Gateway House Review
Founded in 1998, Gateway House is a sober living home for men that highlights structure and provides a clean and sober life by using the 12 steps. Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Gateway House helps clients learn accountability as well as maintain their sobriety, and rebuild their lives.
Accommodations and Amenities
Gateway House operates a 50 bed program made up of apartment-style units in three historic buildings in the heart of Cincinnati. Each unit accommodates four or five men and there are usually around 40 clients residing in the townhouses at any given time. Each fully furnished, two-bedroom apartment comes with a spacious kitchen, living room and bathroom.
Most of the clients receive food stamps, so each resident contributes an equal contribution of his benefits towards the purchase of groceries. Apartments must be kept clean, and are subject to random staff inspections. Smoking is permitted only in designated areas outside the building.
Rules and Regulations
Gateway House requires a 90-day minimum time commitment from potential clients. Men often come straight from local treatment centers and must be clean and sober upon admittance. Staff conducts random drug and alcohol screenings. Residents found under the influence or with the possession of alcohol or drugs are subject to immediate eviction. Those who take prescription medications must provide an original, current doctor’s written prescription, and are subject to the program manager’s approval.
Residents must work toward securing for a full-time job within 30 days of arrival. However, for the first 90 days, a 20-hour a week part-time job is acceptable. Other requirements include attendance at five weekly 12-step meetings, including one in-house AA/NA meeting, being present at the house meeting, getting a sponsor and working the steps. Gateway House offers a plethora of weekly AA/NA meetings on the premises.
Residents are not permitted to have guests in their apartment who are not Gateway House clients or staff and those caught breaking this rule subject to immediate dismissal. A sense of camaraderie is encouraged amongst the men and residents generally spend their free time hanging out together in the common area. The curfew is 11:30 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 1:30 am Fridays and Saturdays.
Residents gather together for barbeques, local sports games and AA/NA events that encourage fellowship and building a peer support network.
Gateway House is a fraternity without the kegs. There is a strong sense of community for those who are willing to follow the rules and embrace 12-step recovery. Because of their strict regulations regarding prescription meds, clients requiring mental health services for co-occurring disorders or medication management might do best look elsewhere. However, for men seeking an opportunity to build strong peer ties, Gateway House is a great choice.
Gateway House Location
2232 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219
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