TRANSITIONAL LIVING

A Bridge to a Better, More Fulfilling Life


During the months spent at Eden Hill, women are able to cultivate initial growth from inpatient treatment into habitual self-care and long-term recovery.

Through our Phase System, Wellness Program and individualized Transition Plans, our residents are best equipped to begin anew with clarity and confidence.







Why Transitional Living?



Substance and Alcohol Use are destructive, progressive, and far too often, fatal disorders. There is often fear and reluctance to enter treatment, especially for women who are frequently the primary caretakers of the family. Studies have consistently demonstrated that success in maintaining long-term sobriety increases dramatically for those who spend 90+ days in treatment and sober living. Our alumni network confirms this with over 50% of former residents accumulating significant periods of sobriety

Returning immediately to the physical surroundings of recent active addiction can both trigger and undermine efforts to stay sober. A slow acclimation back to daily life and family is highly beneficial for long-term recovery. New habits take at least a month to form with consistent work. With challenging substance use disorders and the frequently accompanying mood disorders and behavioral patterns, it takes dedication and willingness to maintain sobriety. These changes are our focus in aftercare.




During these crucial early months of sobriety our safe, structured environment helps to:

  • Reestablish or develop healthy habits

    • This includes maintaining a regular schedule, habitual care of self and home, participating in enjoyable activities, financial wellness and more

  • Withstand physical and physiological challenges of Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS)

  • Build new sober associations and coping skills to decrease triggering effect of many day-to-day activities

  • Familiarize or reengage in recovery community and begin work in a 12-Step or other sobriety support program

  • Begin mending relationships with loved ones through family visits, therapy and a carefully crafted transitioning plan

  • Address trauma in a safe manner ranging from a lighter approach with DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) skills and Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT), or a deeper approach through EMDR (Eye Movement Destabilization and Reprocessing) 





Structured Independence


OUR PHASE SYSTEM

At Eden Hill, residents move through a Phase system as they progress in their recovery. For the initial two weeks all women must be accompanied by a fellow resident or staff member to leave the property, and gain increasing independence as they progress through to Phase 2, most likely during the second month of her stay. Phases are built upon a point system measured by each resident's completion of daily chore, timely attendance to all groups, daily attendance of a 12-step meeting and compliance with all of Eden Hill's rules. 

During Phase 2 residents begin the process of transitioning with overnight visits as approved by staff, in addition to extended curfews for day visits. Having a set daily program encourages residents to plan their meeting schedule, appointments (be it with a therapist, psychiatrist, doctor, dentist), family visits and other personal or professional obligations in advance. 

A resident reaches Phase 3 if she has part-time employment or volunteering commitments. Phase 3 residents are required to attend seven Eden Hill groups per week and five 12-Step Support Group meetings. Each week, Phase 3 residents submit a schedule to Executive Director Megan Wyrick that includes work hours and the groups and meetings she will attend. This increasing freedom is part of our model of Structured Independence.



DAY-TO-DAY ACTIVITY

Between daily groups residents can explore our beautiful area, go to the gym, meet up with sober women in the community, run errands and more. Residents must sign in and out when leaving and returning to the property, yet we place trust in our residents. As a transitional living home, we are not here to monitor every single action residents take, but to offer support and guidance as each woman begins to take increasing responsibility for her own life.

    Upon returning home, our residents have already been exposed to everyday life occurrences they might find triggering, and have learned appropriate and effective skills to overcome these frequent obstacles while in the safe environment at Eden Hill. Translating these learned skills for challenging events (including everything from going to the grocery store where alcohol can be purchased to preparing a meal at home without that alcoholic beverage) can be the difference between recovery and relapse.





Wellness at Eden Hill

Each night of the week a different resident will be asked to prepare a meal for community dinner. The process involves scheduling and planning in advance, making the effort to create something you and fellow residents will enjoy and using ingredients that nourish the body. Cooking meals requires time management, preparation and genuine effort. It means accommodating the health restrictions of others and creating something that benefits everyone in the house. These skills all lend themselves to techniques and behaviors to support recovery.

Friday mornings all residents participate in a yoga and meditation class. Our instructor Suzanne Mazzarelli is one of the pioneers of the Mind, Body, Spirit field of alcoholism and substance abuse treatment and her programs are the basis for Wellness Programs at treatment centers around the world. The number of women in the house allows for an intimate experience and Suzanne is able to tailor her classes to the needs and capability of each resident. We also have enough yoga mats and blocks at Eden Hill for women to continue their own Yoga practice at the house.

During Monday afternoon group residents are asked to identify three personal sober goals. Many of these goals are related to personal enhancement through activities, both athletic and cultural. Some residents take advantage of the piano in our home, others the full chef's kitchen and others the mile-long trail around our property. In the next paragraph there is information about activities that residents have pursued outside of the house.





Wellness Outside of the House

Residents are encouraged to participate in activities outside of the house and work with our team to develop a plan to continue such activities as she transitions home. Many women rediscover a passion for art, cooking, music, reading, writing and much more. Women with substance use disorders are exceptionally bright, talented individuals who, in sobriety, regain the interest and commitment it takes to pursue their passions. 


Some examples of activities we have helped residents pursue include:
- Horseback Riding at a stable that our Executive Director Megan has ridden at herself!
- Volunteering at nearby Berkshire Humane Society cat adoption center "Purradise"
- Outside Yoga and also Pilates Classes
- Going to see Independent Films at theaters throughout Litchfield and Berkshire County
- Volunteering at town library in Canaan
- and more



Daily Schedule
Eden Hill helps residents maintain a consistent schedule with programming throughout the day.

Meet Our Team
We provide 24/7 care by trained professionals who go above and beyond for each woman.