A Week in a Rehab Center Southern California – 2019


One of the things that we try
to create in the clinical and the
experiential program here at Coastline is getting into patterns and getting into
routines, kind of knowing what to expect
. While we do things sometimes that are
kind of a surprise or different out of
the regular norm, generally as clients move
through the week they pretty much know what to
expect. And that kind of frees them up
to focus on the content of what’s
being delivered whether it’s in groups, or to focus on
themselves, or their peers, and their own
self care. When clients come in on Monday
morning one of the first
things they do is we go down a list of if you’re a
certain client of the job what’s your skill
communicating your
schedule, so that we know where you’re
going to be at all times. And sort of learning to embrace
that level of accountability and that level of
communication. We have clients go through a
quick 12 step audit. Where am I on my 12 step
program on this Monday ? What are the things that I’ve
been making strides in and how is it changing my
behavior? So there’s a series of about 20
questions, 20-25 questions that clients are
asked to answer every single
Monday. We take their answers we look
at them we study them and we look to see is
there any growth. Are we seeing more checks in
the box than we did before? Is there something that is still getting in the way maybe of the client and the kind of
progress they want to make ? So we have them do that
audit. At the same time, after they
do they’re 12 step audit and there’s
really a sobriety audit, and how they’re doing in their
sobriety overall. And we also have them plan out
their meetings for the week. We have a set schedule of
meetings that we take clients to in the evenings Monday
through Friday. Wednesday night as alumni
meeting that everyone’s
required to go to here Coastline, and then
Monday and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
they are required to either go to the meetings that we’ve all agreed to as a
community, are going to the community meetings, or
they can go to a meeting on
their own. So what they do is they fill
out a schedule. They create three goals for
their AA program during the
week. Then they if they have a
meeting they plan to go to their sponsor, or they have
a home group they plan to go
to , they simply write down where
they’re gonna be. They’re held accountable to be
there. We keep a chart throughout the week that they
recognize as they did go to the meeting they
said they’re going to go to. They did communicate as they
were supposed to. Now some people might say that
seems like it’s going
overboard. And again, we where we try to
emphasize is this; that in our addiction we were
accountable to no one. In our addiction we
communicated very little about what was really going on
with us. We had really no regimen, no
routines, except the routines of getting
high and trying to stay high. And so while it might seem like it’s kind of extreme this
process of knowing which
meetings you’re going to
during the week. Planning out your week, kind of
auditing and do this kind of a self inventory on
how am I doing in my sobriety. Getting some quick immediate feedback on, hey I’m looking
across the board, I have been meeting every week
this week. And on that same board, I’ve
got a sponsor. Here’s the step I’m on. So there’s some level of peer
to peer accountability. Usually when you walk into the
culture and a lot of people have a sponsor,
you’ve a tendency, you’re more likely
to get a sponsor yourself. If you have guys around you
doing step work, you’re more
likely to do step work. You have guys going to
meetings, that’s just an
understood this is what we do in our evenings,
guys are going to go to
meetings. It used to be that about two or
three years ago we were finding that meeting
attendance and 12 step
programs were fragmented and inconsistent among clients and there were kind of the
haves and the have nots. And so without trying to be
intrusive into their silver program I
mean we would obviously want to give guidelines or we can. We said look meetings are
mandatory, working with a sponsor is highly
encouraged, new step work is
highly encouraged. When you walk into a culture
and that’s what we’re talking about and those are things
we’re doing, it’s more likely you’re going
to become involved in that
process.

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