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FAQs

Will I be able to keep my cell-phone?
No electronic products. Except a CD player without a radio.

Can I smoke?
There is no smoking. Smoking is addictive and can lead to other addictions. It also can become a unhealthy coping mechanism. A person who smokes can use a patch or an equivalent product for a brief period.

How long is the program?
The program is 18 months. We found that it takes almost a year for the roots of addiction to be fully revealed. After that is the healing that takes at least six months to develop new alleviations and strategies for life that bring the joy and peace that keeps one from returning to an addiction.

Are the rooms private?
No, but they are spacious and accommodating giving space for personalization. This provides opportunity for learning good personal relationships and for mutual accountability.

Am I allowed to bring my pets?
No, but we have a cat on-site. Whose name is Busby. We have visits by dogs occasionally.

Do my children get to live with me?
No, but they can visit.

How do visits and home passes work?
Students with dependant children are eligible to have their kids come visit twice a month. There are approved “home” passes after completing the required months.

Can my children sleep overnight?
Yes it possible and even desirable however approval is individually based.

Can I work a job?
No, but the program offers on-site job experience and job skills. A completed student can enter the intern program and hold a part time job off campus.

Can I enroll in school?
Yes it is possible. You must be at least in your 11th month, it is based individually, after careful evaluation of how the students progress is in the program. If approved for school enrollment, classes would be limited for someone who has not entered completion.

Do we volunteer?
Yes, on certain occasions we volunteer in community benevolences and church functions.

What’s the daily schedule like?
Classes, Teen Challenge curriculum, encounter groups, bible studies, family-oriented lunch, cooking and cleaning, study time, work-projects. See the schedule in the program tab.

What is the piercing and tattoo policy?
Certain piercings are not allowed (belly button, noise ring, eyebrow, etc.) Tatoos must not be objectional or a distraction to the program.

Can I be on medications?
No psychotropic medications. If you are on these kinds of medications. We request that you come with a Dr’s titration (weening) schedule to get off these meds within a 60 day window. Other medications for medical reasons such as blood pressure, cholesterol, thyroid, are allowed.

What do we do in the community?
Volunteer, 12-step programs, speaking engagements, hiking, random acts of benevolence as the opportunities present themselves.

What is expected of me?
To be open and willing to participate in all that the program has to offer.

What kind of music can I listen to?
Classical or Christian music. Other preferences may be reviewed. No burned CDs.

What is the Spouse policy?
You will need to provide a marriage certificate for proof of a legally binded marriage. Privileges and protocol will get discussed at time of interview & entry.

What is your Phone call policy?
Weekend phone calls are given in your second week, to each student with approval as to who you are calling, mainly family. If you have dependant children you will be allowed to make one phone call on the weekends until your two weeks are up.

Is there an everyday counselor?
Life Coaching is available and scheduled by appointment. For daily crisis mini sessions are available.

Is everything confidential?
Yes. We comply with the federal HIPPA law.

Do you move up in phases?
Yes there are various opportunities available. As you progress in your studies and counseling. There are leadership positions such as Room Captain, Chore Checker, Kitchen Manager, Study Hall Monitor, Office Assistants.

What happens if I do not stay?
If you feel that you do not want to stay, we ask that you do not tell the student body but come to the staff. The decisions we make tend to affect those around us. Once you have verbalized to staff that you no longer wish you stay, you will then be assisted in packing and travel arrangements will be made. Please be aware that when your desire to leave has been verbalized the necessary arrangements will be made within the hour. If you feel you’ve made a decision in the evening hours we ask that you remain silent until staff comes in and then talk with us so we can accommodate your decision.

What about my medical care (specify)?
When you come in you will taken to Broome County Social Services so we can get you Medical Insurance. Doctor appointments will be scheduled as the need medical presents itself.

When I leave- will I still have DSS benefits?
Yes, but you must be aware it is your responsibility to inform both Broome County and the County you will be in of these changes. Information will be given to you when you leave to help you with this.

Is there a gym? Can we attend one?
No, all exercise is on-site, including hikes and walks at certain times.

What’s the success rate after completion?
89% of all those who complete the required 18 months of the program and graduate.

What happens upon Completion?
We’d like to be able to sit with you to develop an after care plan; Helping you establish a church in the area where you will be living, Making daily goals to keep you focused, Awareness of the triggers and risks, a list of people to contact for help, How and when to use the coping skills you’ve developed, Develop a resume.

Do you stay in contact with students after completion?
Yes we want to stay in touch! We do this through phone calls, texting and visits. We provide encouragement and counsel to guarantee continued success