Founded in 2015 by Jennifer Munder in Asheville, North Carolina, Silver Linings Recovery Homes provides a safe and structured sober living environment for women in early recovery. Munder who has been clean and sober for over 19 years, believes that there is a need for female-only houses, because at times women in early recovery suffer from co-occurring or eating disorders. In those instances, the support of being around other women of like mind is extremely beneficial. The sober living facility’s name is inspired by the adage, “every cloud has a silver lining.”
Accommodations and Amenities
Silver Linings Recovery Homes includes four houses, and accommodates a total of 27 women. Typically, there are two women paired in a room. There is a master suite at one home, which accommodates three clients. Rooms include twin beds, one large shared dresser and one closet.
Clients are responsible for their own groceries, and meals are prepared in a fully equipped kitchen. Amenities include Wi-Fi, cable TV, a flat screen TV and laundry facilities. Thanks to a Roku streaming stick, clients can use their Netflix accounts, and watch shows on a flat screen TV. Residents are expected to pitch in monthly and purchase paper products and other home supplies. Each house has a live-in residential manager.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to admittance, clients must have a minimum of two weeks of sobriety or have successfully graduated from a residential treatment program. A three-month length of stay is recommended. During the first two weeks, they must attend daily 12-step meetings. Other requirements include participating in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), going to school, finding a job, or performing community service. During the first week, the curfew is 10 pm. After that time, the curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. After the fifth week, the curfew is midnight Sundays through Thursdays, and one am on Fridays and Saturdays.
After the first two weeks, they must attend five weekly 12-step meetings, look for a sponsor, find a home group and maintain a productive schedule. Clients must have attendance slips signed by the meeting’s secretary. The slips are turned in at the weekly mandatory house meeting. The house meeting includes opening up with the Serenity Prayer, discussing a recovery-related reading and having individual check-ins, where each client shares about personal concerns. The meeting also ends with a prayer.
At Silver Linings Recovery Homes, there are two drug screenings conducted on a weekly basis, including one scheduled after the house meeting, as well as a randomly scheduled test. Breathalyzers are used if clients appear intoxicated. Silver Linings Recovery Homes practices a zero tolerance policy and residents who relapse are immediately evicted from the premises.
Clients participate in a plethora of outdoor activities including hiking in the mountains, exploring local waterfalls and hanging out in downtown Asheville, which is a quaint, artsy community.
Munder cares deeply about her clients. Silver Linings Recovery Homes is composed of a group of women who enjoy a tight knit fellowship, while they work on self-respect and self-love in early recovery. For women seeking a nurturing style environment, Silver Linings Recovery Homes is the perfect fit. Silver Linings Recovery Homes does not like to disclose its address, for the safety and privacy of its clients.
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