The Recovery Point of Huntington, Recovery Point of Charleston, and Four Seasons Recovery Center programs are social models of long-term recovery, pioneered by The Healing Place of Louisville, KY. Clients reside at the facility for six to twelve months while working an intensive program consisting of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the supplemental curriculum of Recovery Dynamics in a community setting that is centered on personal accountability and unconditional love. Surrounded by peers who have “been there and done that,” clients quickly discover the power of shared experience with those who live in close proximity to them. Seeking and sustaining recovery must be approached with a sense of urgency, and those who are given the many gifts of recovery possess an equally urgent desire to give away to others that which has been freely given to them. Such is the essence of peer-to-peer recovery at the Recovery Point family of organizations.
RECOVERY PHASE I
In exchange for room and board, all Recovery Phase I residents are required to complete daily job assignments in food preparation, housekeeping, building and grounds maintenance, security, etc., as well as fulfill the requirements and responsibilities of the formal program of recovery that consists of three basic components.
All residents in Recovery Phase I are required to complete the curriculum of Recovery Dynamics – a program of recovery essentially based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous- that consists of 28 classes and 32 written assignments. This curriculum gives an overview of the physical, mental, and spiritual nature of alcohol and drug addiction and provides a systematic application of the principles of the 12 steps to their daily lives. Residents are also required to attend outside AA/NA meetings and are encouraged to get a sponsor and home group.
All residents are assisted through Recovery Phase I through a process of Peer Mentoring. Peer Mentors are Silver Chip residents of Recovery Point who have recently completed the program and thus may serve as successful role models of recovery. These Peer Mentors are uniquely qualified to facilitate meetings and classes, provide peer support and guidance, and model appropriate social and life skills.
All residents are required to participate in Community Meetings that take place for one hour three times a week. The therapeutic community includes all Recovery Phase I members of the program and is facilitated by the Program Director. During these meetings, personal issues and concerns (such as inappropriate behavior or attitude, tardiness, breaking curfew, slacking on job assignments, etc.) are brought up and directly addressed by peers. Residents are expected to reflect on their own behavior, admit wrongdoings, and accept responsibility for their actions. Consequences for misconduct (viewed as learning opportunities, not punishments) are determined by the group conscience through a process of consensus decision-making. The community emphasis on personal responsibility, self-discipline, and accountability to the peer group provides the primary catalyst of personal change for the recovering addict and alcoholic at Recovery Point and Four Seasons Recovery Center.
RECOVERY PHASE II
Residents transition from Phase I into the Silver Chip Program immediately after completing Step 12. While in this phase, residents are required to pay rent (about $70 a week), maintain employment, observe a curfew, attend at least five AA/NA meetings a week, and attend at least one weekly Silver Chip Community Meeting (comparable to Phase I Community). At this point, residents are given the opportunity to become a Peer Mentor and facilitate the Recovery Dynamics classes in exchange for room and board and a stipend of $60 per week.
Halfway Status: Silver Chip Residents in halfway status are able to take two passes a month. Pass requests are reviewed and granted by the Silver Chip teams.
Three-quarter Status: When a resident shows that he or she is stable (i.e. holding down a steady job, attending all required meetings, addressing outside issues, etc.), the Silver Chip team may award that resident more freedom by moving him into three-quarter status- which requires that only two nights a week be spent on campus. A resident may lose his three-quarter status if all Silver Chip Program requirements and responsibilities are not met.
Silver Chip residents must work with Continuing Care staff to develop a concrete “plan of action” for resolving life skills issues and integrating back into the community. Finally, it is the group conscience that determines whether or not he is ready to move out of the Recovery Point of Huntington, Recovery Point of Charleston, or Four Seasons Recovery Center facility.
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