Founded in 2013 in Chicago, Illinois, Bridges Sober Living Chicago offers men a structured approach to sober living. Co-founder, president and executive director Drew Migdal, whose sobriety date is March 27, 2001, feels that rules and regulations are meant to serve clients and help them build a foundation in recovery.
Accommodations and Amenities
The Bridges Sober Living Chicago community includes two homes—the California House and the Troy house. Located in the hip Logan Square, across the street from a Starbucks, California House is a distinctive blue-shingled building with white trim, pitch gabled roofs and a Victorian-style window. The house accommodates 13 men and includes three flats, or apartments. Each flat includes a fully equipped kitchen, common areas, a bathroom and three bedrooms. At Bridges Sober Living, there is the belief that clients should be treated as adults. No more than two clients reside each room. Men are paired in high ceilinged, white walled rooms with twin beds topped with comforters, spacious wood trimmed windows, a closet, dressers, nightstands, and contemporary canvas art hanging from the walls. Furnished singles are also available for an additional monthly fee.
Located in a lush residential street in Avondale, The Troy House, which is within walking distance from a supermarket, accommodates 12 men. A black steel security fence surrounds the property, and a tree adorns the exterior. The entire neighborhood is replete with trees and shrubbery. The layout parallels the California house and men reside in double or single-occupancy rooms.
At both houses, residents are responsible for their groceries and meal preparation. Amenities include Wi-Fi, cable TV with HBO, two in-unit washers and dryers, air conditioning and heat, and 60” flat screen TV’s. Both homes have onsite house managers, and are in close proximity to public transportation.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to admission, clients preferably have a minimum of 30 days of sobriety. Alcohol and drug testing includes a Breathalyzer, and a 12-panel urine screening. Random weekly screenings are conducted to ensure the safety of the entire household. While a six-month minimum length of stay is recommended, the required minimum duration is 90 days. Forbidden medications include benzodiazepines and other opiates except Suboxone, which is permitted. All medications must be taken as prescribed, and are securely locked in individual supplied lock boxes.
Requirements include attending a minimum of four recovery support meetings, which can include 12-step, SMART Recovery, Rational Recovery or any other protocol which best works for the client. The meeting requirement is modified to adapt to clients’ outpatient care schedules if necessary. Clients enrolled in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or other therapeutic appointment, must attend their outpatient programs instead of house meetings.
During the first 30 days, clients following a 12-step protocol must acquire sponsors. At Bridges Sober Living Chicago, there is the belief that it is important for clients to be plugged into the real world. Unemployed clients must find a job or perform volunteer service or attend school. A minimum of 25 weekly hours is mandated. During the first 30 days, the curfew is 10 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. After 30 days, the curfew is 11 pm, and one am, correspondingly, and after 60 days, the curfew is 12 am and 2 am, accordingly. Residents who work late shifts are accommodated.
While a zero tolerance policy is utilized for residents who have relapsed, often the house managers detect warning signs. At that time, staff gets in touch with a client’s family, counselor or other emergency contact. Residents who relapse are referred to detox, residential treatment or family. Clients are allowed to return, on a case-by-case basis, but a second relapse ensures that they can’t come back. Other rules include performing household chores, making beds upon awakening and attending the weekly house meeting, which includes discussing a recovery related topic, followed by reviewing the residents’ weekly progress.
Besides local businesses, the houses are in close proximity to a plethora of recovery support meetings. Other services include referrals to local outpatient drug rehabs, therapists and interventionists.
Bridges Sober Living Chicago is a labor of love on Migdal’s part. The facility is named after the now defunct sober living that he attended in Lisle, Illinois. Migdal utilizes the same all-encompassing approach that had helped him achieve long-term sobriety. Not only do clients live in trendy homes located in great neighborhoods, but also they are allowed to work on individual and balanced recovery curricula. Migdal cares deeply about clients’ well being and is aware of their individual needs. Bridges Sober Living Chicago does not like to disclose its address, for the safety and privacy of clients.
Bridges Sober Living Chicago
Chicago, IL 60647
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