The North Cottage Program, Inc. is a residential substance abuse treatment program that offers a short-term intensive inpatient program, a long-term residential transitional living facility, a multi-phase home for individuals between intensive treatment and transitional living as well as two sober living residences for men—one in Norton and a second in Attleboro, Massachusetts. The latter two gender-specific living accommodations offer support and structure, creating a sense of community and accountability. The goal of this program is to move residents closer to independent living. Through 12-step meetings, weekly house meetings and a strict zero-tolerance for drugs and alcohol, clients learn how to live a happy and sober lifestyle.
Accommodations and Amenities
The Norton sober living home is a stately single-family home with Victorian features and the Attleboro home has a columned front wrap-around porch. Both are located in upscale residential neighborhoods. Norton accommodates up to 47 men at a time, while the smaller Attleboro location holds up to 21 men. Bedrooms and bathrooms in both houses are shared between several residents, numbers depending on occupancy. The basic bedrooms include twin-sized beds and dressers. The homes also feature fully-equipped kitchens and formal dining and living rooms with televisions. Smoking is permitted outside of the homes.
Rules and Regulations
The North Cottage sober living program is designed for those who have completed residential treatment. This men’s-only program uses the 12-steps to help residents recover from their substance abuse issues. During their time in the houses, residents are taught how to live independently. Activities such as grocery shopping, preparing meals, attending meetings and getting employment prepare the men to live healthy and productive lives.
The typical time spent in the homes is anywhere from six to 12 months, but residents may stay for as long as they wish. There are on-site AA/NA meetings five times a week and attendance is mandatory. On the weekends, clients are encouraged to attend additional off-site meetings. Curfew on the weekdays is 10 pm while on weekends it is 12 am.
An essential component of North Cottage’s sober living program is the requirement that men find a job or attend an educational program. The house manager is happy to assist residents in building their resumes and finding potential job opportunities. Clients are expected to complete household chores, prepare their own meals and respect the other group members. Electronics such as laptops and cell phones are permitted.
The program is funded by the weekly fees paid by the residents and is supervised by an on-site house manager and the program manager.
Residents have access to North Cottage’s volleyball court, pool tables and reading room. In addition, clients can visit the community library and use free day-passes for the local YMCA.
The North Cottage Program, Inc. is a comprehensive recovery program with both short and long-term residential treatment services. The two sober living homes offer long-term housing for men recovering from substance abuse. Thanks to a great in-house meeting schedule and a supportive community, long-term sobriety becomes attainable. While this program requires work and willingness, it is a place where residents can thrive.
The North Cottage Program, Inc.
69 E Main St
Norton, MA 02766
The North Cottage Program, Inc. Cost: $520-$600 (per week). Reach The North Cottage Program, Inc. by phone at (508) 285-2701. Find The North Cottage Program, Inc. on Facebook
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