Ember Lodge is a brand new sober living home dedicated to young adult women in Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in 2016 in by Rebekah Puccia, who has been clean and sober for six years, Ember Lodge provides a serene, safe and structured home for a small group of women.
The name of the house was inspired by an experience that Puccia had during her stay in a residential wilderness treatment program. While trying to light a primitive fire, she experienced many negative emotions and wanted to give up but she kept trying. When she finally saw a tiny spark on the tinder bundle and a small ember appeared, the women in her program surrounded her, providing silent support. In that moment, Puccia connected strongly to the women and became committed to her recovery. Her belief is that a lot of gender-specific recovery programming is designed on a male model, which she does not deem effective for all women. Ember Lodge offers women a holistic approach, which employs a strong 12-step component.
Accommodations and Amenities
Ember Lodge accommodates eight women inside a brand new three-story house that has a view of the Blue Ridge mountain skyline. The home includes bamboo floors, a library, two raised decks and a large living room with a gas fireplace. The house includes large windows which allow for soft ambient lighting. Women are paired in comfortably furnished rooms, which include twin beds, closets, and dressers. Each bed has a unique quilt, hand made by Puccia’s mother.
While residents are responsible for their own groceries, and meal preparation, a nutritionist provides healthy meal planning, and assists clients in writing up a grocery list. Food is prepared in a brand new fully equipped kitchen. On Sundays, the women participate in a family-style dinner, which allows clients an opportunity to build fellowship.
Amenities include Wi-Fi, off-street parking, towels, sheets, bedspreads and pillows, laundry facilities, Cable TV, foosball, yoga and gym memberships, a dartboard, and fresh herb gardens. Staff lives on the premises, and oversees operations. Jäger, a friendly German shorthaired pointer provides canine companionship.
Rules and Regulations
At Ember Lodge, new clients must have a minimum of 30 days of sobriety and preferably have attended residential treatment. Puccia believes in addressing clients one on one, and provides individualized recovery protocols. During the first three days, women with co-occurring disorders receive a psychiatric evaluation, and medication management to ensure that they are receiving the appropriate psych meds. This service is included in the cost. Suboxone, benzodiazepines and other narcotics often used in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) are not allowed.
As a 12-step oriented sober living home, clients must initially attend five weekly AA/NA meetings. Ninety meetings in 90 days are recommended for unemployed clients. Other basic requirements include working or volunteering, being at weekly house reflection meetings, as well as guided meditation gatherings led by an experienced mentor. Ember Lodge works closely with a local Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) program, where some of the women receive outpatient counseling.
Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. At Ember Lodge, residents who relapse are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Since clients progress through different phases while living in the house, the curfew times range. Initially, the curfew is 9 pm, followed by a 10 pm curfew. Clients attending 8 pm 12-step meetings are granted leeway, provided they inform staff in advance. Weekend curfews are flexible.
Other services besides housing include individual goal-setting, career and life path guidance, acupuncture, and a weekly relapse prevention study with a certified substance abuse counselor. Group therapy is also provided off the premises. Optional add on services (for an additional cost) include massage and energy therapy. Clients participate in group outings that include bowling and going to the movies.
Ember Lodge is Rebekah Puccia’s brainchild. She is committed to helping her clients become empowered, so that they can learn to live happy and healthy lives in recovery. Puccia works closely with the women, and believes that it is important for newly sober women to learn to love and respect themselves, so that they can also learn to be of service to others. This beautiful house in Asheville offers serenity and structure, along with a comprehensive and holistic protocol. Ember Lodge does not like to disclose their exact address, for the privacy and safety of their clients.
Asheville, NC 28806
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