This therapeutic approach in which rules and consequences are applied to help people change their behavior is called “contingency management”. Access to housing is contingent on following structure, which participants soon learn; that if they stay off alcohol and drugs they can become accountable, responsible and productive members of the community.
Focus Supportive Residency Program targets the substance use disordered person completing primary treatment and those in early recovery helping to rebuild a persons life substantially by offering clients Structured, Safe, Sober Housing. Key components and requirements for Supportive Residency are that participants stay substance free, and to participate in work therapy.
Supportive Residency offers residents a highly structured recovery community in which to:
- Maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
- Attend NA/AA meetings and secure and maintain contact with a sponsor.
- Receive assistance with finding a job that provides sufficient income to pay rent and meet personal financial commitments, or engage in some form of education or vocational training.
- Participate in a money management program which monitors paying of rent, savings and personal spending money.
- Attend weekly meetings with Counselling staff.
- Participate in house responsibilities which include house meetings and chores.
Through personal experience and research, we know recovering persons in Supportive Residency remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol substantially longer than those who do not receive contingency-based treatment, housing and work therapy are powerful motivators, and key factors for long term sobriety.
Supportive Residency empowers residents to practice the principles learned during their primary treatment. Building on that foundation they will:
- Obtain employment.
- Deepen their understanding of recovery.
- Learn money management skill; paying rent and saving money.
- Develop a broad recovery support network through local 12 Step meetings.
- Gain access to healthcare, G.E.D. tutoring, job training, and spiritual growth opportunities.
- Benefit from peer community support and accountability.
- To become eligible for Supportive Residency, an admission interview will be conducted to determine suitability.
- Participants must be male and 18 years or older.
- Recent completion of a formal Primary Treatment program.
- Willingness to work on goals mutually agreed on.
- Willingness to follow a 12 Step program.
- Commitment to a drug and alcohol free environment.
- Commitment to adhering to rules and lease agreement
Applicants must have the following documentation:
- Picture ID.
- If employed; proof of employment (pay receipt).
- Letter of recommendation from previous treatment program.