Long Term Program
A long term treatment program for chronic substance users.
New residents will participate in “phase one” of the program which is a thirty day clinical program designed to acclimate the individual to the program and provide support in early recovery. After the completion of “phase one,” the client is assigned to a Vocational Training Partner or, depending on the skills of the individual, they may be placed on one of FIRST at Blue Ridge’s internal crews. It is during this phase that the client begins to demonstrate their ability to follow directions, and their desire to work the program is assessed and monitored. Work skills development occurs during this period and depending on the individual, a client may be moved through several of the training sites. During this time clients should have already secured a sponsor from AA/NA with whom they are working the twelve steps.
At ten months a client may apply for “re-entry.” There are specific requirements which must be completed in order for the client to be eligible and approved for re-entry. In this phase clients begin preparing a resume and seeking gainful employment in the community. This allows them to begin to accumulate the necessary funds for rent, utilities etc., which will allow them to re-integrate back into society. For those clients who have child support, probation fees, or restitution, the paying of these debts begins in order to minimize their financial impact prior to completing the program.
Upon graduation from the long-term program, individuals can apply to move into one of the transitional houses. If accepted, the client may remain for up to a period of one additional year to allow them to establish a firm foundation before transitioning to completely independent living in the community. This allows them not only a familiar and safe environment, but the ability to save money, build resources and gain strength in their recovery. Clients are eligible for graduation after completing all of the core curriculum, all assignments and other clinical activities deemed necessary by the clinical staff, obtaining and maintaining a twelve-step sponsor, have a working knowledge of Narcotics or Alcoholics Anonymous, and the maintaining of continuous gainful employment or college or trade school enrollment.
FIRST at Blue Ridge, Inc. is funded mostly through contracts with local employers who act as Vocational Training Partners. FIRST at Blue Ridge, Inc. has also received some additional support from grants and foundations and is always seeking new opportunities to develop funding streams. However the contract work and vocational training partners is where the clients learn, prove their ability to hold down a job and develop the work ethic needed to succeed in life as well as in the job market.
FIRST at Blue Ridge, Inc. strives to admit only those who are committed to making positive changes in their lives. These individuals come from all walks of life and are referred by many sources including family members, friends, former graduates, other treatment programs, the judicial system, and probation and parole. However, they all have two things in common, the knowledge that they cannot go on using drugs and alcohol and the desire to get help. That journey to recovery begins with the FIRST step and we are here to help.