A Comprehensive Life Skills Program for Individuals Moving Forward in Their Recovery


The RESTORE Foundation and the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (This Alliance) have partnered to aggressively respond to these issues. RESTORE and The Alliance have developed an integrated, holistic approach to solving challenges that people in recovery are facing. Persons in early recovery often become extremely discouraged due to past indiscretions, lack of tools to utilize and lack of coping skills. In early recovery people often experience legal challenges, health complications, financial trouble and difficulty rebuilding interpersonal relationships. Addressing the past and developing new life skills are essential to moving towards long term recovery.

Without guidance, those with substance use disorders in early recovery often struggle in silence, stumble, and relapse. These sad outcomes can, however, be minimized. The key is to offer a comprehensive, extensive, life skills training. . It is our goal to make sure those that are struggling overcome these barriers by providing the essential tools and life skills needed to thrive. RESTORE and the Alliance have worked together to create and offer such a program. This program is called RESOLVE.


The Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (“ACHC”) in collaboration with the RESTORE Foundation, is focused on restoring the health and hope of 18+ year olds in recovery and their families, by empowering them with the knowledge, tools and support to understand and address the unique issues related to substance abuse recovery.


RESOLVE is NOT a treatment program but rather a life skills program geared and designed to address the next steps an individual will experience after detox/rehab. RESOLVE will equip individuals with the tools necessary to learn how to “live life on life’s terms,” face those challenges with a healthy outlook and empower them with the self-confidence that was compromised during their active addiction. The RESOLVE program can be used in conjunction with Certified Peer Recovery Coaches, Outpatient Therapy or as a stand-alone option for many individuals seeking guidance on how to lead a happy, healthy, successful recovery lifestyle.

Life skills training can be an effective supplement to a comprehensive treatment program. Life skills encompass the concept of emotional healing that can be used to help a person in the recovery process. These skills are not just an important component of the addiction treatment process; they also contribute to decreasing the addict’s chances of relapsing in the future. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that about 40% to 60% of previous drug users will relapse in the future. By learning life skills while in the addiction treatment process, individuals will be better equipped to manage their addiction throughout their life. Triggers, distractions, and cravings will arise in the addict’s future, so it is important for them to learn how to fight off temptations before they start.

RESOLVE is a two-hour per week, sixteen-week seminar whose topics include physical healing, grief and loss with addiction, interpersonal relationships, financial health, legal challenges, job readiness and educational options.


Module 1: Physical Healing

Physical Healing is an essential part of an individual’s journey in recovery. Science has made it clear that there is an undeniable connection between the brain and the body. The brain informs the body, and the body informs the brain. Some would assert that an individual may struggle with addiction because of past hurts. In many cases individuals have made strides to process past hurts but do not understand that taking care of the mind, body and spirit are essential to healing. This module helps participants understand this connection and release any hurt that may be still living in the body.

Module 2: Grief and Loss

Family members and persons in early recovery may not consider the strong role that the grief and loss process play in their recovery from addiction. The experience of grief is not only stimulated by losing loved ones or possessions; grief is also engaged when someone relinquishes a behavior, experience, or substance that they once believed was necessary for survival. In the process of recovering from an addiction, grief emerges in reaction to the intense changes taking place in an individual and family. Understanding and accepting this process of grieving helps recovery to be less of a mystery and will be helpful to identify some of the losses that may be present.

Module 3: Interpersonal Relationships

Perhaps one of the most detrimental parts of an addiction is how the relationships suffer, and in some cases, the person in recovery has never learned how to have healthy relationships. Areas that tend to be the most problematic for people in recovery are communication, healthy boundary setting, and codependency. Throughout this module participants will begin to understand how to effectively communicate, how to be a good friend, family member, and significant other, how to set boundaries, and how to handle conflict. They will also gain the knowledge to be able to identify toxic and unhealthy relationships, and they will be given supportive tools on how to get themselves out of those relationships. This module will give the voice of the individual back to them and will help them uncover their true identity in recovery.

Module 4: Financial Health

One of the most chaotic areas of a person in recovery’s life is financial. The financial struggles and debts built up during active addiction do not go away once the person is in recovery. Oftentimes people have not learned the necessary tools in order to pull themselves out of financial trouble and set themselves up for the future. In this module, the person in recovery will learn how to work through their denial as it relates to their personal finances. They will learn how to run a credit check and understand the implications of a credit check. They will set up a personal budget that starts to address their debts and bills, while setting them up for success in their future financial goals. This is an extremely important part of recovery that often gets overlooked by many programs. This module hopes to fill some of those gaps.

Module 5: Legal Challenges

One of the most chaotic areas of a person in recovery’s life are legal complications and challenges. Because each individual has differing legal challenges, RESOLVE will offer them the opportunity to gain insight from working legal professionals on their situations. This counsel will by no means replace an individual’s need for an attorney, as the counsel will not be specific to individual, but rather specific to a group of individuals facing similar challenges. Participants will leave the counsel feeling clearer about next steps, gain a greater understanding of their situation, and will feel empowered to take the necessary steps for their future.

Module 6: Job Readiness and Educational Options

This module will help participants create and perfect their resume and cover letter, while helping them understand the impact of their social media on perspective jobs and prepare them with specific interviewing strategies. This module will also equip participants with a clear picture of their strengths and weaknesses in the workforce and will help them assess greater goals for themselves in the future. Participants will be provided with different education options available to them, while exploring all the best next steps for themselves. This module aims to holisticaHy prepare participants for everything that life has waiting for them.

Module 7: Graduation


Since its inception, RESOLVE has grown, and will continue to grow exponentially. Updated participation levels include:

  • Over 159 people reached through presentations at our Shatter the Stigma Family and Recovery Support Groups
  • Over 192 Participants in Treatment Centers and Recovery Homes


  • Including the Pilot, Doorway to Recovery, Shatter the Stigma Support Group Meetings, Turning Point and Grace Center of Hope we have reached 355 people with RESOLVE Lessons to date.
  • An analysis done by IBH Analytics containing data from November 2018 – April 2019 showed nearly 8/ 10 participants were in a Controlled Environment with a quarter of these having been in jail or prison.
  • The November 2018 – April 2019 analysis showed RESOLVE participants showed large self-confidence gains (an average of 23.2%) in their ability to resist substance use across a number of stressful or tempting situations.

The RESOLVE program has been transformational for the people who have participated, as they resolve to overcome substance abuse.


“Being part of the Resolve Program has been a whole life-enriching process for me. It has helped me to reconnect to different areas of my life.”

“It was the missing link of previous attempts at sobriety.”

“In the Resolve program, I have been learning tools to help me better myself not only in recovery, but I have learned new tools to help improve relationship skills, how to deal with my emotions, and ways to communicate with others.”
“I love the Resolve program and the tools it is giving me!”

Our target for 2019-2020 is to have 9-16 weekly classes running with 200+ participants total. We also hope to offer RESOLVE to the Oakland County Drug Courts, Probation Department, and the Oakland County Jail.