After helping a family member through recovery, Becky and Jim Yates founded Caring Services in 1994 to provide sober living facilities in High Point, North Carolina, near Greensboro and Winston-Salem. As their success grew, the couple expanded the program to include outpatient treatment in 1998.
Caring Services currently offers both a flexible general outpatient program and a highly structured Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for substance abuse. With 11 operating transitional homes all within a mile of Caring Services’ main treatment facility, clients living in these homes can be concurrently enrolled in either treatment program and can live in the facility for up to two years.
Accommodations and Amenities
Each home is situated on a quiet residential street and houses between 10 and 18 residents. The homes feature traditional and tidy décor with full-service kitchens. Men and women are housed in separate gender-specific homes and each resident has one or two roommates. Bathrooms are shared among several rooms. Most of the homes have televisions and exercise equipment.
Residents who are attending the IOP or outpatient program at Caring Services’ nearby treatment facility have an on-site catered lunch. Residents are responsible for all other meals and have access to Caring Service’s Food Pantry and Clothes Closet.
Rules and Regulations
After an initial assessment, clients in need of treatment are enrolled in the appropriate program. The standard outpatient track consists of a customized combination of group and individual therapy and the duration is adjusted to meet the each individual’s needs.
The IOP, however, is a three-phase program that lasts for nine weeks. Clients attend sessions Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2:30 pm and spend the day in groups, psycho-education classes and on-site 12-step meetings. In Phase One, clients address the reality of their addiction and learn about the effects of addiction. In Phase Two they identify goals for their lives post-treatment, and in Phase Three they are implementing action plans working towards achieving those goals. After Phase One, clients can earn “business days”—days they’re allowed to miss treatment in order to attend to their educational or professional lives outside the IOP.
Group therapy uses several evidence-based modalities including CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) Solutions-Focused therapy and DBT. Groups usually have 20 participants with a staff-to-client ratio of approximately six-to-one. After each class, there is reflection time during which clients address any issues the discussion topic may have stirred, which can then be continued in the client’s weekly individual therapy session.
Sober living clients start each day with daily chore assignments and must return to the facility by 9 pm on weeknights and 10 pm on weekends. Residents can have cell phones and can use the treatment facility’s computer for job search activities. A house monitor is in each sober living facility daily to check on residents’ progress and help coordinate support services. As residents show success in staying sober and seeking employment, they can apply for overnight passes to leave the facility and permission to have family visits.
Caring Services believes 12-step meetings are integral to lasting recovery. All clients in the outpatient and sober living facilities must attend 12-step meetings regularly. Those new to the 12-steps must do a “90/90”—attending 90 meetings in 90 days.
On weekends, community volunteering opportunities are coordinated for sober living residents and often the treatment facility will host movie nights. Caring Services also offers a monthly Family Education Program workshop to integrate families into the recovery process. Veterans Safety Net is a program that provides additional supportive services to military veterans in sober living.
Caring Services offers comprehensive treatment options at several stages of the recovery continuum. A unique feature of its IOP is a focus on bridging the time in treatment with each individual’s unique post-treatment goals by encouraging them to earn privileges to attend work and/or school. Due to the long stays in the transitional living facilities, residents have significant time to make progress on their goals while in supportive housing. Through its special events, Caring Services also nurtures an engaged alumni community in spiritual and service activities in High Point.
102 Chestnut Dr
High Point, NC 27262
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