Almost every day, clients at TWC graduated from our 60 or 90-day programs and are faced with the question: what next?
It's a daunting realization that having just paused your life for a few months, it's almost time to get back to the real world. Should they go back to work? School? Living at home? Girlfriend? Boyfriend? Parents?
The questions are endless, and it shouldn't surprise anyone that indeed many clients get overwhelmed. The mental angst after a few months of only having to worry about yourself. While in treatment, clients are able to focus on their immediate needs, how they plan to change behaviours, and the type of foundation that needs to be built to succeed.
What a wonderful first world privilege that people are able to take time away from their lives in order to actually get their lives back. It's almost impossible for a father to spend months away from his kids, but sometimes you need to do what you need to do. But taking time off is only possible if the rest of the family can make do. It's possible because, in our society, there are safety nets.
So you finish treatment and maybe you are ready to go straight home, but what if you're not? What if you've been dealing with addiction for many years and know that 60 days of structure isn't quite enough? We understand that this is a reality; we understand that recovery, nor our duty to the individual, doesn't just end after two or three months.
Our supported recovery homes allow clients who have completed their primary treatment program an opportunity to transition from a structured environment back into the community and a life of independence.
Being that long term recovery is a priority at TWC, we have 14 homes that are exclusively used for transitional living dispersed throughout Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Serving as a launching pad for men to explore work, volunteering, and educational opportunities, we offer men a safe living environment with a level of stability and structure, thus increasing their odds of maintaining long-term sobriety.
Clients entering our supported recovery homes, must adhere to a comprehensive continuing care plan which entails following up on volunteer, vocational or educational opportunities. They are also required to attend a minimum of three recovery meetings per week and also must participate in a weekly in-house meeting. Clients are screened randomly to verify abstinence and maintain accountability.
All of our homes are occupied by a live-in house manager who ensures that clients adhere to rules and remain active in their recoveries. Our supported recovery program offers a safe, community-based setting for men to begin the next phase of their recovery.
Our Transitional Housing program is overseen by Jody Schneberk, the Transitional Housing Program Manager.