The Extension is a community supported long-term residential recovery program for homeless men and women that serves the Cobb County area and addresses one of the primary root causes of homelessness, which is chemical dependence. The success of the program is based on the concept of long-term residential treatment adding a “real life” component of practicing newly acquired productive, responsible behaviors in the “real world”. A transformation is facilitated through the use of professional counseling and a structure that is focused on recovery from chemical dependence.
We offer a long-term, comprehensive, nine to twelve month inpatient residential treatment program that caters to those who are homeless, over the age of 24, in the Cobb county area and are able to work . Our men’s campus has a maximum capacity of 57 beds and our women’s campus has a capacity of 25 beds.
Interviews for potential residency are held Monday-Friday between the hours of 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. We require a face-to-face interview with at least 2 of our counselors for potential admission.
An Individual Service Plan is developed during the Welcome Phase. It is reviewed every 30 days and updated every 60 days. After the three week Welcome Phase, our clients find and maintain full-time employment in the community. They work during the day and participate in a rigorous treatment schedule of counseling and therapy in the evening.
Every client works a full-time job in our community. They learn to abide by society’s rules by first obeying ours. Clients are drug tested at least weekly. We have a zero tolerance policy for drug or alcohol use. In addition to paying a fee to the organization as an investment in their own recovery (20% – 30% of the adjusted gross income), every client is required to open a savings account at a bank and save a portion of each paycheck. The amount each client saves varies—getting caught up on late child support payments is the first priority, with additional consideration given to court fees and fines, as well as tax and other debt.
Our rigorous program is divided into three phases, with group psychotherapy and psychoeducation, and individual counseling and case management tailored to the needs of the clients in each phase of the program.
Program components include the following:
- Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counseling
- Case Management
- Family Counseling
- Life Skills
- Recovery 101 & 102
- Process Groups
- Relapse Prevention Therapy
- Co-Dependence Therapy
- Anger Management for SUD Clients
In addition, clients have access to a medical doctor, a chiropractic doctor and a supportive and active community of others in recovery. Upon completion of the program, clients are honored at a transition ceremony, with family and friends and current and former clients. The client is then welcomed into the Alumni Association made up of their brothers and sisters who have completed the program months or years before.
The Extension employs a variety of methods to ensure the success of the overall program, as well as its individual components. Knowledge and retention of key concepts and skills for each client is monitored closely by the program staff while the client is in the program. This monitoring continues periodically for 24 months after a resident successfully completes the program. Most clients will complete the program in 9 to 12 months. Those that complete the program are encouraged to take an active role in our Alumni Association, and are encouraged to mentor residents individually.