Frequently Asked Questions

What is TROSA’s model for recovery?

TROSA is a licensed and voluntary multi-year residential treatment program that has been providing evidence-based care for more than 25 years. You can learn more about our program components here and you can read and share our most recent brochure here.

TROSA is a peer-driven program for men and women with substance-use disorders. Program participants (residents) enter our program to develop skills to achieve and sustain lasting recovery in order to live a productive and responsible life. Our program is built on the therapeutic community model of treatment, which stresses personal responsibility, developing a network of peer support, and practicing daily behavior changes–all with the goal of achieving a better life. 

TROSA is a modified therapeutic community (TC), providing evidence-based services through a comprehensive residential recovery program. TROSA’s modified therapeutic community employs professional and clinical staff; on-site services for residents’ primary care and co-occurring mental health needs; and post-program services for graduates.

At TROSA, residents set goals which are incorporated into individualized treatment plans. TROSA residents progress through program stages while receiving feedback from staff and peers.

TROSA is thoughtfully designed so that residents in our program can learn and actively practice recovery on a daily basis in a variety of safe environments. This is done in community assignments, group activities, and everyday interactions with others. You can learn more about community assignments that provide vocational and life skills training here. Services are provided by licensed and certified treatment professionals, program graduates, peer leaders, and trained peer support specialists.

What is the interview process?

If you are interested in TROSA’s program, please call 919-419-1059 (or toll free 1833-408-7672) to arrange an interview.

Each TROSA applicant must complete our interview process. The interview process typically lasts around forty five minutes. Applicants can arrange a telephone interview and ask to speak to our Admissions department. All applicants must arrange their own transportation to and from our TROSA campus.

If the applicant is incarcerated, they should begin the interview process by writing a letter of interest and mail it to: TROSA Admissions Department, 1820 James Street, Durham NC 27707. After we receive the letter, we will send a screening form to the applicant. Once returned, our Admissions department will determine whether or not the applicant will be interviewed and will contact the applicant with the decision.

What is the cost of the TROSA program?

TROSA provides all of its services free of charge to the resident, and residents do not need insurance. Once you enter the program, we will provide you with all essential daily needs, including housing, clothing, food, and personal care items. 

Is TROSA a licensed program?

Yes, TROSA is a licensed treatment program. We are licensed and audited annually by the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services.

How do I contact TROSA’s Admissions Department?

  • Phone:  919-419-1059 (toll-free: 1833-408-7672). When you call, ask for the TROSA Admissions department
  • Mail: Please address admissions letters of interest to: TROSA Admissions, 1820 James Street, Durham NC 27707.

Can applicants be court ordered?

TROSA will accept individuals who are court ordered to our program as long as the applicant has successfully completed our interview process.

Does TROSA detox?

TROSA is not a detoxification facility.

Withdrawing from certain substances, including alcohol and benzodiazepines, without medical supervision can cause severe health issues and even death. It is important for applicants to seek professional detoxification services prior to coming to TROSA when necessary.

Once admitted, can I stay in touch with my loved ones?

During the first few months of the program, you will have limited contact with your loved ones as you acclimate to the TROSA program and begin your recovery.

As you progress through the program, you are able to communicate with your family more frequently. After completing 12 months of the program you are eligible for your first in-house visit with your family and the frequency of visitations will increase during the second year of your program.

What is a typical day at TROSA?

TROSA is a highly structured, full-day program, designed to help residents achieve and sustain lasting recovery. Services are provided by licensed and certified treatment professionals, program graduates, peer leaders, and trained peer support specialists. Residents learn and practice daily behavior changes and specific vocational and life skills by participating in a community assignment. Community assignments play an important therapeutic role in our behavior change model.
At community assignments, you can identify thoughts, feelings, and behaviors you want to change, and you can practice making those changes safely within a community of support, accountability, and mentorship.

You can learn more by clicking here to download our brochure. Outside of your community assignment we have group activities, daily seminars, and offer recovery and life skills education classes on topics such as stress reduction, goal setting, relapse prevention, and anger management. 

How long is TROSA's program?

TROSA is a thoughtfully-designed multi-year program. Program participants are considered TROSA Graduates when they have successfully completed their two-year program. As residents approach graduation, they have the opportunity to apply to stay beyond two years to continue working towards their recovery goals, or they can start the process of finding and securing a job with a local employer. TROSA provides support to help residents research and interview for employment.

TROSA has a Graduate Services department devoted to continuing care that assists residents approaching graduation and TROSA graduates. Our continuing care services for TROSA graduates include access to safe, stable transitional housing and transportation to/from graduates’ places of employment.

What items am I allowed to bring with me?

We believe that it is important for all new residents to begin the program with the same amount of clothing and personal items.

Once you have been accepted into the program, we will provide you with a list of items that you may bring if you choose. Once admitted, TROSA will provide any additional clothing or personal care items that you need and will continue to do so throughout your program.