Life Skills & Community Living Programming
Career Exploration and Readiness
Many people in early recovery have little to no idea what they want to do for employment. Some have never been successful in any area, do not enjoy their current path, or they may have been very successful in a career that is considered high risk to their recovery. During this portion of the program, we explore each Resident’s interests, aptitude, and personality type to help determine which career field suits them individually. Next, we guide them through a comprehensive career readiness curriculum which prepares them to successfully enter the job market.
Through a symbiotic partnership with area non-profits, our residents learn skills that prepare them for life outside of the Reprieve, while at the same time giving back to society. Self-centeredness is the root of addiction, and it is only through work and self-sacrifice for others that this may be overcome. Using this approach to spiritual healing, our residents contribute to, and become, active members of the Tuscaloosa community.
Daily Balanced Living
In this portion of the program, our residents systematically begin to get their material items back. The phone, the car, the job, and relationship building can quickly become the sole focus. The aim of the Life Skills program is to help our residents achieve a weekly routine which includes all facets of recovery–including spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental conditioning.
Budgeting and Money Management
The purpose of this topic is to assist the resident in forming skills necessary to begin to budget their money in a healthy manner and prepare them for post discharge.
Community Living Programming
This final 180 day phase is designed to normalize the new skills and daily living techniques adopted while in the first 6 months of the program. The old adage of “practice makes perfect” is put into action during the residents’ stay in the Community Living Immersion Program. The program is a safe and accountable environment that offers staff interaction 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The program is only for those residents who have completed the first 6 months of The Reprieve Recovery program. This prerequisite ensures that Community Living Immersion participants are very familiar with other residents and staff. Participants in the Community Living Immersion Program are active volunteers with other residents at The Reprieve and in the Tuscaloosa community.
“I loved how there was counseling provided however I needed it. Most importantly, it wasn’t a “hospital like” facility. It was a home, a real home and what felt like my home. I struggled at first to adapt to the changes, but when I got through the discomfort and started to become content, I never wanted to leave.”