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Seattle’s Recovery Support Center


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Founded in 2006 by Alfred White in the Seattle suburb of Burien, Washington, Seattle’s Recovery Support Center provides structured sober living for men in recovery. Their mission is to provide long-term transitional living so that clients can build a solid foundation in recovery, as well as develop basic life skills. At Seattle’s Recovery Support Center, there are a lot of strict rules. Their motto is, “It’s not that we don’t trust you. We do not trust the disease.”

Accommodations and Amenities

Seattle’s Recovery Support Center accommodates 19 clients between three locations, called the John Backstrom House, the Darrel House and the Gladys Russell Home. Clients are paired in spacious double-occupancy rooms, which include twin beds with headboards, colorful comforters, dressers and nightstands. Single rooms are also available for an additional cost. The houses are comfortably furnished, and include fully equipped kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms. Clients are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation. Each house has a live-in residential manager.

Rules and Regulations

At Seattle’s Recovery Support Center, potential clients must test clean on a urinalysis, prior to admission. Those on medication-assisted treatment, including Suboxone, are admitted on a case-by-case basis. Upon arrival, clients must obtain a mental health assessment within 90 days. The average length of stay is two years. During their stay, the residents progress through four 90-day phases.

Phase One includes working on a personal recovery plan, attending house meetings, participating in Life Skills and chemical dependency groups, meeting with a case manager and if unemployed, looking for a job or pursuing an academic education. The remaining three phases parallel the first phase, but allow clients (in good standing) more independence, including overnight passes.

During the first phase, clients attend three weekly group therapy sessions, followed by two weekly groups for second phase clients. By the third phase, residents participate in one weekly group, and finally in the fourth phase, they attend a monthly group. Topics include building sober social networks, HIV prevention and sexual health, communication skills, the 12 steps, anger management, self-motivation, relapse prevention, goal setting, stress management. White, who is a  LCDC runs the groups.

Other weekly requirements include attending three recovery support group meetings, acquiring a sponsor or mentor, taking an active role in yard work, performing household chores, and participating in outpatient treatment (if appropriate). Recovery support group meetings include AA/NA, Celebrate Recovery or Bible Study.

At Seattle’s Recovery Support Center, a zero tolerance policy is upheld. Random drug and alcohol testing is conducted. Residents who relapse are immediately evicted from the premises to ensure the safety of other clients. Random house checks are conducted, and rooms must be kept clean and odor free.


White, who is a recovering alcoholic and addict, and a former street hustler, completely changed his life. Besides being the CEO of Seattle’s Recovery Support Center and a counselor, White is a life coach, motivational speaker and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Christian Ministry.

In Summary

Seattle’s Recovery Support Center is a labor of love on the part of White, who is passionate about recovery, and being of service. For newly clean and sober men who seek life skills coaching, and a chance to work on their inner selves while solidifying a solid recovery protocol, Seattle’s Recovery Support Center is an awesome resource. Seattle’s Recovery Support Center does not disclose their physical address, for the safety and privacy of clients.

Seattle’s Recovery Support Center
PO Box 3214
Renton, WA 98056

Seattle’s Recovery Support Center Cost: $450-$550 (30 days, not including a $100 administrative fee). Reach Seattle’s Recovery Support Center by phone at (206) 412-2053 or by email. Find Seattle’s Recovery Support Center at LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+

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