Client lauds sober living home

Connections opened three eight-bed sober living homes in 2016. Two of the houses, located in Wilmington and Harrington, are for men. The Milford house is for women.

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Ashley Megahan, director

The facilities filled up as soon as they were opened, highlighting the critical need for housing for people after they leave treatment and are in early recovery from addiction. The houses provide the basic need of safe, decent and affordable housing, that many people need as they begin a drug-free life.

The houses serve as much more than basic shelter. Living in a group setting can be the key to getting and staying clean and sober. A sober house can provide the support and accountability many people in early recovery need to succeed.

Residents of the house must work in order to pay their share of the rent. All of the houses are supervised by Connections’ staff. The average length of stay is three to four months. After that, the residents move to a longer-term sober living arrangement, move into a private apartment of their own, or – if possible – return to where they were living before they entered treatment.

In addition to the three houses opened in 2016, Connections partnered with AtTAcK Addiction, a successful statewide education and advocacy group, to open a transition house and a recovery house next door to each other in New Castle. The transition house opened in 2015 and the recovery house opened in the spring of 2016.

Connections also partners with the Delaware Department of Correction to run New Expectations, a residential facility in Newark for pregnant, drug-addicted women who are involved with the criminal justice system. The women can stay at the house for the duration of their pregnancy and for six months after their child is born.

During the fall of 2016, we will open an additional sober living home for women and children in Sussex County.