Based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Tradition House is a CARF-accredited sober living house owned and operated by Pyramid Healthcare, a behavioral health organization with several outpatient and residential facilities throughout the state. Tradition House allows only female residents, 18 years and older, and is designed to help them reintegrate into society.
Accommodations and Amenities
The large brick home has a total of 24 beds with comfortable accommodations. The front yard is well-kept, adorned with modest garden beds surrounding the home. Bedrooms have basic amenities, including dressers and shared closet space, and residents share rooms with one or two other clients. Common areas include a living room lounge area with cable TV and a full kitchen. The program put an emphasis on teaching women how to be self-supporting so residents are expected to cook and prepare all their own meals; however, if necessary, staff members can help clients get food stamps.
Rules and Regulations
To stay at Tradition House, clients must obey the house’s behavioral contract, which includes being respectful of the home and submitting to regular and random drug tests. Like many of Pyramid Healthcare’s programs, Tradition House also uses an honor system called SHOW (Surrender, Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness) where clients get the opportunity too earn more privileges and responsibilities by honoring the rules and completing tasks. Some of these duties include basic chores around the house and taking on leadership roles with the other women in the program. Additionally, all residents are required to get at least a part-time job so the facility provides job training and life skills classes to help residents transition back into the workforce.
The daily schedule is structured and includes individual and group therapy that incorporates 12-step principles, relapse prevention techniques and psychoeducation. Clients also participate in educational groups about nutrition and spirituality, with guest speakers on a number of rotating topics. Attendance of local AA/NA meetings are also required. The program is not equipped to handle clients with more than mild co-occurring disorders.
Tradition House is visited weekly by a nurse practitioner who helps educate residents about mental health concerns and do basic check-ups. The facility also offers a variety of life skills courses on goal-setting, social etiquette, coping skills and more. Those in need of further treatment can also get referrals to aftercare options through Pyramid Healthcare.
In all, Tradition House provides a safe and structured environment for women in early sobriety and gives them the tools they need to transition back into society. With ongoing therapy, 12-step participation, skill development classes and the requirement for employment, Tradition House is an affordable resource for sober women in the area.
830 6th Ave
Altoona, PA 16602
Tradition House Cost: Sliding scale, county-funded for those who qualify. Reach Tradition House at (814) 944-3210. Find Tradition House via Pyramid Healthcare on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest
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