Through two additions, Shane’s House and Little Creek Outpatient Services, Little Creek Lodge Recovery delivers more continuity of care and helps those in recovery exchange despondency for hope.
Getting through the first steps of recovery is hard, but sometimes knowing what to do and where to go following inpatient care are equally hard — or harder. It’s like the feeling that overtakes some college graduates: They’re released into the world to go and make something of themselves, but the idea feels scary, even overwhelming. Anxiety, fear and uncertainty replace the joy of achievement and the pride of accomplishment. Enter Shane’s House and Little Creek Outpatient Services. These newest extensions of Little Creek Lodge Recovery offer young people recovering in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, soft transitions to life after inpatient.
Adding to the Bigger Picture
Although the two additions deliver continuity of care, they weren’t part of the larger plan when Andy Pace first established Little Creek back in 2006.
“[Little Creek Outpatient Services] came about by necessity,” he says. “Seventy percent of [Little Creek] graduates stay in the area.” He adds that more than 100 alumni live within a 40-mile radius of Little Creek, and they and their families stay connected to the center. “There is an ongoing process of help that is needed to support them through long-term recovery.”
Shane’s House offers support as sober housing. Pace says it replaces a six-bedroom house Little Creek had in Scranton, Pennsylvania, but describes it as more of a step down or transition to less structured care than what clients receive in inpatient facilities.
But it’s not independent living. Rather, the male-only facility was intentionally developed to allow clients to live their lives while maintaining some level of accountability. Thus, all residents are engaged in drug and alcohol counseling, are randomly screened for alcohol and drugs, and must maintain a progressive program of recovery.
“Everybody is different,” says Matthew Bartos, director of residential care at Little Creek. Reintegration back into society does not look the same for each person in recovery; thus, the stay at Shane’s House is indefinite. “Some people are ready to transition to independent living in a month, while others might take a year. The research shows that people achieve the best success, in terms of remaining abstinent from alcohol and other drugs, if they have a year or more of some level of accountability. Shane’s House is just another way for Little Creek to address the individual nature of the person and their differing needs for recovery.”
Living at Shane’s House
The 12-bed house memorializes Shane, a 22-year-old who died two years ago from complications of diabetes and the niece of Pace and his wife, Barbara Warren Pace. To be a resident, applicants must be involved in Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), have an NA or AA sponsor, have a job or attend school, and be referred by a reputable source. They must be willing to abide by an 11 p.m. curfew during the week and a 1 a.m. extension on the weekends.