Phase III: Living Life

Structured Sober Living Program

In Phase III, living according to plan is now second nature. While drug and alcohol addiction treatment and life skills development and planning continue, the Phase III focus shifts to actively moving in one's future direction. Clients in Phase III move to one of Turnbridge’s Phase III sober living houses in which they are given the support they need to fully develop their aspirations and the independence they need to grow. To enact the plans made in Phase II, clients begin to enroll in college classes, take paying jobs or volunteer at local agencies. Phase III living is a bridge designed to allow clients to experience the fully sober and fully satisfying life beyond addiction treatment while still under Turnbridge's watchful care.

During Phase III, clients complete the monumental personal process of emergence that the Turnbridge experience is intended to facilitate. They come to a new understanding and acceptance of themselves, their lives, and their ability to live joyfully and richly in sobriety. We know that the work of staying sober never ends, but we also know that by having overcome the adversity of drug or alcohol addiction, Turnbridge graduates have learned that conquering any of life's challenges is a never-ending path to character, fulfillment, and happiness.

Phase III of Turnbridge drug and alcohol addiction treatment program for young men in CT


Phase 3 Coordinated Services:

Case Management

Phase III Case Managers provide clients with recovery coaching, conduct structured monitoring and coordinate their clinical care. The Phase III Individualized Care Plan continues to address sobriety support, educational goals, employment, life skills acquisition, and family relationship building while adding a new focus on transitioning to independent sober living.

Educational Planning

To help prepare for life after addiction treatment at Turnbridge, our Academic Advisors help Phase III clients choose and apply to colleges across the country that feature strong collegiate recovery and support services. We also help clients with essay topic choices, essay editing and interview preparation to help them gain admission to the college best suited to their needs and aspirations.

Employment and Volunteering

Phase III clients are engaged in one or more educational, work or volunteering activities to help them practice living a balanced schedule. As clients demonstrate greater responsibility and accountability, they become eligible to take on more and different opportunities.

Clinical Care

A critical shift in the focus of Clinical Care takes place during Phase III. Whereas Phase I and II Clinical Care focuses on education, Phase III clinical care focuses on experience. During Phase III, clients are supported by Clinical Therapists as they put their newly acquired coping skills to use in real world situations.

Support Staff

Phase III residences are staffed at all times. Directors, House Managers, and Educational and Vocational Support Staff assist clients as they begin to exhibit increasing independence and productivity as fulfilled, sober young adults.

Family Program

Phase III family members, by this time, have come to a deep understanding of the disease of drug or alcohol addiction and its treatment. Parents have also learned how their own personal healing process plays a beneficial role in their son's treatment. This first-hand knowledge and experience combined with witnessing the positive transformation in their son give family members a strength and hope that they share with other families in our monthly Family Workshops and support groups.


Phase III clients begin creating their own opportunities for healthy recreation and social activities. Peer support and shared activities are designed to address concerns and celebrate successes while living sober.

Health & Wellness

Phase III clients shop for their own groceries and cook for their own meals. They also create their own exercise regimen and exercise at least three times per week.

12-Step Immersion

Phase III clients continue step work with a Twelve-Step sponsor and, in many cases, they become sponsors themselves.