Gender-Specific Sober Living for Women in Manchester, NH
Vision House is a sober living program for women, with two locations in the heart of Manchester, N.H.; Vision House East and Vision House West. Each house has accommodations for 15 women 18 and older. Vision House is 12-step-based sober living home, which is structured, supportive, and designed for women transitioning from residential addiction treatment. Vision House offers a safe and sober peer community environment where women can further their recovery while successfully engaging in employment, volunteering, school, and community events.
Vision House’s structured sober living environment provides a safe place for women to implement the lessons learned in residential treatment while receiving the support they need to stay anchored to sobriety and a life of purpose.
Rules and Requirements
Residents are required to attend all mandatory meetings, acquire a sponsor, work the 12 Steps, practice accountability, and apply themselves to better develop their life skills. More specifically, residents of Vision House Sober Living are required to adhere to the following:
- Abstain from drugs and alcohol (we do permit Vivitrol)
- Full adherence to the house’s Resident Code of Conduct
- Vehicle use can be requested after one week
- Weekly 12-Step meetings
- Gainful full-time employment within one month of residency
- Weekly house accountability group meetings
- House chores
- Regular and random drug testing
- Non-fraternization with any persons using drugs or alcohol
- Open respect for staff and peer resident feedback
- Obtain a 12-Step sponsor (1 year sober) within one week of residency
- Obtain a 12-Step home group and one service position within one week of residency
There are mandatory house meetings throughout the week. All residents must attend, and may not work during these times. Our mandatory meeting schedule is as follows:
- Monday-Friday 8:00 am: Meditation Group in House
- Tuesday, 5:30 pm: Meeting Pritts Recovery Center
- Thursday, 6:30 pm: Meeting Pritts Recovery Center
- Sunday, 6:00 pm: Deep Clean
- Sunday, 7:00 pm : Accountability Meeting
- The second Saturday of every month, all residents are required to attend the Big Book Workshop at Pritts Recovery Center from 10am-4pm.
The 12 Steps and a Design for Daily Sober Living
As a part of the requirements for living at one of the Vision House locations, clients must be actively working the 12-Steps and acquire a sponsor within a week of residency. The progress they have made in their 12-Step work at the time of admission will determine how many weekly 12-Step meetings they must attend. As they near the last few Steps, they can begin to give back to others in early recovery by actively participating in 12-Step home groups and fulfilling their service positions. This enables the women to reinforce their own recovery, while being a powerful example to others.
Personal accountability is a critical element of successful long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol. Becoming aware of how one’s actions create reactions is integral to progressing successfully through the 12-Steps. Accountability skills are further developed at Vision House Sober Living through peer accountability meetings, where women must “check-in” and present their accountability progress through discussions involving employment, house behavior, and Step work. Residents at our sober living homes are held accountable for cleanliness of their living space and completion of daily chores.
Peer Support and Sponsorship
Truly the most profound and impactful aspect of the sober living programs at Vision House East and Vision House West is our focus on camaraderie and peer support. In addition to 12-Step meetings and workshops residents attend together, participation in our alumni/sponsorship program allows clients to actively engage with those earlier on in their recovery journeys. In this way, clients learn from one another and help each other grow in profound ways.
Features of Vision House Sober Living:
- Structured sober living
- Safe and secure environment
- Resident Code of Conduct
- Participation in 12-Step, Steel on Steel, and Big Book meetings
- Life skills development
- Promote accountability
- Meditation and holistic therapy
- Regular, random drug testing