Founded in 2011, Guiding Light Sober Homes in Austin, Texas provides two clean and sober living houses for men in early recovery. While a majority of the men follow a 12-step based protocol, others stay clean and sober by following alternative routes, including faith-based support.
Accommodations and Amenities
The houses are both located in quiet residential neighborhoods, and are close public transportation, as well as in close vicinity to many 12-step meetings, and Wal-Mart. The immaculate homes feature tiled and hardwood floors and are comfortably furnished. Guiding Light offers double and triple occupancy rooms, and accommodates between 10 and 12 clients per house.
Amenities include free long distance calling, wifi, Cable TVs, laundry facilities, laundry detergent, paper supplies, linens, a house computer with Internet access and a printer. Smokers can hang out in the garage, where there is an additional television set. Each house has a live-in house manager who provides peer support and maintains house rules.
Residents are responsible for their own groceries, which can be prepared in fully equipped kitchens. Many of the clients qualify for food stamps, and staff is on hand to help them apply for EBT cards and other government benefits, if appropriate.
Rules and Regulations
While Guiding Light prefers clients who have completed 30-days of primary care at a drug rehab, they will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Residents must perform basic household chores, maintain a recovery protocol and stay clean and sober. Attendance at 12-step meetings is not mandated, but many of the men, including the house managers are actively involved in AA/NA. Others attend faith-based programs at a local church.
During the first week, the curfew is midnight from Sunday to Thursday, and 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays. After that period of time, the curfew is lifted and clients are also allowed to have overnight passes, provided that they are in good standing. At Guiding Light, there is the belief that recovery cannot be forced on anyone, however residents are subject to random drug and alcohol testing and there is a zero tolerance policy for individuals who have tested positive.
Guiding Light accepts criminal justice clients who are referred by their probation officers.
At Guiding Light, clients have freedom to choose a recovery protocol that works best for them, as long as it helps them stay clean and sober. Peer support is big here, and house managers are actively involved in providing vocational guidance, as well as spiritual support. For men seeking a close-knit recovery atmosphere, Guiding Light is a great match.
Guiding Light Sober Homes
9603 Hansford Dr.
Austin, TX 78753
8111 Shenandoah Dr.
Austin, TX 78753
Guiding Light Sober Homes Cost: $540 (30 days). Reach Guiding Light Sober Homes by phone at (512) 584-9693.
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