Sober Living

A Stable Foundation

We take great care in providing the best possible options for housing.

We know how important it is to have a safe, secure and comfortable place to come home to at the end of the day. Oxford House residents are required to maintain sobriety, attend AA/NA meetings, attend house meetings, find and maintain gainful employment, attend school or provide community service. Residents are encouraged to work at being a healthy family unit in support of common goals.

Residents have the opportunity to give and receive support from one another and are encouraged to work at being a healthy family unit in support of common goals.

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Our homes are democratically run. Its a great place for accountability. Residents determine and enforce policies, including how residents are approved or expelled.

Residents have the opportunity to create new and healthy relationships with others that are focused on similar goals and have experience working through similar struggles.

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Questions & Answers

Frequently asked questions are answered by Oxford House Michael Keenan

The philosophy behind Oxford House is three-fold: [1] self-help is the bedrock of recovery, [2] disciplined democracy is key to living together, and [3] self-support builds efficacy in sobriety comfortable enough to avoid relapse.

We have seen those that commit to the Oxford House rules and guidelines, for 18 months, increase there abstinence rates up to 80%.

We have no paid staff in the house. There are voluntary positions held in the house that rotate every 6 months. These positions allow people the opportunity to build skill, accountability, responsibility, and leadership within the home.
We do not allow pets to live in the home, however, if a pet were to visit that would be allowed.

Each of our homes has an updated resource referral binder that has several options for local substance abuse treatment needs; these binders are updated frequently. We can provide useful information and assist with individuals with getting connected to those options.

Yes! Each of our homes has a live-in house president. This person assists each tenant in the home with any needs. The house president is the one who holds the people in the home accountable to the house rules. In addition to the president, there are also other elected positions in the house to ensure the safety and accountability of the home. Each position is voluntary and rotates after a period of 6 months. This gives equal opportunity for others to learn skills through practical application.

78% of Oxford House residents have served jail time. The average length of jail time is about one year, with a range of few days to more than ten years. This is understandable since as many as 80% of the current jail/prison population are alcoholics and drug addicts. Oxford Houses seem to stop the recycling in and out of jail or treatment facilities.
Mandatory house meetings on Sunday. This is where the week is reviewed and each person in the house gets to speak openly about their experience, good or bad in the house. This is also a time to interview individuals who have applied.

[1] the group must be democratically self-run, [2] the group must be financially self-supporting, and [3] the group must immediately expel any resident who returns to using alcohol or illicit drugs.

Our homes aren’t set up to take children.

Oxford Houses are democratically self-run by the residents who elect officers to serve for terms of six months. Officers have fixed terms of office to avoid bossism or corruption of egalitarian democracy. Oxford Houses are self-run because this allows individuals in recovery to learn responsibility.
A recovering individual can live in an Oxford House for as long as he or she does not drink alcohol, does not use drugs, and pays an equal share of the house expenses. The average stay is about a year, but many residents stay three, four, or more years. There is no pressure on anyone in good standing to leave.
We do not provide aftercare services.

Each person living in the home must be working a program of recovery. 12 step or therapeutic meetings are required each week. The home isn’t a place of hang-out during the day. We require all residents to have a job, or, until a job is obtained,  community service is required each week.

Each room is shared. This provides safety for those in early recovery. This also discourages isolation and helps the newcomer to learn or relearn socialization to get the full benefit of recovering individuals helping each other to become comfortable enough in sobriety to avoid relapse.

If someone in the home relapses, they are immediately asked to leave the home for 72 hours. After 72 hours away from the home is completed, the individual will have to produce a negative drug and alcohol screen to come back. After a second relapse, the individual is asked to leave for 1 week as well as produce a negative drug and alcohol screen. After the third relapse, the individual is evicted from the home and would have to re-apply and restart the application process.

The “success rate” [staying clean and sober and functioning well] is very high. The National Institute of Drug Abuse [NIDA] and the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse [NIAAA] have both funded considerable research on Oxford House’s rate of success. More than 125 peer reviewed academic journal articles and four books have been published. A list of those publications is at the Oxford House website under “About Us/ Resources.” Also a number of journal articles reporting on the research are at the same website under “Publications/Evaluations/DePaul.”

Jeffrey Roth, MD, an addiction psychiatrist in Chicago, recently pointed out:

While research on AA has been limited by the role of anonymity in recovery, the willingness of the Oxford Houses to open their doors to academic research gives us an opportunity to see recovery from addiction in action.

In one study [NIDA Grant # 13231] that followed 897 residents in 219 Oxford Houses across the country for 27 months, the DePaul University research found that only 13% relapsed. [A peer-reviewed published report of that study in Addictive Behaviors 32 (2007) can be downloaded at the website under “Publications/Evaluations/DePaul].” In another study (NIAAA grant AA12218) a 150 individuals getting out of primary treatment were divided into two groups of 75 each with one group going to Oxford Houses and the other group going to normal living situations were followed for two years after treatment found that the Oxford House group did substantially better in staying clean and sober – 66% v. 33%. [American Journal of Public Health, Oct 2006; Vol. 96, pp1727-1729]

Any recovering alcoholic or drug addict can apply by filling out an application and being interviewed by the existing members of the House. To fill out an application, click here.

The Oxford House provides safe affordable housing for those struggling with substance abuse. However, we are ready to help you get connected to options, and referrals, to any needs you might have.

Each home randomly drug and alcohol screens every week. Also, if an individual requests a trip and is approved, vacation, or some kind of extended stay outside of the home, that individual will have to produce a negative drug and alcohol screen upon arrival.

Each home tracks each individual’s length of stay and how long they were clean and sober while in the home.

St. George, UT

  • Price varies on location. Please call for pricing.

Cedar City, UT

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No this is not subsidized housing.
No. Experience has shown that Oxford Houses work for both men and women, but not in the same house.
There is no specific amount of sobriety needed to apply and be accepted. However, to move into the home there has to be a minimum of 2 weeks of sobriety.

“Access Foundation Recovery Residence, for me, has meant the ability to learn life skills, to develop healthy friendships, to finally realize I am not alone, and that people really do care about one another. It has been my lifeline to recovery and freedom.”

Patrick

“Recovery Residence has been my whole life for the last several years. I have put a lot of effort into it and I have reaped the rewards. ..The best decision of my life was getting into Stable Environment and I owe my success to the people I’ve met and the lessons I’ve learned in Stable Environment.”

Eric

“I felt responsible and capable again for the first time in many years. At first, that was only because other people believed in me and were willing to take a chance on me. But soon I believed in me too! I checked into detox as a lonely, broken, and suffering junkie, a thief, a felon, a prostitute, a failure. Today, I have many friends, I strive to live a healthy, loving, purposeful, and spiritual life, I am honest, I am grateful, I am happy…and I am free.”

Julie P.