Rules are necessary. You’ve been ruled by your brain disorder and harmful behaviors for too long. New rules promoting loving kindness, mutual respect and safety aid in recovery.
While no one likes rules, imagine a house of 5 newly recovering women without rules!
• Weekly House Meetings are mandatory.
• Residents will complete assigned chores on a regular basis. All residents will clean up after themselves when they have made any mess in all areas of the house- interior and exterior.
• The house must be a safe place to live. This means that threatening or dangerous behavior and/or deliberate abuse to house property may be cause for immediate referral to another recovery house or higher level of support and may result in legal proceedings.
• Smoking is permitted only in designated areas (the front porch and backyard). Smoking is not allowed inside the house, in front of the house, or while walking up to the house. AII cigarettes will be disposed of in safe-disposal cans provided.
• All residents are responsible for reading and understanding the posted information on Safety and Fire Procedures, including familiarity with the designated escape routes and safe gathering locations.
• House managers may inspect and/or search rooms and belongings for cleanliness and/or contraband. There will be notice given to the resident to maintain the health and safety of all residents living in the residence.
• The curfew exists as follows: 11:00pm, Sunday-Thursday; and 12:00am, Friday and Saturday. Curfew may be extended under certain circumstances only with prior approval of the House Manager. Each resident will check in with the House manager on a nightly basis.
• The lock box code or house code will not be shared with anyone, including but not limited to family, friends, other residents or support people. The door is to be locked whenever entering or exiting the house.
• Relationships with others in the house will be respectful and supportive of recovery. Physical or verbal abuse of residents or staff will not be tolerated. Furthermore, romantic, sexual or business relationships will not be permitted.
• Residents will respect others’ property at all times. Theft or damage to the property of others is cause for immediate referral to higher level of support and may result in legal proceedings. The recovery house is NOT responsible for lost or stolen property.
• Illegal activity of any kind will be prohibited. Also, there will be no use or possession of drugs or alcohol, either on or off the premises. All Residents are subject to random toxicology testing and a property search at any time. If there is a refusal of a search or test, or if drugs or alcohol are found or detected, referral to higher level of support will occur.
• Visitors are allowed on a limited basis during daytime hours, only with approval by the House manager with prior notice of the intended visit. Overnight passes will be granted after the resident has lived at the house for more than 30 days. Passes will be granted on a case by case basis.
• Former Residents are not allowed in the Recovery House without House Manager approval.
Accountability, Connection and Love are key factors in living a successful and meaningful life.
For this home-like residence to be in harmony, we count on residents to follow all program rules and guidelines.
- New residents will sign a short-term lease agreement that includes their room and board and the expectations of the program.
- New residents will be given a thorough orientation and develop a treatment contract, with daily and weekly check-ins around their progress. The lease agreement clearly states that drugs and alcohol are not permitted on the premises. The lease agreement is a mutual contract that clearly states that if a resident engages in behaviors that increase in frequency and become unsafe for self or others, that resident return to a higher level of care. The safety of each resident, the house manager, and the neighborhood are our top priority.
- Recovery meetings are a required part of the program. While there remains a dearth of recovery meetings for ED (yes, we will change that!) there are plenty of really great A.A. meetings just around the corner. Also nearby are Recovery Dharma meetings, Refuge Recovery Meetings, and Smart Recovery Meetings. Residents can attend the meetings that best fit their beliefs and needs.
- Eating and following an individualized meal plan is the most crucial piece of the program. It is why the program exists. Each new resident will come to HHRR with a meal plan or get a new meal plan from an ED dietitian within 3 days of admission. The house manager will work to support and hold each resident accountable for following the meal plan through supervising “family” meals, assisting with grocery lists, food shopping, food preparation, and the actual sitting down and eating. Hull House will provide the food for each resident. We will offer cooking classes and other support services around eating intuitively.
Healing With Connection & SupportThe Opposite of Addiction is Connection
Residents must engage and participate in daily life inside and outside the residence. A large living room permits residents to sit and talk, play games, listen to music, watch TV, learn, and just be together. Eating is only permitted at the table; the large dining room allows us to practice sharing a meal.
Each resident will sleep in a cheerfully decorated bedroom that provides a quiet, calm, and safe place. While there will be a curfew each night, there will be no set time for lights out. We expect roommates to work together to find a routine that works for both of them.
Our home provides plenty of areas for residents to get ready for the day, however, full-length mirrors are not permitted. The home includes ample closet space for residents to store their belongings, which will be searched upon their move-in.
Hull House Recovery Homes are committed to a resident-driven community. Residents will collaborate with staff to:
- Make the initial house rules.
- Develop chore lists.
- Address issues in the house.
- Hold each other accountable.
- Keep the house clean and in good working order.
- Volunteer in the community. Hull House is forging partnerships with community organizations.
A New Way to Live
The house manager and peer supporters work to support and promote healthy relationships and resolve conflict among residents. Living together is a team effort, and effectively and politely resolving conflict is often a new experience for individuals in recovery.
It is not the job of Hull House staff to dictate how participants live their lives. Instead, our program is about empowering residents to make the best decisions for themselves, to create the life they want, free of harmful behaviors.
Since good decision-making can be challenging in early recovery, the house manager and peer supporters will work closely with each resident and their outside treatment team to offer guidance, support, and assistance as needed and accepted.