Founded in 2016 by Stevie Williams just outside Asheville in Candler, North Carolina, Infinite Sober Living provides high-end sober living for an intimate number of young women. Williams, who is in recovery, opened the house so that women, especially those with co-occurring disorders, would have a safe and structured place to focus on their recovery. Infinite Sober Living emphasizes individualized recovery plans with the belief that each client is unique, and should be treated as such.
Accommodations and Amenities
Infinite Sober Living accommodates no more than six women at a time inside a luxurious brick red split-level home that sits on more than an acre of land. The 3,000 square foot property boasts five bedrooms and four bathrooms, a home theater room, a gazebo, outdoor volleyball net, a fenced in pool and a top of the line home security system. The interior is luxuriously furnished, with leather couches, wood floors, and modern wall art. Clients are paired in rooms which include full sized beds, dark wood furnishings, and ample closet space. Both shared and single bathrooms are available.
While clients are responsible for their own food, meal planning is provided, and clients are transported twice a week to the grocery store, typically a Whole Foods. Meals are provided in a spacious fully equipped kitchen, which includes a large stainless steel refrigerator. A weekly house dinner is provided, and clients dine family style and learn to become part of a sisterhood.
Other house amenities include an outdoor fire pit, arts and crafts/yoga room, Wi-Fi, coffee, linens, towels, Hulu, Netflix and a laundry room. Full time staff lives on the premises, and provides around the clock supervision. Smoking is permitted outside in designated areas.
Rules and Regulations
All women must be 18 years and older. Additionally, clients taking mood disorder medications must have their regimen in place, prior to admittance. Documentation may be requested to ensure that the client is mentally stable and does not require intensive psychiatric care. Clients on Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), including Suboxone, are not allowed. Benzodiazepines are also forbidden. Typically, clients have at least 30 days of sobriety or have successfully graduated from a residential treatment program. A three-month minimum length of stay is mandatory.
Requirements include attending all house meetings, being at morning meditation, participating in all activities and events, and not isolating or watching television before 3 pm. Performance of household chores is mandatory. After the first week, the women must spend 20 hours outside the house, by working, volunteering or going to school. Some residents participate in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
Additionally, clients go through five phases. The initial phase includes attending 90 12-step meetings in 90 days, getting and working with a local sponsor and getting a home group. There are two 12-step meetings on the premises. Dating, visitors, overnight passes and concerts are not allowed. Clients also can’t leave the premises without staff. The curfew is 9:30 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 10:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays. During the second phase, the requirements are the same, but clients are allowed to leave the house unattended.
Level three parallels the requirements in level two except the curfew is 10:30 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and midnight Fridays and Saturdays. By the fourth level, clients are allowed approved overnights, and after they have completed 90 meetings in 90 days, they are required to attend five weekly meetings. Upon successful completion of the prior phases, they enter the final phase. They also receive a reward of their choice, including a massage, pedicure or dinner at a nice restaurant. At Infinite Sober Living, random drug and alcohol testing is conducted. Residents who relapse are dismissed from the premises, to ensure the safety of the entire household.
Other services besides housing include life skills, resume building, job assistance, support with finding a good sponsor, body image awareness, group exercise, nutritional education, equine therapy, yoga, Tai Chi, group therapy, psychiatric and outpatient referrals, experiential activities, and arts and crafts. During the weekend, clients participate in activities including hiking, bonfires, spa days, snow skiing, and movie outings.
Williams, who lost her brother to addiction, is passionate about recovery and about helping her clients. She is in tune with their needs, and provides comprehensive services which are beneficial for young women who need extra support in early recovery. Infinite Sober Living does not like to disclose their address, for the safety and privacy of their clients.
Infinite Sober Living
Candler, NC 28715
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