STANDARDS, RULES AND POLICIES

Summergate Standards

Abstinence from drug and alcohol use. Random and frequent drug screens and the use of other monitoring methods help us ensure that the recovery environment is a safe one. Use of SoberLink technology (with an additional fee) or Vivitrol injections (with additional fees from a 3rd party physician) may be required in some cases.  If a resident relapses while living at Full Life Transitions, he/she is removed from the program and given an appropriate referral to a higher level of care. After 2 weeks, reapplication is permitted. Approval will be based on whether or not the applicant has demonstrated honesty, openness and willingness to make recovery their top priority in the time since the relapse.

Individualized residency plans. Just as Gorski-CENAPS relapse prevention acknowledges the uniqueness of some relapse warning signs and the near-universality of others, our individualized residency plans do the same. We require all residents to participate in certain activities intended to support recovery and emotional health. But we also will work with referring therapists, individuals and family members to identify more individualized needs for skill building, accountability and/or referral for specialized care.

Weekly Scheduling. Recovery coaches assist new residents with establishing and following a productive schedule. Each weekly schedule incorporates formal and informal recovery activities, therapy sessions and groups, skills groups, productive activity, fitness and fun.

Formal and informal recovery-specific activities (AA, NA, etc). 90 meetings in first 90 days of residency is strongly recommended. Participation in relapse prevention groups and/or group spiritual growth experiences (including traditional worship services in the community) may be considered acceptable alternatives for residents who are employed full time as long as the resident has the approval of their primary therapist and still makes 6 mutual support group meetings weekly. Sponsorship with regular face-to-face sessions outside of shared group experiences is required within the first 2 weeks of residency and continued throughout residency. In times of personal distress, residents are encouraged to reach out to the recovery coach for support.

Active engagement in therapy and relapse prevention counseling. One of the ways in which Full Life Transitions is different from traditional recovery residences is the integration of Gorski-CENAPS relapse prevention therapy with licensed clinical addiction specialists and licensed professional counselors from Day One and continuing throughout residency. The combination of living in a recovery-supportive environment, recovery coaching, engagement with professional therapy and relapse prevention counselors, and mutual support networks like Alcoholics Anonymous provide the wrap-around support that can make all the difference in the pursuit of a sustainable recovery.

Medication Administration. During the orientation and progress stages of the program, residents will work with a recovery coach to develop consistent skills such as self-administration of medications, identification and resolution of any medication problems, and learning how to be a partner with their physician before making changes. Residents are provided a lock-box for their own medications, purchased with part of their application fee. During the first two stages of the program, the lock-box will be securely stored on-site at Full Life Transitions homes. It can sometimes be recommended that residents self-load their personal daily or weekly medication caddies with the proper number of doses following the prescribed regimen while the larger dose of medicine is kept at the Full Life Counseling office.

Participation in productive activity. Residents are expected to be up at 9 am and out of their rooms for the day by 9:15am.  For those who are not working in the morning, participation in the 9:15 morning meditation group is required Monday through Friday. The morning meditation group is held daily in the Summergate house or alternate location as defined by the recovery coach. All residents are required to engage in a minimum of 3 hours of productive activity each day, either through paid employment, volunteerism or college classes. Recovery coaches assist residents with exploring opportunities for employment or volunteering and/or educational planning.

Participation in fitness and fun activities. All residents are required to incorporate some form of exercise into their daily schedule. Additionally, sober fun activities are strongly encouraged! Weekly movie nights in the on-premises theater and semi-weekly recreational outings are required for all residents unless they have cleared their absence with their recovery coach prior to the event.

Shared meals. Residents who elect to plan meals together and share in the purchase, preparation and enjoyment of eating healthy meals together will find that their food dollars go further and that they benefit greatly from the fellowship of shared meals. All residents are required to plan, prepare and share at least one evening meal together each week.

Maintenance and upkeep of homes and rooms. Residents are required to make their beds each day and must participate in the cleanliness and upkeep of their living environment. If residents are unable to negotiate with each other to manage cleaning and upkeep, then chore charts and staff monitoring for compliance may be required.

Accountability to staff and peers for whereabouts. Residents are accountable to each other and to the recovery coach for their whereabouts at all times. Sign out boards, meeting sheets, and cell phone communication with recovery coaches is required. Residents must adhere to curfew hours, when applicable. Overnight absences may be approved after 30 days of residency or by special circumstance, otherwise all residents are required to return to their apartment each evening.

Respect for fellow residents. All residents are to demonstrate common courtesy for fellow residents by maintaining proper attire, cleaning up after one’s self, and respecting each other’s personal property. Good manners and positive attitudes can make all the difference in the experience of sharing a home with others. This includes not having overnight guests in the apartment and not having more than a few guests for a few hours at a time.

Support for fellow residents. Perhaps one of the most significant values of the recovery residence experience is the opportunity to get support from others who are also on the journey of recovery. Supporting each other during challenging times, inviting each other to go to mutual support meetings, sharing a meal or exercising together represents the true spirit of 12-step recovery. “When one helps another, they both get better.”

Attendance at weekly house community meetings and morning meditation sessions. Residents are expected to attend all community meetings and morning meditation sessions, unless they have cleared their absence with a counselor prior to the group.

Timely payment of program fees. Fees are paid monthly unless by special arrangement with office manager.

Rules

  1. Do not switch rooms or beds. Assignments are made based on seniority and the opportunity for concrete reflection of progress in the program.
  2. Borrowing or lending of money is not permitted.
  3. Resident must use a lock-box for medication bottles; weekly or daily medication can be placed in medication caddies for use.
  4. Residents must be dressed with a shirt and bottom at all times unless in the bathroom or in bedroom with door closed.
  5. Clothing advertising drugs or alcohol, having double or offensive messages, is not allowed.
  6. Gambling of any kind including internet gambling is not allowed.
  7. Confidentiality and trust are vital amongst a community. Sharing of residents’ personal information to another resident is breaking the code of confidentiality, except in the context of group and for the purpose of supporting each other in recovery.
  8. Visits to bars, strip clubs or other similar locations are part of the people, places and things and are off limits to our residents.
  9. FLT is not responsible for your valuables and other personal items while you are staying with us. Please make arrangements to leave them at home or have them taken home.
  10. Residents must make arrangements for their own transportation to meetings, appointments, shopping, etc, however, those with cars may give rides to other residents. It is important to note that the driver who opts to transport others assumes legal and financial responsibility and holds harmless FLT and Full Life Counseling, PLLC.
  11. Residents must write on white out board what time they leave the apartment, where they are going, and what time they expect to return.

Good Neighbor Policy

Who would you like to live next to in your own neighborhood? That is the question to ask yourself as you get to know people in your community.

Our Good Neighbor Policy includes:

  • Thorough screenings, interviews and background checks of all residents and a strict policy which rules out anyone with a history of violence, sexual assault, arson or burglary
  • No alcohol or drugs
  • No violence, harassment or bullying of any kind. Grounds for immediate dismissal
  • Maintaining the highest of standards in regards to lawn and property maintenance
  • Parking in our own driveway and in front of our own house. All other vehicles must park in the Hillcrest parking lot
  • No parties
  • No loud music
  • No overnight guests
  • Trash and recyclables to be ready for pickup on the appropriate days
  • Residents are not allowed to congregate or “hang out” in the front yard
  • Residents are expected to be polite and courteous to neighbors at all times
  • Keeping the garage doors closed as mandated by the bylaws of the HOA. (added 9/1/15)