Founded in 2015 by Rich Figlewski in Durham, Connecticut, Three Birds is a highly structured transitional care facility for men. The philosophy behind the organization is that detox and a 28-day residential treatment program are not enough to help clients maintain long-term sobriety. At Three Birds, clients participate in three phases. They work on their recovery by attending individual and group therapy, along with 12-step meetings.
Accommodations and Food
The Three Birds campus sits on 52 acres against a rural landscape. The main campus includes a dorm style building, which has a 17-bed capacity. Accommodations range from single to double and quadruple occupancy rooms. During the first 30 days, residents are paired to ward off feelings of isolation.
The main building includes a large recreation room, access to the communal kitchen, a large dining room and a separate office where therapy sessions are held. Staff purchases groceries. The kitchen is fully stocked with food. There are extra refrigerators, which include condiments, cold cuts, milk and eggs. Other foods including bread, canned tuna fish and pancake mix are stocked in the pantry. Clients are provided with one homemade meal per day. A typical entrée includes meatloaf and mashed potatoes, with plenty of leftovers. Residents are welcome to prepare simple meals for breakfast and lunch.
The phase three sober living house, which is completely furnished, accommodates three residents who have graduated from the 90-day program. Clients reside in single rooms. The men are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation, which is conducted in a fully equipped kitchen. Amenities include cable TV, and Wi-Fi.
Treatment and Staff
Potential clients must have gone through detox, and have undergone a minimum of 28-days of primary care at a drug rehab. Clients on medication-assisted treatment, including Suboxone or methadone are not permitted. During the first 14 days, clients are not allowed to use their cellphones. Furthermore, staff provides around the clock supervision.
Treatment length is 90 days. At Three Birds, psychoeducation and traditional psychotherapy are incorporated. Weekly protocol includes participation in daily group and individual therapy, attendance at 12-step meetings and meditation. Other requirements include performance of household chores and participation in community service, including walking, feeding and taking care of the rescue dogs.
During the second month, clients receive more freedom. They continue work on their programs. Some residents are moved to a double-occupancy room. By the third month, they look for work, attend 12-step meetings on their own, reside in a single room and continue honing independent life skills. After the program is completed, clients have the option of residing at the sober living house.
At Three Birds, there is a zero tolerance policy for drug and alcohol use. Random urine screenings are conducted. Relapsed clients are immediately removed from the premises. The Counseling Center of Waterbury, a nearby outpatient facility that partners with Three Birds, provides visiting therapists and LADCs. Insurance is accepted for clinical care costs. The 90-day residential cost, not including therapy, is $1,750. The 30-day sober living cost is $800.
Animal care is an integral part of their protocol. The main campus includes an animal sanctuary, which holds many rescue dogs including pit bulls, an English mastiff and an Australian cattle dog. Three Birds has a working relationship with the Meriden Humane Society, which is where the animals come from.
Three Birds is a member of the Recovery Housing of Connecticut.
Residents attend many gatherings together, including participating in a Super Bowl party.
Three Birds is an act of love on the part of Figlewski, who has a decade of sobriety. He is passionate about helping clients stay clean and sober. This unique transitional care facility is in a gorgeous locale, and also allows residents ample opportunities to soak in the great outdoors. Working with rescue dogs is also a great way to divert from self and find healing. For clients who love dogs and a beautiful natural environment, Three Birds is a wonderful option.
Extended Care Facility
459R Wallingford Rd
Durham, CT 06422
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