Founded in 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee by CEO and executive director Anne Betts, Transitions Housing provides safe and structured gender-specific substance abuse treatment for financially challenged and criminal justice clients. Betts is a CADC and she also facilitates some of the recovery-based groups, which are provided on the premises. Besides housing, residents participate in a 90-day transitional care program, which teaches them relapse prevention techniques, basic life skills and provides an introduction to the 12 steps.
Accommodations and Food
Transitions Housing includes two male-only and two female-only residences, with a 30-bed total capacity. Clients are paired in rooms, which include twin beds, plastic storage bins or dressers and lamps.
Food is provided, and residents are expected to plan and cook their own meals in fully equipped kitchens. Upon arrival, new clients receive gift cards to fast food restaurants including Burger King and McDonald’s, basic toiletries, clothing and bus passes. Amenities include utilities, paper and cleaning supplies and onsite washers and dryers. House managers live on the premises, and oversee operations.
Treatment and Staff
Potential clients must have already completed detox, and exhibit a strong desire to maintain their sobriety, as well as a willingness to rebuild their lives. The Alcohol and Drug program requires a 90-day commitment. Upon successful completion, residents receive a certificate. Clients with co-occurring disorders are provided with counseling and psychiatric referrals. The program is broken down into four phases, including early recovery skills, relapse prevention, spirituality development and transitioning skills. The program includes group therapy, substance addiction education and case management.
During the first phase, residents learn the basics about 12-step meetings, receive fundamental education classes, and prepare for job searching or academic enrollment. During the second phase, group topics include relapse prevention and 12-step sponsorship. Clients share with their peers about their personal experiences with addiction and relapse. They learn that they are not alone and they also receive, as well as give peer support. During the third segment, group topics include spirituality, Higher Power and the 12 steps. Finally, in the last phase, clients prepare for their re-entry back into society, which includes looking for housing. Group topics focus on relationships with work, school and family.
Other requirements include attending four weekly 12-step meetings off the premises, completing daily chores and maintaining full time employment, unless on disability. Clients on SSI must participate in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or perform volunteer work, which is also conducive to their recovery. During the first 90 days, the curfew is 10 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 pm Fridays and Saturdays. After the 90-day program completion, the curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
At Transitions Housing, a zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use, as well as illegal activity is enforced. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. Residents who break the rules or relapse must immediately leave the premises to ensure the safety of the entire household.
While Transitions Housing works closely with the state’s board of probation and parole, former sex offenders and individuals with murder convictions are not eligible for admittance.
Transitions Housing relies on donations, including furniture, bus passes, and gift cards for new clients, so that they can purchase work clothing, buy food, and obtain other necessities.
Transitions Housing offers an excellent option for financially challenged and criminal justice clients in Nashville who seek a second chance. This affordable transitional living program gives those in need a chance to get back on their feet and learn about the 12-steps, while they work on their recovery.
PO Box 90383
Nashville, TN 37209
Transitions Housing Cost: $520 (30 days, not including a $360 deposit, which includes first two weeks of rent, plus a $100 administrative fee). Reach Transitions Housing by phone at (615) 227-6865, (615) 578-7467 or by email at [email protected].
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