A spiritually sound environment that is positive, creative, caring, and fun.
The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope. – Russell Brand
The Reprieve strives to create a spiritually sound environment that is positive, creative, caring, and fun. We believe that recovery can only be accomplished through developing positive relationships. We also believe that the living environment must be attended to in order to inspire our residents and staff to grow together in our quest for spiritual health.
Our intent for each individual is to have them create a plan of action that can be developed, improved, and that focuses on three relational areas: spirituality, community, and self. We strive to help residents understand how they separated from self, from spirituality, and from their fellows. Then we help them develop their personal plan for healthy relations to self, spirituality, and others. This is, of course, accomplished through intensive personal work in the Twelve Step discipline.
The Reprieve model encourages healthy community, fellowship, and internal change.
Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward. – Brian Tracy
A Good Candidate
A good candidate for care:
- Men struggling with alcohol and drug addiction
- Men struggling with 12-Step improvement
- Men having difficulty with spiritual concepts and principals
- Men needing help to transition back to college or into a career
- Men that lack direction and goals in the areas of employment, responsibility, and accountability
Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking of what we want to become. Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking about who we don’t ever want to be again. – Shane Niemeyer
Key Services Provided
Pathway to Recovery
It is common for the addict to have many different influences and experiences when it comes to spirituality. Their spiritual connection has either never been established, or it has been broken. The lack of spiritual connection is evident through their addiction.
Most addicted individuals tend to isolate themselves from family and find difficulty in making positive relationships. They develop harmful relationships with negative influences. These relationships become a huge barrier to recovery.
The morals and values instilled during childhood become lost through addiction. These virtues are replaced with negative instincts. Instinctually, the addict is only thinking about survival. He no longer grows mentally and spiritually. His only focus is hiding the addiction, denying the addiction, or resigning to the fact that he is an addict and there is no hope. At this point, the addict has truly lost his sense of self.
Life Skills Development
- Career Exploration and Readiness
Many people in early recovery have little to no idea what they want to do for employment. Some have never been successful in any area; others do not enjoy their current path. Even some may have been very successful in a career, but it is considered a high risk to their recovery. In partnership with Auburn University’s Career Center, we explore each resident’s interests, values, leisure activities, past school or employment experiences and personality type to help determine which career field suits them individually. Next, we guide residents through a comprehensive career readiness curriculum which prepares for successful entry into the job market. Upon completion of this phase of the program, our residents will have taken the career assessment FOCUS, performed a mock interview, completed a resume, and be given the skills necessary to successfully navigate this important part of their lives.
- Community Service
Through a symbiotic partnership with area non-profits, our residents learn skills that prepare them for life outside of the Reprieve, while at the same time giving back to society. Self-centeredness is the root of addiction, and it is only through work and self-sacrifice for others that this may be overcome. Using this approach to spiritual healing, our residents contribute to, and become, active members of the Auburn-Opelika community.
- Daily Balanced Living
In this portion of the program, our residents systematically begin to get their material items back. The phone, the car, the job, and relationship building can quickly become the sole focus. The aim of the Life Skills program is to help our residents achieve a weekly routine which includes all facets of recovery– including spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental conditioning.
Community Living Program
- Community Immersion
This final 180 day phase is designed to normalize the new skills and daily living techniques adopted while in the first 6 months of the program. The old adage of “practice makes perfect” is put into action during the residents’ stay in the Community Living Immersion Program. The program is a safe and accountable environment that offers staff interaction 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The program is only for those residents who have completed the first 6 months of The Reprieve treatment program. This prerequisite ensures that Community Living Immersion participants are very familiar with other residents and staff. Participants in the Community Living Immersion Program are active volunteers with other residents at The Reprieve and in the Opelika-Auburn community.
Well developed, strong family programming
- We believe the family programs at The Reprieve and A Reprieve For Women are unique. Over the course of 3 days we provide education from the scientific, as well as the spiritual understanding of the disease of addiction. What follows is an in-depth exploration of each of the 12-steps along with an explanation of why each is necessary to ensure the internal transformation required for recovery. This detailed look into the very process that their loved ones are going through at The Reprieve helps the families to better understand the need for long-term care and the opportunity for real change that it offers.We conclude each program with a series of presentations about healthy boundaries, how to stop enabling, and managing expectations, followed by time for questions from the families.The programs are conducted in a casual, family style environment. This allows family members an opportunity to really come to know and trust the Program Specialists, with whom their loved ones spend the vast majority of their time at The Reprieve. The weekend is capped off by a cookout featuring food prepared by the residents and offered to their families in an expression of service.
- Visitation Times
Every Sunday immediate family is welcome to come and visit their loved one. Visitation is always subject to staff approval. Visitation time is from 10am-4:30pm.
24/7 staffing and mentoring
Alcohol & Drug program for men
Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. – Bernard Williams
Home & Community
- The Reprieve day begins. Residents start their day by completing household chores and cooking breakfast together.
- Residents of the Reprieve practice 30 minutes of guided Mindfulness meditation each morning. This practice allows the resident to begin his day by confronting, rather than suppressing or ignoring, any negative physical and emotional feelings that he may wake up with.
- The nature of addiction is to avoid all negative experiences while attempting to feel a euphoric high at all times. This strategy has stopped working by the time the resident arrives at the Reprieve. Mindfulness meditation allows them to see this truth for themselves, through their own direct experience, and begin to develop a more effective strategy for dealing with unpleasant thoughts and emotions.
- Our Step Presentation is the process which enables our residents to begin to study, learn and practically apply the principles of 12 Step Recovery in their lives. Residents will complete, present and internalize each of the 12-steps in an intensive peer – supported setting. This is extensive, written work which each resident will present to his Program Specialist in front of his peers. This process is at the very core of what we do at The Reprieve and is the catalyst for substantial internal change. It also serves to help them develop healthy relationships and establish the communal support which is required to overcome Addiction and learn to live a satisfying and productive life free of drugs and alcohol.
- Our meals are served family-style. We start with guest introductions and a prayer of thanks. All of our staff and residents sit down together and enjoy a time of food and fellowship.
- We are located in a small town community that allows us to offer a variety of activities. Each of our residents has a membership to the Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center, which has an indoor pool, indoor track, cardio and weight equipment, basketball courts, racquetball courts, as well as outdoor fields. We also utilize local parks, state parks, museums, Auburn University, Lake Martin, and other opportunities unique to our community.
- The community meeting is an opportunity for our residents and staff to come together and talk about the day. We discuss areas where we can progress, but we also praise areas where we excel.
12-Step Meeting every evening
- Residents attend local 12-Step meetings every evening.
- Accountability is the last thing that residents will do before “lights out”. Accountability is designed to increase the resident’s awareness of the self-destructive behaviors which accompany the disease of addiction. Their fellow residents the help them develop a plan for changing these behaviors, and hold them accountable for carrying out that plan. This is done in an intimate setting, usually no more than 4 residents together, and it provides them with a daily look into their own spiritual growth as it unfolds.