HOUSE RULES

“Getting Sober is Easy; Staying Sober is the Hard Part”

Substance abuse is a life altering problem that has devastating effects not only for the individual, but also for families, friends, and the community.  Abstinence from alcohol and drugs is just the beginning in the journey to rebuild and revive a life clouded by addiction.

Relapse is real.  It happens all to often.  People in recovery need ongoing support if they are to be successful.  Often times family relationships have suffered and cannot provide the support necessary.  Here at “A Step Up” we strive to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable sober living community for individuals in recovery from addiction.  A transition back into the real world with structure and supervision, but most of all, with the support of a community of people who are all on the same path.

Society has rules, and so do we.  But our house rules are designed to keep everyone safe and to foster an environment where people can not only remain clean and sober but also heal and grow.

 

RESIDENCE “House” MEETINGS –  Are held twice a month and are mandatory.  This meeting is for “House Business” and is not a recovery meeting although the meeting will be opened by a recitation of the Serenity Prayer

12 STEP PROGRAMS – You are required to actively participate in a recovery program.  Meeting requirements are based on a case by case basis, and the length of time you have been a resident.

FOOD – No food is to be stored in any bedroom at any time.  There is ample storage space in the pantry.  You may eat in any common room as long as you clean up after yourself.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION – We will gladly write you a letter of recommendation when it comes time for you to move on.  But please remember… Our house is grounded in honor and personal responsibility!  We will not lie for you!  If you want a glowing recommendation then your actions while in residence should reflect that.  By choosing a new life free from substances YOU become the writer of your own destiny

PERSONAL PROPERTY – The House is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or left behind property.  It is recommended that you have a lock box for anything of value

RESIDENT HOUSE CHORES – Everyone will have an assigned chore in the house, these assignments will rotate.

WORK REQUIREMENT – All residents are required to seek employment unless enrolled in an educational opportunity.  If a job cannot be found then residents will be required to do a minimum of 20 hours per week volunteering in the community

CURFEW – All Residents are subject to curfews according to their level in the House.  Please see that section for further information

GENERAL CLEANLINESS – All rooms are expected to be neat and clean at all times.  Picking up after yourself is simple and mandatory if you are to remain in the house.  Personal Hygiene is also important.

PETS – are not allowed at any time

PARKING – Parking permits are available on a limited basis for those with a properly registered vehicle

SMOKING – Smoking is allowed in designated areas only

VISITORS – Visitors are welcome in the Visitor area only and may be asked to leave at any time if their presence is disruptive or perceived as a risk factor.  Visiting hours end at 8pm

ORDER – Fighting, aggressive behavior, threats, racial or derogatory comments, sexual harassment, or any other threatening communication towards other residents or staff member is absolutely prohibited.  No weapons of any kind are allowed on the premises.

VIOLATIONS – This house operates under a code of ethics and conduct.  All violations except for those that require immediate action for the safety of the house, will be dealt with through the resident council

             RESIDENT COUNCIL – A group of senior residents appointed by the Director at the recommendation of other staff members whose job will be to complete a peer to peer review of violations and recommend corrective action or measures.

NOISE EXPECTATIONS – Noise should be kept at an acceptable level after 10pm.

SUBSTANCE USE – A Step Up Sober Living operates under a NO TOLERANCE policy regarding drug or alcohol use.

DRUG TESTING – We do random drug and alcohol screening regularly.  Please see our handbook for the full policy.

HAZARDOUS ITEMS / SEARCHES – By entering the house you agree to a hazardous item search upon move in and periodically throughout your stay.

STEP SYSTEM – Our House operates on a step system regarding privileges and requirements.  Please see our full handbook for details regarding the different levels.