RLMO Program Entry and Communication Regulations

Program Entry Information:

If you have not attended and successfully completed a long-term (6 months or longer), faith-based program, you must do this before being considered for our program.

The only alternative to this prior long-term program requirement is the successful completion of a 62-day program we highly recommend: Bethel Colony of Mercy in Lenoir, NC.  To be considered for entry into their program, the person with an addiction issue must call them at (828)754-9987. After successfully completing their program, you will be eligible to be considered for entry into RLMO’s one-year program.

What To Bring / What Not To Bring

Students accepted into the RLMO program may bring:

  • Only necessary medicines for physical problems like heart issues, diabetes, blood pressure. All medication must be approved by executive director.
  • Clothing: 3 pairs of jeans, shirts, several pairs of dress pants, button-down shirts
  • Shoes: dress shoes, steel-toed boots, tennis shoes, casual shoes
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Bible

Students may NOT bring:

  • Any cigarettes or products containing nicotine.
  • Any psychotropic medicines, including those used to treat anxiety or depression. Again, all medication must be approved by executive director.
  • Any clothing with questionable or inappropriate messages.
  • Any electronic devices – this includes phones, ipods, computers, tablets, etc.
  • Any books, magazines, or other printed materials besides the Bible.
  • Personal vehicles. Students may only travel via provided RLMO transportation.

Communication regulations:

Family members are welcome and encouraged to schedule time for phone calls with program staff to discuss students’ progress. For communication directly with students, please note the below standards to be followed. These standards are in place after decades of successful recovery work with our clients and are in the best interest of the student and his family, as it is very important for a client to establish healthy boundaries and routines in our residential program in order for him to succeed in recovery. Thank you for helping us to honor these rules:

From Day 1:

  • Letters to/from those on student’s communication list are allowed.
  • Family members may also send packages to students containing clothing and other items on the approved list above. Food may be sent, but should be shared with everyone and cannot be stored or consumed in students’ rooms.
  • Students are not to correspond with friends from the street, prison/jail or anyone not on the approved communication list.
  • Mail will be distributed by staff, who retains the right to open all mail before students receive it. If a letter is not appropriate, the student will be required to shut off all future correspondence with the sender(s).

After Day 30:

  • Students may make or receive one 20-minute phone call per day, with the following stipulations:
    • Calls are only allowed within these hours, to keep work and programming schedules: 3-5pm, 7:30 to 9:30pm
    • Students may only call those on their approved communication list, unless special permission is given by the director.

After Day 90:

  • Students may be eligible for passes for off-site visits, at director’s discretion. Please note that this may not happen until later in the program, depending on student’s progress. Again, director will always make decisions regarding visits as is deemed best for student’s continued success in the program.