The cost of recovery is a fluid idea. It really depends on the type of recovery we are talking about. Typically a 30 day rehab facility will cost between $1500 and $15000 depending on the amenities. So a two year program would cost between $36000 and $360000 because most facilities charge by the day. Some facilities rely on insurance to bear this cost, others use government funding, still others require the client to pay these costs, often up front. There are a few that rely on private funding like us.
So what makes us different? There are several features that make us different. First we are a hybrid when it comes to funding. Private donations fund the first portion of a clients recovery, then as they progress, they begin to fund more and more of their own recovery. This self funding builds the skills needed to move into an apartment when their time with us ends. It teaches a variety of skills including money management, personal responsibility, and how to deal with issues early so that they don’t become problems.
Second, because their living space is small, typically 128 sq. ft., they learn to make the best of a tight situation. Some will adapt to the small space well, others will learn to live with it until they can move to a bigger space, either way, they learn to cope.
Third, some will not go into rehab because they have a spouse, children, or pet animals, we accept all of them here. We will not increase the standard living space, but we will make sure that family and animals are well cared for by the client as part of their recovery. If a person recovers away from their responsibilities, when those responsibilities are reintroduced, they may not have the skills to cope. By bringing family and pets, life skills are taught in the real world. In addition, most families of our clients have suffered too and are in need of healing. The one on one sessions will include family members in their own sessions to evaluate the overall health of the family unit. Meetings with the family together are required to build the support mechanisms needed to keep the client well grounded in their recovery. In this environment, all family members must pass the criminal background check and have no violent felonies. There are additional requirements for a whole family recovery as the cost is increased exponentially.
Fourth, we place a great deal of focus on teaching financial recovery as well. Every client must submit to weekly financial examinations where every penny is accounted for. This teaches responsibility and budgeting skills. Our program quite literally unpacks the clients life and examines every aspect. An inventory of their life is created and discussed in detail. The client makes decisions about what should remain in their life, and what should be discarded based on the valued judgement skills they have been taught. We will spend over 1000 hours with every client teaching these skills, and much more if the family is involved.
Now I have spoken very little about the cost of our program, in this paragraph I will explain. We spend about $700 per month per client. This is paid for through the RideShare car, donations, and farm revenue, this is a base amount. If there are family or pets involved, the cost goes up. We are all volunteers here, so no salaries are paid. That $700 per month pays for housing, utilities (including pre-paid cell phone), personal hygiene products, laundry, and transportation to and from meetings and work as needed. As the client starts to pay their own way, our cost goes down. If a person earns $7.25 an hour, and works 32 hours a week, they earn $900 per month after taxes. They have the ability to save $200 per month. Over the 18 or more months they are working, they can save up to $3600 to pay for a deposit and rent on an apartment, a used car, or both. This is a conservative estimate because most will work more than 32 hours a week, and will either start at a high rate of pay, or receive a raise or two during that time. The idea is to teach a sustainable budget as well as a sustainable sobriety. So I want to encourage you to DONATE to the life saving recovery work we are doing.