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    Our peer led community will allow residents to learn life skills, creating self esteem, needed to sustain long term recovery.

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Sustain Recovery – Sustain Life

Sustain recovery offers a unique approach to adolescent care. Unlike a typical residential treatment program in which the length of stay is 30-90 days, Sustain Recovery offers Gender Separate Extended Care treatment for clients recently completing a primary treatment program, or clients needing a longer-term solution. Our minimum length of stay is 90 days however many clients can be with Sustain Recovery for 6 months or more, but can vary based on our residents progress and individual needs.

Our gender separate program offers a safe and structured environment for adolescents in which our residents are able to maintain a meaningful and fun substance free way of life. Individualized drug and alcohol counseling, support groups, individual therapy, family therapy, educational and vocational training, life skills, and referrals and transportation services are ongoing elements of the transitional process. Sustain Recovery residences are twelve step based homes, and promote attendance of twelve step meetings by all of our residents.

At Sustain Recovery, we have observed repeated cases in which the drastic change from short-term intensive inpatient treatment to unstructured sober living or immediately returning back home has resulted in relapse. This is especially true for adolescents with co-occurring disorders, due to the difficult process of adjusting to the home environment without the use of drugs or alcohol, staying away from negative influences, and the lack of internal structure. As we see it, the structure that was imposed on the individual in addiction treatment (the clinical schedule), cannot be sustained without ongoing attention to structure. We know that when a resident comes into an Extended Care Treatment environment, which initially provides the same degree of structure as treatment, the necessary healthy living skills can be (re)introduced and utilized in “real time”, in the real world, with the support and safety net of the Sustain Recovery staff and community.

Many times the adolescents going through this experience have dropped out of school, have legal issues secondary to their substance use, and are without a safe and sober environment to live. The need for a more structured Extended Care geared towards adolescents that focuses on adult living skills, education, involvement in Twelve Step organizations and fun in recovery, is what is at the core of Sustain Recovery. As our residents are introduced to the opportunities to do worthwhile and esteem-able tasks, they develop self-worth and self-esteem.

When I met Patrick Ochoa in late 2010, he quickly became one of the most influential people I’d ever met. I was 17 years old and struggling with heroin addiction, and Patrick led me to understand the perilous condition I was in, surrender to obvious fact I was an alcoholic and drug addict, and gave me hope for a beautiful life in recovery. Patrick has remained available to me through events such as grieving my grandfathers death, making difficult amends with my father and others, as well as setting and attaining my goals for going to college. Patrick understands addiction through and through, has a knack for picking apart my own selfish and limited thinking, and possesses an overwhelming amount of compassion and love that has time and time again picked me up and helped me to my feet. I look forward to the experience that anyone who has the opportunity to work with Patrick will have. He is an excellent source of understanding and hope in the darkest and most difficult of times.
Brad WaldoBerkely, California