Phases I-IV are developed to ease the resident into independent living and recovery. As the resident progresses more freedom is experienced, and the resident must apply previously learned skills to the newly added pressure of self-accountability. Each Phase has unique requirements that slowly adds more self-accountability to the resident. Peer support offered by the house manager and senior resident as well as the other residents residing in the “Home” can help guide them to better decision making and tools for emotional sobriety. The Phases are designed so that the resident can navigate them at their own pace, so there is no time cap. The residents are evaluated by the executive director and the house manager at the end of each month to determine if the requirements have been met and whether or not to move the resident to the next appropriate phase. If the executive director and house manager feel the resident is becoming complacent in their process of recovery, we will encourage the resident to become more proactive and set goals that may inspire the resident to continue growing in a positive direction. The concept is to learn how to maintain balance and peace throughout the phase transitions; Better preparing the resident for independent living and sustained long-term sobriety.
Similar to how we encourage residents to go at a reasonable pace they are comfortable with, we understand not everybody takes the same exact path to recovery. Certain elements are evidence-based to be effective one that is indispensable for instance is a support group. We acknowledge some of our residents prefer not to attend a 12 step fellowship and that is okay. We do ask for a viable substitute such as a spiritual community, SMART recovery, dharma punks, refugee recovery, and so on. The meetings required per week include but are not limited to: 12 step meetings, drug and alcohol therapy, IOP, any of the alternatives meetings listed above, meeting with sponsor, meeting with a CRS, etc. If you are participating in a recovery oriented meeting it will count towards your weekly meeting attendance. It is imperative, especially in early recovery, that we start to build a support network without hesitation.