Therapeutic Community – Living cooperatively with other recovering women in a structured environment is the most effective way to practice sober living skills and develop healthy communication styles. The community provides an opportunity to learn to live a clean and sober life. Daily support is drawn from others in the community. The recovery program goes beyond the groups and meetings to a drug-free life lived seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day in the healing environment. A balance between rest and activity is promoted. Having fun in recovery is essential. The community is continually confronting the cycle of addiction in thought and behavior. The therapeutic community helps to foster and maintain a drug/alcohol-free lifestyle.
Counseling Services – Multiple groups are held daily at the office each week. Groups include psycho-educational groups, skills building, enrichment, and therapeutic process groups. As each client continues to recover from drug and alcohol use, feelings and memories begin to return. Therapy is a central part of Breakthru’s recovery program. Each woman learns to express her emotions appropriately and cope with discomfort without the use of drugs or alcohol. She develops new coping skills to deal with past trauma that may contribute to relapse. Group therapy helps heal old wounds.
Twelve Steps and Traditions – Clients attend 12-Step meetings daily. Clients will find an appropriate sponsor with at least two years of sobriety and clean time. Sponsors are called daily and help the client use the Steps and Traditions as the basis for learning to live a new life.
Work/Daytime Activity – Reentering the work force to become a productive, self-supporting member of society is a component of Breakthru’s recovery program. Clients are assigned a job coach to assist them in the job search process and clients are referred to the Department of Rehabilitation Services for vocational counseling and support. Job offers and schedules must be approved by the Treatment Team. It is important during this phase of treatment that the primary focus remains on maintaining and supporting your recovery. The ideal job for clients in treatment is a part-time position of 20 hours per week. Work hours must be scheduled so clients can attend all required groups. This is not the time to rebuild a career but a time to focus on treatment.
Length of Stay – Treatment at Breakthru House is individualized and does not have a set end point. There is an Assessment Phase lasting 60 days, Treatment Phase of varying length, and Transition Phase of 30 days. It can be expected to take anywhere from nine to eighteen months to complete all phases of treatment. We ask that all clients who enter treatment at Breakthru commit to successfully completing their individualized treatment. Statistically, individuals who stay in long-term treatment have more success in maintaining lifetime sobriety. The Transition House is available by application for up to one year following successful transfer from the treatment program.
Drug Screens – Random and “for cause” urine screens will be taken to ensure compliance with the drug-free policy.
Random Searches – For the protection of the community, while living at Breakthru, staff has the right to search all personal belongings (this includes but is not limited to rooms, purses, or cars). House searches will be conducted randomly and “for cause.” Items prohibited at Breakthru will be confiscated. Food, drink, consumables of any kind, unapproved medications, illegal substances, etc., will be disposed of immediately by Breakthru Staff. Personal belongings such as phones, clothing, etc., will be confiscated and held until client graduates, leaves, or otherwise requests other means of removal from campus. In addition, houses are checked regularly to assure order and cleanliness.
Transportation – Clients ride MARTA to and from day treatment and 12-Step Meetings. If a client has a car, she will be able to process to use it for work. Until clients secure a source of income, Breakthru House provides assistance with transportation costs.