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House Of Refuge (HOR) is a drug rehabilitation and resource centre which caters specifically for the rehabilitation needs of drug and alcohol dependent persons. HOR was established in 2006. HOR provides medically assisted detoxification to individuals age 17- 59, struggling with addiction to alcohol and controlled substances such as: prescription medicine, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crack, codeine, etc.

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‘Our facility caters to men and women and it seeks to deal with the drug dependency problem in the society: an increasing problem that cuts across every national, ethnic, religious, gender, and socioeconomic divide. One that carries devastating social and economic consequences through its impacts on health, functioning and overall wellbeing’.


The HOR Multidimensional Approach

House of Refuge has a multi-faceted approach rather than a ‘one size fits all approach’ to drug/alcohol problems. Thus, they follow this through by providing a comprehensive, world class, evidence-based and holistic drug and alcohol dependency treatment for drug and alcohol dependent persons in Nigeria, including but not limited to detoxification, medical treatment, follow-up, counselling, psychotherapy etc. They design programs that are tailored to deliver client – specific solutions in an intensively therapeutic and highly supportive environment. Some of the programs include:

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  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Drug screening
  • Medically Assisted Detoxification
  • Individualized management
  • Out-patient rehabilitation services
  • In-patient rehabilitation services
  • Family Support / Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Personalized after-care
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Education

The overall goal is to ensure that the ‘WHOLE’ man is catered for throughout the process to guarantee sustainable outcomes. In order to achieve this, they utilize a ‘multidisciplinary’ team working to encourage behavior change and build internal skills in our clients.

An Overview of the Different Aspects of House of Refuge

  • The Residential Rehabilitation: House of Refuge, (HOR) has a residential facility, located in a serene, distraction-free environment to enable its clients focus on their program and, also to ensure their privacy is respected and maintained.

At HOR, the clients can participate in counselling, psychotherapy, anger management, spiritual discipleship, and life skills training. The methodology is Christ-centered. However, clients of all beliefs and faiths are accepted. Our goal is to ensure that we are able to respond to a wide range of needs from medical, psychosocial, physical, mental, spiritual and behavioral.

The Out-Patient Program

There are two types of out-patient programs:

Pre-Rehabilitation Counselling — Here, a soft landing for individuals struggling with addiction and are contemplating seeking help is provided.

Post-Rehabilitation Support — here, a non-residential program for clients who have been detoxed, and have sufficient family support to reside at their home and make periodic visits to HOR for therapy is created.

In both categories, clients receive equivalent treatments similar to those that are in the residential program, but less intensive. The effectiveness of this program relies more on individual initiative and motivation.

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The Outreach and Consultancy

Addiction is a chronic illness, requiring medical and behavioral treatment, much like asthma, hypertension and diabetes. As with these illnesses, prevention is much better than treatment for the individual and the family. Thus they also engage in outreach to poor communities, schools and businesses. They also provide enlightenment talks about the effects of addiction and its impacts on the person, family and society. They also further provide talks on how to manage peer pressure and, to provide support for individuals struggling with addiction.

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The Hope Centre for House of Refuge

The Drop–in Center treatment centre catering to off the street drug users. The program provides treatment services for those who are seeking to overcome addiction. The treatment plan was designed to meet the minimum needs in term of providing care and support in a relaxed, non-residential context.

The facility is opened to men and women, 16-50 years, who are suffering from licit/illicit drug and alcoholic abuse and who are in need of support and structure to achieve and maintain abstinence/sobriety while living in the community or awaiting admission to the residential facility.

The Low Cost Rehabilitation

Given that the residential treatment can be a fairly costly form of treatment, the low cost treatment facility is necessary; it is accessible and cost effective for the low – income and financially handicapped population. The treatment is designed to develop each client’s personal strengths and the abilities, which are necessary for a successful recovery. Individual, family and group modalities are employed. A complete curriculum of substance abuse education covering the drug use disorder concept and all aspects of pertinent recovery skills is delivered to clients during their stay at the facility.

House of Refuge provides detox and rehabilitation services to individuals age 17- 59, struggling with addiction to alcohol and controlled substances such as: prescription medicine, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crack, codeine, etc.

Their residential facility currently caters to men alone. However they are seeking an additional facility to support a residential rehabilitation program for women.


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This article was first published on 16th May 2020


Jeremiah is a scholar and a poet. He has a keen eye for studying the world and is passionate about people. He tweets at @jeremiahaluwong.

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2 thoughts on “Everyday Heroes: The House of Refuge”

  • My favorite six words in addictionare: trust God, clean house and help others. — Matthew Perry

  • Hope for substance abuse recoverybegins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up. — Anne Lamott

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