Located in Lafayette, Indiana, Lighthouse Recovery Home offers sober living for adults recovering from substance abuse. This facility takes a mind, body and spirit approach to recovery; rather then placing residents in a strict 12-step based program, the house teaches life skills, uses evidence-based therapies, incorporates family into the process and opens clients up to the idea of a Higher Power.
Accommodations and Amenities
Residents live in comfortable, gender-specific homes in a quiet residential area. The houses feature dorm-style bedrooms and bathrooms shared between two clients at a time. Each room has bunk beds with all bedding included. Houses also have resident lockers, large kitchens and food storage areas, dining rooms, living rooms with cable TV, laundry rooms and outdoor areas with fire pits. Smoking is permitted in designated areas only.
There are shops, 12-step meetings and recreational activities within walking distance of the homes. To stay active, clients can attend the nearby Lafayette YMCA free of charge. In Columbia Park, residents can visit the zoo, a water park, a baseball stadium, playgrounds, duck ponds, stocked ponds for fishing and picnic areas/shelters. Entrance to the zoo is free. Murdock Park is just down the street, offering a free disc golf course and a sledding hill in winter. Billiards and bowling can also be found close to the home. The facility also hosts a range of sober events such as dances, dinners, picnics, bowling, workshops, mini conferences, retreats and conventions.
Clients are expected to prepare breakfast and lunch for themselves, though the staff prepare a home-cooked meal for residents every night at 5:30 pm.
Rules and Regulations
During their time in the homes, clients follow a structured schedule. Time spent in the program can vary, ranging from a month to a year. All residents must be at least 18 years of age and employed (or seeking employment). Detox must be completed before entering the program and no one with outstanding warrants, violent criminal records or history as a sex offender can be admitted into the program.
For the first two weeks in the house all residents are on restriction. This initial period limits clients’ off-site access as well as their visitation and house phone use. No personal cell phones are allowed for the first 30 days.
All residents receive a weekly chore list and must complete it on time. In addition, 17 hours of recovery work must be completed each week. This includes a mixture of 12-step meetings, therapy, step work and house meetings. Therapy is a blend of meditation, 12-step philosophies, CBT and addiction education. When it comes to AA/NA, a minimum of two outside meetings per week is required and a sponsor must be obtained within the first 90 days in the house.
Clients must be working, volunteering or attending school to stay at Lighthouse Recovery. Jobs in bars and liquor stores are prohibited. Residents are also required to sign in and out of the house when coming and going. From Monday to Thursday, clients have a curfew of 10:30 pm that extends to 11:30 pm on the weekends. Sunday is intended to be an earlier night, with a 6 pm curfew.
Daytime and 24-hour overnight passes are granted at the discretion of the staff. Overnight requests must be submitted in writing 72 hours in advance, though day passes require 24 hours’ notice. All chores must be completed to receive passes.Visitors are only permitted in the common lower-level areas and outside grounds. Intoxicated guests are not allowed on-site.
Transportation is not included in the program. Residents who own a vehicle must provide a copy of a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. All vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas only.
All prescription or non-prescription drugs, vitamins or herbal supplements are reviewed and inspected upon intake, as are all personal hygiene products. Anything containing alcohol (such as mouthwash) is not allowed.
The facility is gender-segregated; as such, men are not allowed to go into the women’s home without staff permission and vice versa. There is a strict zero tolerance policy for relapse. Clients are not permitted to be in the presence of alcohol and drugs when off-site. Rent must be paid on time, any failure to do so resulting in a $10 late fee.
Court advocate services assist clients who are facing criminal charges due to their substance abuse issues. Lifetime alumni support is available as well.
Lighthouse Recovery Home definitely falls on the stricter side of sober livings, though the structure may be beneficial to the newly sober. Those who attend this program need to be serious about their sobriety and willing to follow guidelines. Through a mixture of working in the real world, therapy, the 12 steps and the application of life skills, this program can help residents turn their lives around.
Lighthouse Recovery Home
2525 Kossuth St
Lafayette, IN 47904
Lighthouse Recovery Home Cost: Call for cost. Reach Lighthouse Recovery Home by phone at (765) 250-5809 or email at [email protected].
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