Since costs of chemical dependency treatment have placed it out of reach for the less affluent, or those who do not have good insurance, our programs are intended to be “an affordable alternative to expensive residential treatment” for those who cannot afford the exorbitant fees charged. We are not a medical or licensed facility and therefore have no medical personnel on staff. However, we do work with skilled, licensed professionals who provide detoxification and psychiatric counseling if needed. Because these services are provided offsite, we provide transportation to and from their offices. In some cases the psychiatrist will come to our facilities to do a consultation. This allows us to keep our program costs affordable and effective while recognizing the specific needs of individuals. As such, we are able to provide a more affordable solution which also allows residents to stay in our facilities longer, ergo increasing their chances of achieving long-term sobriety.
Unless individuals and families have the financial means to remain in a licensed facility on a long-term basis, “successful” long-term care is out of reach for many people who desperately need it. This is precisely the reason why structured sober living homes are such a critical component to addicts/alcoholics achieving long-term sobriety, if not the most important. The Liberty Ranch is the necessary phase in the recovery process that comes after treatment, and before returning home. We provide a safe, structured environment that is vital to recovery, whether they enter the facility directly or after a short-term stay in a treatment center.
We believe that there is a type of support that is necessary and required in a sober living home that is different than that provided in a licensed treatment facility. Cultivating, inspiring, facilitating, and promoting recovery from drugs and alcohol cannot happen only in a licensed treatment center with licensed staff, and only for 30 days. One month falls far short of the kind of continued support and time needed by alcoholics and addicts to make the necessary changes required to achieve long-term sobriety. Most addicts/alcoholics can sit on their hands for 30 days in residential treatment centers with little or no effort. Our experience tells us however, that the most significant recovery and educational experience comes afterward, inside a structured sober living home that is committed to long-term sobriety. This is where the addict/alcoholic learns how to implement the tools of recovery learned in treatment and 12-step programs into their day-to-day lives.
L&B Recovery Systems, Inc has been in existence since December of 1994. Our program and structure are modeled after the facility in which owner and founder, Larry Luttrell achieved sobriety in over 25 years ago. Larry worked in recovery gaining experience in starting, managing, and developing structure for 11 years before he opened his first residential treatment center. Along with his mentor, Perry Petaccia, Larry developed the framework of the program between 1990 and 1994. It is employed in all our facilities to encourage, promote and inspire residents to grow and change, to face reality and develop strong 12-step programs.
We currently operate three facilities in Kentucky:
- The Liberty Ranch Recovery Center
- The Liberty Ranch for Women Recovery Center
- Liberty House Recovery Center
We believe some background on our program and how it is managed is important to this discussion about our structure and why it is so successful, enjoying a combined success rate of 84% over a 25 year span. We strongly believe that in order for a sober living home to be effective, it must be structured and employ experienced and well trained staff. Otherwise, it is simply a hotel, or a “flop-house”, with people cycling in and out. All of our facilities have operated with the same structure since their respective inceptions. Recovery is an ongoing process, it requires support in order for an addict/alcoholic to be successful and not relapse. The staff in our facilities interacts with the residents on a daily basis. They, along with fellow residents provide support, experience, strength and hope in times of struggle.
Staff members provide constant reinforcement of the 12-step principles and their daily applications, as well as upholding the structure and maintaining the overall integrity of the program. They are experienced in identifying behaviors detrimental to recovery, bringing them to light so that the residents can see them, and suggesting/ implementing an alternate course of action using the 12-steps and principles as a guide. Our staff members are all graduates of the program, which allows them to better understand and provide support to the residents because they themselves, in most cases, have experienced the same struggles and worked through them.
Most, if not all of the residents entering our program desperately need a structured living environment. Their lives have been unmanageable, and in most cases, have been using drugs for most of their developmental years, which has stunted their cognitive development. Residents are exposed to such basic skills as personal hygiene, daily chores, cooking, laundry, etc. At the same time they are required to attend at least one 12-step meeting of their choice every day. If they are not working or going to school, noon meetings are attended in addition to evening meetings. We also offer many self-help meetings to discuss 12-step progress, as well as individual performance and behavior, using the 12-steps as a guide. These issues are discussed many times during the day in various settings including, but not limited to..
Breakfast and Sharing of Daily Goals, Daily Readings, and Meditation:
Held every morning residents are asked to share a particular goal or goals they are going to work toward that day. Change in each resident is essential to personal growth and continued sobriety. By sharing their goals each morning in a group setting residents are both self aware of a particular area of focus and also have added accountability in the form of their support group.
A self-help meeting attended by residents and staff on a regularly scheduled basis or as needed, initiated by staff. During Peer Meetings, issues and problems facing a resident and the detrimental impact the resident’s behavior, attitudes and decisions may have on his/her recovery from alcohol/drug addiction are examined and discussed. Other residents and staff share their experience and provide feedback to the resident as a means of demonstrating to the resident how his/her conduct acts as a barrier to their recovery. Solutions and plans to bring about essential change in the residents lifestyle are recommended and implemented. Attendance at such meetings may be either mandatory or voluntary as determined by residents and staff.
Dinner and Resident Family Meetings:
Held each night this meeting deals with common issues of running the house, such as meal planning, or shopping for the house. Resident’s personal business is also raised here, such as coordinating rides to meetings, doctor’s appointments, or family visits. If an individual has not fulfilled their responsibilities in the house it can also be discussed here. Attendance by all residents is required unless they are working or have an excused prior commitment.
One-on-One Self-Help Discussions:
Initiated by either residents or staff this interaction between a resident and a member of the staff focuses on issues and problems confronting the resident and the detrimental impact the resident’s behavior, attitudes and decisions may have on his recovery from alcohol and or drug addiction. The staff member shares his/her experience, strength and hope and provides feedback to the resident as a means of demonstrating to the resident how their conduct acts as a barrier to their recovery and that change is possible. Solutions and plans to bring about that essential change in the resident’s lifestyle are recommended and implemented. A sober living home is not subject to licensure if a member of the staff facilitates Peer Meetings, One-on-One Meetings, or Family Meetings. Management and staff sit in on all house self-help meetings and discussions, to provide support, insight and knowledge from personal experience, and feedback as residents struggle to maintain their sobriety. Staff interacts with the residents on an individual basis as well.
Weekly Family Meetings:
Sometimes family members and others close to the alcoholic/addict unwittingly enable them to engage in old behaviors which will lead to relapse. We feel that the restoration of the family is a very important process. Every Saturday we offer an in house Al-Anon meeting for family members and loved ones of the alcoholic/addict. Following the Al-Anon meeting the family members and the residents participate in a group session which is designed to build and strengthen existing support. Led by staff members this meeting provides an opportunity for families to ask questions and engage in recovery oriented discussions. New families get an opportunity to hear from family members who have experienced recovery in the program. They are able to provide new families with specific solution about how to handle situations that come up with loved ones and share their experience, strength and hope. The Family Group session is followed by a potluck lunch which gives everyone an opportunity to get to know each other and visit with their loved one.
Held twice weekly and led by a graduate of the program or a senior resident of the house this meeting gives residents who are new to the program (60 days or less), special attention and focus on what they are feeling, the rules of the house, and their general well being.
Senior Resident Meetings:
This meeting is led by a graduate of the program and is attended by all residents who have resided in the house for more than six months. Like the Newcomer Meeting, this meeting addresses issues facing residents in regards to work, goals, relationships with family and significant others, dating, character defects, 12-step discussion and Higher Power issues. It gives residents with time sober an arena to address the issues facing them. It is geared toward long-term outlook such as graduation and moving out of the house.
Graduation and Graduate Program:
Those who graduate our program, typically taking up to one year, must fill out an Exit Plan/Aftercare Plan as part of their continued program of recovery. Each plan is tailor made to fit the individual and focuses on what they need to do in order to better transition into the world while maintaining their sobriety. When the plan is approved, the resident earns “Graduate” status and is ready to re-enter mainstream society and be self-sufficient. A big part of the aftercare and Graduate Program is remaining involved in the facility and a continued participation in groups and facility functions. Some of these include, but are not limited to: sponsorship of residents, facilitating groups for both newcomers and senior members, attending graduate 12-step meetings held twice monthly, participation in family meetings, and often moving out with other graduates of the program. The residents who complete the long-term program, and are involved in the graduate program, enjoy remarkable success and continued sobriety.
The approach described above is flexible, as each resident is unique. It can accommodate the work and/or school schedules of most residents. It is highly effective and is geared toward the changes residents need to make in order to achieve long-term sobriety.
This structure, based on 12-step principles, fosters honesty, willingness and surrender (steps 1, 2 and 3). It also encourages change by requiring residents to look at themselves (steps 4 and 5) and then seek alternative courses of action when dealing with their character defects (steps 6 and 7). Since residents live and interact like a family and care about each other, when harm is done a resident makes restitution (steps 8 and 9) to the other house members as well as eventually making amends to family members, co-workers, employers, etc. Residents write essays to help them reflect on their individual conduct and behavior and also on a nightly basis review their day to see areas in which they could improve (step 10). The following morning residents discuss their goals and direction for the day with the group (step 11). Finally, residents support one another on outings and personal business, 12-step meetings, and one-on-one interactions (step 12). Our structure teaches integrity, accountability and responsibility to each resident. We foster, inspire and encourage change, and with the shared experience of staff, residents begin to see the changes in their own lives and become inspired to continue on to long-term sobriety.
Because L&B Recovery Systems promotes long-term involvement and participation in our program by residents and their family members, even after graduation, we are able to maintain a statistical database. We utilize this database to look at alcohol and drug relapses in our clientele and to monitor those who are enjoying ongoing sobriety. By monitoring this data we are able to gauge our effectiveness and can make adjustments in our structure accordingly. We gauge our success in terms of years of sobriety, not weeks or months. We feel it is essential to remain effective and proactive in our efforts to help others achieve sobriety.
*Please read the attached letter explaining our statistics on all our facilities. This information was compiled in February of 2014.
The L&B Recovery System’s program works and has withstood the test of time. Our combined success rate of 84% over a 25 year span is unparalleled in the sober living home industry and unheard of in the licensed treatment and hospital based chemical dependency programs. This exemplifies the difference between long and short-term care! By offering an affordable alternative to residential treatment, using a highly effective structure, and by continuing to provide outside access to professional services for residents, we will remain one of the most effective programs in the country helping men and women overcome alcoholism and drug addiction. Families and individuals entering our facilities will get the results they are looking for!