Healing Transitions - Men's Campus Philosophy
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Residential Treatment, 12-Step
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ABOUT HEALING TRANSITIONS – MEN’S CAMPUS
Formerly known as The Healing Place of Wake County, Healing Transitions is a nonprofit rehab located in Raleigh, N.C. The treatment center specializes in providing peer-based recovery services to homeless and underserved individuals struggling with addiction. Since its inception in 2001, the facility’s services have helped over one million people and reduced the local homeless population by 25 percent.
Healing Transitions offers a full continuum of care, including non-medical detox, family services, overnight emergency shelter, and gender-specific residential treatment. Outpatient services are offered at its North Raleigh location. In addition, the rehab provides assessments for the courts, full DWI services, and private case management.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The men’s facility, located between North Carolina State University and downtown, offers a 12-step oriented, peer-run social model recovery program in order to inspire homeless individuals to obtain a meaningful and productive life.
To enter the recovery program, clients must be at least 18 years old, homeless, and a resident of Wake County. The program typically lasts between 12 and 18 months and consists of four phases: Motivation and Engagement, Commit to Recovery I, Commit to Recovery II, and Healing Transitions Alumni.
As individuals move through the program they are given more responsibility and privileges, such as fewer check-ins, more phone time, and the chance to attend off-site 12-step meetings at night. Participants are required to attend Recovery Dynamics classes and 12-step meetings throughout the entirety of their program — eventually obtaining a sponsor and taking part in a home group.
To become a Healing Transitions alum, one must meet all goals and assignments of each prior phase. This means finding a job, turning in a weekly budget, volunteering at Healing Transitions for at least 30 days, and finding a place to live. Alumni can visit the facility 24/7, where they can get meals, teach classes, and take part in community meetings.
The facility’s treatment team is led by a licensed social worker and certified substance abuse counselor, who has over 20 years of experience in the substance abuse and mental health fields.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
At first, living arrangements in the 180-bed men’s program are simple. Participants get a bed to sleep, a place to store their personal belongings, and breakfast and dinner at the facility each day (lunch is at the soup kitchen). By the end of the program, participants have a two-person room with a bathroom, three daily meals at the facility, a SafeLink cell phone for employment and housing purposes, a midnight curfew (later on the weekends), and daily use of a laundry room. They also get access to exercise equipment, TV, and books.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Alum Jesse told Rehabs.com that among the Healing Transitions’ strong suits is its community process, which is a peer-based model, not a medical model. Another plus was the free treatment, as Jesse noted in his five-star review: “The Healing place is a peer based recovery program and is free of charge. It takes a lot of work but so does addiction… It's a program not for those that want it but for those that are wiling to do the work.” Another alum agreed with Jesse’s enjoyment of the community-based treatment, adding that overall “it was affective and fun.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
An anonymous Rehabs.com reviewer echoed the value of free treatment, despite the facility's less-than-stellar environment. "This place is free and if you want to get threw it with tough love then this is your place,” they said. “But every morning you get up and are made to walk to your a.a. or n.a. classes threw a drug riddled neighborhood."
Reviewer K.A., whose son participated in the program, gave the facility a five-star rating for leadership and staff support. While calling the program inspirational, K.A. also provided this suggestion: “The only thing that should change is providing exercise and good social involvement. The ability for the clients to see healthy sober fun activities to be involved with.”
“There is no cost to the participant for our services,” the facility notes. Proceeds from the facility’s thrift store, called Recovered Treasures, fund Healing Transitions’ programs.
Updated February 2016
Published on March 2016
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