New Beginnings North is a sober living home for located in Chicago, Illinois for residents in early recovery from addiction and alcoholism. The facility is a lakefront building open exclusively to men on the north side of Chicago. In addition to providing a safe and secure environment for all residents, the organization’s staff can also assist in finding outpatient care or additional off-site support.
Accommodations and Amenities
The New Beginnings North facility is a 6,000 square-foot building with a total of 24 beds available for men. All rooms are shared and include queen-sized beds with comforters, dressers, bedside tables and basic decorations. In addition to the bedrooms, the building also has seven bathrooms, four refrigerators, three dishwashers, three fireplaces, central air and heat, high-speed WiFi and cable TV, comfortable common areas and a kitchen. Throughout their stay, all clients are expected to cook and prepare their own meals.
Rules and Regulations
First and foremost, residents at New Beginnings North are required to sign a house behavioral contract that forbids a range of problematic behavior. All clients are forbidden to drink, do drugs or fight in the home. Residents are also expected to attend on- and off-site 12-step meetings—one meeting a day for the first 90 days of their program. Sponsors are required within a week. Curfews are enforced at 11 pm on Sunday through Thursday and at midnight on Friday and Saturday.
As with many sober livings, all clients are expected to do basic chores and to keep things clean and tidy. Sexual contact between residents is forbidden. Clients are also expected to commit to 25 hours a week of volunteering, though this doesn’t apply for those who are working a job more than 30 hours a week or who are attending school. Regular and random drug tests also apply. A full list of behavioral rules and regulations is also available on the facility’s website. As the program is relatively hands-off, those in need of extensive dual diagnosis support may want to seek additional help.
The New Beginnings North facility is also located a mere 10 minutes from downtown Chicago and is even closer to lakefront biking and jogging paths. Local businesses and transportation lines are also easily accessible from the facility. Lengths of stay in the program are flexible and as mentioned, those who complete a program can work with staff members to develop stepped down aftercare plans or wraparound services.
Overall, New Beginnings North provides a tough-love approach to sober living for men with an emphasis on personal responsibility. The facility itself is expansive and comfortable, all conveniently located near local commerce and transportation. All residents are expected to work a 12-step program and to remain engaged at the home and in their personal lives as well. For men in the area looking for a strictly run sober living facility, New Beginnings North has programs worth considering.
New Beginnings North
809 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
New Beginnings North Cost: $750 (30 days). Reach New Beginnings North by phone at (773) 960-4379 or by email at [email protected].
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