GateHouse Sober Community is based on a 12 step recovery programs

The GateHouse Sober Community is a community of recovery homes that will help you in achieving long-term sobriety. Our sober homes are based on a 12-step recovery program. Our homes are nestled in quaint, southern New Hampshire, just forty-five minutes outside of Boston, Massachusetts. We believe that combining accountability with a 12-step foundation in a safe and comfortable environment, it sets you up for success in long-term sobriety.

Our Specialized Approach to Sober Living is Structured into a Tier System

Tier 1

An introduction to the Foundation of Recovery

While in tier 1, you will receive individual and personalized recovery coaching. Alongside this, you will be introduced to 12-step fellowships.

We introduce you to the local and active recovery community. The local recovery community includes the support of those who have overcome addiction and your roommates in the house. Attending a minimum of 8 recovery meetings each week is mandatory during this phase of your early recovery. This helps you establish a routine with meetings while getting you connected to a strong support structure.

In tier 1 you’ll begin to learn about and practice a spiritual lifestyle. We offer you access to a fitness center and regular yoga classes and meditation sessions. If interested in working on your body, we suggest you get a gym buddy in your house; this is good for constant motivation. Meditation and exercise are ways for you to utilize healthy coping skills, learn self-care and spirituality. We also have accountability with every resident being required to receive random alcohol and drug testing throughout tier 1.

You must also attend regular book study sessions with staff and be with a senior house member or staff when leaving the facility or house. In tier 1, you’re also introduced to the GateHouse volunteer program. The volunteer program is a local community organization that we are involved with; it gives you a chance to see and help the community that you’re now a part of.

Tier 2

You continue to Grow in your Recovery and Clinical Program

While in tier 2 you begin your path to emergence back into everyday life. Acclimation to everyday life is done through a variety of different outlets such as volunteer work, employment, or continuing education. Don’t allow this to overwhelm you. We will be there to help each step of the way. Our staff is well versed in the processes necessary to enroll and continue your education along with job hunting skills and resume guidance. You also have a safe, comfortable place to return home to every day. You’ll learn valuable and applicable life skills, do community service hours, and participate in our house activities.

Attendance at 12 step meetings is a requirement in all phases of your recovery. 12 step meetings and a recovery program help you and show you how to maintain your sobriety. We also have rules in the houses for your safety and accountability. These help you learn accountability and responsibility while maintaining harmony in your home.

In tier 2 you’ll continue to set goals and learn more life skills. You’ll keep growing in your recovery program and further your spiritual life.

Tier 3

You’ll have more freedom and more responsibilities

You’ll continue working through a 12-step program with your sponsor; they are one of the biggest components of your support group outside of the house. You’ll begin the process of learning how to budget and how to build a resume or apply for school if that’s what you want to pursue. You will also have accountability through random drug and alcohol screening in this tier.

In tier 3, you will continue to receive random alcohol and drug testing. 12-Step meeting attendance is mandatory as is your weekly one-on-one appointments with staff. At this point in your recovery, you are employed full time or are enrolled in school to further your education.

Once in tier 3, you’re now a role model and mentor to new and incoming roommates. Tier 3 also helps you learn how to balance work, recovery, and life and to set a schedule for all of your responsibilities to be met.

Tier 4

You are actively leading your life through a 12-Step Program and are an Essential Part in the House

Working through a 12-step program helps you maintain sobriety. After experiencing the beauty of recovery, we suggest that you help the next housemate coming in like others will help you. We understand it can be scary when getting acclimated to the life you’re now living.

You’ll serve as a mentor to new roommates in the homes. Outside of the houses, you should be sponsoring others in the program and helping them start their life in sobriety. Sponsorship and helping others gives you another support group in your journey.

Through living in the house and attending your meetings with staff, you can independently budget with a financial consultant. The independence you’ve gained and the expectations you are held to empower you. They enable you to be able to live a life outside of the comfort of the sober living home.

After a solid plan is formulated between you, the staff and your sober supports, you will leave the sober house. We will help you establish a realistic plan and implement it. We will be there for you each step of the way. The sense of community, a life of sobriety and all of the skills you have learned here will follow you for the rest of your life.

12-Step Recovery Program

12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous / Narcotics Anonymous

Step 1

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol/our addiction and that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step 2

Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Step 4

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Step 5

Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step 6

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step 7

Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Step 8

Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Step 9

Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step 10

Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step 11

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Step 12

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to anyone suffering from addiction, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

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