The residential program is designed to provide support and services to women and their dependent children in a residential setting. Treatment goals are individualized to address the needs of each woman and her family. Common program elements include:
- development of a relapse prevention plan
- support for finding a sponsor and a NA/AA home group
- development of a network of support
- assistance with employment or educational advancement-GED, certificates of special skills
- assistance in finding more permanent housing
- assistance with transportation by car or bus
- assistance with establishing a savings account and developing budgeting skills
- development of healthy bonding and parenting skills
- assistance with identifying and nurturing her children's strengths and help with securing assistance for special needs they may have
- development of tools for self-care and healthy management of emotions and stress
- development of an After Care plan designed to help the woman continue on her path of recovery after leaving the residence
While in residence, each family lives in a rent-free apartment at a local apartment complex. At Sunrise, eight of the apartments are reserved for families on Work First*, two are for families with other income, such as child support or a child disability, and six are for pregnant or postpartum women and their children. Daybreak has six apartments with the capacity for nine pregnant women and/or postpartum mothers and their children. The residential programs are staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Staff interact with consumers throughout the day and night, and rounds are made every few hours.
The mothers attend full time treatment programming, including the outpatient Substance Abuse Comprehensive Outpatient Treatment program followed by the Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program.
Children in the families up to age 5 are provided child care or attend a child care center in the community. Older children attend the Chapel Hill schools.
*Work First is part of the Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance program in North Carolina.