In the second stage, clients develop the tools needed for sustaining recovery through working steps 6 to 12 of the 12 Steps. Clients are supported to form supportive relationships, both inside the treatment community and with family and significant others, and explore and carry out meaningful recovery focused activities. During this stage, clients are also expected to provide peer support and role-modelling to newer members of the community.
Alongside therapeutic work, create recovery plans and begin to address housing, educational, employment and training needs in preparation for moving back into the community. Support with housing is a significant component of this stage.
Staff also work with clients to find safe, suitable accommodation to move to after completing treatment. Clients are expected to fully engage in this process and be proactive in finding accommodation. If clients experience barriers to this, beyond their control, a ‘grace’ period of up to four weeks after their end date may be agreed, in order for accommodation to be finalised.