Our sober living house policies help you find structure and responsibility as you begin your way back to living on a daily basis in the real world. We’ve created these sober living house policies to help our residents develop self-discipline and accountability. But the reality is this: if you break these rules there are consequences. You could be discharged immediately, lose privileges, or be expelled if you break the rules more than once. Learn these rules and abide by them. They will help you develop new habits while strengthening the foundation of recovery in a life of sobriety.
Residents must be enrolled in Intensive Outpatient or Outpatient Treatment. Residents must maintain sobriety and meet the following criteria:
- Residents must complete the Dignity Hall application paperwork, including a release to communicate with Treatment Facility staff, and agreement to abide by house Rules and Regulations.
- Residents must have a way to pay residence fees and cost of living, either through family support or employment.
- Residents must be 18 years or older.
- Potential residents must not be classified as sexual or violent offenders.
- Residents must be willing to be drug tested at random intervals with no objection. We firmly believe that an integral part of recovery begins with being accountable without excuse. Failure of the resident to meet any of these criteria may preclude them from residency.
Dignity Hall residents abide by a strict set of rules and policies that ensure our housing is safe and supportive of recovery. Our rules will be presented in their entirety, reviewed, and signed by applicants at intake. These rules include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Dignity Hall residents abide by a zero-tolerance policy for drug, alcohol or mind-altering substance use. This includes the use of steroids and/or OTC synthetic drugs. Residents are expected to stay clean and sober for the duration of their stay.
- Dignity Hall residents abide by a zero-tolerance policy for violence, abusive behavior, or any verbal/physical confrontations with any resident or staff.
- Dignity Hall residents abide by a zero-tolerance policy for destruction of housing or another residents’ property.
- Dignity Hall residents abide by a zero-tolerance policy for sexual activity between residents.
- Residents must abide by rules regarding their prescribed medication. All medication will be kept secured until residents self-administer at the designated time prescribed. Any theft, abuse, or misuse of prescribed medication will be grounds for eviction.
- As a resident at Dignity Hall, we expect residents to abide by a code of personal ethical conduct that includes reporting any violations observed in housing. Knowledge of, but failure to report prohibited behavior will be treated as having participated in the prohibited behavior.
- Smoking is not permitted inside Dignity Hall residences. Porch and outdoor area ash trays must be used always and cleaned regularly.
- All new residents will have a 14-day blackout period with no overnight passes and limited access to any personal vehicle.
- Residents at Dignity Hall will abide by all curfews and will not stay elsewhere overnight unless approved by Dignity Hall staff in advance.
- If for any reason, including random testing, a Resident is required to provide a drug test, the resident must take the test immediately without leaving the sight of the Logistics Manager (“LM”).
- Residents must complete their weekly assigned chores and remain compliant with house cleanliness or face restrictions.
- Residents must be awake by no later than 8 AM on weekdays, and 10 AM on weekends. (This may vary if the Resident has a unique work schedule).
- Residents must attend and participate in the House meeting deemed per house.
- Residents must participate in daily 12 step meetings.
- Residents must pass urine screening upon arrival.
Management & Structure:
In each Dignity Hall house, a Logistics Manager (“LM”) is responsible for monitoring the Residences, monitoring the schedule and behavior of the Residents, the transport of Residents, and other miscellaneous tasks. LM’s report to the Housing Director, who will address any issues or concerns that arise.
We understand that in early recovery there will be conflicts. People who have survived what we have survived have strong personalities, and when several strong personalities live together, there will be times when conflict is inevitable. However, we believe that it is also a strong part of recovery to begin to learn how to navigate through conflict with integrity and compassion. Accordingly, residents are expected to refrain from engaging in any physical approach to conflict resolution and are expected to be open and willing to receive support from our trained staff in addressing, discussing, and taking ownership of one’s own role in any conflict. Residents are expected to be prepared to work through and resolve conflict no matter how difficult or foreign this concept is. Residents will be supported in these efforts by staff.
All Dignity Hall rules will be strictly enforced. Initial or minor violations will result in a verbal warning, with appropriate consequences. A secondary violation after a verbal warning will result in a signed behavioral contract, with appropriate consequences. Any third or repeated violation will result in discharge. The most common consequences applied will be revocation of privileges. For instance, a Resident may be required to relinquish electronic devices for a period of time or be placed on curfew restriction.
Residents may be eligible for overnight passes. These must be requested in writing. Residents will be expected to depart and return within a clearly defined time frame and will be required to take a Urine Analysis and Breathalyzer upon return to housing. Any abuse of this privilege will result in a loss or revocation of privileges and/or consideration for eviction. Residents are responsible for getting another resident to cover any household responsibilities you may have during your overnight out.
Residents are responsible to comply with House Rules, Restrictions and expectations. These include but are not limited to: daily attendance of a 12 Step meeting, weekly Relapse Prevention meeting, weekly Big Book Step Study meeting, weekly house meeting, attendance at treatment, abiding by curfew, completing daily and weekly chores, paying rent in a timely fashion, and seeking gainful employment.