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The Recovery Council was founded in 1977 when a group of citizens came together to address the growing problem of drug and alcohol abuse in Waverly, Ohio. Though the facility offers primary care, women who have completed residential care can continue on to  long-term transitional housing at The Recovery House. The Recovery Council also operates an outpatient facility in Chillicothe that uses a mixture of evidence-based therapies and the 12 steps to teach clients how to live a sober life.

Accommodations and Amenities

The Recovery House is a 40-bed female sober living split between two houses, one with 16 beds and the other with 24. Both offer family-style accommodations, with modest bedrooms shared between two clients each. Bathrooms are shared by several residents at a time and the downstairs area of the home features a kitchen, a dining room and a living room with TV. Smoking is permitted outside of the homes. While neither house has an on-site gym or weight room, residents can take walks around the neighborhood in the evenings.

Food is provided for clients, who are required to cook for themselves, either in groups or independently. Residents can also buy additional snacks with their own money. Coffee and sugar are permitted.

Rules and Regulations

The Recovery House uses the 12 steps and evidence-based therapies to help clients heal from substance abuse. For the first five months, residents are prohibited from working. Instead, they spend their days in group therapy. Discussion topics include relapse prevention, introduction to the 12 steps, life skills, processing and anger management. Evidence-based therapies such as CBT and DBT are used throughout the process and clients also participate in individual therapy once a week.

The typical time spent in the homes lasts anywhere from six to 12 months. Residents have access to on-site AA meetings five times a week and attendance is mandatory. On the weekends, there are opportunities for optional, off-site meetings. Curfew on weekdays is at 10 pm, extending to 12 am on weekends. After a month in either of the houses, clients can apply for weekend passes. This means that they can go off-site to spend weekends with family and friends or bring their children to the house for bonding. Random drug tests are conducted to ensure each resident’s sobriety.

Once clients have reached the five-month mark, they can begin looking for employment or educational opportunities.


Aside from transitional care, The Recovery Council offers IOP, case management, individual therapy and assessments for additional treatment whenever necessary.

In Summary

The Recovery House is a long-term transitional care facility for women recovering from substance abuse. Thanks to an extensive in-house meeting schedule and lots of therapy, all clients get the chance to attack sobriety head-on while gaining a greater sense of independence. This is an affordable, 12-step based program where residents can thrive.

The Recovery House
PO Box 226
Waverly, OH 45690

The Recovery House Cost: Free. Reach The Recovery House by phone at (740) 947-6727 or [email protected]. Find The Recovery House on Facebook

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