The spiritual core of TLC is a tough-love philosophy that permeates every aspect of the program. Applicants undergo an intense peer-interview prior to acceptance. Questioning focuses on the applicant's motivation.
TLC HAS FOUR LEVELS:
A two-week period during which clients may only leave the property to attend 12-step meetings or to seek employment. If clients leave for other reasons, they go with a senior client.
A client is given level one by peers if he/she has a job, a sponsor and a 12-step home group. Level one clients may leave the property alone, though they have an 11:00 p.m. curfew on weekdays, a midnight curfew on weekends.
Level two is given to clients if they meet level one requirements for 30 days, owe no service fees, and support TLC activities. Level two clients have a midnight curfew weekdays, a 3:00 A.M. curfew weekends and periodic overnight and weekend passes.
Transition level is given by upper management after clients write a detailed paper outlining plans for re-entry into the community. This paper includes a meeting and work schedule, savings plan and other pertinent information.
REQUIREMENTS: Clients must:
Complete a 12 week Big Book study.
Attend 90 12-step meetings in 90 days.
Attend an 8-week relapse prevention class
Submit to a drug screen, upon demand, at their expense.
Attend 4 hours of in-house peer counseling each week.
WHO GETS IN:
TLC accepts any substance abuser who asks for help, with a few exceptions. The program doesn't accept sexual predators such as rapists or child molesters. Those with TB or active hepatitis, are not accepted. HIV positive applicants are accepted.