Transitional Living Programs
Our transitional housing location serves patients transitioning back to their regular daily living routine.
For various reasons, many individuals find returning to the environment which enabled or sustained their addictive behaviors unappealing. Rather than return to such an environment and risk relapse, ARCA provides safe, clean and drug-free housing alternatives to help these patients transition to their new dependence-free lives.
ARCA’s Transitional Living Program provides a healthy, supportive and structured living environment for individuals who have completed a treatment program and want more accountability and guidance. Each resident is assisted with implementing the critical skills learned in addiction treatment into a successful way of living in recovery.
Upon completion of the primary phase of addiction treatment, male patients needing more structure and time may apply to the Transitional Living Program. Residents continue to live in a recovery community, attend treatment meetings, and participate in a Peer Support Group and community group therapy for addiction. ARCA staff members are available to monitor and assist with any problems or questions residents may have.
All patients are required to follow rules and guidelines designed for the Transitional Living Program, and each resident is required to work, be a volunteer, or go to school for at least 20 hours each week as part of transitional living program. The transitional living community is a place to practice using the tools of addiction recovery and to focus on applying the 12-Steps to solve every day problems while living with other recovering individuals. When combined with openness to direction and experience of others, and the willingness to follow suggestions, a strong foundation for individual recovery and a stronger community is developed.
ARCA’s transitional living program is another step in the addiction treatment recovery process that helps to provide every opportunity for a healthy and happy recovery and a lifetime free of the anguish and pain that can come with substance abuse and addiction. ARCA’s Transitional Living Programs share the same mission and requirements as the Sons of Temperance, a brotherhood of men who came together during the temperance movement of the 1800’s to support each other in their commitment to abstinence from alcohol.
The house provides residents with a supportive environment allowing individuals to achieve their desired level of independence and responsibility while abstaining from alcohol and non-prescribed substances. Achieving independence is a key component for continued sobriety and recovery. As a person gains independence, both self-esteem and self-efficacy will rise. Through involvement with ARCA’s Transitional Living Programs, a person can eliminate the need for negative social support as he learns to rely on himself while creating a brotherhood of individuals striving for the same desired goals: long-term sobriety and recovery.
ARCA’s Transitional Living Programs are for individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. The Transitional Living Programs began in the fall of 2011 and currently has multiple locations in St. Louis, MO. The sober living environments are fully furnished and have a live-in house manager. Residents will never have more than one roommate.
A Note from Percy Menzies, President of ARCA about The Recovery House:
Assisted Recovery Center of America, a St Louis-based treatment center has been treating patients impacted by alcohol and opioid addiction since 2001. We specialize in using non-addicting medications to prevent patients from relapsing. The medication is called VIVITROL, a monthly injection that prevents opioid addicts from relapsing.
We have clinics in the St Louis area and treat upwards of 300 heroin addicts a month. For many of these patients going back to a drug-infested environment is not an option and therefore, the need to provide alternative housing where they can live and work is heavily needed.
All patients living in the Temperance House have been on Vivitrol for six months or longer; they all have jobs and are frequently drug tested. Many of the patients are willing to share their amazing stories of recovery. These men have kept the place in an impeccable shape and have been outstanding neighbors.
Requirements for Residency
- Residents must be male.
- Residents must be 18 years of age or older.
- Residents must be sober from alcohol and all illicit substances.
- All new residents must be interviewed before acceptance into the house is granted.
- To be considered for admission, a potential resident must fill out an application and a personal plan for recovery. This plan typically includes any group sessions, individual counseling, or medication that the potential resident uses to aid in their sobriety.
- Once accepted, the resident will play a role in running the home by holding an elected position.
- Residents are solely responsible for the care of the home, and there is a mandatory weekly meeting held by the house management.
Amenities At The Transitional Living Homes May Include:
- An Alarm System
- Updated Appliances
- Modern Leather Furniture
- A Television with Cable
- A Pool Table
- A Weight Room
- Wireless Internet
- A Computer Room
- A Library
- A Washer & Dryer
- A Backyard Grill & Fire-Pit
- A Work Garage