ABOUT HEALING TRANSITIONS – MEN’S CAMPUS
Healing Transitions, a non-profit rehab in Raleigh, N.C., provides peer-based recovery services to homeless and underserved individuals struggling with addiction. Since its inception in 2001, it has served more than one million people.
The facility provides a continuum of care, including non-medical detox (two-five days), family services, overnight emergency shelter, and gender-specific residential treatment. Outpatient services are offered at the North Raleigh location. The rehab also provides assessments for the courts, full DWI services, and private case management.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The men’s facility, located between North Carolina State University and downtown, offers a 12-Step oriented, peer-run social model recovery program to inspire participants to obtain a meaningful and productive life.
To participate, clients must be at least 18 years old, homeless, and a Wake County resident. The program typically lasts between 12 and 18 months and consists of five phases: Motivation and Engagement Track I and II, Commit to Recovery I and II, and Healing Transitions Alumni.
As individuals move through the program, they receive more responsibility and privileges, such as fewer check-ins, more phone time, and opportunity to attend off-site 12-Step meetings at night. Participants are required to attend Recovery Dynamics classes and 12-Step meetings throughout the entirety of their program** — eventually obtaining a sponsor and taking part in a home group.
To become an alum, one must meet all goals and assignments of each prior phase. This means finding a job, turning in a weekly budget, volunteering at Healing Transitions for at least 30 days, and finding a place to live. Alumni can visit the facility 24/7, where they can get meals, teach classes, and take part in community meetings.**
The treatment team is led by a licensed social worker and certified substance abuse counselor with over 20 years of experience in the substance abuse and mental health fields.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
At first, living arrangements in the 180-bed program are simple. Participants get a bed, place to store their personal belongings, and breakfast and dinner at the facility each day (lunch is at the soup kitchen). By the end of the program, participants have a two-person room with a bathroom, three daily meals at the facility, a SafeLink cell phone for employment and housing purposes, midnight curfew (later on weekends), and daily use of a laundry room. They also get access to exercise equipment, TV, and books.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Feedback from former clients is varied. On the positive end, Jesse, a five-star reviewer, told Best-rehabs.com that a strength was the facility’s community process, non-medical model. Another plus was the free treatment: “The Healing place is a peer based recovery program and is free of charge. It takes a lot of work but so does addiction… It’s a program not for those that want it but for those that are wiling to do the work.” Another alum, who gave four stars out of five to the major categories of overall effectiveness, accommodations and meals, agreed: “Community was a strength. it was affective and fun.”
However, J.D.F., a one-star reviewer, told Best-rehabs.com: “This facility does not show true statistics of success. They claim to base there statistics on number of client’s sober after a year of completion but I can say, as an alumni, who can count on one hand the number of people who actually stay sober.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
An anonymous Best-rehabs.com reviewer offered mixed feedback: “This place is free and if you want to get threw it with tough love then this is your place. But every morning you get up and are made to walk to your a.a. or n.a. classes threw a drug riddled neighborhood.”
Yet, K.A., whose son participated in the program, gave perfect five stars for accommodations, meals, leadership and staff support, and four for overall effectiveness. K.A. considered the program inspirational, but added: “The only thing that should change is providing exercise and good social involvement. The ability for the clients to see healthy sober fun activities to be involved with.”
There is no cost to receive services. Proceeds from the Recovered Treasures thrift store fund the facility’s operating costs.