We open doors to community

How we build and create community

We're suitable for those who are ready to gain the depth of recovery that is beyond the intellectual because we believe recovery is fully living it. Having a community of supportive women allows you to create your own skilled recovery practice; it's impossible to live a healthy life without others. Our hope is that your recovery journey starts with the women of our house and that your life becomes full of laughter, compassion, responsibilities, challenges and living a fully present life. 

OUR HOUSE'S GENTLY STRUCTURED program is nearly entirely designed to support our community. We're a trauma-informed sober loving home that's 12-step based and working closely with the clinicians that are helping to heal the past. 

Recovery Workshops Spark Conversation and Friendships

Recovery isn’t as simple as using your willpower. No one chooses to become addicted but it is your responsibility to become educated about your recovery and recovery practice. We offer workshops both mornings and afternoons for residents to connect with each other and bond through reading and discussing recovery literature, the Big Book and doing 12-step work together. These workshops spur thinking and discussion about recovery topics such as accepting help and helping another, non-judgemental acceptance of others, mindfulness and recovery or living "on life's terms", to name a few.

Shared dinners spark conversation, friendships and offer good nutrition

Our shared dinners are unique among sober livings. They must be made fresh and with love. The dinner must take into consideration other's allergies and food preferences. Every night, a different house member takes a turn to plan, purchase, prepare and serve dinner and practice good communication, consideration and good nutrition. 

Gardening

Gardening is the ultimate mindfulness. Each leaf of green tells it's own story and at the same time is a vital part of our very existence.

Mindfulness

Recovery experience shows that people who practice mindfulness and meditate are more peaceful and better able to focus on their tasks. Practicing mindfulness is a skill that we practice every day. Trying to be more mindful is also learned by breaking the process into its parts of emotion, thinking and behavior. Many have thought it “wasn’t possible for them” after a couple tries. But like any skill, mindfulness takes practice. Workshops and labyrinth walking every week. 

12-Steps

As William Faulkner wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” We work the 12-steps in the present through discussion and reading both the NA and the AA 12-steps. In doing so, we form a life time friendship.

Recreation

Recovery and community go together because getting physical is a great way to relieve stress, distract yourself from circular thinking, build healthy habits and re-orient your mind. We are only minutes away from Centered Yoga or Body Karma Yoga. Membership is included. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of our area because we are near miles of trails for hiking, biking or running. Located one mile to the beach, we have kayaks to borrow for exploring one of the many rivers that flows through our town. There are bikes to ride on the paved trails at either Hammonasett or Chatfield Hollow Parks. They have miles and miles of trails to hike and explore. We often have a group that day trips to ski or ride to a nearby mountain. Weekend recreation is peer-driven. Having fun and beign sober, what an idea! Having fun an making friends sober, what an amazing idea!

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After rehab, in-home care, and/or extended care, we think sober living is the next logical step toward recovery life. From SAMHSA research, we offer the four pillars of recovery: (1) community, (some life skill support,) (2) mental and physical wellness; including membership at the gym and yoga studio, an emphasis on whole food in shared evening meals, and professional therapy delivered from the surrounding community, (3) finding purpose in work or school and (4) re-integrating into a re-structured family dynamic or a new home. We welcome those with or without a history of treatment and understand that a whole - person - healing is needed to allow sustainable recovery to begin.