It may be old school, but it's a timeless tool for resilient recovery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) includes it in their registry of evidence-based programs and practices to treat addiction and alcoholism. And a past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) considers it a powerful piece of any recovery program.

Yep, we’re talking about the timeless peer-support program of AA, founded way back in 1935. Learn how 12-Step Facilitation therapy stands the test of time and remains a tried-and-true facet of robust recovery.

Here's the absolute best way to support a loved one in sober living

Thoughts from Jeanie Gschweng, General Manager of Clean & Sober Transitional Living

I’ve been asked what one bit of advice I’d share with parents (or other adult family members) whose adult children are residents here at CSTL. The answer that comes right to mind probably isn’t what you’d expect, but here it is: Back off.

And that’s a hard thing to do. Parents (or siblings, perhaps) are so accustomed to being in crisis and chaos because they’ve been fighting the drug and alcohol battle for years. So, when their loved one arrives here, the family remains on high alert. They are tied to their phones in case something goes south or someone goes missing. They are vigilant, and they are exhausted.

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So THAT'S how it works! Here's what science says about recovery housing

Thoughts from Don Troutman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

If you know someone who struggles with alcohol or drugs (and who doesn’t?), you probably wonder why they don’t just stop their excessive drug or alcohol consumption. “Why don’t they just STOP drinking?” is a common question – or plea – among family members whose loved ones are floundering. And if their loved ones get sober, the next question may well be “Why can’t they STAY sober?”

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Getting from great to grateful, CSTL-style

Thoughts from Don Troutman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

Counting the blessings of a very busy year, I am grateful to be able to offer a place where people who’ve navigated life for years with alcohol or drugs as their North Star can learn healthy new ways to manage life. Over the years, we’ve fine-tuned Mad House to support, reign in and inspire everyone in their recovery (even when they don’t want to or like it). We’ve given them the boundaries they lacked, the boosts they needed, the reasons to get up and show up, and the structure that supports their recovery with integrity.

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