Building on the principles of recovery, community and service established in our 30-day residential recovery program, our long-term program seeks to help men strengthen their foundation in sobriety. Discovery Place’s long-term recovery model cultivates the skills you or your loved one need for successful transition in the “real world.”
The latest medical research indicates long-term residential recovery programs substantially increase the chances of sustained sobriety for alcoholics and drug addicts. Additionally, long-term alcohol and drug rehab participants report better "quality of sobriety." Men who choose to take part in long-term sober programs significantly increase their chances of moving beyond the craving and obsession that characterize alcoholism and drug addiction to a fulfilling, sober life.
Discovery Place offers 60-day and 90-day long-term alcohol and drug recovery programs for men. We work with the guest and his family to determine the appropriate length of stay. Guests with demonstrated need can request program models longer than 90 days.
Long-term program guests live near Discovery Place’s main campus in Dickson, TN. Comfortable living arrangements are usually shared by no more than two men, and staff members supervise our long-term guests 24 hours a day.
Experience shows modest, shared living arrangements are highly effective in cultivating the fundamentals for transition into the “real world.” Our program model seeks to simulate the day-to-day schedule and demands the working world offers.
A Day in Our Long-Term Recovery Program
During the day, long-term residents often travel offsite to 12 step recovery meetings and fun, engaging sober activities. Guests meet once a week with Nick Bullock, head long-term recovery guide, and other staff to make plans for purchasing, preparation, and clean up of meals. Long-term recovery program guests also partake in meals served on our main campus and enjoy frequent trips to local restaurants.
Long-term recovery participants also attend workshops, recovery speaker meetings, and alumni events. Health club access at the Powerhouse 24-hour gym is available at no additional cost, and the men are encouraged to cultivate healthy lifestyle practices.
Volunteer activities, also known as "service work," compose a vital part of our long-term alcohol and drug rehab. Guests often report some of their most rewarding memories from service provided to organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank, The Contributor, Tennessee area drug courts and others charitable organizations.
Extracurricular activities serve to encourage men in our long-term alcohol and drug rehab program to enjoy themselves without the use of substances. Long-term guests visit local movie theaters, bowling alleys, attend sporting events (Nashville Predators hockey, professional baseball games), go on canoe trips, play Airsoft, and attend Fellowship Night. Many guests enjoy the use of the small golf driving range located on our long-term recovery program property.
At night, men in the long-term program take daily inventory at fireside wrap-up (Step 10 of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous). The men practice universal recovery principles such as honesty and willingness as they recount personal successes, failures and obstacles encountered during the day.
60-Day AND 90-Day Long-Term Recovery Programs
Our 60-day and 90-day long-term recovery programs constitute a proactive approach in fostering a successful transition into a life of recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. A long-term recovery program is unquestionably the best choice for men with a history of relapse and also a highly prudent, responsible choice for men in recovery for the first time.
Each guest's long-term recovery program is personalized. In spite of a few differences and unique considerations, the men learn that they share much in common with fellow guests and other members of the sober community.
The program focuses on learning to live responsibly and productively while practicing the Twelve Steps and related principles of recovery as a way of life: a genuine design for healthy living. Participants begin learning many of the skills required to build and sustain meaningful relationships through a wide variety of outside recovery meetings social events, personal instruction from staff and guidance from a host of dedicated volunteers.
Finally, the long-term recovery programs at Discovery Place include an introduction to additional skills in areas of stress reduction, physical health, mental wellness, and relapse prevention.
Why Choose a Long-Term Recovery Program?
Long-term recovery programs offer you or your loved one the best available chance to stay sober. From a medical perspective, both the body and mind of an alcoholic or drug addict requires time to properly heal.
While 30-day residential recovery programs are an excellent start, many men require a long-term option to afford them the strong foundation needed to remain sober.
Because drug addiction and alcoholism are truly issues of life or death, long-term care may provide the edge needed for you or your loved one to overcome addiction and remain steady on the path of recovery.
What Our Long-Term Recovery Program Offers
Small capacity (up to 6 men per house) cultivates a strong sense of community amongst the guests with comfortable living arrangements
Small capacity (up to 6 men per house) offers a wealth of one-on-one attention from our staff
Opportunities to mentor and take on leadership roles with new Discovery Place guests
Comfortable integration in the Middle Tennessee sober community through outside 12 step meetings and fellowship events
An assortment of service opportunities with local nonprofit organizations
Assistance in coordination of living arrangements after graduation
Assistance in job placement after graduation, including transportation to job interviews
Incredible living arrangements, featuring a small golf driving range, outdoor fire pit, beach volleyball and cable television
Personal sessions with dynamic members of the Middle Tennessee sober community every Wednesday
Healthy exercise regimen through regular trips to the gym
Further instruction in the application of the 12 steps as the primary vehicle for sustained sobriety
Additional time for the body and mind to heal from the damage inflicted by substance abuse
Program model that simulates the schedule and demands of the “real world”
The absolute best chance for sustained sobriety