What Is an Oxford House? And How Do I Get in One?
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So you’re going to drug or alcohol rehab. That’s great. But do you know what you’re going to do when you complete the program? Do you even know what your options are?
For many individuals who complete drug and alcohol treatment, returning home is the beginning of their relapse. They don’t have the necessary support. They don’t know enough sober people. And maybe they’ve got a reputation that people just don’t want to get over. For these people, returning home isn’t always the best bet. And many don’t realize that there are other options out there.
And one of the best is an Oxford House.
What Is an Oxford House?
Oxford Houses are self-run, self-supported recovery homes for same sexed individuals. These homes are typically found in quiet, nice neighborhoods and offer a drug and alcohol free living environment for those in early recovery.
If you’re ready to get sober, it’s time to get help. Call 800-373-1667 (Who Answers?) today to learn more about your treatment options.
Why Go to an Oxford House?
Sometimes, home is not the best place to be, especially for those in recovery. Heck, sometimes there is no home to go to. Yet, needing a roof over your head isn’t the only reason to consider an Oxford House. These homes offer individuals a safe and secure place to live where they can learn responsibility, gain recovery support, and learn to live a sober life.
How Do I Get in an Oxford House?
Like other sober living homes, people in Oxford Houses come and go. Most homes house between eight and 15 members, with most staying about a year. To begin the admission process, you must fill out an Oxford House application. Once that’s received by the house, you’ll be interviewed by the house members. After the interview, the house members will decide if you’ll be allowed to move in by taking a vote. You need 80 percent to be given the opportunity to move in.
What Are the Expectations at an Oxford House?
Oxford Houses have specific rules and expectations, just like other drug free living. Here are some of the major ones:
- No outside overnights for the first 30 days
- Only tenants’ children may spend the night
- No members of the opposite sex are allowed to spend the night
- No sex in the house
- If you’re on prescription medications, they must be kept out of view and you must continue to take them until told by a doctor to cease
- You must attend outside support group meetings weekly
- Respect other roommates, their belongings, and personal space
- Bedrooms are private and should be kept clean and orderly
- Chores are to be completed in a timely fashion
- Conflict resolution should be based on an appropriate mutual agreement
- All household responsibilities should be shared
- Weekly house meetings are mandatory and fines can be placed when they’re missed
Are You Ready for Recovery?
If you’re ready for recovery, call 800-373-1667 (Who Answers?) today. You’ll get to speak to an addiction professional who understands what you’re going through, can answer your questions, and discuss your treatment options.