The Dawn Step Down Programme:

An Ideal Way to Transition from Rehab to Home

You’ve successfully completed your inpatient treatment, and are now fully equipped with a range of coping mechanisms and healthy habits to keep yourself on track. However, you may feel a bit of apprehension as you anticipate getting back into a daily routine that is peppered with triggers and stressors.

The strong foundation you have built for yourself in treatment is best followed by guided practice of these new tools, where you can re-enter the world with a support system just around the corner. The Dawn’s Step Down Programme allows you to test your newfound skills, gain confidence, and process your experiences with others before making the final trip home.

What is a Step Down Programme?

A Step Down Programme facilitates the transition of clients back into daily life following the completion of treatment or rehab. No matter the reason for your through treatment, you may feel nervous about how going out in a public setting will impact your mood, your reactions, and your commitments to your health.  The Step Down Programme occurs in a supportive, drug and alcohol-free, semi-controlled environment where clients live on site but have the freedom to come and go as they choose. You will live your own life, go outside unsupervised, and reintegrate with the world at your own pace. 

The Benefits of a Step Down Programme

Many of our clients need time to find their footing once again after completing primary addiction recovery treatment. They find our sober living house to be both liberating and supportive, allowing for the type of progressive recovery that provides the best chance of long-term success. Studies agree that a sober sober house greatly reduces the likelihood of relapse. A far greater percentage of patients in such a programme remain clean after 18 months, when compared with those who try to re-enter society directly after treatment.

In fact, further research shows a variety of other benefits as well. Statistically, a sober living facility leads to improved psychiatric evaluations, fewer arrests, and higher levels of employment – even after long periods of time have passed. Particularly when used in combination with additional recovery initiatives, such as participation in AA or NA meetings, a sober living environment can put our clients on the clearest path to long-term recovery.

What is Life in The Dawn’s Step Down Programme Like?

A Step Down Programme allows you to test out what you have learned during Primary Treatment with the backing of a supportive and fully understanding community of professional therapists and peers. If you have recently achieved sobriety, this can mean practising how to cope with the temptation of walking past bars or pharmacies, handling someone offering you a drink, and becoming comfortable with your new identity as a person in recovery. For those who have worked on improving their mental health, the Step Down Programme focuses heavily on confidence-building and strengthening communication skills and positive interactions in a variety of social settings. You’ll practise, and then get to come back and talk about what you’ve learned or felt with people going through the same process.

Additionally, the Step Down Programme allows you to develop your self-management skills. Many clients are unaware how much the highly structured and scheduled inpatient environment benefits their condition. It is only when they leave residential treatment that they discover creating and maintaining good personal routines are a huge challenge to their new-found health. This programme allows you the time to gain comfort and confidence in building a healthy, balanced scheduled in a guided and supportive environment.

Studies have shown that Step Down Programmes reduce the risk of relapse and strengthen the likelihood of long-term positive outcomes for recovery and improved mental health.

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About Our Programme

The Dawn’s Step Down Programme is available for selected clients who have completed at least two months of primary treatment. Only those clients who have been deemed suitable for the programme by our clinical team will be accepted. The price of the programme is $5000 per month, and a minimum stay of one month is required. Each participant in our programme will receive the following:

  • Daily meals onsite (Participants are encouraged to find their lunch and dinner in town as part of practicing their self-management skills)
  • Accommodation with laundry services
  • Daily process group alongside primary treatment clients
  • One individual counselling session per week
  • Access to the gym and trainers
  • Access to onsite medical care
  • Daily shuttle service to drop-off and pick-up point near town

The daily Step Down Programme parallels the primary programme in the morning. Step Down Programme clients will attend the morning process group on a daily basis, just as primary clients do. Afterwards, however, Step Down Programme clients are encouraged to leave The Dawn premises and go into town to pursue healthy activities; while addiction clients are encouraged to attend 12-step meetings as well. Clients will be expected back onsite by 9 pm each evening.

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