The men’s extended care program at The Granite House is different by design.
Serving a critical area between the end of primary treatment and the start of successful independent living, the program features three distinct phases to address all the needs of an individual in recovery. During these phases, a resident at The Granite House will learn the tools to effectively manage his recovery, avoid relapse, and rebuild his life, relationships and career potential.
Each phase serves a different purpose regarding the recovery process. Upon entrance into the program, the first phase introduces requirements, such as participation in group counseling and a 12 Step Program. The second phase focuses on developing life skills, while the third phase serves as a transition to independent living. Restrictions also differ between phases, with more freedom to leave the house for recovery-related tasks earned gradually
While the program itself is highly structured, movement from one phase to the next is not determined by the amount of time spent in a phase. Instead an individual must successfully complete one phase before moving on to the next. Criteria for successfully completing a phase are based on the level and quality of participation in group activities, evaluations provided by staff members and group leaders, and ability to abide by the rules and guidelines for conduct specified by each phase.
Why Does TGH Have Phases?
Taking a concept learned in one setting and applying it one’s own life is not an easy process. For many men in recovery, the experience in treatment facilities taught them about the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse and helped them stop using for the duration of the treatment. But life outside the safe haven of a residential facility is still a challenge that many of them are not ready for yet. Without a plan for extended care, a significant number of these men will inevitably fail in their attempts to sustain a sobriety begun in treatment. Even those who choose to (or are compelled to) live in halfway houses with little or no structure will struggle to reach goals introduced in treatment.
Recognizing the need for a structured progression from treatment to independent living is the primary reason that The Granite House adopted a three-phase program. Rather than focus on one large long-term goal of sobriety, the phase approach gives residents multiple short-term goals that build the skills to achieve and sustain sobriety gradually. With each little success regarding discipline, decision-making and problem-solving skills comes an ability to recognize one’s potential to avoid relapse and make healthy choices in all areas of life, and earn rewards provided in the next phase.
Another benefit of the three-phase program is the ability to respond to other areas of one’s life that have been impacted by years of alcohol or substance abuse. Those areas commonly include family relationships, emotional development, social connections, employment and educational opportunities. Accepting responsibility for past choices, developing an understanding of the importance of each area, and setting personal goals regarding these aspects of life is a vital part of long-term sobriety and takes time to complete.
Residents in all three phases come together once a week in a community group. The sense of community is also fostered by regular group activities ranging from sporting events and outdoor recreation to contests and team-buildings events.