How it Works

Any individual who has completed a recognized addiction treatment program within the last year can apply to become a member of Oxford House. The process is started by a counselor referral or perhaps from a medical professional. This is followed up with an application and a meeting with our Outreach Worker. If there is a vacancy, the new applicant meets the current residents. At this point, the successful resident is a Probationary Member. After a month, that individual assumes the status of Permanent Member if the majority of the House feels the individual is a good ‘fit’. All Members are supportive of each others’ quest for continued sobriety.

A typical bedroom…

The Oxford House concept fills the gap that sometimes exists in the recovery process. Going back too soon to the conditions that brought Members to face their addiction is not a smart move. OHSR provides the time and support required to re-establish oneself with being clean and sober. But the program works only if the Oxford House system of democratic operations and the system of financial self-support is followed.

Each Member either finds employment or enrolls in educational upgrading. We believe part of the process of recovery is to regain confidence and self-esteem through feeling productive. Work is necessary to establish supports outside Oxford House and to prepare for the transition from OHSR to independent Living.

Peaceful June House Rec room

Weekly house meetings are held to ensure the house runs smoothly.  This is the time where issues are resolved within the “family”.  House Members work with each other to gain comfortable sobriety that generates trust, pride and confidence.

Regular attendance (minimum twice a week) at 12-step meetings is deemed necessary to develop behavioral change as a comfortable process, and to gain comfortable sobriety – forever.
Members support their fellow House Members, even if it means reporting any fellow Member who relapses. All Members are at risk if anyone is drinking or using drugs.

“We are only as strong as our weakest link.”
“After my stay in treatment I had no place to live. My counselor set up an interview with the Oxford Society. When I arrived at the house everyone was very welcoming. I feel that without the house I would have relapsed. I was able to start to learn how to live sober, learning from the other members in the house. The house has given me some normality in my life, being responsible for things such as paying rent on time, cleaning, and holding a job.” – R.P.