Our Program

A New Approach to Recovery

The Recovery Academy offers a highly structured supportive living environment for men with substance use and/or mental health disorders. Many of our clients have struggled with addiction since adolescence and may have tried to recover a few times already but have always fallen back into the same destructive patterns. Some have co-occurring mental health disorders like depression or anxiety that can complicate the recovery process. Unlike other sober living programs, The Recovery Academy considers the whole person as an individual with unique circumstances, needs, and goals when providing care and support.

Much More Than Sober Living for Men

The Recovery Academy provides a highly structured and supportive living program for men in Saint Paul, Minnesota. While residing in a beautiful home in the heart of the Twin Cities, our clients are immersed in the recovery process while receiving a high level of individualized and community support.

Our program for men is all-inclusive, yet highly tailored to every individual. Recovery plans are reviewed each week with a counselor and adjusted based on the client’s needs and success as they make their way toward a productive life in long-term recovery. Accountability, respect, fun, hope, healing, and camaraderie provide the basis of the recovery experience we offer our clients.

Our Services Include:

  • 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

How It Works

Phase 1: Building the Foundation

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 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.

Sober Living for Men Sample Schedule

The Recovery Academy Sober Living for Men Sample Schedule

Phase 2: Reinforcing the Foundation

In Phase 2 of The Recovery Academy’s, residents 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 The Recovery Academy’s Phase 3, clients move into a new 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. These sober living homes provide 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.

“I needed a lot of extra support when I first came in. The staff at The Recovery Academy helped me deal with some legal issues, which were really stressing me out. I got through it with the help of my counselor and the other guys in the program.” Josh, age 26

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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