Social Model Residential Recovery Program

One out of every nine Americans over the age of 12 has sought treatment or been diagnosed with a substance abuse problem. This figure does not reflect the enormity of the problem, as 9 out of 10 addicts don’t seek help. For those that want treatment, resources are limited.

Each year, 60,000 MA residents enter Detox — 4 days for alcohol, 6 for opiates. This is just the 1st step on a long road to recovery. Even if someone is able to stay sober after leaving detox, MA has only 8,000 Clinical Step-down Service (CSS) beds. Treatment lasts 12 days, which is not enough time to address addiction, which is a complex disease.

From CSS, clients can move to Transitional Step-down Service (TSS), while they wait for residential treatement (average wait time is 3 months), but there are only 4,000 beds in MA. TSS does not provide clinical treatment, only psycho-educational groups & case management.

There are only 2,000 residential beds in MA. Residential treatment is where addicts can really start to explore & resolve the underlying causes of their addiction & learn how to live sober. Unfortunately, insurance does not cover residential treatment. Essentially, the addiction treatment system is set up for failure — 60,000 seek treatment each year, but there are only 2,000 residential beds in the state. Is it any surprise the relapse rate is so high?

There are 12 residential programs in Central MA with about 300 beds. Jeremiah’s is one of four programs using the Social Model of Recovery; only two of these serve men. The Social Model works because it teaches people to Live Recovery. Rooted in the principles & practices of the Twelve Step Program — the oldest program in the US — the main focus of the house is Living Recovery.

The Social Model allows residents to live in a safe, supportive, sober environment while learning to juggle a job, responsibilities at the house & their recovery. The entire time they are at the Inn, the men are building community with one another & outside connections through work, 12-step meetings & volunteer work. When they graduate from the program, they have already established a routine, connections & a community of support, which is key to continued sobriety.

At the Inn, we use a peer leadership model. Each man gives & receives advice, support & encouragement. Living at the Inn is like being on a sports team — the staff are the coaches, the residents are the players & the community are the fans. Like a team, individuals can rely on the power of the group, while also focusing on their own development & contribution. At the Inn, everyone is on the same field with the same goal — sobriety.

As they get their “sober legs” under them, most men immediately move out into the community to help others. The men from Jeremiah’s Inn go to TSS & CSS programs to tell their story & talk about recovery. They go to CHL to run groups for those in early recovery. They get involved in community activities that promote sobriety. They return to work & volunteer, making contributions to the economy & society. Many of them are able to get off public benefits. They also run 12-step meetings twice per week at the Inn, which are open to the public. They are eager to making a positive contribution, instead of destructive one.

Jeremiah’s Inn provides more than 105 men each year with the opportunity to learn to Live Recovery.

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