

12:00 pm

  • Monday – Friday: Big Book Meeting
    A meeting focused on Steps 1-3 is led by a volunteer who is a woman in recovery.

  • Saturday: Steps 4 – 9 Study
    A meeting focused on Steps 4-9 is led by a volunteer who is a woman in recovery.

  • Sunday: Personal Time/Lunch

1:00 pm

  • Lunch
    Lunch is self-serve.

2:30 pm

  • Monday – Friday: Big Book Meeting
    A meeting focused on Steps 1-3 is led by a volunteer who is a woman in recovery.

  • Saturday: Big Book Study focusing on Steps 10 – 12
    A meeting focused on Steps 10-12 is led by a volunteer who is a woman in recovery.

  • Sunday: Personal Time

4:00 pm

  • Personal Time and Family Visitation
    Families and loved ones may visit in the meeting room or in the backyard for one hour.

    Monday – Friday 4:00 pm – 6:50 pm
    Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:50pm

5:30 pm

  • Dinner
    Every day, one client is assigned the chore of cooking dinner and one other client may assist them. Dinner is a special time for clients to cook, eat, and spend time together.

7:00 pm

  • Mondays and Thursdays: Speaker Meeting*
  • Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: Big Book Meeting

*The First Monday of the Month is Birthday Night and is open to loved ones, families, and friends.

Family Support meets every Wednesday at 6:30 pm and is open to loved ones, families, and friends. Learn more at magdalenhouse.org/family

9:00 pm

  • Evening Meditation
    One by one, clients share how they used their spiritual principle, a highlight of the day, three things they like about themselves, three things they are grateful for, and rate their day on a scale from one to ten. Once the daily review is complete, one client is chosen to read aloud “When We Retire at Night” from page 86 of the Big Book.

9:30 pm

  • Goodnight

11:00 pm

  • Lights out

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The Social Detox program physically separates an alcoholic woman from alcohol to provide her with the education and resources to achieve sobriety and build a foundation of recovery. If that’s what you’re looking for, we’d love to help you.

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