Phase 1: Building the Foundation
Most of our clients begin in Phase 1 of our program, which offers a high level of support as they transition from treatment or have recently experienced a relapse. The highly structured environment of Phase 1 builds a healthy foundation for daily life in recovery without the use of substances.
Phase 1 includes:
- Housing with 24/7 on-site staff
- Regular counseling with a licensed addiction counselor
- Medication management
- Morning check-in groups
- Relapse prevention groups
- Skill Building groups
- Life Coaching to help set and accomplish goals
- Recovery Coaching to help identify a recovery pathway that resonates and works
- Daily exercise at the local YMCA
- Community-based activities and outings like golf, boating, and BBQs
- Vocational support and job coaching
- Assistance navigating the application process for higher education
- Transportation to and/or from referring facilities, off-site medical appointments, and off-site recovery support meetings
- Daily meals and snacks, nutrition education, and cooking tutorials provided by an in-house chef
- Wireless Internet, A/C, flat screen TVs, and cable sports and movie packages
Phase 1 begins the process of reintegrating back into the community after residential treatment or transitioning to adult responsibilities for those who have experienced “failure to launch.” For people in early recovery, or for those who never learned various basic life skills because they began using at a young age, something as commonplace as shopping for groceries can be overwhelming. An example of Phase 1 support could include things like staff bringing clients to the grocery store and guiding them in their decision making so they can have a successful, positive experience that translates to independent living.
Clients in Phase 1 typically spend 4-6 months in this phase before transitioning to Phase 2.
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Phase 2: Reinforcing the Foundation
In Phase 2 of The Recovery Academy, clients build upon the foundation they created in Phase 1 with a bit more independence. Here, clients have access to all the amenities, structure, and support of Phase 1 while experiencing more autonomy. In this phase, we introduce career counseling, resume building, and higher education planning for those who have not yet begun to focus on these areas. Phase 2 clients implement an action plan, take on more responsibility, and begin to experience success and joy in their lives as they achieve their goals and sustain their recovery while facing life’s challenges.
Clients in Phase 2 typically spend 4-6 months in this phase before transitioning to Phase 3.
Phase 3: Moving Forward
In Phase 3, clients move into a new Recovery Academy residence and become even more independent while maintaining access to all the support offered in Phases 1 and 2. During this phase, all clients will have a job or be enrolled in school, they have at least six months of sobriety, and they are reaching milestones by using the life skills and recovery tools they learned and safely practiced in Phases 1 and 2. There is less structure from The Recovery Academy in Phase 3, but staff are still present at the house and offer counseling and recovery coaching appointments as needed.
Clients in Phase 3 typically spend 3-6 months in this phase before transitioning into independent living. By the time clients leave Phase 3 they have the knowledge, skills, resources, relationships, and community connections to maintain and enjoy a full, healthy, meaningful life in recovery.
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I take a tremendous amount of pride in the work we do at The Recovery Academy. When a person enters our program, they become a part of our family, one that walks with them as they trudge the roads of early recovery to a life of freedom and happiness.
-Drew Horowitz, CEO & Founder