The Stepping Stone program centers around moving clients through four phases of recovery treatment, intended first to acclimate them to the program, and then to provide a solid foundation for long-term successful recovery. Below is a general outline of the four phases.
Phase 1.0-Orientation – 45 days
During the orientation phase clients will focus on getting familiar with the program rules, structure, community activities, and treatment group schedule. Clients will focus specifically on the program while resisting outside distractions. Medical/Mental Health/Legal issues that may interfere with your ability to successfully complete the program will be assessed and a plan of action for addressing them will be developed. 1.0 Orientation Phase is a time for assessment in order for staff to evaluate whether this program is the right level of support for you, no passes will be granted during this period. A “buddy” will be assigned to you to help answer questions and give you guidance during this period. You will be assigned a primary counselor and therapist. Clients are required to complete all necessary assessments, paperwork and to develop your first treatment plan. Attendance in all required groups during this phase is mandatory.
Phase 2.0 – Stabilization / Acute Care – 60 DAYS
During the Stabilization Phase, your focus will be on continuing to adhere to the program rules and structure while identifying patterns of behavior related to relapse or “old behaviors.” You will start looking at “people, places, and things,” that are present in your life that do not support your recovery. You will begin to replace those with more appropriate “people, places, and things” – “new behaviors.” You will be completing the 12-week core curriculum requirements for Acute Care during this phase. Attendance in all required groups during this phase is mandatory. Your counselor will give you the mandatory group schedule. Stabilization Phase is to help you explore areas of your life that are in need of change. Clients will be granted various privileges. Such as clients will be allowed to request for a day pass every other week and attend outside meetings. Privileges are based on individual client’s history, progress and compliance with treatment rules and regulations.
Phase 3.0 – Supportive Recovery / Continued Care – 45 DAYS
Supportive Care Phase is the beginning of the Continued Care component of the treatment program. During the Supportive Recovery Phase your focus will be on Self-Sufficiency and Continued Recovery. Your have completed the 12-week core curriculum and it is time to start focusing on increasing your knowledge about addiction and recovery by challenging you and having you attend advanced treatment workshops and activities to promote health and support recovery. *Your group attendance schedule will be modified. This will allow you to start preparing for your future outside of treatment. This plan should include employment options, job skills training, or educational plan if feasible. If you are on disability, you will be required to start developing a plan of how you will spend your time when you exit the program. A part-time on-going volunteer commitment or a service commitment will be the minimum requirement for graduation. Client will start to prepare living and treatment arrangements for when they transition. Counselor and staff will guide you to the appropriate resources for financial/housing assistance and basic necessities. Clients will be eligible to receive electronic use privileges such as: cell phones, DVD players, lap tops, iPod/pads, etc… This privilege is not a right for all clients and will be allowed at staff’s discretion. There is no sharing of electronic devices and can only be used in dedicated areas on property.
Phase 4.0 – Extended Recovery / Continued Care – 30 DAYS
Extended Recovery Phase is the second half of Continued Care component of the treatment program. During the Extended Recovery Phase your focus will be on preparing to transition from treatment and to begin to rely on your outside Recovery Support System. You have completed all of the treatment education requirements and it is time to start processing what this time has meant to you and to strengthen your commitment to long-term recovery. Your group schedule will be modified so that you are able to attend school or work. You will be required to create a “Social Amends Project.” It can be any project that will help improve and/or benefit the community. Clients will be required to co-facilitate two groups and have a peer presentation. You will attend Aftercare and Alumni meetings while in this phase. Clients will obtain a stable sober living environment and resources to successfully transition out of treatment.
*Each Phase of the treatment program has a packet of answers and activities that must be completed prior to advancement to the next phase. Client must finish the entire packet and submit their petition essay.