Phase I: We Suit Up, We Show up
A New Community and Tailored Addiction Treatment
In Phase I, our primary focus upon arrival is welcoming every new member. We help them recognize the safe, nurturing environment we have established in order to help them open up and begin to take a look at reality and begin to deal with it head on with professional support. As each new resident begins to assimilate into our community, we begin to fill the void of a life without purpose, and address the underlying problems which have crippled their success for a healthy, meaningful and bright future.
Phase I begins with assimilation into the community. This is the time our new clients become comfortable with their peers, establish their needs for treatment, attend a broad range of cultural and recreational events as well as get a thorough exposure to weekly 12-step meetings in the New Brunswick area. This is the moment the change begins. Clients are able to build new connections with healthy young adults and break free from the unhealthy habits of addiction they have known previous to their arrival. Clients are then able to build a new routine and a pattern of healthy decisions by working with their primary therapist in addition to their case manager to assure all their needs are being met.
Phase I is a crucial time of establishing change and implementing new behaviors to ensure a solid foundation of recovery.
PHASE I: Resources and Treatment
Clients are assessed upon arrival for their immediate and long term needs during their time at SOBA College Recovery. The process begins with a clinical interview to assess the history and current needs to be addressed with standing weekly individual therapy in a very nurturing one-on-one setting which will continue for their entire length of stay. Phase I is also the time when each client receives a full schedule of group therapy, providing partial care, and covering a wide range of addiction and related topics for education. We also provide a full psychiatric assessment with our ASAM certified psychiatrist and who will then continue to see each of our residents on a regular basis throughout their stay.
SOBA College Recovery’s case managers offer a wealth of personal experience with navigating healthcare, employment and education. Phase I case management begins with the assessment of an individual’s non-clinical needs beginning with health and personal safety as well as outstanding legal problems. These are some of the biggest issues that people neglect in their active addiction. By clearing up the outstanding issues, it allows the client to focus his or her attention on personal development. When the health, legal, personal hygiene, and self-care needs are met during Phase I, clients are then prepared for the next task of preparing themselves for success. Each plan focuses on communication, short to medium term achievement, and relationship building in a new life of sobriety.
Support staff is available 24 hours a day for all of our residents throughout their stay. Our staff is available to assist with transportation, shopping, doctor visits, supervision of recreational activities, as well as constant emotional support and advice. Many of our support staff have multiple years of sobriety themselves, and understand the overwhelming emotional needs of a person in early recovery.
Health & Wellness
When addiction and mental disorder take a front seat in a young person’s life, he or she most often begins to neglect his or her own well-being as a result. Sometimes addiction and mental disorder can disrupt an individual’s life so early that he or she is never even able to establish the healthy self-care habits that successful adults need. During Phase I of treatment, all meals are prepared and provided for our clients in accordance with the SOBA 365 nutrition and meal plan of Diet Free Life, developed exclusively for SOBA Recovery Centers to provide a nutritious, healthy foundation for recovery. SOBA College Recovery also provides resources such as nutrition education, meal planning and preparation as well as assistance in developing healthy exercise habits and proper sleep-hygiene. SOBA College Recovery clients receive access to a world class health and wellness facility. Robert Wood Johnson Health and Wellness, the first medically based health and wellness center in the country, is located a few blocks from our treatment center. Clients access a wide range of state-of-the-art fitness equipment including a wide variety of cardio machines, free weights, resistance training equipment, two Olympic sized indoor swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a country club style locker rooms equipped with sauna and steam rooms. In Phase I, clients undergo a full fitness assessment including but not limited to body mass index, body fat percentages, range of motion, form, and address personal and recommended goals. Individualized exercise routines are established. After reviewing and measuring results, routines are modified and updated every quarter to best support clients with their newly developed short and long term goals.
Cultural and Recreational Activities
The very first week new community members arrive, they are taken out to community activities with support staff and other members of the residential community. Our activities are scheduled multiple times per week and include a wide range of physical and outdoor events for athletes, cultural events including dining experiences, stage productions such as plays and musical theater events, museum trips, as well as other events like sober dances, bonfires, movies and games like mini golf and bowling. These activities are extremely important in learning to have fun in recovery while building new associations of what it means to connect, have fun, and grow. We also strive to expose our clients to a wide range of events in order to give them the exposure they need to learn new passions and to develop healthy new hobbies as they continue on their lifelong journey.
Family Support Program
At SOBA College Recovery, healing the family system is paramount. Our Family Group program is held every other week for clients throughout their stay. Families are encouraged to come participate in rebuilding the relationships so often destroyed by addiction. Family members are also encouraged to take part in scheduled individual family therapy sessions provided by appointment with our individual clinical therapists to promote individual progress, and heal the family dynamic in a safe and private forum.
Upon arrival, Phase I clients are taken to daily outside 12-step meetings in the surrounding area to expose them to the entire scope of the recovery community. They are encouraged to participate in meetings, sharing their experience, meeting new people, and finding support and strength through the adults and young adults they meet. While therapeutic treatment is vital to the recovery of our clients, the sense of belonging and community shared through the 12-step groups becomes a natural support system for a lifetime of freedom from addiction. Weekly, we also sponsor a private SOBA College Recovery alumni meeting where we celebrate milestone achievements of our community members and hand select speakers to come share their experience, strength and hope with our clients.