Founded in 2009 by Ed Larue, a recovering addict, in Daytona Beach, Florida, LaRue House started out as a men’s facility, but by 2014, the house converted into a female-only sober living residence. In 2012, LaRue House expanded to include the Cottrill house for men. Additionally, in 2014, LaRue House acquired four additional homes that are used as housing for clients reuniting with families. At LaRue House, a 12-step approach is implemented and residents are encouraged to work on being productive and accountable.
Accommodations and Amenities
The original LaRue House or “Blue LaRue” accommodates 12 women. As its name suggests, “Blue Larue” is a picturesque baby blue Cape Cod style house with white and an outdoor staircase, which leads to the front porch. The interior is spacious, and includes a living room with a fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen and bathrooms with claw foot tubs. The women are paired in furnished rooms, which include dressers, twin beds, small tables, and decorative lamps. Two single rooms are also available.
The fully furnished Cottrill House accommodates five men. Clients are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation. During the house meeting, residents can agree to share the purchase of groceries, per staff approval. Amenities include a coin-operated laundry facility, house computers and bicycles. Each house has a live-in residential manager.
Rules and Regulations
Potential clients must fill out an application and undergo an interview with staff. Prior to admission, clients must pass a drug and alcohol screening. Requirements include attending five weekly 12-step meetings, acquiring a sponsor, getting a home group and working the steps. Performance of household chores and participation at the weekly house meetings is also required.
Clients must be out of the house between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm, Mondays through Fridays. During those hours, they must look for work, volunteer or attend school. Employable clients must get a job within 14 days of arrival. Clients on SSI have the options of doing community service or attending school.
Random drug and alcohol testing is conducted. A zero tolerance policy is enforced. Those who have relapsed are immediately evicted. Other behaviors that warrant prompt dismissal from the house include stealing, breaking another resident’s anonymity, violence, gambling, abusive behavior or possession of drugs, alcohol, weapons or fireworks. The curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
LaRue House is a member of the Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR).
The LaRue House organization offers wonderful options for male and female clients seeking affordable, 12-step based sober living. And the houses are located near the beaches, as well as in close proximity to many 12-step meetings. LaRue House does not disclose their addresses, for the safety and privacy of clients.
Daytona Beach, FL
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