Our 5A homes offer the least restrictive environment possible. Residents can come and go, so we only accept clients who can handle the responsibility that comes with this degree of freedom.
By experiencing this style of transitional living, clients have enjoyed 50 years of success as they move back into their everyday lives. Occasionally, clients may have other needs that require outside expertise, and we can help them connect with the right resources.
The 5A residential setting provides a safe, sober environment for our clients. The goal is for each resident to practice independent living skills while incorporating the 12 steps into their lives. Through ongoing support and access to meetings, clients can make the changes necessary to lead successful lives.
Going straight from inpatient care to living back at home is too drastic for many people in recovery. To find success in lifelong sobriety, most who struggle with addiction need a bridge in between. At 5A, we offer that bridge.
All residents in 5A houses must attend a 12-step meeting every day of the week. Sessions are available on-site in the residences. But clients also must make sure that four of their meetings each week are off-site. In this way, they start preparing for the time they are not living in a 5A home.
To be part of the program, clients must have a sponsor and actively work a 12-step plan. We require that they have a home group, as well. Again, this is in anticipation of the life they will lead outside our walls. Our expectations also include a service commitment and daily chore. There is a mandatory house meeting every Sunday at 8:00 am for all 5A residents.
In addition to two meals served on-site each day, residents receive a sack lunch to go, as well. We provide transportation to outside meetings in addition to hosting many in our facilities. Our sessions include Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Heroin Anonymous, and Crystal Meth Anonymous. There is never a valid reason why a client cannot get to a meeting. It isn’t negotiable. Clients who have trouble finding a sponsor can get help from 5A to connect with one.
The 5A experience is much less restrictive than what other homes offer. A resident’s personal commitment to recovery dictates which privileges and freedoms they have. Clients who feel secure in their sobriety and demonstrate this maturity can transition relatively quickly into a healthy living routine. Those who are not yet ready for that will have the opportunity to stabilize before returning to the pressures of increased responsibility and less structure.
Clients in need of extended care in a clean, safe, and sober environment will find our facilities indispensable. They deserve the opportunity to achieve and maintain permanent sobriety. The 5A experience provides a unique continuum of care for those who had difficulty attaining sobriety in the past. There is no time limit on a client’s residency.
After inpatient treatment for substance abuse, our facilities are often the next best step in the recovery process. We provide a “lab for living” where those with addiction can practice appropriate coping skills and behaviors. Clients can test these skills as they integrate 12-step principles into their lives.
Our homes may also be appropriate for some who have not been in an inpatient program. If they do not require acute detoxification or constant medical monitoring, our less restrictive program can work. This freedom we allow creates a culture that is more conducive to sobriety and personal responsibility.