Who We Help
Drug addiction affects people from every racial, economic, and educational background. The residents at TROSA are a diverse group of people.
All TROSA applications are handled by our intake department comprised of current residents and TROSA staff. In assessing program applicants, the most important criteria is evidence that the applicant truly desires to change his or her life.
We accept men and women into our two year program on a daily basis. All applicants must be 18 years old or older. We especially welcome veterans to consider TROSA. We do not offer child care and there are no placements for dependent children and/or partners. We welcome phone calls from family members, friends, and attorneys regarding our application process.
If the applicant is not incarcerated
1. If the applicant is close to the Durham area, they may come to TROSA for a face-to-face interview. Interviews are done on a walk-in basis, Monday through Saturday, between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The interview process typically lasts around forty five minutes to an hour. All applicants must arrange their own transportation to and from TROSA. If an on-site interview is not possible, telephone interviews may be arranged. In order to arrange a telephone interview, the applicant must speak to an Intake Specialist beforehand in order to set up an allotted time to call in for the interview.
2. TROSA representatives will interview the applicant. At the end of the interview, the TROSA representatives will make a decision about whether or not the applicant has been accepted into TROSA, or if further documentation is required. The applicant will be about the decision as soon as possible.
3. If the applicant has been accepted into TROSA and the applicant has no pending charges, the applicant can begin their residency at TROSA immediately. However, if the applicant has pending charges, the charges must be resolved before the applicant can come into the TROSA program.
If the applicant is incarcerated or in a facility
1. The applicant must write a 2-3 page autobiography and send it to TROSA, addressed to TROSA Attn: Intake Department, 1820 James St, Durham NC 27707. In this autobiography the applicant must specifically ask for help from TROSA. It is often helpful for the applicant's attorney to contact the Intake Specialist as well.
2. After Intake receives the autobiography, a screening form is sent to the applicant. Once returned, the Intake Specialist will review both the autobiography and the screening form to determine whether or not the applicant will be interviewed. An Intake Specialist will contact the applicant if the decision is to interview.
3. TROSA representatives will interview the applicant. At the end of the interview, the TROSA representatives will decide whether to accept the application, or if further documentation is required. The applicant will be told about the decision as soon as possible.
4. Acceptance letters will be sent to the applicant or to the applicant's lawyer within 3 business days of the interview. Finally, the application also must be approved by the presiding Judge of the applicant's case.