During MARC’s extended care treatment program, as well as while stepping down through phases of treatment, patients live in a fully staffed, structured non-institutional community living setting. Patients live together in apartments on the MARC community living campus, forming bonds and comradery within the community. This setting supports patient responsibility through peer-to-peer accountability. The community living setting, staffed 24/7 with MARC Therapeutic Assistants (TA’s), offers a structured level of care where patients can learn important life skills outside of the clinical environment. Examples of these skills include introduction and engagement in the 12 Step community through meetings, fellowship and sponsorship, nutrition and cooking education, respectable hygiene, budgeting, and community participation in keeping a well maintained and organized community home. Structured community living allows patients the support and care they need while working through addiction issues as well as behavioral and emotional issues.
Upon immediate admission to MARC’s Community Living Treatment program, patients are given a local MARC alumni connection that they can connect with and go out on pass for recovery-related activities. The community living setting also incorporates a vital aspect of recovery in the form of connection with the local recovery community, offering patients supervised social outings, team building activities, and opportunities to give back to the local community.
Some activities Community Living Treatment patients engage in are:
- Community support recovery meetings with sponsors and sober supports (12 Step meetings, SMART Recovery meetings, Celebrate Recovery meetings, Refuge Recovery meetings)
- Recovery-oriented picnics, cookouts, music festivals, Recovery walks and 5K races
- Movies, bowling, laser tag. nature explorations
- Team building activities: ropes courses, rock climbing
- Community events: Iron Chef competitions, softball, volleyball, and dodgeball tournaments