The Hope House Recovery Center has served Wilmington, North Carolina by offering sober living homes since 1998, when it was founded by the local Buck family. Today, Hope House is a network of 16 homes, 12 for men and four for women. All the homes are centrally located in Wilmington and are close to bus lines. Hope House uses 12-step support and assigns clients to three levels of housing.
Accommodations and Amenities
Clients can stay at a level one house for up to 90 days. There are nine bedrooms at each house, with two being singles while the other seven are shared among two clients at a time. Cable TV and Wi-Fi are provided. Fees are refundable with one week’s written notice, but are not returned in the event of a relapse.
A level two or three house offers fewer rooms though they are all private and, therefore. more expensive. Level one and two houses have three full baths and two half baths, while level three provides each client with a private bedroom, living room and bathroom. Each house has a fully equipped kitchen and one fridge per two residents. Washer/dryers can be found on-site and house cleaning supplies and paper products are provided. Buying groceries and cooking food is the responsibility of clients.
Rules and Regulations
Those entering Hope House at level one are expected to attend two off-site AA/NA meetings per day, though some exceptions can be made for clients who are in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), working or attending school. Clients are expected to provide their own transportation to meetings. A 9:30 pm curfew is observed every night, after which the day’s house meeting takes place. Residents undergo two mandatory drug tests per week and are monitored by on-site managers.
Level two requires clients to already have a minimum of 90 days sober, attend five AA/NA meetings per week and observe a midnight curfew (though it is no longer in effect after six months). Those in level two may also get overnight passes, though random drug tests still apply. Level three has the same sobriety requirements as level two and curfew and overnight pass rules are also the same.
Rent at Hope House is due on Friday for the upcoming week, as rent is collected on a weekly basis rather than monthly. All clients are required to find a 12-step sponsor within the first 30 days. Prescription medications must be listed on the admission form and are to be taken only as prescribed. Failure to attend mandatory meetings can lead to termination from Hope House.
Clients who relapse, as determined by a drug test or by management, must vacate the property immediately. Refusal or inability to submit to a test is the same as a positive. Residents can also be evicted if they know about alcohol use is going on and don’t report it. All paid rent and deposits are not refunded in the event of termination.
The entire house must be kept clean at all times. Clients are required to clean up after themselves and each is assigned a specific house chore. Beds are to be made daily and all TVs and radios are to be turned off when residents aren’t in their rooms. Finally, clients cannot take, borrow or use another client’s possessions without express permission.
Hope House Recovery Center’s rules may feel restrictive to some prospective clients but they are meant to instilling just the right amount of discipline that others may need. If cost is not a deterrent, the only other possible downside is that admission to Hope House can sometimes come with a wait list.
Hope House Recovery Center
10 Henry St
Wilmington, NC 28405
310 N Kerr Ave
Wilmington, NC 28405
Hope House Recovery Center Cost: $500–$680 (30 days). Reach Hope House Recovery Center by phone at (910) 264-1212.
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