Bonfire Recovery Services is located in downtown Dover, New Hampshire. This is a men’s sober living facility with three residential floors and a community space on the ground floor. Bonfire utilizes a 12-step based program of recovery and accepts clients with co-occurring disorders on a case by case basis. A variety of fellowship activities and meetings are conveniently available on-site.
Amenities and Accommodations
The Bonfire facility has four 2,600 square foot floors. Three are residential floors and Glenn’s Room—named in honor of a late friend of Bonfire’s—is the huge first-level community space. The building was once a shoe factory and then a storage space for secret government documents. The building’s clever legacy is “confidentiality and footwork,” which applies to the message Bonfire conveys through 12-step recovery.
The facility has a spacious, simple layout with open-concept spaces. Wooden floors and high wooden ceiling beams make up the interior. There are 15 bedrooms altogether. Clients sleep two to a room on twin XL mattresses in bunk beds. Each floor has a fully-equipped kitchen and a small dining area. There are two full adjacent bathrooms on each floor. There are no set mealtimes, though men on each floor contribute to a family dinner once a week, where everyone pitches in to cook. Once a week, residents also participate in an hour-long guided meditation.
Clients relax and socialize in Glenn’s Room, which has a plasma cable TV and Wi-Fi access available. Glenn’s room also has ping-pong and pool tables and has become a popular fellowship activity for clients who invite their sponsors to play at the house. The Triangle Club is a 10-minute walk from the house and NA meetings take place at a nearby hospital. The house is also walking distance away from a bus station and an Amtrak station.
One house manager—a former client at Bonfire—oversees logistics and accountability at the facility. A total of four staff members oversee general operations, case management and admissions.
Rules and Regulations
Clients must commit to stay a minimum of four months at Bonfire, although it is highly recommend they stay between six and 12 months. Clients are also required to go to five 12-step meetings a week and provide proof of attendance. There is a zero-tolerance policy for drug and alcohol use, possession or selling, as well as violence of any kind. To ensure compliance, lab urinalysis tests are administered randomly—insurance will cover these tests. Clients must also attend mandatory house meetings weekly. No females are allowed on the premises.
Curfew is 11 pm, unless a staff member has approved an exception in writing. Clients may request overnight passes with approval from staff. Clients must prove employment and student status at admission. Clients must obtain a sponsor within the first 14 days of staying at Bonfire. Rent is due at 6 pm each Friday to cover the following week’s stay. If clients have vehicles, they must bring a license, proof of auto insurance and registration.
Specialized 12-step yoga classes through Y12SR are available to clients at Bonfire twice a month.
Bonfire clients keep up with news about the recovery community and happenings at the facility through its blog.
Fellowship and community are strong at Bonfire Recovery Services. While clients adhere to basic rules and regulations and maintain rigorous participation with 12-step programs, the atmosphere is jovial and spirited. The facility promotes fun community activities in a beautiful, open space. Men looking for affordable, structured sober living with a tight group of fellows can find a home here.
Bonfire Recovery Services
10 Grove Street
Dover, NH 03820
Bonfire Recovery Services Cost: $1,200 (30 days) or $300 per week. Reach Bonfire Recovery Services by phone at (603) 617-3399 and (800) 385-1445. Find Bonfire Recovery Services on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and GooglePlus
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