Carla Vista Sober Living Homes, based in Arizona, owns and operates a network of facilities in four states, providing men and women in recovery a sober environment with supportive staff and the involvement of alumni. Like all Carla Vista residences, Huskers House in Omaha, Nebraska is located in a residential neighborhood with an abundance of recovery groups and recreational activities nearby.
Accommodations and Amenities
Surrounded by beautiful trees with leaves that change colors with the seasons, Huskers House has a large backyard and patio area where residents can relax and barbecue. The two-story residence has four double-occupancy rooms that accommodate a total of eight men. Rooms are fully furnished with full-size beds and adjacent bathrooms with spacious showers. Linens and towels are provided.
The living room is open, with plenty of seating on comfy couches in addition to cable TV and a DVD player. Next to the living room is a nook with a communal computer with Internet access and a landline on which residents can make local calls. The kitchen is fully outfitted with new appliances and utensils. Though food is provided, residents may also buy their own if they have any specific dietary needs. There’s also a washer and a dryer as well as extra storage space and plenty of parking available in the garage and along the street.
The location is prime in that residents have access to nearby shopping, restaurants, movie theaters and AA meetings that are a short distance from the house.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to admission, potential residents undergo a background screening to ensure that Huskers House is a good fit. Residents must be at least 18 years old and it’s generally encouraged that they have had prior inpatient or outpatient treatment. If a resident is not deemed ready for sober living, staff will work directly with O’Neill Valley Hope and Omaha Valley Hope treatment centers to help find them a bed. A 90-day commitment is required at Huskers House, but residents may stay longer. They are randomly screened through drug testing and Breathalyzers and relapse will result in eviction.
Within two weeks of residence at Huskers House, clients are expected to have full-time employment or be attending school or volunteering for service. Chores are rotated on a weekly basis and are expected to be carried out each day. Curfew is 11 pm seven days a week.
Participating in a 12-step program is required of all residents. Daily meetings are mandated, including two on-site meetings—which typically include an alumni speaker—and two house meetings weekly. Finding a home group and a sponsor is also required and regarded as an essential part of addressing the core issues behind their substance abuse. Residents are encouraged to also participate in fellowship activities, such as dinner and movies with other residents. Though visitors are allowed, none are permitted to stay overnight.
Staying active is encouraged, and numerous social and physical activities are planned. Each resident is given a free gym membership. There’s also an annual “Carla Vista Super Bowl,” which is a tag football tournament that typically draws residents and alumni. “Capture the Flag” tournaments, summer softball leagues and kickball tournaments are also held in various locations around Omaha.
Although everyone is welcome, Huskers House, like all Carla Vista sober living residences, generally attracts a younger clientele. With a strong 12-step foundation, residents work on the issues that contribute to their substance abuse. Keeping members active in sobriety with athletic activities and facilitating a fellowship between residents in addition to a sense of pride in the house are part of the overall experience of the Carla Vista chain and make it a good option for young people in recovery.
Carla Vista Huskers House
11648 Douglas Street
Omaha, NE 68154
Carla Vista Sober Living Homes
745 N Gilbert Road Suite 124, PMB 147
Gilbert, AZ 8523
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