Mare’s House Sober Living – Admission Information to Help You Get Started

The ideal Mare’s House member is a woman who is currently substance-free and ready to take charge of her life! We look for members who still need some confidence and accountability but can also handle the freedoms and temptations of semi-independent living in a large and dynamic city. We are not in a remote location and everything the world has to offer is practically in our backyard or within a few hours. This environment provides the right combination of challenge, support, independence, privacy, responsibility, and accountability.

All incoming members must have some sobriety under their belt, either from primary treatment, detox, or other interventions. We understand if you’ve had one relapse or many, we understand if you are still contemplating how to live abstinent, and we understand if you aren’t familiar or yet comfortable with the 12-Step program. While you are with us, we can work through all of those pieces together and help you tackle each one to see what’s right for you.

We do, however, require that you be substance-free upon arrival at Mare’s House. We also ask that you arrive open to trying new things (even if it’s a little uncomfortable) and be open to challenging yourself and your current beliefs and thinking.

Optional Clinical Support at Mare’s House

Mare’s House clinical support is collaborative and designed to build whole-person wellness. Registered dieticians can provide individualized care, goal setting, and nutrition support. Licensed marriage and family therapists and social workers can address family dynamics, and the psychological, social and emotional issues that can impede recovery. We encourage the development of healthy boundaries and self-advocacy in order to build esteem and personal empowerment. 

Are You a Good Candidate for Mare’s House?

Women who are actively using substances requiring detox, psychiatric or medical stabilization, or other immediate, more acute care and treatment would be considered “not ready” for Mare’s House. We welcome your interest and are happy to work with you and your team to guide you towards the care you need. When you are ready and substance free, we’ll be here.

Fear, anxiety, resistance, hesitation, embarrassment, self-imposed limits, shame, trauma, even a lack of commitment to lifelong sobriety are all things we can work with, as we know they are part of early recovery.

All we’re asking is that you give yourself the opportunity to experience a different way of living. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide how to live your life. With a clear mind, a new perspective, tools for dealing with life’s ups and downs, a caring support system, and a renewed confidence in YOU, we think you’ll find a stable, healthy, substance free future much more alluring than drugs and alcohol. We’re confident you’ll experience peace of mind and the clarity of purpose that re-awakens goals and aspirations long buried under the cloud of substance use.

Any condition, diagnosis, situation, or request that limits, distracts, or takes away a member’s ability to fully participate in daily programming, activities, and requirements would be considered exclusionary criteria. Please give us a call to discuss your unique needs.

Examples May Include:
  • History of significant self-harm
  • History of aggressive or violent behavior
  • An un-stabilized psychiatric or mental health condition
  • An un-stabilized or severe medical condition that requires supervision or administration outside of our normal protocols
  • History of sexually predatory behavior

Co-Occuring Disorders – Beyond Substance Use & Addiction

Besides substance use and addiction, most of our members have also struggled with co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, body image issues, eating disorders, learning disabilities, and/or executive functioning issues. Many of our members have experienced failure, loss, trauma, bullying, isolation, or other life events that can fuel the need and desire for the escape substances provide.

We know that these things all walk alongside addiction and substance use, which is why our program is about “healthy living,” not just “sober living.”  We know that both you and your story are unique, and we want you to be successful. Let’s decide together if Mare’s House is the right place for you. All prospective members have an interview (typically by phone) with Scott and/or Alex Zemeckis, our founder, prior to enrollment approval so that we can answer your questions, get to know you, and better understand your expectations and goals.

Case Management

Case management at Mare’s House involves preparing members for success over the long term and assisting them with the development of life skills including financial planning and accountability development. Case managers also help with job skills including resume building, interviewing, workplace behavior, and career selection.

Case managers make sure members are attending their meetings, communicating with their sponsors and therapists, and are generally thriving within the program. They provide weekly communication with family members and status updates to ensure members are meeting their goals and addressing any issues along the way.

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