TROSA is a two-year residential program. The purpose of our program is to give people more than sobriety – it’s to give them the tools they need to rebuild their lives and maintain their sobriety when they leave TROSA. Key elements of our program include vocational training, education, peer counseling/ mentoring, leadership training, and continuing care.
Vocational training is the cornerstone of our treatment program. TROSA residents receive vocational training through our operations and businesses, which creates a sense of community and shared responsibility for the individual’s and the group’s success. Importantly, all residents gain a strong work ethic and a wide variety of marketable job skills (customer service, computer, and phone skills) as well as specific skills depending on the resident’s vocational training placement (such as moving, lawn care, warehousing, auto mechanics, sales, masonry, construction, and catering).
Our professional staff offers a variety of evidence-based therapies, including gender-specific treatment groups (Women in Recovery), educational workshops (relapse prevention), groups for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (Seeking Safety) and classes focusing on managing emotions (DBT, anger management). Trained counselors provide individual and group counseling, and senior residents and other program staff provide peer mentoring. Through a partnership with Duke Medical Center we also offer some psychiatric services.
Education is vital to maintaining recovery. Many people who enter TROSA have neither a high school diploma nor a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and few have pursued higher education. All TROSA residents who lack a high school diploma or GED are required to attend either adult literacy or GED classes. After one year in our program residents with the proper prerequisites can apply to take a college class at Durham Technical Community College. TROSA also provides ongoing computer skills classes.
Our Continuing Care program is designed to support residents as they transition from TROSA to the community. Continuing Care assists with job search and placement; with low-cost safe, sober TROSA-owned housing; securing transportation (often through cars donated to the TROSA program); and relapse prevention through classes, support groups, and counseling. For individuals who live in TROSA transitional housing and are unable to obtain their drivers license, TROSA will provide transportation to and from work for up to one year after graduation.