Extended Treatment Services

Extended Treatment Services / Sober Living Environments (SLE)

Extended Treatment Services, also known as Sober Living Environments (SLE) Programs, are designed for men and women who have a high level of motivation to develop a sober lifestyle as well as enough willingness to live within the structure and guidelines of the program. This program is ideal for individuals that have a history of chronic relapse, legal or serious family issues, or have had multiple treatments in the past. 

With only a moderate level of accountability provided, individuals who demonstrate a continued positive attitude, motivation, and willingness may earn privileges such as cell phone access and family visits. After they have demonstrated compliance with program rules and active participation in treatment, they may be approved to obtain a job in order to be, at least in part, financially responsible for treatment. Some of the residents will be able to continue their education endeavors such as working toward a GED or even enrolling at Georgia Southern University, also located in Statesboro.

Willingway has gender specific extended treatment options in sober living environments designed to meet the needs for individuals who may need these longer-term services. Willingway operates two Extended Treatment/SLE programs, the Men’s Lodge and Women’s Residence. Both programs are located in Statesboro, GA. Tour Willingway

Each house is under the supervision of a Program Manager and Recovery Technician. Residents receive all clinical services at the Willingway Outpatient Program in Statesboro. The clinical services include Intensive Outpatient (IOP), individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy.

Features of extended treatment include:

  • Gender-specific programs
  • Lengths of stay up to 12 months.
  • Opportunities to return to work and school
  • Life skills classes
  • Community service involvement
  • Budget and financial management instructions
  • Inter-disciplinary team approach

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Key features of sober living environments include:

  1. Abstinence: Sober living environments have strict policies regarding drug and alcohol use. Residents are typically required to maintain abstinence from substances to create a supportive and safe atmosphere for recovery.

  2. Peer Support: Living with others who are also committed to sobriety provides a supportive community. Peer support is a crucial aspect of sober living, as residents can share their experiences, offer encouragement, and hold each other accountable.

  3. Structure and Accountability: Sober living environments often have rules and regulations to instill structure and accountability. Residents may be required to adhere to curfews, participate in house meetings, contribute to household chores, and comply with other guidelines.

  4. Random Drug Testing: Some sober living environments conduct random drug testing to ensure compliance with abstinence policies. This helps maintain a drug-free environment and encourages accountability among residents.

  5. Access to Support Services: Many sober living environments encourage residents to continue attending therapy, counseling, or support group meetings as part of their ongoing recovery. Some may also provide access to resources such as job placement assistance or educational programs.

  6. Transition to Independent Living: The ultimate goal of sober living is to help individuals transition to independent living while maintaining their recovery. Residents are often encouraged to find employment, pursue educational goals, and establish a stable routine during their time in the sober living environment.

  7. Flexible Duration: Unlike inpatient programs with a fixed duration, the length of stay in a sober living environment can be more flexible. Residents may stay for varying lengths of time based on their individual needs and progress in recovery.


The women in this 12-bed program are those who are in need of a level of care nearly as intensive as that of an inpatient facility. Along with a primary diagnosis of a substance use disorder, many of the women also have a history of trauma. The Women’s Residence is staffed with two full-time certified counselors, along with extended treatment aides and a house manager who provide additional structure and accountability on nights and weekends. Medical and nursing care is available as needed.



The Men’s Lodge provides the most intensive level of clinical services, structure, and accountability that Willingway’s Extended Treatment program offers males.  This peer-driven environment emphasizes daily recovery and allows residents to gradually become productive members of the community. While at The Lodge, clients are enrolled in Willingway’s intensive outpatient program, take part in individual counseling sessions, and attend 12-Step meetings daily. The higher level of accountability and structure is supervised by a full-time program manager and an extended treatment aide.


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