The program at Sunset House is designed as a transitional program, with each phase providing new challenges and new freedoms as clients solidify their foundation in recovery.
Any moves or changes in early sobriety—particularly when a man has only recently left inpatient treatment—need to be monitored closely. This is reflected in the restriction of privileges of the first phase. As a man progresses through phases, his independence increases in tandem with our expectations for his conduct. He is expected to model positive recovery behaviors and be a community leader among the clients of Sunset House.
Phases aren’t on a schedule; they’re milestones based on a client’s progress and his own adherence to the rules and expectations of life at Sunset House. A client who is displaying problematic or concerning behavior may be temporarily moved down a phase at the discretion of his primary therapist and our clinical staff. It is not meant to be punitive, but rather to keep him safe and protect his early recovery. He’ll be kept on this lower phase until he is able to demonstrate that he is able to operate at a higher level once again.
We want our men to succeed, and we’ll provide them with all the guidance and support they need. The transition from inpatient to independence is a very personal journey, and won’t be rushed but neither will we hold a man back when he’s making progress.
There will come a point when both a client and our team will feel confident that he has completed our program and is ready to move on to independent living. As men move off-campus to live on their own or with a roommate, all alumni are welcome and can return to campus for our weekly aftercare and alumni meetings and fellowship.