The 5 Sober Living Developmental Plan Stages
Skip Murphy’s Sober Living Developmental Plan is a specially designed program to gradually step men down from structured sober living to independence with the necessary skills to lead successful lives.
Stage I is designed to help the resident to establish a strong foundation in his recovery. Our staff, volunteers, alumni and seasoned residents guide new residents through clear instruction, meeting “What do I do now?” with concrete answers. Stage I residents receive close individual guidance through their first five Steps of a 12-Step recovery program, along with immersion into 12-Step recovery culture including an “All-Star Lineup” of spirited on-site and local 12-Step fellowship meetings. Staffed clinicians conduct individual and group counseling throughout the Stage I experience. Residents also receive formal Life Skills training (i.e. budgeting, resume-building) to prepare them for Stage II. Supervised community-building Adventure outings offer our men authentic and exciting experiences beyond the world of Skip Murphy’s. Stage I prepares our resident to take his new program of recovery wherever he goes.
Our resident’s first task in Stage II is to complete his employment resume; from there, he is set on a true course of action. Residents in Stage II will seek employment and/or enrollment in further education while his individual support specialist guides him and holds him accountable for his tasks, goals, and recovery program. Formal Life Skills training will target credit repair/building, time management, fitness, nutrition, and household cleanliness. Our clinicians offer continued one-on-one counseling throughout Stage II. We expect our residents to be working Steps 8-11 in their recovery program, and to serve as role models for their Stage I peers. Stage II enables our resident to put his new skills and principles into practice.
Our resident in Stage III has gained momentum in his life and recovery. He is preparing to transition into independence with new tools and experience. Residents in Stage III are steadily employed or enrolled in school; the objective in the Third Stage is to maintain good standing with society while growing spiritually. Individual counseling and participation in Adventure activities remain available to our residents and curfew and approved off-site overnight privileges are expanded. Individual support specialists hold residents accountable for their continued practice of Steps 9, 10, & 11 and work with each individual to plan a sound Exit Strategy. Stage III sets our resident up for safe and productive independent living.
Giving Back (optional program component)
We offer our Stage IV Mentorship Program to the Stage III resident as an opportunity to serve his immediate community and ‘Step Up’ his role at Skip Murphy’s Structured Sober Living. The Stage IV experience strengthens the resident’s connection to his peers as well as his recovery program. Skip Murphy’s unique Mentorship Program formalizes the resident’s duties as a role model to his peers and puts him to work with additional House responsibilities and projects. We reward those who are willing and able to serve as Stage IV Mentors with a significant reduction in service fees. Every man earns his bed at Skip Murphy’s by his suffering in active addiction. Stage IV empowers our resident with trust and duty as he earns his opportunity to recover through service.
Stage V residents have become practiced in healthy, structured living. We know that transitioning from a sober living environment to independence can be challenging, and we work closely with our residents to make sure they have a strong exit plan when they step off Skip Murphy’s grounds into their new lives. For those staying near Portland, Maine after Graduation, the Stage V Aftercare Program consists of weekly on-site drug testing, group counseling, and individual check-ins with Staff for continued accountability for the resident’s recovery program. We hold our doors open for Aftercare residents to stay active with the Skip Murphy’s family as friends and role models.
For residents who are leaving the Portland, Maine area, we provide referrals to trusted aftercare services and mental health clinicians in the resident’s hometown, and we encourage continued contact and involvement with the Skip Murphy’s family.
Skip Murphy’s Structured Sober Living Program lays the groundwork for a fulfilling life of abstinence, independence, and connectedness after completion of our residential services.