Transitions Housing - Nashville Halfway House

Transitions Housing Programs

One program we have implemented is the 90 day A&D treatment alternative program that teaches clients how to live life chemically independent with their issues until they can then address them through 12 Step programs and/or therapy. It is divided into four (4) segments: (1) Early Recovery Skill Development, (2) Relapse Prevention, (3) Spirituality Development, and (4) Transitioning Skills. All in all, current and future clients benefit greatly from Transitions programs, benefits which will radiate out with the "ripple effect" touching the lives of family members and society in general.

(1) Early Recovery Skills Development- Clients are given information about 12-step meetings, sponsorship, changing behavior to suit a recovering lifestyle, and are encouraged to share and ask questions. Many clients have questions about individual therapy and medication, to which they are referred to outside agencies who deal with mental health. This is a good opportunity for Case Managers to observe clients in a group setting as well as develop trust with them. Basic Education is also a component of this stage. Clients are assessed and referred to agencies that can help them obtain a GED, prepare them for job searching, and possibly getting into college and furthering their education.

(2) Relapse Prevention- Clients are encouraged to share with the group about past experiences with relapse, as well as what they will do if they experience the same feelings. Those new to recovery are encouraged to share about their experiences thus far with meetings, sponsorship, counseling, and other resources they have found useful. This group is facilitated by a staff member, but its method is peer to peer as a way of promoting empathy among clients who are recovering.

(3) Spirituality Development- In this group, clients discuss their developing concept of a Higher Power, a non-religious power that is encouraged by 12-step programs as a way to stay clean and sober. Clients are encouraged to ask questions and share their experience, as well as a facilitator who has experience with the 12-steps.

(4) Transitioning Skills- Clients are given information about the next step for them when they graduate from Transitions Housing. Some clients are to return home, and are developing a foundation in the recovery community. Others will transition to a sober living house, where they will continue to work on their recovery. This is also a forum where topics such as family, work, and school relationships are discussed.

Transitions Housing * P.O. Box 90383 * Nashville, TN 37209