Located in Portland, Maine, Skip Murphy’s provides structured all-male sober living at two locations. Founded in 2009 by Joe Riley, who overcame his addiction by finding the 12 steps, the facility bears his late grandfather’s name. Skip Murphy’s offers clients a safe environment while teaching them 12-step tools and principles.
Accommodations and Amenities
One of the Skip Murphy’s facilities is a duplex that accommodates ten men, who share double-occupancy rooms. The historic home provides a safe, clean environment and a chance for the men to build a sense of community. The other building consists of three three-bedroom apartments. Each apartment has a kitchen and bathroom. Fifteen men live in this house. Both single and double-occupancy rooms are offered. The eclectic furnishings are a cross between country and modern decor. Both houses offer a calm, homey atmosphere, allowing residents to heal and focus on recovery. Clients in both homes purchase their own groceries and prepare their own meals.
Rules and Regulations
Skip Murphy’s offers a phased program that combines sober living with on-site counseling and 12-step work. The first stage lasts a minimum of 60 days. There is a 9:30 pm nightly curfew. A typical daily schedule includes a 9:15 am morning medication call, a 9:30 am Upon Awakening AA meeting, 11:30 am and 3 pm Big Book study groups and an evening 12-step meeting off the premises. Clients return for a 9:45 pm nightly medication call and a 10 pm nightly review meeting. Clients must be present at all these groups.
Other requirements include attending individual therapy once per week with a member of the staff, all of whom are CADCs. Residents must also get and work with an approved sponsor, joining a home group, getting a service commitment, completing steps one through five, preparing a resume, obtaining full-time employment (or part-time work in conjunction with part-time school) and attending recreational activities offered by Skip Murphy’s. The 30-day cost for phase one is $2600.
During the second stage, which lasts between 90 and 120 days, residents are allowed an 11 pm nightly curfew. Weekly requirements include attending a minimum of four outside 12-step meetings, being at an in-house Saturday meeting and participating in bi-monthly individual therapy with staff. To complete phase two, men must work steps nine through 11, maintain all responsibilities and formulate a financial budget. The monthly cost is $1,600.
The third phase is an additional six months, and is optional. The curfew during stage three is midnight on weeknights, and 1 am on weekends. Clients continue with all the obligations established during the second stage of their stay. Additionally, they are expected to be of service by sponsoring other men. The 30-day cost is $900.
The fourth phase requires an application. Residents become mentors to newly admitted residents. The 30-day cost is $500 and a six-month time commitment is required. Random drug and alcohol testing is conducted during all phases. Clients are asked to avoid the consumption of food items containing poppy seeds. Skip Murphy’s has a zero tolerance rule for clients that test positive.
The men often plan group activities including yoga, hiking, 12-step service work and CrossFit.
Local banks and employment agencies teach classes at the facility. Class topics include resume-building, budgeting and other life skills.
Portland, Maine is an up-and-coming mecca for recovery, and Skip Murphy’s is right in the middle of it. For those desiring a structured, 12-step-based approach to their recovery, look no further. However, clients who have no desire to even open a Big Book should definitely seek other options.
Skip Murphy’s Administration
449 Forest Avenue Suite #14
Portland, ME 04101
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