Individualized Support Through Meaningful Relationships

At Mare’s House, our members develop the skills necessary to regain control over their lives and attain fulfillment in sobriety. With a focus on self-care and the development of physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual well-being, our program is designed to address the whole person, not just the substance use.

Through peer-to-peer relationship building, mentorship, and clinical support, we guide our members toward a life that is self-directed, satisfying, and joyful. We challenge our residents to empower themselves and find fulfillment through setting goals and rising to the challenges associated with progressive responsibility and independence.

As the months progress, our members begin to understand how to better control their lives and realize their full potential. By experiencing compassionate care and the benefits derived from authentic relationships and community engagement, women residing at Mare’s House develop the foundation necessary for independent, healthy living.

If you are a young woman looking for support on the next step of your recovery journey, we invite you to join us!

Mare’s House is designed to make you feel comfortable and welcome – not like you are in an institution or facility. Our at-home community is intentionally small to allow for more personal attention, individualized program development, and increased accountability. With just a handful of roommates, you’ll have both the space and the support necessary to learn and grow. Mare’s House residents support, celebrate, and hold each other accountable, often developing meaningful relationships that can last a lifetime.

We also believe that life is not complete without fun and enjoyment. Group activities, field trips, community meals, house meetings, sober anniversary parties, graduations, and alumni events provide opportunities to celebrate, recreate and further nurture the relationships that make for a joyful existence.

The Continuum of Care

Statistics show that young adults in particular are more likely to sustain their sobriety if they participate in a continuum of care that allows them to progress towards independence in measurable steps. Within the small, intimate community at Mare’s House, we provide just that. We offer the structure and progressive independence necessary to challenge, motivate and support each individual’s growth and pursuits. With mentorship, peer-to-peer relationships, clinical supports and community immersion, goals are set and achieved.

A Letter from Alex Zemeckis

CEO of The Grounds

Dear Future Mare’s House Resident,

I want to personally convey that when it comes to addiction, I know what you’re going through, because I’ve been there myself. I’ve suffered plenty, as you may be suffering right now, due to chronic relapses with both substances and the debilitating behaviors that led me to dark and sad places. Perhaps you are currently in primary treatment, perhaps a wilderness or stabilization program…I know what it’s like because I’ve been to just about all of them. I know the feelings that are associated with jumping into a program or making the transition back out: fear, anxiety, excitement, frustration. It’s scary, but I want you to know that even though you may feel uncertain, the fact is, you are exactly where you are supposed to be. I took that same road and faced similar challenges, and luckily, I have long-term recovery today with an incredibly full life.

I decided, just like you to get sober while I was still young, and at the age of 22, I was done. Done with the suffering, done with the self-hatred. I was ready to experience all those wonderful things the mentors and professionals told me I’d achieve once I went down that path of recovery I resisted for so long. It took time, trust, and patience, and then it happened – and it can happen for you, too.

To get started, all we ask from you is willingness. Yes, six months is a long time, and you’ll need to put in the work, but in the long run, it’s a small investment to regain control over the rest of your life. Give yourself this time – this gift – and know that it gets easier and easier the longer you stay in the program. Before you know it, you’ll be graduated, and we’ll be there to cheer you on. At every graduation ceremony I’ve attend, residents comment on how long it felt when committing, yet the actual time just flew by.

I can only articulate so much of what you’ll experience at Mare’s House. In order to fully understand, you will have to jump in with both feet and trust the process. I know it’s easier said than done, but trust that it only goes up from here. You get out what you put in. Mare’s House is ready to support you if only you are ready to support yourself.

Best, Alex Zemeckis

The Mare’s House Story

Mare’s House is named after Alex Zemeckis’s mother, Mary Ellen Trainor. Known as “Mare” by her friends and family, she was the ultimate hostess and the person that everyone wanted to be around. She lived for human connection and having fun, and when someone needed cheering up, she was always there. She seemed to have a sense for when her friends or family were having a rough day because her famous care packages would always arrive at the perfect time.

Mare passed away in 2015 from a long, hard, fight with pancreatic cancer. Though her existence in this lifetime is no longer, her spirit lives on through all of the lives she touched with her kindness. May her legacy continue and her comforting energy support, heal and inspire the women who come through her doors.

“After successfully operating The Grounds for men for seven years, the next natural progression was to open a facility for women. I knew right away this program had to be named after my mother. She would have loved everything about it. Providing comfort & joy to others is what she lived for. I am so grateful to her in so many ways. There is no better way to honor her than by creating a safe environment for women as they heal and work toward becoming their authentic selves.”

Alex Zemeckis

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