At Sana Lake, we understand that not all of our members have a safe and sober environment to call home. For members who choose to stay in one of our supportive recovery housing units, we provide a safe and structured living environment. Independent living communities promote recovery and build life-long bonds.
What is Recovery Housing?
Recovery housing is an independent living facility that provides safe and affordable housing. Independent living communities offer support for people who are in outpatient treatment or completed treatment. Some members may not be ready to step back into “normal” life, and the stress of doing so can cause a relapse.
While a member is in residential treatment, every minute of their day gets planned. Members do not have much independence. So, it can be scary thinking about having the freedom to do things you want. But the rules and expectations of recovery housing members focus on recovery and discourage unhealthy old habits.
Core rules that apply to independent living communities include:
The rules may be specific to the recovery house. So members need to be aware of the rules. If members do not follow the rules, they can lose their housing.
Many “halfway houses” require members to be free of all substances.
This rule leaves many fighting opioid or alcohol use disorder going back to an unhealthy home. At Sana Lake, we believe all members should have access to a healthy home. Even the members in MAT. Members in recovery housing will be required to be substance-free except for drugs prescribed in MAT.
Addiction is a disease of isolation. For this reason, some members have lost jobs and their homes. Our independent living communities provide low-cost housing for these members. The low weekly rent allows members to build work experience, save money, and focus on their recovery.
Members in our recovery housing are required to attend individual and group therapy sessions. Addiction and mental health disorders are chronic diseases. And chronic diseases need daily care. Participation in therapy encourages positive life changes and recovery.
Our recovery housing staff includes a house manager. House managers tend to the member’s needs. Whether it is an issue with another member or struggling with their sobriety, a house manager is there for support and guidance.
We offer a variety of services for independent living in our recovery housing. The services provide members with all the tools to encourage recovery and to continue in treatment. All the members’ needs are willing to continue their recovery and a supportive attitude to help other members.
Our peer services at Sana Lake BWC offer hope, guidance, and motivation to continue treatment and recovery. Each one of our supportive peers has life experience with addiction. They share their experiences with addiction and mental health disorders. The combination of experience, training, and knowledge of treatment they provide a unique view and support.
At Sana Lake BWC, we have an amazing team of dedicated community support specialists. They work with our members and arrange support services based on their needs. Our specialists help members develop transition plans. And they help members find resources to assist with their physical, mental, or addiction needs.
At Sana Lake, we understand that if some members return to their home environment, it can hinder their recovery. And for other members, they may still need a structured environment to encourage healing. There are many benefits to our sober, independent living housing, including:
Members in recovery housing are provided transportation to and from the Behavioral Wellness Center. Even though parking is available at the homes, we understand that not every member has a vehicle. Having access to transportation encourages treatment, healthy socialization, and activities. Some of our activities include:
Our Community Connection Hub is a safe environment for past and present members. It is a meeting place for members to support each other. Members in recovery treatment have left their old friends and hangouts in their past. Our Community Connection Hub allows members to meet and socialize with others in treatment who share the same interests. It also provides:
Our 3,019 sq. ft space at the Behavioral Wellness Center has meeting spaces and fun activities. The Community Connection Hub encourages the recovery journey through education, awareness, and advocacy.
Our beautiful flagship property at 554 Delmar Blvd in St. Louis, Missouri, is in an attractive neighborhood. Our completely remodeled historic multi-family building is close to public transportation and amenities. This gorgeous home has 14 units. Five units are 2-bed units, and nine units are 1-bed units. We have 38 beds available for members to live in, which allows for six beds to be used for bridge capacity.
The new high-quality construction offers thoroughly modern housing and quality finishes. All units are fully furnished and in immaculate condition. The grounds have a sprinkler system and provide parking for 14 vehicles—members who choose to stay in our flagship property sign rental contracts for a minimum of 3 months.
Our beautiful transitional housing at 6706-6710 Colony Acres in St Loius Missouri serves our lower-income members’ needs. The two buildings contain 4-units each. Each unit has eight bedrooms with two beds in each room. The two units together can house up to 32 members.
The services for independent living are the same at both locations. We believe that each member at Sana Lake deserves equal access to treatment and recovery support resources. These resources include peer support, supervision, and transportation to the BWC.
At Sana Lake, we understand that addiction consumes a member’s life. Because of this, members forget everything that was once important. One step to recovery is taking steps to rebuild the life destroyed by substance use disorder (SUD). These steps include building life skills that were once considered basic skills.
A member’s life before recovery revolved around their addiction. Every second of the day is focusing on their addiction and consuming their day. Once a member enters treatment, their focus is on healing and recovery. Members follow a strict schedule involving therapy sessions and alternative therapies.
As members transition into independent living, they have to learn to schedule their days. Scheduling can be stressful for some members as free time could lead to thoughts of a past life. But, planning too many things can lead to frustration when things don’t go right. In therapy sessions, members learn basic time skills such as making to-do lists, knowing their limits, and saying “no” when their schedule is full. These skills encourage life-long recovery.
It is vital to set goals while in recovery. Members set goals when they enter treatment, and they set goals for their life in recovery. But for members in our recovery housing, they are setting goals for therapy and short-term goals for their future. But poor goal setting can hinder the recovery journey. Each member’s goals are as unique as they are. So it is essential to follow the S.M.A.R.T. guidelines when setting goals: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.
At Sana Lake BWC, our goal is to help our members achieve lasting recovery. And for some members, that means providing access to independent living communities. For more information on our recovery housing and treatment programs, contact us today.