Individualized Recovery Goals that Guide You Home
When somebody goes to treatment, they go to treatment for 30, 60, or 90 days and during that time they’re in a bubble. They’re isolated away from their boyfriend or girlfriend, wife, husband, job, kids, all the triggers of everyday life, and that is what they need. They need to be in isolation, they need to be in that bubble while they’re in treatment. And during that period of time, they’re working on themselves, they’re getting to the root of the trauma, they’re working on all of the reasons they drink or do drugs. Then, at the end of treatment, they feel amazing, and they feel ready to face life head-on. What we hear more often than not from newcomers or people that are leaving treatment is that they just want to get back to living their lives. They want to get back to the way that things were before. They don’t want to go to sober living, they don’t want the rules, they don’t want the accountability and they just want to get back to their normal lives. The problem with going back to their normal life is that they’re going back to their old environment, with the old triggers and old habits and they’re skipping the integration process. So there’s really no way for them to stay clean and sober because they’re going to go back to their old environment where they’ve been programmed to live life a certain way. They don’t have new habits, they haven’t learned how to live life differently. They’ve learned how to get clean and sober, and they are clean and sober, and they feel amazing. They feel like they’re on top of the world but they haven’t actually practiced. They need to completely live life differently. And what that means is new eating habits, new sleeping habits, new exercise habits, they need to learn how to pray, meditate, do gratitude, eat healthily, develop a foundation or a community of friends and people that they can spend time with. Ultimately, the integration process is necessary to set them up for success.
The Camelback Recovery Integration Process
At Camelback Recovery, we’ve created the Camelback Recovery Integration Process. The Camelback Recovery Integration Process consists of Five Pillars. The Five Pillars are ACCOUNTABILITY, SUPPORT, STRUCTURE, COMMUNITY, and PURPOSE. Those are the five main pillars of our program and that’s what makes us different and what makes our program work.
What does that look like?
- On-site/live-in house managers to provide support and accountability
- Technology-Assisted Care
- Full access to the Camelback Accountability and Support App (C.A.S.A.)
- GPS tracking
- Meeting check-ins
- Personal goal setting/accountability
- Activity check-off/tracking
- Recovery resources and meeting lists
- Daily email reports to support network
- Accountability and support maintained throughout the day with house manager
- Healthy groceries for all meals and snacks
- Gourmet family-style dinners prepared 5 nights per week (community dinners)
- Gym membership
- Professionally decorated homes, which helps to create environments that are conducive to recovery
- Random drug testing two times per week
- Random breathalyzer two times per week
- Comfortable pillow-top mattresses
- Daily check ins
- Weekly house meetings
- 12-step based
- Computer and printer for resident use
- Live TV
- If client is attending IOP or PHP, weekly resident notes can be sent to treatment team
- Additional support services easily available
- Recovery Coaching
- Sober Transport
- Sober Companion
- Case Management
For a more detailed look into our program, continue reading below!
First off, clients are out of bed by 8 AM, the bed is made, and chores are done. The home is always immaculate because clients are kept accountable and doing what they’re supposed to do. By getting out of bed by eight o’clock, making their bed, and doing their chores, they build a new sleeping habit, gain accountability, and ultimately they get the day started right.
Second is the food. Addicts early on in recovery often have not eaten very well at all, they have not taken care of themselves, they’re depleted of the nutrients and all of the things that their bodies need in order to be healthy, so a lot of times their guts are destroyed but they don’t know how to eat right.
So we provide groceries for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. The food we provide is all high quality and organic when possible, and we cater to each individual’s specific needs when it is reasonable.
Another benefit of us providing the food is that it allows the residents an opportunity to cook and eat breakfast and lunch together if they desire. Just as with any healthy family, it’s not required and it’s not that they’re always going to eat together, but having that available helps build the healthy environment and community of the home.
Our house managers also 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. More often than not, this community is what they did not have before going into treatment.
Unfortunately, at a lot of other halfway houses or sober living homes, people are responsible for buying and cooking their own food. The problem with this is that they don’t know how to buy the right food and they cook their own food in isolation, they’re not being part of a healthy family. So providing food is part of how we create a healthy family environment to help build community and structure in our homes.
One of our Five Pillars is Purpose. It’s a requirement that everybody has a purpose. 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. Our homes are not some of those sit around and play video games kind of home because we are living life with intention and working hard towards long term sobriety.
The next thing is self-care. We require five units of self-care per week. What that means is that residents are going to the gym, doing yoga, hiking Camelback Mountain, going to the dentist, getting a haircut, getting their nails done, etc. Self Care looks different for each individual but the main point is that they’re being mindful of how they’re taking care of themselves.
The next thing is, our house managers are full-time W2 employees. And what that means is that their full-time job is to facilitate recovery at the homes and hold clients accountable to the rules and the requirements of the home.
We are a 12 step-based home which means that every client is working a 12 step program, they have a sponsor, they’re working the steps, they go to meetings every single day, they have a homegroup, and they have a service commitment.
We drug test two times a week and we breathalyze randomly two times a week. The reason why we drug test and breathalyze is as a preventative measure, not because we want to catch somebody drinking or using. They know that they’re going to get drug tested, they know that they’re going to get breathalyzed therefore when they come across an opportunity to drink or use they’re not going to do it because they know they’re going to get caught.
We utilize technology-assisted care with the C.A.S.A. app (Camelback Accountability and Support Application). The C.A.S.A. app is how we track all of our client’s activities. That’s how we hold them accountable to work in a 12 step program making sure they are calling their sponsor every single day, going to a meeting every single day, doing their self-care five days a week, making their bed, and doing their chores.
These are all the things that we hold them accountable for. We know that they go to a meeting because we can see their journey through GPS tracking and they check in on the C.A.S.A. app that they were at the meeting. We use GPS tracking as a preventative measure just like drug testing. We don’t follow them around. We don’t micromanage their journey throughout the day. They know in their minds that we know where they’re at. And if they go to a meeting and check-in and then leave, we can see that they were only at the meeting for a short amount of time. So it’s just a higher level of accountability and it’s a higher level of support.
Curfew is 10 o’clock during the week, it’s 11 o’clock on the weekends. Once again, it’s just it’s being part of a normal healthy schedule.
Homes are located in desirable neighborhoods. The homes are nice and they’re professionally decorated, which is conducive to recovery. It’s not just that the homes are nice, but our homes feel like home. They have artwork and accessories like a nice home. They have the energy of a nice home, a home that people want to be at. Our homes are very well appointed and very comfortable in a very good setting for somebody that wants to be clean and sober.
Typically, three to six months is how long it takes to get somebody integrated back into living life on their own, to where they’re in a healthy place and can make healthy choices, so the Camelback Recovery integration process needs at least 90 days. Once they’re in a healthy place and they’re making healthy choices, then we believe the next step is for them to transition out into living on their own. And until they’re ready to make healthy choices, our experience is that they should stay in sober living, where they have the accountability, structure, community, support, and purpose. It’s all of those key ingredients working together to help individuals live a clean and sober and happy life.
Additionally, because we require a three-month commitment from all of our clients, we’re not a revolving door. Everybody that’s there is there for at least three months. When a client moves in, the people that they move in with are going to be there for a while, that’s their community and those are their people. A lot of these other homes are weekly, they’re revolving doors and the revolving door is not conducive to recovery. The three-month commitment also attracts people that really want to be clean and sober. We attract people that are a little more mature and ready to take that next step in their journey to recovery.
We also provide recovery coaching services. Recovery coaching is an additional layer of accountability and support. Recovery coaches are peer support certified and they are working their own programs of recovery. A recovery coach is an advocate and a friend. A recovery coach is not a sponsor nor a therapist. A recovery coach, if anything, is going to be the liaison between a sponsor and a therapist. A recovery coach is just there to meet a client where he or she is at and give them the support in whatever he or she needs whether it’s “I need to find a new job, I need to find a new homegroup I need to find a new sponsor, I’m moving to a new location so I need to find a new community.” A recovery coach is going to support a client in whatever way they need to be supported. Whether it’s through giving them 12 step support, taking them to a meeting, holding them accountable, helping them fill out insurance paperwork or a resume, helping them find a new job, or whatever the case may be, they are there for them.
A recovery coach gets paid to support a client. A sponsor’s job is to take a client through the steps. Although many sponsors do a lot more, their main job is to take a person through the steps, and that’s it. The recovery coach goes way above and beyond. A therapist typically is going to meet with the client for a one or two hour period of time every week. And a therapist is typically not going to be available outside of a scheduled appointment whereas a recovery coach is going to be available to call, text, FaceTime, or anything else.