Hope Haven is a Catholic charity offering sober living homes and addiction recovery services in the Madison, Wisconsin area. One of the sober living homes, the Chris Farley House for adult men, provides gender-specific transitional housing that is connected to Pathfinders, a local outpatient treatment track. The other facility—The North Bay Lodge—provides men and women with primary and transitional residential treatment.
Named for the comic actor and Madison native who died of an accidental drug overdose, the Chris Farley House was formerly known as Rebos House. The facility changed its name shortly after receiving a donation from Farley’s family.
Accommodations and Amenities
Chris Farley House is a charming two-story brick home located in a residential neighborhood of Madison that accommodates up to 16 men in six shared bedrooms. The men also share four common bathrooms, a living room, a group meeting room, a fully-equipped kitchen, a dining area off the kitchen and a laundry in the basement. Furnishings are comfortable and homey with twin beds, dressers and nightstands in each bedroom. Cleaning supplies, linens and food are included, along with cable TV, Wi-Fi and a house phone. The backyard has patio furniture and picnic tables for socialization and summer barbecues.
Rules and Regulations
While the Chris Farley House is a sober living home, each client is required to commit to at least 12 hours of counseling each week to help maintain long-term sobriety. Counseling staff are on-site 24 hours per day and clients can expect weekly drug tests and daily Breathalyzers.
Residents must be up and out of the house by 9:30 am to work or look for work. The men are responsible for preparing their own breakfast and lunch, and the evening meal is prepared by staff. A mandatory house meeting is held each Monday evening from 6 to 7 pm. On-site AA meetings are held each Saturday and Sunday evening and, in addition to house meetings and counseling sessions, the men are required to attend at least three outside 12-step meetings per week (with attendance slips signed by the meeting secretary). Residents must sign in and out when entering and exiting the facility. Curfew is 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11 pm on Friday and Saturday.
For clients who work evenings or who are actively seeking employment, group sessions take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10 to 11 am. Evening sessions are available for clients who work during the day. Group topics include relapse prevention, dealing with cravings, coping skills and gender-specific discussions. Groups are facilitated by a CADC.
Case management services including job-hunting support are offered to those seeking employment. The goal at Chris Farley House is to ensure that clients leave the program with a sponsor, a job and a secure place to live. While the typical length of stay is 90 days, clients may stay longer if necessary.
Required medication is kept in a locked cabinet and clients are responsible for self-administering with staff supervision. There is a zero-tolerance policy for violence, disrespect and aggressive behavior. Electronics such as phones and computers (both personal and shared) are permitted only for the purpose of job-hunting. New clients are expected to use the “buddy system” and are paired upon intake with an individual who has demonstrated compliance and a commitment to recovery.
Family members and loved ones are permitted visitation on Saturdays and Sundays and are encouraged to participate in family counseling sessions to support clients and develop an understanding of addiction and its effects on the family system.
Hope Haven’s Chris Farley House offers an affordable and supportive environment where residents are expected to prove their commitment to long-term sobriety. The facility uses evidence-based therapy to help residents to transition to an independent life that is free of substance abuse.
Chris Farley House
810 W Olin Ave
Madison, WI 53715
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