The Oxford House sober living homes are an international network of gender-specific transitional homes. Located in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Brookside House for men is a self-supporting and democratically run Oxford House for men seeking a sober community in which to continue their recovery. The Brookside House opened in November 2010 and has been effectively offering a place for recovery ever since.
Accommodations and Amenities
The Brookside House can accommodate a maximum of six residents at a time. This small single-story house has three dual-occupancy bedrooms each with two twin beds and shared dresser and closet. Two bathrooms are available for residents to share, with a shower and towels provided.
Brookside has a spacious living room with couches and a TV that also doubles as a meeting space. A small dining room is next to the kitchen, with a table for residents to share meals. The kitchen has a refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, microwave and all dishes and utensils needed for preparing meals. Brookside does not provide any food and all residents are required to purchase their own groceries. Should they wish, residents may agree to prepare and share their resources for a group meal. To this end, a barbecue grill is in the backyard and is used year-round for outdoor socializing and cookouts.
Next to the kitchen is a laundry room where a washer and dryer are provided. All residents contribute to the cost of laundry soap and dryer sheets.
The house is surrounded by a nice outdoor area, with shade trees and a community flower garden that the residents maintain. The front of the house has a carport and there is ample street parking available.
Rules and Regulations
All potential clients must show they are willing to remain clean and sober and are interviewed by current clients to determine whether they are a good fit for Brookside. There is no required length of sobriety, but it is recommended that clients have attended a 30-day inpatient facility or a detox before applying to Oxford House.
Individuals caught drinking, using drugs or behaving disruptively are evicted. The house managers are democratically elected and serve for a period of six months. Any and all house issues are resolved with a unanimous house vote.
Clients must pay rent a week before it is due and should an individual want cable TV or special programming, they must agree to pay for that service. To live at Brookside, all house members must be self-supporting and have a job to pay their monthly rent.
There is a mandatory weekly in-house meeting to discuss house finances, consider potential resident applications, resolve problems and discuss house maintenance or projects. All clients are expected to keep their personal and shared spaces clean and tidy. No overnight guests are allowed.
House members are encouraged to stay at Brookside as long as they wish—anywhere from a few months to several years. Once a client is ready to step down from sober living, they are encouraged to continue to support their peers as an alumnus.
While each Oxford House home is autonomous and unique, they follow the Oxford methods for long-term recovery. Brookside House residents are free to come and go and live their lives as long as they do not disrupt their fellows, making this sober living home an affordable choice for men who are newly sober but ready for autonomy and independence.
102 Brookside Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
Brookside House Cost: $400 (30 days). Reach Brookside House by phone at (501) 379-8698.
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