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.
Our first step is to conduct a full-bore assessment of each new client. We perform a thorough drug and alcohol screening, conduct a full physical with bloodwork, and complete a bio-psycho-social assessment.
Using this information, our clinical team will create a treatment plan that outlines the type and intensity of individual therapy he needs.
A client must be searching for gainful employment in our community. We will help him to create a resume and prepare for interviews.
Clients must have permission to leave campus and can only do when escorted by a staff member or another client on a higher phase. Clients must abide by a 10pm curfew.
In addition to his treatment plan, a client must attend morning meditations, as well as our Monday, Tuesday and Thursday groups, and a minimum of four self-help (Twelve Step) groups each week.
Now that he has settled in clinically and socially, a client is granted a little more freedom. His curfew is extended to 11:30pm.
He has a full-time work schedule of 35 hours per week, attends all of his individual therapy sessions as well as our Monday, Tuesday and Thursday groups. He also attends at least four self-help (Twelve Step) groups each week. He has a home group, a sponsor, and has his Step Work underway.
Men on their third phase have a minimum of 90 days sober (often much more), they have completed at minimum their first three Steps. They must still attend four weekly self-help groups.
They are becoming leaders in our community, and provide support and guidance for newly arrived clients.
They must continue to attend all requisite individual therapy, as well as our Monday, Tuesday and Thursday groups.