Just before the pandemic hit, ATR started enrolling participants in a new program to assist with Sober Housing costs. ATR was able to place 11 ATR participants into MASH-certified Sober Homes (before the regulations hit for coronavirus) and ATR is now paying for their rent. ATR will be opening up this program again in a few weeks now that the governor is cautiously lifting regulations.
Throughout this crisis, ATR has maintained close contact with the 11 placed participants, providing a variety of recovery supports such as technological assistance with using computers or tablets for social connectedness and online learning, making connections to virtual recovery meetings, assisting with unemployment benefits and job searches, and helping participants work through any issues that arise within the Sober Home. This connection to ATR participants has been an important and essential support during a difficult time.
This ongoing engagement allowed ATR to quickly intervene when two (of the 11 placed) participants reported relapses. ATR facilitated getting them into immediate substance use treatment, offered appropriate support, and stayed engaged with them, as well as their new treatment providers, each day throughout the course of their treatment. ATR then ensured that the participants had a safe place to go upon completion of their treatment and the participants were placed into new Sober Homes. These participants are safe and back on their road to recovery, thanks to ATR.
This critical support and the timely interventions of the ATR Sober Home Pilot staff helped give these participants another chance to reclaim their lives, for which we’re incredibly grateful. In a time where social wellness is difficult to achieve, it is wonderful to know that ATR is still connecting with people and making a life or death difference in our community.