Once a man enters The Wheelhouse he undergoes an intensive 30-day â€œdrying outâ€ period. He is not allowed to have a phone, radio, TV, newspaper or Internet access. During this time he selects a sponsor and must intensely study and begin to understand and apply the 12-step program. The first 30 days are free of charge.
After successfully completing the first 30-day period, each man enters a 90-day phase in which he continues to study, understand and apply the principles of the program. He is encouraged to slowly re-enter society and to seek basic employment. Once employed, he is asked to pay a small portion per week to offset living expenses as part of his recovery.
Each manâ€™s sponsor and others who counsel him are in recovery themselvesâ€”these are guys who have been thereâ€¦done thatâ€¦and are succeeding.