Group settings are clean,
comfortable, and relaxed.

Treatment Overview

The phase system:

Our 4 phase system is designed for clients to move through distinct "phases" or levels of treatment, and with each advancement be given more responsibilities and privileges. A client must earn each phase advancement, and must submit a written request for each promotion to their individual counselor for staff review. Once promoted to a phase, you must still submit permission for privileges allowed within that phase. The first 30 days of treatment is considered the "Prospect" period. A potential member is not assigned a job function and must earn community membership by following all prospect responsibilities.

In addition to the Phase structure outlined below, clients who exhibit extreme negative behaviors or program rule violation are placed on Phase Zero ( no privileges, increased therapeutic assignments, groups and individual sessions, etc.). During this time all privileges are suspended, you are to remain in silence at all times and must have a “shadow” aware of you when not in programming. During certain periods of the day, you may be assigned tasks through House Management and are required to do household chores. You are also required to follow all clinical directions.

This table presents the average times required with each phase:

PhaseMinimum Length
Prospect1 month
Phase 12 months
Phase 22 months
Phase 32 months
Phase 42 months

The following outlines the phase structure, expected tasks and privileges:


One month minimum duration.
Purpose - Orientation to staff and daily schedule, assessments including mental health, physical health needs, getting to know other clients in the program and doing clinical assignment's as assigned. Stabilize.

1. Call member on the floor.
2. No mail.
3. No phone except for initial call.
4. Must have someone aware of them at all times.
5. Learn the philosophy.
6. Complete 16 membership talks, documented the purpose of which is to go in depth, learn about others and have them learn about you
7. Learn group norms.
8. Learn house rules.
9. Complete autobiography and/or First Step (outline provided) and share in core group.
10. Maintain appropriate behavior.
11. Have a minimum of optional (non medically ordered) bedrest.
12. Obtain physical/TB test/CBC and microscopic urinalysis.
13. Complete all D.S.S. paperwork.
14. Perform job function when assigned.
15. Complete group hours and weekly group sheet.
16. With counselor complete treatment plan goals , discuss and agree with suggested goals and sign the treatment plan.
17. Actively participate in groups.
18. Maintain an appropriate appearance.
19. Accept pull-ups appropriately.

1. Initial phone calls to loved ones with staff.
2. Eat first at all meals.
3. Receive $15 per week if money is in the client’s account.
4. Can have haircuts as approved.
6. Can pull someone up using a higher phase member.

Phase One

Two month minimum duration.
Purpose - To accept your current situation and invest in the program.

Task Requirements
1. Actively participate in and attend all groups.
2. Drops slips to use community group each day.
3. Use and accept pull-ups appropriately.
4. Perform job function responsibly.
5. Must take responsibility for self/actions.
6. Be a big brother.
7. Have a minimum of five one-on-ones per week with other residents.
8. Be a house volunteer.
9. Complete weekly group sheets.
10. Maintain an appropriate appearance.
11. Has not refused prospects.
12. Behave appropriately when outside (appointments, volunteering).
13. Exhibit a positive attitude.
14. Apply for VESID.
15. Complete writing assignments given by individual counselor.
16. Participate in jogging, softball, basketball or seasonal league's and agency approved outings.

1. Mail privileges (automatically with the phase).
2. Phone – Initially 60 minutes during the first week and 30 minutes for each following week. Use of Skype, Face time and emails to loved ones
3. Can be on own awareness.
4. Can be aware of prospects.
5. Eligible for in-house visits after being in Phase One for one month, with permission for three hours once a month; can be more often if counselor is willing to do family session in conjunction with treatment plan goals.
6. Can pull someone up.
7. Church or religious services with permissions.
8. Can use computer.
9. $15/week and more with written permissions outlining reasons and providing receipts.

Phase Two

Two month minimum duration.
Purpose - To be responsible, productive members of the community.
This is the working phase. Work on your issues - work on adding to the community.

Task Requirements
1. Be an appropriate escort to younger clients in the program.
2. Have a responsible job function.
3. Use and accept pull-ups appropriately on a regular basis.
4. Use house tools properly (slips, chain of command).
5. Have at least five one-on-ones per week - document on group sheet.
6. Build positive trust within the house.
7. Avoids “cliques” and negative relationships.
8. Actively contribute and participate in all groups and house meetings demonstrating healthy risks.
9. Volunteer within the house regularly.
10. Exhibit positive, role model behaviors and attitude frequently.
11. Complete and set new treatment plan goals as needed.
12. Enrolled in outside school part time or has a formalized VOC/ED plan.
13. Keep dishpans to a minimum.
14. Complete all major assignments.
15. Be a big brother as assigned.

Phase one privileges continue and in addition:
1. Library with permission.
2. Gym two times a week with permission.
3. Put in for outside school or volunteer work.
4. $15/week and more with permission.
5. In-house visit every thirty days starting thirty days after last visit.
6. Eligible for a shopping day 30 days into phase 2.
7. Attend two escorted 12 step NA/AA meetings if desired.

Phase Three

Two month minimum duration.
Purpose - Is to establish support system in the local community especially any type of sober support system. Giving and expecting increased trust. Deeper level of commitment to all aspects of recovery. Demonstrate increased level of responsibility.

Task Responsibilities
1. Build positive trust in and out of the house.
2. Obtain phone numbers for a support network.
3. Eligible for house management and department head job functions.
4. Serve as back up leaders for in-house meetings if no Phase Four is available.
5. Available for house activities and volunteer activities.
6. Must do a one-on-one per week with each prospect.
7. Call listen-ups.
8. Be a positive role model in the house (defuses situations, assists others).
9. Complete spiritual assessment or other spirituality related assignment as it relates to your recovery.
10. Complete updated treatment plan goals as needed (at least every 90 days).
11. Update Relapse Prevention Plan.
12. Update discharge plan.

Phase one and two privileges continue and in addition:
1. Home visits - eligible every 45 days.
2. Outside meetings - automatic - three per week (only ones on the approved list).
3. Can talk to outside people.
4. Sign out 4 times a day, up to 30 minutes.
5. One hour weekly with sponsor with permission or participate in AA/NA social functions.
6. $15 per week and more with permission.
7. Community day with permission, one per month.
8. In-house/out-house visit with permission, one per month.
9. Four hour shopping day with permission, one per month.
10. Can attend three outside N.A./A.A. meetings per week if desired.

Phase Four

Two month minimum duration.
Purpose - To serve as a role model, mentoring others, reintegrating into society.

Tasks Responsibilities
1. Responsible for chairing one morning meeting a week.
2. Have at least three one on ones with prospects, ones and twos (and document this)
3. House rep duties.
4. Complete updated treatment plan goals as needed (at least every 90 days).
5. Run a prospect/phase one workshop once a month.
6. Update phase out plan as needed. Attend two month review after having been phase four for two months and then every two months thereafter.
7. Assist in outpatient aftercare planning when nearing discharge.

Phase one through three privileges continues and in addition:
1. Can use phone anytime during the day and 20 minutes each day after 5 pm.
2. Can Attend four AA/NA meetings a week including commitment.
3. Image privileges with permissions:
A. facial hair (mustache only)
B. wearing jewelry
C. hair cut/head shaved
D. hair color
E. tattoos
F. clothing not previously approved
4. Sign out privileges - can sign out for four hours a day (props) with specifics of where going, or doing , one time per week and one time on the weekend.
5. Can have coffee but not after 5:00 pm.
6. Overnight visits (separate from home visit) 36 hours maximum - one per month.
7. Home visits every 30 days - (72 hours maximum) can also have increased local contact
with permission (if over 4 hours).
8. Community days - up to eight hours, once a month.
10. Can request to look for work and accept work if approved as it relates to your discharge plan.