The support of a group or community at large is an essential part of maintaining long-term recovery; Santa Cruz Residential Recovery understands that and so they began within a simple community outreach and turned into a sustainable and extremely affordable option for those looking to sober up on the California central coast.
Santa Cruz Residential Recovery is part of the Community Recovery Services division of Encompass Community Services, a large non-profit entity serving Santa Cruz County since 1973. Community Recovery Services provides outpatient counseling services for those struggling with drug and alcohol issues but those seeking inpatient treatment beyond a few low cost therapy sessions are recommended for Santa Cruz Residential Recovery.
Accommodations and Food
Formerly known as the Sunflower House, the actual residence is like a giant cabin. Residents are housed four to six people per room, thanks to the efficiency of bunk beds. There are a total of five bedrooms and of the 25 residents they can board, there is usually an equal distribution of men and women. Men and women do room separately, of course.
Clients eat home cooked, relatively healthy meals together in a large dining room and are also granted use of the fitness equipment in a small exercise room in the house.
Treatment and Staff
The staff at Santa Cruz Residential Recovery is primarily composed of CADCs familiar with 12-step recovery. There are no medical doctors so those seeking professional psychiatric treatment must do so at a larger, more advanced facility. The counselors at Santa Cruz Residential Recovery utilize a method of treatment called “Denial Management.” The idea behind this method is that addicts must permanently shift both their thoughts and behaviors in order to successfully recover. In addition to regular 12-step meetings, clients are assigned a personal counselor who assigns writing assignments after group lectures. Residents are instructed to identify their own denial patterns during personal reflective time and then participate in group therapy to find common ground with peers in an effort to correct the destructive behavior these patterns have caused.
Most clients stay at Santa Cruz Residential Recovery for two months. No adolescents are permitted and in order to be admitted, addicts have to be at least three days sober. They do not offer detox at their facility so if that’s required, clients have do so prior to arrival.
Job training is also offered during treatment and when the program is complete, Santa Cruz Residential Recovery refers grads to one of a number of sober living facilities connected to the aforementioned Encompass Community Services. This furthers their mission to provide a “continuum of care” once clients have completed their two-month program successfully; they try to make sure “graduates” are fully entrenched in the Santa Cruz 12-step community in order to fuel the recovery process long after their stay at Santa Cruz Residential Recovery.
While Santa Cruz Residential Recovery doesn’t accept insurance, it does honor a sliding scale for those can’t pay their standard fees in an effort to make sure that no one is refused treatment due to financial hardship. While low fees means no frills or luxuries, thriving at a place like this requires a greater degree of humility—something that will only serve addicts if they are to maintain their sobriety. If the only priority is getting better and finances are a concern, this may be just the safe house necessary.
Santa Cruz Residential Recovery
125 Rigg Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Santa Cruz Residential Recovery Cost: $3,700 (30 days). Reach Santa Cruz Residential Recovery by phone at (831) 423-3890. Find SCRR on Google+
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