Recovery Connections Community is designed as a two year drug and alcohol program. People interested in our program need to have two things: open mindedness and willingness. This is the foundation of recovery. Many that come to our program have chronically relapsed. They are people who have been to 30 day treatment centers and in and out of detox facilities. For some, this is enough, but for many it is not. When there is a true desire to change we provide the tools to live "life on life's terms."
1. Community Phase: 60-90 days; the Community Phase is the first phase of the Recovery Connections program. During this phase you will become familiar with your surroundings, other residents in the program, relationships with outside agencies and employers, and most importantly, the rules, policies and procedures by which you will conduct yourself.
2. Foundation Phase: 3-6 months; following the Community Phase, you should have a pretty good feel for what is happening in the program and what direction you are headed in your personal recovery program. In the Foundation Phase you will begin to receive and accept a larger role in your personal responsibility and accountability. You have the opportunity to earn privileges, and you will begin to have a more active role in assisting the newer residents in the program. In this phase an initial action plan will be established for you with your input.
3. Lifestyle Phase: 6-12 months; the Lifestyle Phase is the first “major step up” in the program. During this phase you should be very accustomed to the guidelines of the program. At this phase you will begin accepting more responsibility for the proper guidance and development of newer residents and begin to perform as a role model in house operations. You should be moving toward an understanding of your personal issues and the skills you need to deal with them.
4. Preparation Phase: 12-18 months; the Preparation Phase continues personal development of responsibilities and accountability by using the tools you have learned and putting them into action in your own life, as well as within the community. This is a very critical stage of development where supervision, and guidance are performed on a more personal, and in most cases, one-on-one basis. Action plans will be revised to include your individual interest, as well as your career and educational goals.
5. Society Phase: (Aftercare) 18-24 months; the Society Phase is the most critical stage of development. At this point you learn to balance your new direction in life while maintaining interaction with the core of the program. The structure of the transitional housing will be less demanding and restrictive than the long term facility. This is a required portion of the program, as it is necessary for continued success when you graduate.
1. Peer Role Modeling- the community is the agent of change; residents act as role models for other residents, teaching and learning from each other; all residents participate in the available opportunities: the structured environment and daily routines, seminars, groups and peer counseling in order to develop healthy habits, coping skills and a new, productive recovery lifestyle.
2. Substance Addiction Education- on-going comprehensive evaluations will be collaboratively developed with residents by supervisors, peer support specialists, and senior leaders. These individual development plans will coincide with education on substance use disorders and the experience, strength and hope of peer role models.
3. Life Skills and Vocational Training- residents learn to be responsible in a number of areas that lead to manageability of their own lives; all residents participate in both in-house and outside job placements after a period of initial adjustment to the community before choosing a program "major" and streamlining their recovery programs.
4. Community Support Groups and Resources- residents will interact with and give back to the greater community through volunteer service and will develop an outside support group by mandatory participation in self-help 12-step meetings in order to nurture spiritual connections with others and their higher power.
5. Animal and Equine Therapy- various types of pets, rescue animals and horses will be utilized for residents to become responsible and to develop powerful therapeutic connections for mutual love and healing.
6. Education- residents must be working toward individualized, mutually agreed upon educational goals at local schools and colleges and may have the opportunity to pursue certification as substance abuse counselors if desired.
7. Continuing Care and Relapse Prevention- a continuum of care is provided; residents will step-down to transitional housing after the preparation phase and must serve as mentors to younger residents during this time. Following program completion, a graduate relapse prevention plan will be developed in which residents will be strongly encouraged to participate in outpatient groups and aftercare recreational and social activities as program alumni.