In the western region of Massachusetts, just minutes from the quaint yet progressive downtown area of Northampton, sits one of the area’s most respected all-male residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation and transitional programs—Hairston House.
Mostly funded by the state, Hairston House provides a safe and stable environment for newly recovering addicts to begin their assimilation back into the community. The length of their program is based on the needs of the individual and can last up to 30, 60, 90 days or longer (although monthly fees go up slightly after three months).
Accommodations and Food
While Hairston House is somewhere between a rehab and a 16-bed “halfway house” for men—where residents maintain their sobriety but have the freedom to come and go as they please (within curfew), have a job and maintain access to their cell phones, computers and other electronics (with some in-house Internet restrictions). But since meals are provided, as is access to medical treatments and services like buprenorphine, this does qualify as a treatment center.
During residents’ stay at Hairston House, food is provided through the state-funded food stamp system. Each client is allotted roughly $194 a month for a food allowance and Hairston House uses those funds to purchase food for the residents (this is part of the $250 monthly fee). Meals are then either prepared by residents or staff, depending on the day.
Treatment and Staff
Because Hairston House is part of the state’s social services, it caters to men who have already gone through a medical detox, clinical stabilization services (CSS)—typically completed at The Hope Center, locally—or the state’s legal system. Each client has a state case worker and his individual treatment trajectory will be based on his particular situation and implemented as a part of his case management. Clients on legal probation are welcome to begin their transition back into the community through Hairston House though those with open legal cases will not be accepted. All HH residents are required to be sober and maintain their sobriety through 12-step work and meetings. Family and friend support is encouraged and residents are allowed to have visitors up until 9 pm daily.
There are no doctors or therapists on staff. All therapy and medications for residents are outsourced to the community but set up through Hairston House.
Hairston House is a state-funded program; therefore no insurance is accepted for treatment. However, due to the extremely low cost of their services, most perspective clients are able to pay out-of-pocket without a problem.
25 Graves Ave
Northampton, MA 01060
Hairston House Cost: $250.00 (30 days, including food stamp stipend). Reach Hairston House by phone at 413-585-8390.