Men's Residential Treatment Program

Steppingstones contracts with The Awakening Center, a local supportive, structured living environment for men who are new in their recovery from alcohol and/or drugs, whose mission is to assist men with substance abuse problems to be restored to productive functioning members of society. Clients reside in one of three houses on 5 acres of land in a semi-rural area not from the Augusta Mall.

The arrangement is an affordable and unique alternative to inpatient hospitalization for men who do not need the level of medical monitoring that inpatient hospitalization offers, but however need watchful oversight, while learning proven methods of recovery from addictive diseases. Clients are housed in the recovery residence near the treatment center where the 6 week CARF accredited (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and state-licensed treatment program is offered. The treatment program itself is covered by most major insurance companies, though insurance has never been known to cover the residential portion of the fees over the past few years that have seen major and sweeping changes in insurance reimbursement.

While most people are in treatment for approximately 6-weeks, there are some who benefit from continued supervision during the crucial early months of recovery and sobriety. There is an option to continue to live in the recovery residence, to learn and practice recovery principles. Statistics demonstrate a correlation between early relapse-prevention and long-term sobriety.

This program utilizes oversight, coaching, and teaching based on 12-step self-help recovery while simultaneously encouraging spiritual growth via attendance at faith-based recovery groups in addition to public programs such as AA/NA. The residence has 6 beds only and mimics a home-like environment intended to prepare each client to return to his own home, fully prepared to handle the expectations of balancing skills needed to maintain a job and be present for his family.

Residential responsibilities and interaction is a vital part of recovery to instill positive life skills into the residents. Clients progress through a phase system of growth and as progress is made, privileges are earned.



Intensive Outpatient Options

Start rebuilding your personal life and mending your important family ties right away while living at home. IOP allows you to establish a foundation for long term recovery support in your local community right from the start of your treatment instead of waiting until you return from living away in a rehab center. To accommodate varying work schedules, groups sessions are offered twice daily – mornings and evenings. It is also possible to switch back and forth depending on your needs.

Our intensive outpatient drug and alcohol rehab program provides evidenced-based (proven) treatment from licensed clinicians and certified addiction counselors. While in IOP, your personal circumstances are considered in establishing a plan of care specific to your own individual needs and preferences. Clients learn a range of valuable recovery skills in intensive outpatient treatment. These include:

  • Coping with alcohol and drug cravings
  • Coping with other conditions, such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder
  • Practicing effective communication and improving relationships with loved ones
  • Identifying ways to improve trust
  • Finding healthy ways to reduce and cope with stress
  • Identifying triggers and learning healthy ways to deal with them
  • Improving decision-making abilities
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Learning about medications that can support long-term recovery
  • Improving overall health and wellness
  • Learning relapse prevention techniques

Our most popular and most effective program consists of 30 sessions, 3 hours each, over a 6-week period (usually Monday through Friday). IOP may be recommended for those who do not need medically-supervised detox. IOP can also enable people in recovery to continue their recovery therapies following successful detox, on a part-time yet intensive schedule, designed to accommodate work and family life.

Recovery involves the whole family and/or social support system, therefore we offer a weekly Family Workshop for all close friends, employers, and family members. This workshop has received numerous accolades over the past 20 years for its ability to educate and teach loved ones how to be supportive without nagging and controlling. It meets on Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m. and is offered at no extra charge for one year or more if needed.

The flexible schedule of this program allows for full-time employees or the unemployed to attend, either 9am - 12 noon or 6pm - 9pm.

Long-term sobriety requires ongoing, intensive treatment and a strong support network. In our IOP, clients develop the skills and relationships needed to sustain recovery from alcohol and other drug use while keeping up with job, school and family commitments.

If the client has medical insurance that covers substance abuse treatment, the client is only responsible for co-pays and deductibles. If not, Steppingstones has self-pay options which most people find affordable.



Mental Health / Co-Occurring

When you have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it is called a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. Because there are many combinations of disorders that can occur, the symptoms of dual diagnosis vary widely.

A Co-Occurring Disorder is a very broad category; it can range from someone developing mild depression because of binge drinking, to someone’s symptoms of bipolar disorder becoming more severe when that person abuses heroin during periods of mania. Either mental illness or substance abuse can develop first.

Untreated co-occurring disorders can lead to major problems at home and work and in your daily life, so it’s important to seek help.


Integrated Treatment Works

The best treatment for co-occurring disorders is an integrated approach, where both the substance abuse problem and the mental disorder are treated simultaneously, often lowering costs and creating better outcomes.

With proper treatment, support, and self-help strategies, you can overcome a dual diagnosis and reclaim your life.

Recovery depends on treating both the addiction and the mental health problem

Getting sober is only the beginning. Your continued recovery depends on continuing mental health treatment, learning healthier coping strategies, and making better decisions when dealing with life’s challenges.