Transitions has several houses for male clients. To be considered for admittance into our program, each prospective member must conduct a interview (phone/in-person), as well as meet the following criteria.
1. Must be at least 18 years old.
2. Must be willing to commit to a minimum of 3 months. You may stay longer.
3. Must agree to background check. (no violent crimes or sex offenses).
4. Must consider yourself an addict or alcoholic who needs help staying clean and sober.
5. Must be willing to submit to drug/alcohol test at any time.
Applicants are chosen on a case-by-case basis.
Complete abstinence from all mind & mood altering substances. This includes illegal drugs, alcohol, prescription drugs, or any other substance used to alter your mind or mood. We do drug & alcohol screening 3 times per week. We do not accept residents that are taking Suboxone or Subutex. We ensure that you will have a safe and sober place to recover, and we discharge immediately with zero tolerance for a failed drug or alcohol screen.
You must be willing to get a “sponsor”, which is a person who will guide you through the 12 Steps of recovery. We expect everyone to have a sponsor within 2 weeks. One-on-one work with a sponsor is the most important part of your recovery. We will help you learn what to look for in a sponsor, and assist you in finding one if needed. Active participation in the community, step-work with your sponsor, and attendance of 12 Step meetings is mandatory.
Attendance of no less than 5 meetings per week is required. Transitions strongly suggests 90 meetings in 90 days. There is a weekly house meeting that is also required. There may also be other mandatory meetings, retreats, and functions throughout the year. You will be expected to adjust your schedule to accommodate all required meetings or functions.
Complete willingness to follow all rules and directions. Transitions is a structured living environment that provides all residents with the opportunity to live life to the fullest, but learn to live with structure and accountability. We will discharge anyone who does not follow the rules, for the safety and well being of our clients who are serious about long term recovery.
You must be employed, be attending an outpatient program, or be participating in community service or volunteer work during the day. Part of the structure of recovery is learning to fill our day with worthwhile and productive activities. Even if your fees are being paid by family or outside resources, you will be required to be productive and self-sufficient at Transitions. If you are unemployed, you must be actively searching for employment from the hours of 10am to 3pm.
Zero Tolerance Policies
Relapsing or failure to submit to a drug or alcohol test, this includes abuse of prescribe or over the courter medications.
Violence or threats of violence, acts of aggression, or possession of weapons.
Committing a crime either on or off property (including stealing of food).
Bigotry of any kind.
Sexual activity on property and/or a visitor in your bedroom. (phase 1 & 2)
Knowledge of another member who has broken a Zero Tolerance rule and not informing management.
Willful and purposeful disregard for house rules and or blatant disrespect towards management.
A minimum of five (5) 12 step meetings per week.
Every member must obtain a home group within 2 weeks of entrance.
Every member must obtain and utilize a sponsor within 2 weeks of entrance.
Being actively involved with the 12 step process is mandatory.
Transitions offers a variety of groups and meetings for the clients to take part in. These groups are conducted by a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. We will also help set up further aftercare for clients that need or want it. We have a wide range of referral sources to help our clients. If a client is going to be participating in IOP or Aftercare, we try to set it up before the client arrives so that we have a continued flow of treatment.
We also have weekly house meetings to where the clients can share with the group on how they are doing, ask for help if they are having a hard time, or give gratitude for being clean and sober. This group is very helpful for the clients to “get real” with each other.
Drug & Alcohol Screens
All members are required to submit to drug and alcohol screens. Drug screens will be conducted 3 times per week. A positive drug screen or refusal to submit to a drug screen will result in immediate discharge. Once a member is informed that they are to be tested, they are not allowed to leave the property for any reason. During the test, the member will remain in the presence of the staff at all times. A staff member will witness the test to validate specimen. Transitions uses a third party laboratory for all drug and alcohol testing that provides for the most accurate results.
Curfews are earned and are not guaranteed. PHASE 1 curfew for the first 30 days is 10:30; you will not receive any overnight passes. PHASE 2 curfew is 12 midnight, 2 overnight passes (with prior approval) are allowed. When overnight passes are being applied for you must fill out the proper paperwork and have it turned in 24 hours in advance of pass. PHASE 3 curfew is 2am and they are allowed 3 overnights per week on or off property.
Members are responsible for purchasing their own food. We will assign you cabinet space for dry goods, and the refrigerator/freezer is shared. In a shared living environment, it is an exercise in cooperation and respectfulness to ensure that each person eats only the food they buy. Stealing of food will result in discharge. If the community wishes to have a community meal and purchase food as a group, then everyone should agree on what is to be bought and work together to contribute equally in purchasing, preparation and cleaning up after every meal.
You are responsible for your own transportation expenses including work. Transportation to doctor appointments will be provided by Transitions. Our houses are located within walking distance of public transportation. Members who want to have their vehicles must be legally able to drive. No other member is allowed to drive your vehicle. Staff may be able to provide some transportation for clients if they have time.
Visitors / Guests
Visitors are allowed on property from 10am to 10 pm only. No visitors are allowed in any of the bedrooms. You cannot associate with anyone who is actively using or anyone who was discharged from the house for relapsing. Guests are not to be left alone. You are responsible for your guest’s behavior.
You must be capable of maintaining and administering your own medications. A list of all medications you take will be completed in this packet and kept in your file. If your medications change, you must immediately notify the House Manager. There are certain medications that are not allowed at Transitions, and you should speak to the staff if you have any questions regarding medication you are taking. Failed drug screens due to prescribed medications we are not aware of are grounds for immediate discharge. The following medications are not allowed at Transitions: Suboxone, Subutex, Vyvanse, any benzodiazepine, any scheduled medication, Ritalin, any opiate pain medication, and others. Please ask the staff about any medication you are unsure of. All medication must be taken as prescribed, Transitions reserves the right to conduct a random pill count with you present, and any abuse of prescribed medication will be considered a relapse.
If you are sick, inform Staff as soon as possible. You are also expected to inform a house manager of any medical appointments prior to the appointment, and provide any requested paperwork after the appointment. This includes dentists, eye doctors, ER visits, etc. You must also inform Staff of any prescribed medication before you fill it.
Any valuables such as money, jewelry, stereos, pictures, etc. are the responsibility of the member, and should be secured at all times. Transitions is not responsible or liable for your personal belongings. Members are not permitted to share clothing, personal property, loan money to each other, and/or drive another resident’s vehicle. We have limited storage space for each resident, so we suggest that you pack as lightly as possible – keeping in mind that you can always go back to get more things if you find you need something. Transitions reserves the right to search all personal belongings including cars and phones. Any belongings left in a Transitions residence after discharge will not be kept for more than 72 hours and will be disposed of at the discretion of Transitions staff.
Personal Cleanliness and Chores
You are responsible for keeping your room in a neat and orderly fashion. This means you will keep your bed made, carpets vacuumed, floors swept, and clothing washed and put away. You are required to clean up after yourself in the kitchen, bathroom and all common areas. Please do not leave personal items such as phone chargers, book bags, laptops unattended in common areas. You will be assigned a chore that is expected to be done every day. Normal personal hygiene will be expected.
Respect and Consideration
Members are responsible for being considerate of the rights of other residents. Members are responsible for noise control within their residence. You are responsible for being respectful of the property of other members, other members of the house, the neighborhood, the home itself, and of Transitions as a whole.