On-site Transitional Living
Recovery takes time, and it is our experience that the longer you choose to remain in treatment, the less likely you are to relapse in the future. We believe that living in a sober community and being surrounded by like-minded individuals who are following the same 12 Step Program as you are sure to set you on the right path.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) recommends that people should stay in an addiction treatment program for at least 90 days and even after that time, many clients may not be ready to go straight back to their old lives. We want to encourage all our residents to adopt a new way of living when they leave us – free from addiction.
It isn’t always straightforward, so for many people, on-site transitional living is a great next step to live after treatment. A sober living house such as Ebby’s Place offers residents the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have gained throughout their recovery with us to their daily lives, while still receiving ongoing support from the groups and therapies on offer at our center.
Many of the residents who complete our 12 Step Program choose to continue with their recovery on-site while they figure out where they want to go next. For some clients, going home may not be an option – as it may be an unsafe environment for them, potentially triggering a relapse.
On-site transitional living provides those who have completed the 12 Step Program with a supportive and accountable environment as they continue their journey – which is vital for their ongoing recovery and also gives them the option to mentor newcomers.
Recovery Monitoring Program
You might be surprised to learn that signs of a relapse can appear many days or weeks before it occurs. Our Certified Recovery Coaches are trained to spot patterns in behavior that signal a spiral towards relapse, through our Recovery Monitoring Program.
The Recovery Monitoring Program takes place over 12 months after treatment. Our Certified Recovery Coaches play a huge part in ensuring the recovery of our clients is ongoing and successful. They ensure communication remains open and fluid between the newly recovered addict, the family, the sponsor, and anyone else who might be supporting the client. This process can begin during on-site transitional living and can continue within a licensed recovery home such as Ebby’s Place, should this be an appropriate option.
How Does It Work?
Upon completing treatment at our center, an assessment will be carried out by the Certified Recovery Coach to determine the best plan of action and next steps. We work with the individual, his family, sponsor, and therapist to determine an ongoing recovery plan. Everyone must agree on the plan going forward, and once this is confirmed, the plan can be put into action.
A typical recovery plan can include deciding:
whether the client remains in on-site transitional living or moves to a licensed recovery home
potential areas where additional support may be required (ongoing 12 step participation, medical, legal, or financial assistance)
how often the client will check-in
Communication is the key focus within the Recovery Monitoring Program, with daily phone calls and regular face-to-face meetings. Keeping contact at the forefront ensures the recovered addict is held accountable and is following the agreed terms of his recovery plan, and also offers the opportunity for him to reflect, set goals for the future, and talk through any challenges he’s faced between meetings.
During the Recovery Monitoring Program, the Certified Recovery Coach will review and modify the plan as and when necessary. This may include updating goals for the client, addressing any unresolved medical or legal issues, and shifting focus onto areas that the client may be struggling with, for example, relationships, spirituality, or social interaction.
How Does It Help?
We designed the Brazos Recovery Monitoring Program to help our clients make the transition from treatment at our center, to living their own, independent lives as sober men. As we can implement the program while clients are still with us on-site, the transition is often far more comfortable and achievable.
Clients who engage in Recovery Monitoring Program benefit from the immense support offered throughout this part of their journey, which in turn improves their responsibility and accountability. Ultimately, the aim is to prevent relapse, and by following this program, the chances are significantly reduced.
The client’s family and loved ones benefit from the program too. We continue to offer support and education and answer questions and concerns that families may have through regular communication. It can be difficult for families to prepare for their newly recovered loved ones coming back home after treatment. The Recovery Monitoring Program offers the building blocks that families and loved ones sometimes need to set expectations and boundaries and prepare for their loved one’s return. Through this program, we also take away the pressure often put on family members to monitor the recovery of their loved ones too.
We pride ourselves in the ongoing and long-lasting recovery of all our clients and make it our mission to do everything we can to support them for as long as necessary. We build strong relationships with our clients, and we help them aspire to meet their individual needs, hopes and desires. During their time with us in recovery, in on-site transitional living and, eventually, when they leave our treatment center, we keep communication lines open because we are invested in their future.