Substance Free Upon Arrival – Admission Information to Help You Get Started

The ideal Mare’s House member is a young 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. Combined with our intentional program design, our 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, wilderness program experience, detox, or other intervention. 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.

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, 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.”  Please contact Scott DeLeau, our Admissions Director, who personally screens and oversees all of our admissions. We know that both you and your story are unique, and we want you to be successful so we’ll decide together if we’re 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.

Are You a Good Candidate for Mare’s House?

Young 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, lack of motivation, self-imposed limits, lack of work experience, shame, immaturity, even a lack of commitment to lifelong sobriety, we can work with all of this as we know it’s 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