Located about 30 miles west of Hartford in Torrington, Connecticut, Key Recovery Homes provides gender-specific sober living for men and women. Founded in 2010 by Michael Venghaus after his own experience of being in an unpleasant sober living home when he was new to recovery, he felt that it was important to provide high quality housing for recovering alcoholics and addicts. His goal is to provide a place for them to build a strong foundation in recovery, as well as have a chance to rebuild their lives. Venghaus has seven years of sobriety.
Accommodations and Amenities
Key Recovery Homes has ten homes, and accommodates 50 men and 50 women. The houses range from quaint Victorians to whimsical Cape Cod style houses. The interiors include wood floors, spacious rooms with eclectic furnishings and windows that provide ample sunlight. Clients typically share double-occupancy furnished rooms, but some singles are available based on seniority.
Residents are responsible for their own groceries, and meals are prepared in fully equipped kitchens. Amenities include Wi-Fi, cable TV and laundry rooms. Each residence has a live-in house manager.
Rules and Regulations
Typically, clients have undergone primary care at a drug rehab, but occasionally newly clean and sober individuals are admitted, provided that they have undergone detox. Approximately five percent of residents are criminal justice clients, with three beds allotted for women, and two for men.
At Key Recovery Homes, clients must participate in the in-house aftercare program, which takes place at the main office. Aftercare cost is typically covered by insurance. The program includes individual and group therapy, and is facilitated by LACDs. Individual therapy focuses on a plethora of issues, ranging from eating disorders to providing dual diagnosis support and recovery coaching. The groups focus on relapse prevention, gender-specific issues and life skills.
Additionally, clients must attend a minimum of six weekly 12-step meetings, until they acquire employment. After that time, they must attend four AA/NA weekly meetings. Men and women who receive SSI benefits are encouraged to remain productive, and perform community service, if they are physically able. Residents progress through various levels during their stay. During the first 60 days, residents are breathalyzed twice per day, and have a 9:30 pm curfew seven days a week. As they progress through the program, the curfew is extended to 11 pm, and finally, they are on their own, but they are still held accountable for their actions.
Random drug testing is also conducted, and at Key Recovery, residents who have relapsed are evicted from the premises.
Other services besides housing, include a yoga program, life planning, money budgeting, and resume building. Key Recovery provides an assistant manager training program for a select number of clients who have been with the program for three months, are in good standing and have completed aftercare.
Key Recovery is a wonderful opportunity for clients who want to engage in an aftercare program, work on a 12-step recovery protocol and live in a unique, East coast sober living home. While clients progress through different levels, and gain more independence plus practice life skills, they still have a strong and supportive community to lean on.
Key Recovery Homes Main Office
33 Prospect Street
Torrington, CT 06790
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