The Five Pillars of Our Integration Process
We strongly believe in the importance of each pillar in successful recovery, and believe that our system can work for any client who wants to recover, and is willing to go to any lengths to get it. When a client is open and willing to take direction and follow suggestions, they can achieve long-term lifestyle changes that lead to stability and happiness in recovery.
Before moving into Camelback’s sober living homes, each client receives a set of simple community guidelines that encourage development of responsible behaviors and promote healthy, harmonious living. Coming from active addiction, many of our clients are practicing dysfunctional behaviors that aren’t manageable or healthy. Living under our guidelines helps clients practice self-reflection and personal development that reduce friction and distractions that can be harmful to their chances for recovery. Our sober living staff holds clients accountable for following our guidelines, as well as modeling a healthy and appropriate way to follow them.
The opposite of addiction is connection. That’s why community is one of the Five Pillars of the Integration Process at Camelback Recovery.
One of the ways our Integration Process incorporates community is through food! We buy and provide all groceries for you and there are a number of reasons as to why we do this. First, it’s not possible to shop cost-effectively if you are grocery shopping for a single person. Also, to shop for healthy, high quality, organic food for one person would be outrageously expensive. Second, our house managers take pride in preparing gourmet family-style dinners for the residents 5 nights a week to furthermore provide an opportunity to dine together in community. We specify that these dinners are family-style because healthy families are the ultimate community, which is something we want to facilitate in our homes. As they say, families that eat and pray together are families that stay together. On top of prepared dinners, residents have the opportunity to cook and eat breakfast and lunch together if they desire. This isn’t a requirement, but it is encouraged to build a healthy community environment of the home.
Separate from food, we also have professionally decorated homes. Our homes feel like home. They have artwork and accessories like a nice home, the energy of a nice home, and they are a home that people want to be at. The way they are decorated provides a comfortable and clean setting which helps support the community aspect of our homes.
Finally, because we require a three-month commitment from all of our clients, we’re not a revolving door, so we attract residents that are serious about their recovery. We are a stable environment that people can call home. When a client moves in, the people that they move in with are going to be there with them for a while, that’s their community and those are their people. The goal is for a person to stay connected to a recovery community as long as possible. Staying in sober living for a year is not uncommon and not a bad idea. It helps if the home and the community are comfortable. 66% of people that stay sober for a year stay sober for 5 years. 85% of people that stay sober for 5 years stay sober for life. This community is what they did not have prior to going into treatment.
When first coming to our sober living homes, many clients report feeling ungrounded and confused about the direction of their lives. In our transitional housing, clients start to feel more stable due to daily structure that encourages the development of healthy habits, and takes some of the guesswork and struggle out of daily living. Our aim is to reduce as much stress as possible and provide clients with the ability to focus on their recovery and heal. While living in our sober living homes, clients learn to balance active responsibilities such as outpatient treatment, doctor appointments, and family visits, all within the structure of a harmonious community.
We strive to provide personalized support that is designed to help each client through all aspects of the recovery continuum. Our wide array of recovery support services are tailored to each client’s unique recovery goals and are aimed at building healthy behaviors and habits that foster long-term sobriety.
Life without purpose is not a life worth living. Everyone has a purpose no matter if they feel that way or not. That’s why purpose is one of our Five Pillars. The list for how purpose is integrated is short but its implications are huge. Here is how purpose is a part of our sober living program. For instance, We require people to live life with intention with at least 32 hours a week of school, work, IOP, volunteering or doing something productive with their day. Furthermore, sitting around the home and playing video games is not tolerated. That doesn’t happen at our homes because that’s not healthy, and it doesn’t drive purpose.