Oxford House sober living homes were created by a recovering AA member in 1975. Since then, the Oxford House transitional homes have grown into an international network of gender-specific living for newly sober men and women. The Bentonville Blue House in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas provides sober housing for men seeking structure and a sober community for their early recovery.
Accommodations and Amenities
Bentonville Blue is the largest Oxford House in Arkansas. The spacious two-story home can accommodate a total of 11 men in six double-occupancy bedrooms. While rooms are on the small side, five of the six rooms comfortably sleep two—the sixth is reserved for the house manager. Each room has two twin beds, two dressers and a closet for storing belongings and clothing. All linens are provided, but clients must bring their own toiletries. Two shared bathrooms are available with showers and double sinks. On-site laundry facilities are available.
A large porch provides covered outdoor seating at the front of the house and a carport in the back is available for residents with cars. The living room serves as the communal area for residents to socialize and watch cable TV. It also doubles as space for meetings.
Adjacent to the living room is a fully stocked kitchen with appliances, cookware and dishes provided. Food must be purchased by clients, and they are responsible for their preparing their own meals. Plenty of cupboard space is available for food storage and personal items.
The house has a large backyard space with ample seating and a grill is provided for outdoor cooking.
Rules and Regulations
Prospective residents are interviewed by existing residents to determine whether they are a good fit for the house. Clients are voted in with 80 percent approval. Drinking, using drugs and disruptive behavior are grounds for eviction. The house managers are elected democratically and serve for a period of six months. Any and all house issues are resolved by vote.
All clients must be active in a 12-step group of their choice—either AA or NA—and attendance at meetings is required as is working the steps with a sponsor.
Each resident must pay their portion of rent a week before it is due. In addition, if a house member wants cable TV or special programming, they must agree to pay for that service.
Once a client has reached a place in their sobriety where they are confident enough to live independently outside the sober environment, they are encouraged to become an active alumnus.
Bentonville Blue has one in-house meeting per week to discuss house finances, interview new house members, resolve problems and discuss house maintenance or potential house projects. Cleaning and chores are assigned in rotating shifts.
Oxford House has a rich history based on the 12-step principles. Each home is autonomous and unique while remaining aligned with the Oxford methods for long-term recovery. Like the other sober homes in the Oxford family, the affordable Bentonville Blue House sober living encourages residents to develop independence while surrounding themselves with peers in recovery.
Bentonville Blue House
1012 SW A St
Bentonville, AR 72712
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