New Life Launch Pad - Structured LIving - Continuing Care
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If It's You ...

If it’s you, the reader, considering a structured living alternative, here’s an over-view of Launch Pad life:

The Launch Pad System is made up of several residences, mainly located in Wilmington, NC. They are legally permitted by city ordinance to serve as group support homes. There are three Launch Pads located in Myrtle Beach, S.C.The “group,” that is offering and receiving support, is made up of people committed to helping each other end their use of drugs, including alcohol.

This document is mainly for new Launch Pad members or prospective members who are first learning about our program; and may not be familiar with the “12-step” programs we honor.

12 Step Programs

Twelve-step programs (like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous) are free, and basically have no enforceable rules. They are self-governing by the use of traditions upheld by members.

Launch Pads are not part of the 12-step programs, but all our members must attend 12-step meetings. For addicts/alcoholics to remain abstinent there is no more successful tool than acceptance and participation in 12-step recovery.

The 12 steps are mental exercises, sort of like directions about how to assemble something. They are directions for rebuilding effective personalities. Personalities that can survive their own emotions. Launch Pads amplify and model these 12-step “directions.”

Our system teaches emotional endurance. Feelings like anger, fear, loneliness and boredom are the kinds of emotions that very often lead back to drugs/alcohol. If you really want to quit alcohol and other drugs then you must master these feelings, instead of having them master you.

Launch Pads are like training camps for people seeking to learn the discipline they’ll need to live good lives drug free. Our staff and senior residents act as personal trainers, much like a coaching staff or workout specialists might encourage, guide and push athletic ability.

Change is Possible - General Rules

Your experience of the solutions for addictive personalities might be as limited as just having heard of a few friends who “went to treatment” or a relative who mysteriously managed to change. Now we are talking about you. Your quality of life may literally be on the line. If it is you, and you want to change, you must be willing to learn, and learn fast. You must be willing to take some direction, now.

The first direction is “Don’t Use.” The second is “Go to meetings.” You are not supposed to be hanging around a Launch Pad house, whether in bed or out, during the day. You should be working, looking for work, keeping appointments, seeing counselors or going to 12-step meetings. “House check-in time” during the first 30 days is 7 pm, which means you should come home by then, unless excused by the manager. After checking in you may go out to 12-step meetings. Nightly curfew is 11 pm. Most Launch Pad residents share a room with one other person. Single rooms are available to senior residents.

Launch Pad “General Rules” govern such things as when you may leave the house, curfew, chores, use of TV, phone and laundry, and guests.

Most of the General Rules are designed and followed so that one person’s needs and habits don’t clash with those of housemates. But the rules also start to introduce into your life the training/coaching mentioned above. Abstinence, honesty, self-support and responsibility, and keeping your priorities in right order, are directed by the rules.

House Meetings

A more comprehensive example of the evaluation and coaching built into the Launch Pad environment takes place in weekly “House meeting.” During that session you are urged to describe both the beneficial and the dangerous events or attitudes you’ve experienced during the preceding week.

Those get-togethers tell your house-mates and yourself some things about the nature and quality of the life you are living. This is not an “encounter group,” but it is a chance to learn how others see you, and to realize you are not alone.


The manager, assistant manager and other residents will, throughout the rest of the week, mention to you things they see as dangerous for your recovery or the welfare of the house. Serious breaking of the General Rules will result in fines ranging from $5 to $20.

Twelve Step Meetings

Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous occur at various times throughout the day and evening. During your first month in a Launch Pad you are required to attend a meeting each day. Most meetings last one hour. They are a combination of social (fellowshipping) and learning activities.

Most people arrive 5 to 30 minutes early for a meeting, and engage in introductions, greetings and casual conversation until the chairperson calls for attention. Meetings are supposed to start and stop on time, and almost always do.

When everyone has found a seat and is quiet, the meeting begins with the “Serenity Prayer” being recited by those who wish to. Several pre-selected members will then read a few standard pieces of 12-step literature. When the readings are completed the chairperson will introduce a recovery-oriented topic to start a general discussion, or will allow time for participants to suggest a topic.
Topics should be related to recovery. Participants in the discussion are urged to describe personal experiences or hopes rather than voice observations concerning things they have not experienced.

Newcomers have little experience of recovery so newcomers’ comments will generally be in the form of questions. Questions are excellent ways to participate. They give the experienced members ideas of what needs to be expressed for the good of everyone.

The “Twelve Steps” are the main teaching and practice in meetings. There are short forms of the steps, and they are read at the beginning of each meeting. They are also usually displayed on posters during meetings. There are longer forms of each of the steps, and descriptions of their meaning and practice, in the Big Book of AA or the Basic Text of NA.

The reason the 12-step approach is honored and followed by so many recovering people is that it works. It works, perhaps, because it includes principles from most great religions and philosophies. Those principles are described in terms that most people, (even people from very different backgrounds,) can commonly accept.

If you arrive in the Launch Pad system without resources for food, clothing, or medical needs, speak up. Tell a manager. Some arrangements can be made for almost any real need. If you have an appointment with a probation officer, therapist or medical doctor, or a court date, don’t wait til the last minute to ask for any needed help. If you are troubled by some tragedy or fear, find someone you can trust and get it out. Our secrets are usually the most dangerous things to our continued recovery.

Launch Pads are not for everyone. Just needing a place to live does not qualify you for membership. But if it’s you who needs this kind of life, don’t hesitate. Don’t let anything hold you back. Call (910) 632-2344, or fill out the application on our contact page and start the new life process.