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 must include 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, whether they have money or not, with a few exceptions. The program doesn't accept arsonists, sexual offenders - such as rapists or child molesters. Those with TB are not accepted. HIV positive applicants are accepted
Hard Six Program
Rockie Suttle created the Hard Six program in 1993 in an effort to save lives. Below is information about the rules and the program.
In 1992 TLC rules allowed three stays. If a man didn't succeed after three attempts, maybe the program wasn't for him.
Frustrated by this policy, Suttle proposed a unique plan to management: If accepted a fourth time, the applicant would undergo a voluntary regimen to help him or her focus on recovery with minimal outside distractions.
Other clients volunteer for TLC, or work in the community and pay service fees.
Hard-Sixes not only don't pay service fees, but they also require more intensive supervision.
So the problem in 1993 was how to support "Hard-Six". But Suttle assured management there would never be more than 12 "Hard-Six" clients at a time. Staff approved the idea on a trial basis.
Today the program has more than 12 clients, many successful graduates, and is mostly self-supporting.
We have graduates who have started their own businesses, started families, and graduated from college. One recently received his Doctoral Degree.
"Hard Six" receives many referrals from the justice system. Judges and probation officers send substance abusers to the program. Because of the commitment of resources, each applicant is carefully screened prior to acceptance.
Among the requirements:
An eighteen-month commitment.
Volunteer on TLC projects for six-months (hence the name).
No overnight passes.
Limit of $5.00 cash on person.
Volunteer every day.
No unapproved visitors.
No relationships for six months.
Plus all of the requirements of the regular program.