One Step at a Time: Transitioning From Alcoholism To sober living is a program I created for a close friend of mine, Travis. I knew that Travis was an alcoholic…
One Step at a Time: Transitioning From Alcoholism To sober living is a program I created for a close friend of mine, Travis. I knew that Travis was an alcoholic, but after spending many years in and out of alcoholics anonymous groups I began to see how many people were like him in that they always seemed to move two steps forward, rather than one. As a person who has struggled with addiction for over fifteen years, I began to ask myself “Why does this happen?” Asking that question drove me to look for other resources for people just like Travis. What I discovered was that there is a need for so much more information on the road to recovery from alcoholism.
One Step at a Time: Transitioning From Alcoholism To Sober Living In Atlanta Georgia was designed to help residents in between stepping stones to sobriety. What I found at the first meeting of the One Step at a Time program was that most participants had been in a full-blown alcohol and drug addiction for over five years, and that most of them still had a problem. The program director saw this as an opportunity to not only teach residents about the dangers of alcohol abuse, but also to provide them with resources they would need to get back on their feet in a new environment.
The One Step at a Time program was developed to provide residents the resources they would need to deal with the transition to sobriety in a healthy way. As part of this process, the program director coordinated with the local police, county government, social service offices, the substance abuse counselor at the local treatment center and local government agencies to develop a policy handbook. The handbook provided a streamlined approach to helping residents stay sober in their own homes. The policy handbook included several pages of standards for contacting government agencies for assistance, explaining that the One Step at a Time staff received specialized training and that all of the outreach workers were certified and trained in specific areas of substance abuse and behavioral health. One Step at a Time staff also provides referrals to local hospitals for individuals who do require specialty treatment and recovery.