Nestled in Colorado’s scenic Rocky Mountains, Pikes Peak Sober Living (PPSL) is a collection of homes which began 2004 with the opening of the Alteza House in Colorado Springs. Today, the organization runs five independent non-profit, 12-step based sober living residences. The Alteza, Pikes Peak and Spruce houses are for women and Chestnut and Cooper houses are for men.
Accommodations and Amenities
PPSL offers a couple of smaller houses, such as Chestnut, which holds a maximum of seven clients in three shared bedrooms. The bigger Houses, such as Cooper, can accommodate up to 16 people, in about 4,000 square feet of living space that includes three living rooms. Clients typically start their residency at PPSL by sharing a three-person room, then move into a two-person room and finish their stay at PPSL by enjoying a private room.
Residents are expected to supply their own food and cook their own meals. PPSL can provides those who need it with a letter to give to the Colorado Department of Human Services in order to qualify for a food stamp stipend of about $240 per month. The first month of stay at PPSL must be paid upfront and costs $485 (including a $35 application fee). Monthly rent is at $450, thereafter. There is an additional $10 house funds fee for supplies such as toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, gas for the lawn mower, detergent and so on.
Rules and Regulations
All the houses have the same basic rules. PPSL recommends a six to nine month stay and considers a six month minimum ideal. Clients are expected to attend 90 12-step meetings in their first 90 days. They are also required to find a sponsor within the first 30 days. During that same 30 day period there is a curfew of 8 pm. PPSL houses have a manager and assistant manager on-site 24/7. The bigger houses are staffed by a manager, three assistants and one senior resident supervisor.
The men and women are responsible for their portion of daily chores and must also participate in a more thorough cleaning on Sundays. There is also a mandatory house meeting every Sunday, where chores are assigned and rent is collected. In all the houses, open AA meetings take place on-site once a week. Residents are expected to attend meetings at their own house and the other houses, as well. Thursdays are focused on going over the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions and Fridays there is a Big Book study.
Social activities involve getting all the houses together, as well as the the local recovery community, like potlucks and barbecues. This gives clients a chance to socialize and make new friends within the sober community.
Overall, Pikes Peak Sober Living is a great option for those who seek affordable 12-step based sober living with a family atmosphere. The added bonus of being part of a larger recovery community within the houses will appeal to those who are worried about finding fun sober social activities. PPSL has over a decade of experience in providing sober living to the Colorado Springs area and it shows.
Pikes Peak Sober Living
512 Cooper Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Pikes Peak Sober Living Cost: $450 (30 days). Reach Pikes Peak Sober Living by phone at (719) 649-2227 (women’s admissions) or (719) 201-2669 (men’s admissions).
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