An Alternative Approach to Long-Term Rehab Programs
LEARN TO MAINTAIN SOBRIETY IN A
LEARN TO MAINTAIN SOBRIETY IN A
While each phase has a general timeline, we work with the resident and their families to decide when to progress. Involvement from their support system reinforces the importance of community and allows everyone to feel comfortable and confident in the recovery process.
Phase 1: 12 Step Immersion
BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR RECOVERY
Some people struggle to truly understand the purpose and reasoning behind the 12 Steps, even if they have previously participated in other 12 Step programs. Through our 12 Step Immersion programming, staff members who have worked through the steps themselves guide residents, using therapeutic, spiritual, and experiential methods to illustrate their impact and importance on a deeply personal level.
Generally 90 days, the first phase is also the most intensively supervised of our program. We closely observe residents in this phase, ensuring they stay committed to their plan, house rules, and step work, helping to ensure both safety and program success.
What to Expect in Phase One
Of Long-Term Addiction Treatment
Daily spirituality and meditation exercises
Group therapy sessions, twice daily, five days a week, covering topics such as 12 Step Immersion, community service, recreation, processing, and motivation.
Weekly intensive individual therapy sessions, with an option for EMDR
Weekly yoga sessions
In week one, residents also participate in a psychiatric evaluation with a partner provider, who will determine the frequency of sessions based on the needs of each individual.
Life in Sobriety
Early sobriety can be challenging as many men are at a low point in life, often feeling alone and uncentered. The first phase includes social and recreational activities emphasizing building community, fostering healthy bonds, and showing that sobriety can be enjoyable! More than just a break, showing the fun side of sobriety early can be one of the strongest tools in motivating continued change. At least one night a week is dedicated to enjoying life without using drugs or alcohol. This fun side of sobriety could include nights “on the town” — going to the movies and other local activities, or staying in to play board games, watch sports, and other casual group pastimes. Two weekends each month, we embark on larger outings, such as going to the movies, pinball, sporting events, paintball, and other activities within driving distance of Auburn.
The brotherhood within the Reprieve community is important, as are connections made with people in the general community. Our residents attend outside recovery meetings in the community, such as Alcoholics’ Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other recovery organizations where they are comfortable.
Our first phase residents must also learn to connect with those outside of recovery. Two weekends each month are for service projects aimed at building a bridge with the local population. Our residents volunteer at local food banks, animal shelters, and help clean and repair our city’s public areas. Giving back to ones community is a key part of the 12 step process and is vital for the growth of our residents.
Supportive Recovery Residences:
All residents in the first phase begin programming in our main house and are assigned a roommate in a similar stage of recovery. Roommates are required for each resident to avoid common isolation tendencies and encourage community and fellowship.
When residents are near completion of phase one, they gain more independence with a move to our exclusively owned apartment complex, located within easy walking distance. Apartment living allows for more autonomy, with the safety net of supervision and proximity to the main house. Residents continue to have roommates in various program phases. We love to see our veterans befriend and mentor the newer guys through the process!
Opelika Sportsplex & Aquatics Center
A healthy body is just as important as a healthy mind when in recovery. The sportsplex is a major part of our program and an all-time favorite activity of many residents. All residents of the Reprieve have access to the facility and its amenities six days a week.
CREATING A HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE LIFE
The main objective of phase two at A Reprieve for Men is to create a framework for a balanced life. We emphasize life skills and establish responsibilities and schedules outside Reprieve activities. While they gain more independence, our staff, alumni, and peers in the program are still there to help overcome any obstacles they may face.
Education & Employment
While group sessions are encouraged, they are not required for those with jobs or full-time students. Psychiatric appointments, individual therapy, yoga, and outside meetings are still mandatory.
Ready to Work Program
Ready-to-Work is a five-week program that teaches the basic knowledge needed to interact with others and maintain a job. Foundational cognitive skills, such as applied mathematics, critical thinking, and locating information, are taught alongside soft skills that deal with interactions and adaptability.
Southern Union Community College
Completing Our Long-Term Addiction Recovery Program
What to Expect in the Final Phase
Outside recovery group meetings a minimum of four times per week
Full-time responsibilities – full-time employment or school, or part-time of each
Optional group therapy meetings
Permanent return of cell phones, electronics, and personal vehicle
Extended curfew and solo day trips off campus
Two monthly 48-hour travel passes, 96-hour after completing six months.