Sober Living Facility (SLF) - Halfway House Knoxville TN
We see it in our patients’ eyes as their stay in residential / inpatient treatment draws to a close: stress and worry and the clouds of doubt.
They wonder: Will they stay clean after they leave? Will they fall victim to relapse? Will they manage to keep the freedom from the chains of addiction that they’ve found in the walls of Cornerstone of Recovery?
The answer to each question, of course, is “yes” – if they want to. But we recognize that sometimes, that safety net needs to be extended, which is where our Intensive Outpatient Program comes in. For eight weeks, patients who transition from one of our residential program to IOP continue the work they’ve begun in groups and therapy activities, building on the foundation stones laid during rehab and making the structures of their lives solid and sound. Sometimes, however, they need something more, which is where our Support Living Facilities come in.
As a resident of Cornerstone of Recovery’s SLF program, patients maintain the security blanket given to them in our residential programs. In our experience, clients who combine IOP with a stay in SLF increase their chances for long-term sobriety exponentially, because they’re able to remain among a group of peers all working toward the same goal, and the accountability they give to one another often far surpasses what they have at home.
Do I Really Need To Continue My Treatment In SLF or a Sober Living Facility?
It’s a difficult decision, we know – extending treatment by two months and foregoing the comforts of home during that same period. But time and time again, we’ve seen patients fall prey to the mistaken belief that they’re “ready” for a return to the outside world, only to find that a lack of an outside support system and the daily rigors and stresses of life push their recovery down their list of priorities. They skip one IOP meeting, then a week later, they skip two. Soon, they’ve dropped out entirely, they’re no longer surrounded by fellow recovering addicts and they’re not attending 12 Step meetings. They didn’t give the recovery process enough time to take hold, and suddenly their sobriety is in jeopardy.
What Is SLF Like?
As part of Cornerstone’s SLF program, they’ll be placed in transitional housing that grants them more independence than they had in residential / inpatient but still provides a safe environment in which to strengthen their journey. They’re provided with linens, a weekly food voucher and transportation to and from Cornerstone’s campus, as well as to meetings and outside medical appointments. Cornerstone staff members are a daily presence at on- and off-campus SLF facilities, but residents are given an opportunity to apply some of the tools of recovery: compromise, conflict management, acceptance and vulnerability among them. It’s a nontoxic environment that allows SLF residents to take incremental steps toward becoming responsible, productive members of society once again.
At the same time, it allows them to expand their support network and forge bonds with fellow SLF residents that often turn into lifelong friendships. They’re given an opportunity to become a larger part of the East Tennessee recovery community, which teaches them to utilize recovery principles found in similar communities around the nation, so that when they return home – just down the road or on the other side of the country – they do so with the knowledge that recovery is available to anyone, anywhere, if they choose to find it.