What's the difference between Primary Treatment, Out-Patient and Sober Home
Primary Treatment: This is where sobriety starts for many. This is usually 28+ days at an in-patient treatment center. These programs are highly structured with very strict rules. A primary treatment facility has full in-house staff and typically an on-site medical center. Participants of primary treatment stay at the facility where housing, meals, counseling and house keeping services are provided. After finishing a primary treatment program your treatment counselor will discuss aftercare options with you.
Out-Patient Treatment: Out-patient treatment is a structured recovery program where participants attend a half day of recovery activities including but not limited to one-on-one with counselors, small group and other recovery skill building exercises. Individuals participating in out-patient treatment usually live in a sober home or their own apartment or home.
Sober Home: Sober Homes, also called Recovery Residences are one step closer towards independence. There is no paid staff and no counselors, but rather a house manager/leader that coordinates activities around the house and ensures that everyone in the house remains sober. Sober Homes are typically a shared living space with others. There are rules and structure for living in the home. Participants in a sober home are usually required to work, go to school or volunteer (this is true at New Spirit Homes) After living in a sober home people will next get their own apartment, home or move back in with families. Recommend stay in sober housing is minimum 90 days, but many individuals choose to stay longer enjoying the peer support remaining sober.
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Local and National Support Organizations: (click on name to follow link to their website)
- AA Grapevine – The AA Grapevine is the international journal of Alcoholics Anonymous. Written, edited, illustrated, and read by AA members and others interested in the AA program of recovery from alcoholism, the Grapevine is a lifeline linking one alcoholic to another.
- Adult Children of Alcoholics – Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. We meet with each other in a mutually respectful, safe environment and acknowledge our common
- Central Minnesota Area of Narcotics Anonymous – N.A. is a nonprofit Fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
- Gamblers Anonymous International Service Office – A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
- GLBT in Recovery – Members of the GLBT recovery community who have joined together to coordinate awareness and education about recovery in the GLBT community and provide clean and sober social events.
- Gopher State Tape Library – A 501 3c non-profit corporation that creates and maintains an extensive compact disk and audio cassette library of speakers who are members of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Overeaters Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous.
- Greater Minneapolis Intergroup – We help new members find local meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous in Minneapolis and the Suburban Area. Our sole reason for being here is to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous and to be of service to the A.A. Groups in Minneapolis and the Suburban Area
- Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health – The Human Services and Public Health Department (HSPHD) consists of a number of focused but flexible service areas, common internal support systems and cross-department integrated initiatives all working together to build better lives and stronger community
- Minnesota Crystal Meth Anonymous – A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction to crystal meth and all other mind-altering substances.
- Minnesota Recovery Connection – MRC connects people seeking recovery to resources that help foster and sustain long-term recovery. Whether you are seeking resources for treatment, transportation, housing, job training, education, health or other pathways to recovery, MRC is a great place
- Narcotics Anonymous Minnesota Region – NA is a nonprofit Fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
- Narcotics Anonymous World Services – Our vision is that every addict in the world has the chance to experience our message in his or her own language and culture and find the opportunity for a new way of life.
- National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR) – The National Association of Recovery Residences promotes a recovery-oriented continuum of care for those with substance use disorders by credentialing recovery residences that implement empirically-based recovery principles and practice standards.
- Park Nicollet Melrose Center – Melrose Center is an eating disorders treatment center with locations in St. Louis Park, Maple Grove, and St. Paul. We offer specialty programming for males and females struggling with co-occurring eating disorders and substance use disorders.
- Pride Alive – PrideAlive is gay and bisexual men and our allies working together to stop the spread of HIV and STDs by creating and sustaining a healthy sexual community. We empower individuals to participate in their health through educational, social, political, and
- Project Turnabout – Project Turnabout was founded as a nonprofit organization in the early 1970s to help people with alcohol and drug use problems. In 1991 Project Turnabout developed the Vanguard program for compulsive gambling.
- Ramsey County Human Services – We provide a wide range of programs and services in the areas of public assistance, employment support, day care, social services, child and adult protection and clinical counseling. Our Department is also providing more community based services.
- Saint Paul & Suburban Area Intergroup – Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
- The Aliveness Project – A community center located in South Minneapolis that provides services and programs to the HIV/AIDS community. Community center is the key phrase. While our members may be clients to some, or patients to others, they are still individuals that are unique.
- The Big Book Online – 4th Edition – Alcoholics Anonymous, commonly referred to as “The Big Book”, in electronic version on the web.
- Upper Midwest Region of Narcotics Anonymous – The Upper Midwest Region of NA includes the cities of Fargo, Grafton, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Bismarck, Mandan, Dickinson, Minot, Wahpeton and Williston, North Dakota; Alexandria, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Fertile, Moorhead, Morris, Park Rapids