Founded in 1997 by Kevin Van Name, Harrison House offers six male-only sober living houses in Staten Island, New York. Its mission is to provide a safe and sober environment to financially challenged clients who want to build a solid foundation in recovery.
Accommodations and Amenities
Harrison House accommodates approximately 68 clients in total and there is no limit to how long a resident can stay. Harrison House operates on a phase system. New clients reside in a phase one house for a period that lasts between six and 18 months. After that, they are bumped into a level two house, which provides them with single rooms and more privileges.
New clients typically reside at one of two Victorian-style houses. Both locations were once bed and breakfast inns. The interiors are fully furnished and decorated with eclectic furnishings from leather couches to vintage hallway tables and African statues. Residents are initially paired in rooms that include twin beds, old-fashioned dressers, nightstands, and large windows for plenty of natural light.
Clients are responsible for their own groceries and prepare their meals in fully-equipped kitchens. Each residence has a live-in house manager.
Rules and Regulations
Clients must have completed a minimum of 28 days at an inpatient drug rehab. Prior to admission, a full intake assessment with staff is completed. During the interview, clients are assigned to a local outpatient drug rehab, usually Bridge Back to Life Center. Additionally, they must pass a drug and alcohol-screen test. The cost is $25.
Phase one at Harrison House depends on the length of a client’s outpatient program, but is typically between six and 18 months. Requirements include participation in an outpatient drug rehab, attendance at three weekly 12-step meetings and completion of household chores. The curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 11:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Clients are asked to not work for the first 60 days, to focus exclusively on their recovery.
Upon completion of phase one, clients are moved to a phase two house and into single rooms. Visiting privileges are given in phase two, but guests must leave by midnight.
Random drug and alcohol testing is conducted in both phases. Clients who test positive are transported to a detox facility, then are referred to inpatient care. Only after they complete residential treatment, are they allowed back at Harrison House.
Harrison House has a resource center, which provides anger management classes, vocational guidance, resume writing, housing support and referrals to local food pantries. Alumni of Harrison House attend the resource center and provide peer support and encouragement to residents.
Harrison House is serious about recovery and expects the same of its clients. For those who want a little freedom and aren’t convinced that the 12-step approach is for them, this is not a good fit. However, financially challenged individuals seeking structure and a safe place to change their lives around, this is a great choice.
Staten Island, NY 10310
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