SOBA College Recovery is a unique residential substance abuse rehab in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The facility is a luxury apartment building that offers a supportive sober living environment and treatment program for 18 to 26 year-old men and women, near Rutgers University. Its specialized program is designed for a population often overlooked when it comes to recovery—college-age young adults with substance abuse issues and co-occurring disorders.
SOBA College Recovery was inspired by owner Phillip Chasin’s experience trying to stay sober in college. The east coast real estate mogul joined forces with Greg Hannley, founder of California-based SOBA and together they created this unique program. Its protocol of sober living combined with an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and a tight community of sober peers places great emphasis on building life skills and college attendance.
Accommodations and Food
Located just a short walk from Rutgers’ campus and close to several community colleges, the SOBA College building is modern and attractive, with space for up to 80 residents. The facility strives for a comfortable and appealing environment that is conducive to both social interaction and quiet contemplation. Clients live in nice two-bedroom apartments with a roommate of the same gender who is also in the same phase of treatment.
Rooms have full beds, dressers and desks. Each unit is equipped with a full kitchen and residents are expected to do their own grocery shopping and meal preparation, however, there is also an on-site dining hall with staff on hand to help 24 hours a day. The staff is also available to assist with transportation, shopping, doctor visits, supervision of recreational activities and provide support.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment begins with the creation of an individualized treatment plan that is broken into three phases. During phase one, clients must attend IOP for a minimum of 16 hours a week, which consists of of group and individual therapy using evidence-based practices, such as CBT and DBT. Daily alcohol tests are administered as well as weekly random drug tests. Peer support is also a large part of the program and clients must attend at least three 12-step meetings a week during this phase. They are also encouraged to find a sponsor, work the steps and build a support system for ongoing recovery. The curfew for residents in this phase is 9:30 pm.
Phase two is all about planning. Clients must be clean and sober at least 90 days and have completed phase one. Curfews move to 11 pm and residents are given a bit more freedom to run errands and attend meetings without a chaperone. Clients are also are encouraged to apply (or reapply) for school while continuing therapy and meetings at a reduced rate. This phase covers resume writing, job interviewing, conflict resolution and managing stress-related relapse triggers. SOBA College also offers one-on-one life coaching, which includes tutoring and academic coaching, life skills training and sobriety coaching.
Phase three is the final phase and is essentially independent living with continued clinical support and case management (what they call syllabus management). Case managers and therapists help clients connect and transfer to schools with great student recovery programs. Every aspect of clients’ life and education is addressed; from helping choose essay topics to tracking class schedules and assignments.
Clients with co-occurring disorders receive medication management in addition to attending specific group sessions that address their needs. If necessary, staff can work closely with outside medical or mental health professionals to provide comprehensive care. The staff includes an MD, a psychiatrist, various accredited therapists and social workers; all whom work together to provide effective care for addicts who need dual diagnosis support.
As graduation from the program nears, aftercare resources are pulled together. Outside mental and healthcare professionals, sponsors, educational institutions, as well as employers or potential employers are contacted and the next steps are laid out for each client.
SOBA College also offers a variety of recreational activities geared toward young adults, like hiking, sporting events and sober socializing.
SOBA College Recovery’s specialization in treating people between the ages of 18 and 26 make it a great choice for young people seeking help for a substance abuse problem. The chance to attend college in a structured and sober environment is invaluable, making SOBA College Recovery a perfect option for those who are highly motivated to stay clean and wish to move toward becoming productive members of society.
SOBA College Recovery
104 Bayard St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
SOBA College Recovery Cost: Depends on services and insurance (clinical and residential costs billed separately). Reach SOBA College Recovery by phone at (877) 799-1716 or by email at [email protected]. Find SOBA College Recovery on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+
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