We Provide Recovery Support and Life Management Counseling Through:


Weekly One-on-One Sessions

Each resident meets with the Program Director and other staff members of Nick’s Place to discuss his personal goals, achievements, and status of residency. The following is an overview of topics that are discussed:

  • RECOVERY – 12-step progress, sponsor relationship, network development, home-group commitment, service work, and length of time free from drugs and alcohol

  • PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS – status of relationships with housemates, co-workers, employers, intimate relationships, family, and sponsorship family

  • FINANCES – program fee , budget & expense tracking, bank account statements, establishing, reviewing or repairing credit         

  • MISC – doctor appointments, legal obligations, weekend visits and passes


Weekly Formal Relapse Prevention Education Program (RPEP)

Participation  is required. And if a resident has transitioned out of Nick’s Place during the course of a program they are welcome to return to complete it.

The RPEP uses professionals and volunteers in order to provide a well-rounded curriculum to our residents.

Examples of topics are:           

  • Building Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence, & Self-Discipline

  • Family Dynamics in the Addicted Family

  • Healthy Relationships

  • Anger and Impulse Control

  • Stress Management and Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Fitness Training

  • Art Therapy

  • Goal-Setting

  • Story-Telling

  • Music Therapy

  • Team-Building

  • Budgeting and Money Management

  • Employment Practices resume-writing, interviewing skills, qualities that make a good employee


Family Dinner Program

The Nick’s Place residents, staff , and  visiting alumni eat a family-style meal together Monday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m.  This time is used for discussions among Nick’s Place family members and staff.The topics are as follows:

  • Monday:   Where You At? – An open discussion to give each resident the chance to share where they are in their lives and in their recovery

  • Tuesday:  Grateful Tuesday (GratiTuesday) – An open discussion focusing on gratitude and the positive aspects of recovery. “A Grateful Addict Will Never Use”

  • Wednesday:   Be the Teacher  – Each week a resident is assigned a topic  related to recovery to research,  and prepare a lesson on an assigned recovery topic to be presented to the Nick’s Place family. Open discussion follows.

  • Thursday:   Get It Out! / Team Building – Allows each of the residents time to present issues and topics to one another that they are currently dealing with and for which they need to be held accountable. We also have fun games and “Ninja training” to teach “our guys” how to work together as a team.

Spiritual Development: Based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous:

Residents are required to attend daily Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA) meetings and work with a sponsor in the program.


Practical Life Skills:

Our life skills program is tailored to each young mans specific needs.


Residents are required to:

Participate in preparing for  and cleaning up after dinner

Perform assigned household chores, including washing clothes, making their beds and maintaining a clean, quality living environment

Learn banking and budgeting practices; building, restoring and maintaining good credit; preparing employment applications and resumes.



  • Residents remain drug- and alcohol-free and build a strong foundation for long-term recovery through actively participating in a 12-step program.

  • Prepare residents through life-management discussion and counseling to make good, sound decisions regarding employment, saving money, budgeting, and improving credit.

  • Prepare residents to deal with issues surrounding the workplace, family and other relationships

  • Assist residents in managing expectations regarding  family relationships.

  • Demonstrate how new, healthy friendships will  help them sustain their recovery and lead healthier, happier lives.


Our alumni tell us that their residency at Nick’s Place provided the structure they needed to begin the journey of recovery.  (See Testimonials)