Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Adrienne Saxton


This report addresses reducing relapse rates in Santa Cruz and Monterey County’s by providing aftercare resources and support at client’s fingertips by downloading the Janus Lighthouse App (JLA). The app contains resources and recovery tools for Janus alumni. Trends were identified in Janus’ clients that successfully completed a minimum of 30 days of residential treatment and relapsed shortly after, resurfacing back into to treatment. It was determined that clients that did not commit to follow-up aftercare, or that did not have the insurance to continue aftercare treatment, struggled with their sobriety. Protracted Abstinence, also known as hitting the wall, is an early stage of recovery in which the addict is vulnerable to relapse. During this stage it is crucial to provide the recovering clients with social support and resources to maintain their sobriety. The free JLA provides a continuum of care connecting all clients that successfully complete residential treatment to the app on their personal cell phones. It has been determined through the number of active users, surveys and user feedback that the app is a beneficial resource for Janus Residential Treatment Center (RTC) and for the Santa Cruz and Monterey recovery communities. The app has proven to contribute to reducing relapse rates and keeping alumni clients connected to social support and resources following residential treatment. The JLA is an effective tool that will provide additional resources and support to all clients and is anticipated to contribute to the reduction of relapse rates, overdose and death.