Pure Recovery is a sober living and halfway house for young men between the ages of 18 and 29 with substance abuse issues. The facility is located in the mountains of western North Carolina and has been open for the past two and a half years. It offers a wide range of recreational activities for a sober living and also features an optional Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
Accommodations and Amenities
Pure Recovery’s primary house is 6,000 square feet and stands on four acres of land. There is an indoor pool and hot tub, a media room and a theater room. Each client shares his room with at most one other resident. Pure Recovery can host up to 18 men, though typically there are no more than 12 there at a time. The house has eight bedrooms, one of which is a 600-square-foot master suite shared among four clients. Each resident gets his own closet, dresser, nightstand and lamp, and all rooms display artwork.
All food is included, as is transportation. Staff and clients go grocery shopping as a group twice a week, in part to teach proper shopping and meal preparation skills. On Sundays at 5 pm, a local restaurant caters a big family dinner for Pure Recovery that they call the “gratitude dinner.”
Pure Recovery also runs a 5,000-square-foot house where clients can live after the halfway house.
Rules and Regulations
Pure Recovery imposes an 11 pm curfew. There is zero tolerance for drug use and on-site urinalysis and breathalyzer tests are performed regularly.
A stay at Pure Recovery is divided into three stages. The first month is the “new resident stage,” during which clients focus on a therapeutic assessment, job placement, educational planning, volunteer opportunities and financial planning. Residents are required to be active for a minimum of 20 hours per week, meaning they must be obtaining employment, volunteering, attending school or seeking outpatient treatment. Months two and three are the “resident stage,” during which curfews are extended and overnight passes are provided.
From month four onward, clients are “senior residents.” This means they have completed 90 AA/NA meetings in 90 days (which take place off-site), obtained a 12-step sponsor and have been actively working the steps.
Pure Recovery also has an optional IOP available if needed. There are two therapists on staff (one who runs individual and one who runs group therapy sessions). Either the director or one of the two house managers can always be found on-site.
Pure Recovery has a plethora of extra activities and services, including wilderness adventure therapy, athletic and competitive therapy, art and music therapy, relapse prevention, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, Crossfit, camping, paintball, golf, go-karting, archery, dodge ball, white water rafting, kayaking and an annual Gratitude Trip.
Pure Recovery recommends a six- to 12-month stay and becomes less costly the longer the contract that a client signs—a single month costs significantly more relative to a three-month stay, for example. The facility is relatively plush for its price point, and the services offered are closer to a treatment facility than a standard sober living home. Pure Recovery may be a great sobriety resource for those who can afford it, especially considering all the activities that come with the serious work.
399 Old Leicester Rd
Asheville, NC 28804
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