A publicly supported, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation
Oxford Houses are a clean and sober housing option for individuals in recovery. The first North Carolina Oxford Houses were established in Durham and Asheville, NC in the spring of 1991. North Carolina is part of a network of 1,500 Oxford Houses with more than 11,000 beds. As of March 2013 there are 153 houses in North Carolina, with locations in 28 cities. With an average of 8 beds per house, there are more than 1,100 Oxford House beds in the state. Individuals typically enter an Oxford House after completing a drug and alcohol treatment program. Individuals living in a house are expected to participate in a recovery program in the community during their residence.
· Houses operate democratically, electing house officers who serve six-month terms.
· Houses are financially self-supporting; members split house expenses, which average $90.00 to $125.00 per person per week.
· Any Resident who relapses must be immediately expelled.
It is preferred that Individuals complete a treatment program, depending on what treatment options are available in that area and be drug and alcohol free for 14 days or more (longer is preferred) at the time of application. They must also be willing to accept the house rules and expectations, and be able to pay their share of the expenses.
How to Refer:
Individuals who are interested in living in an Oxford House apply directly to the house of their choice. If there are vacancies, an interview will be scheduled. The interview with an applicant involves all members of a house. Eighty percent of the house members must vote to accept the applicant as a roommate.
Substance abuse counselors are the primary source of referrals to Oxford Houses. Getting a workable match between the individual and the Oxford House is important, as residents who are disruptive and not serious about recovery can cause serious problems for a house. Counselors can be a big help if they take the time to pre-screen potential referrals, The following criteria are afforded for use.· Is the individual willing and able to live in a shared housing arrangement?
· Has the individual shown reasonable behavior in an in-patient setting?
· Has the individual thought about his/her own recovery and is he/she determined for recovery?
· Does the individual have a recovery plan when he/she finishes treatment?
Suggest that your client think about Oxford House as a living situation for a few days before completing an application. Applicants should consider if Oxford House is a fit for them?