Next Step Village Welcome Guide
On behalf of everyone at Next Step Village, congratulations on taking another step toward a healthier you. This guide will introduce you to our sober living facilities and help answer your most pressing questions before your arrival. Here you’ll get an idea of what to bring with you and what daily life will look like. We are excited to welcome you and are honored to be a part of your healing process — we’ll be with you every step of the way.
Important Notice Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We are closely monitoring all developments associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of all patients, employees and the communities we serve. Your cooperation during this time is greatly appreciated.
Please note the following updates:
Face Mask Policy:
Following the latest CDC recommendations for controlling the spread of COVID-19, all patients and employees will be required to wear a face mask while at the facility.
ARS facilities are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and we have strong infection control policies, procedures and systems in place. As recommended by the CDC, our clinicians are screening all patients and employees for fever, respiratory symptoms and for travel to/from China and other affected locations within a month prior to symptom onset.
A pre-admission acceptance is a preliminary determination that indicates you are appropriate for admission to our facility. Based on your presentation upon arrival or during your stay, it may be determined that a different facility may be more appropriate.
For the safety of all patients, family members, visitors and staff, ARS has temporarily suspended visitation at our facilities. Staff will provide alternatives for maintaining contact with loved ones during this time as we know how important the support of friends and family is to your recovery.
Offsite Travel & Activities Policy:
For the safety of all patients, Advanced Recovery Systems is actively restricting offsite travel and activities until further notice.
Questions or Concerns?
If you have questions or further concerns about any of our policy updates, please check back frequently, or you can reach out directly by calling 855-387-3291.
Now that you’ve decided to begin treatment at Next Step Village, it’s time to prepare for your stay. Knowing what to bring, what to leave behind and how to reach our Florida sober living homes sets the stage for your lifelong recovery.
What to Bring
This guide ensures you have everything you need while you’re with us, so you can focus on what’s really important — healing. Keep in mind that storage for belongings is limited to an armoire, three dresser drawers, and a nightstand. We recommend that new residents pack the following items:
- Insurance and pharmacy card
- Driver’s license/state ID
- If you smoke: cigarettes/tobacco products
- Two weeks worth of season-appropriate clothing
- Sweater or jacket for indoors
- Comfortable sleepwear
- One-piece swimsuits for ladies, knee-length board shorts for men
- Toothbrush, unopened toothpaste, and alcohol-free mouthwash
- Unopened shampoo and conditioner
- Unopened sunscreen
- Unopened face wash and moisturizer
- Unopened lotion
- Unopened lip balm
- Unopened feminine products
- All personal toiletries and food (not provided)
- Positive reading material
- Pictures of family and friends
- Music device
- Electronics and chargers (WiFi is provided)
- Insulin (if dependent)
- Prescribed non-narcotic medications
- Shaving razors
- A hat, if desired
*Please note: Electrical items (e.g. hairdryer, curling iron, electric shavers) are allowed, but will be checked for safety.
What Not to Bring
Outpatient and aftercare serve as an opportunity to distance yourself from the people, places and ways of thinking that contribute to your drug or alcohol use. Because of this, we prohibit patients from bringing certain items to Next Step Village to help them focus on recovery. Items not permitted at our facility include:
- Drugs or alcohol
- Drug or alcohol paraphernalia (including hookah pipes)
- Illegal substances or mood-altering drugs (including over-the-counter products that may alter mood such as kratom)
- Weapons (including toys like paintball guns, bb guns etc. are NOT permitted)
- Narcotic medications (including medicinal/licensed marijuana)
- Clothing depicting drugs, drug paraphernalia, explicit language and/or images
- Expensive or excessive jewelry
- Products or substances containing alcohol in the first three ingredients (E.g. mouthwash, hand sanitizer, nail polish remover, kombucha, etc.)
- Opened toiletry products (including lotion and shampoos)
- Opened packs of cigarettes
- Opened vitamin bottles
During the admissions process, all necessary travel accommodations are booked and confirmed by you or your loved ones. You are free to come to the facility via car, or you can arrange travel here via airplane, train or bus. Wherever you’re coming from, our staff will provide transportation from all local train stations, bus stations and airports. If you’re traveling by plane, you’ll be picked up from the airport and transported to Next Step Village. Transportation is provided to outpatient (individual and group session), doctors appointments, and designated 12- step meetings.
Expectations After Arrival
Within the first 24 hours after your arrival, you can expect:
- Mandatory Searches
- Screening Process
- Medical Exam
To ensure the safety and sobriety of both new and current residents, each resident must consent to a search of both their person and belongings before arriving at Next Step Village. During this search, staff members will collect any items not permitted during treatment and store them in a safe and secure place to be returned when your stay is complete. Though there are searches after the initial intake process, it is the resident’s responsibility to ensure there is no contraband brought onto the property. Random searches of personal belongings can be conducted at any time during residency at Next Step Village.
Cell Phone Use
To give you full autonomy over your recovery, cell phones are allowed at the Next Step Village. Use is not limited except for during the following: morning meditation, house meetings, clinical sessions, medical sessions, outpatient groups or 12 step meetings.
Located across the greater Orlando and Central Florida area, our sober living communities are designed with your needs in mind. We offer co-ed and gender-specific options, so you can recover in comfort. Our recreation options and helpful amenities make Next Step Village an ideal place to continue your recovery.
Our amenities are part of what makes Next Step Village so unique. A sample of the amenities and activities that are offered include*:
- Sand volleyball court
- Basketball court
- On-site laundry
- Coffee bar
- Computer lab
- Fire pit
- Ping pong table
- Pool table
- Access to a full kitchen
- Job placement resources
- Off-site recreational activities including bowling, sporting events, community art festivals, spring and beach visits, and more
- Education and community service assistance
* Activities may change from time to time or from season to season. Your access to these amenities will vary depending on situational medical recommendations.
No food and snacks are provided to residents at Next Step Village. Food must either be purchased off-site or prepared in an on-site kitchen.
Next Step Village will provide you with a comfortable place to rest during your outpatient and aftercare treatment. Currently, we offer accommodations at co-ed apartments as well as male-only and female-only sober homes based on availability and individual preference. All rooms have at least two beds, with at least one television in every bedroom. Bathrooms are shared per room.
A Day in the Life
Your days at Next Step Village will be spent learning how to live free from drug and alcohol use outside of a rehab facility. You’ll find new hobbies, make lasting connections and rediscover your own personal interests without relying on substances.
Living in a sober home or apartment during the aftercare and outpatient process gives you the accountability you need to continue recovery. While daily life in a sober living facility varies from person to person, the experience gives you an opportunity to transition to life in recovery while forming new habits and passions.
Types of Therapy
Residents attend off-site therapy sessions throughout the course of their stay, which may include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
- 12-Step and Back to Basics
Family Visits and Therapy
On-site visits are not allowed/minors are not allowed.
Group off-site opportunities are offered occasionally through Next Step Village. With a computer lab and on-site recreational opportunities, Next Step Village offers you a variety of ways to relax and unwind at home.
Next Step Village residents may smoke in designated areas outside of clinical or therapy hours.
Residents of Next Step Village are now eligible for state tuition waivers that can be used to attend any public Florida university, state college or technical school free of charge.
Florida residents can attend college tuition-free for as long as they reside at Next Step Village. They can also apply for financial aid, including student loans and Pell Grants. Individuals who are not Florida residents can still qualify for state tuition waivers and can apply for financial aid, but have to pay the difference between the cost of in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition.
Residents at Next Step Village who become students also receive free rides through LYNX, the public transportation system in Orange, Seminole and Osceola County.
Associate Director of Operations for Aftercare
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Eastern Outreach Director
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Insurance and Your Obligation During Your Treament
Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to check with your insurance provider prior to admitting at Next Step Village to understand your individual benefits plan.
*Please note that your insurance plan may not be a “participating provider” with Next Step Village. You are responsible for all non-covered and out-of-pocket costs related to your treatment stay.