Jack Downey, a recovering alcoholic, founded Hedrick House in 1977. Located in Tucson, Arizona, Hedrick House provides sober living for men in recovery. Besides lodging, three meals a day are included as part of the cost.
Accommodations and Amenities
Hedrick House is a compound of small bunkhouses with a total 60-bed capacity. Between four and five men share a bunkhouse. Typically, two men share rooms. Depending on the house, men also sleep on beds in the living room. This is not a big deal at Hedrick House, since the bunk houses are considered no more than sleeping and showering areas. Hedrick House provides bedding, linen and laundry supplies.
What Hedrick House lacks in sleeping accommodations they make up for it with their meals. No one goes hungry here. The men eat three hot meals a day and dine in the Hedrick House common dining area. On an average day, the entrees might include scrambled eggs or French toast for breakfast, goulash for lunch and steak, prime rib or spaghetti for dinner.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to admittance, Hedrick House clients must have been clean and sober for a minimum of three days. Newcomers have a five pm curfew for their first week. Hedrick House requires a minimum six-month time commitment. After that, residents in good standing stay according to their needs. In some instances, men have stayed at Hedrick House longer than five years.
Attendance at three in-house 12-step meetings that are at 7:15 pm on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays is required. While Hedrick House suggests clients get sponsors and work their steps, those recommendations are not mandated. The curfew is at 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. In addition, residents undergo random drug and alcohol screenings. There is a zero tolerance policy for refusal or positive test results. Aside from a few strict rules, the men are not regulated in their day-to-day lives. While clients are held liable for their monthly rent, their means of finding financial security is up to them.
Hedrick House is no-frills sober living environment where men can learn responsibility through the guidance of their peers. Aside from that, Hedrick House believes that the desire to stay clean and sober is the client’s responsibility. While Hedrick House might not be a good fit for clients requiring outpatient services, it suits the needs of men who want autonomy in a 12-step environment.
Hedrick House, Inc.
1632 E. Hedrick Drive
Tucson, AZ 85719
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