Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, The Grove Sober Living is the structured living component of the The Grove Counseling and Wellness Center. Luxury sober living in gender-specific homes is provided for those opting to live in a safe environment while they undergo outpatient treatment at the main facility.
Accommodations and Amenities
The Grove includes two homes for men and one for women. The ranch-style houses are located on quiet residential streets, and include landscaped yards and pristine shrubbery. The houses each accommodate between eight and 10 clients, all paired in spacious wood tiled rooms, which include twin beds topped with comforters, nightstands, small decorative lamps and dressers.
The houses include fully equipped kitchens, living rooms and dining areas. Residents are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation. Amenities include Wi-Fi, TVs with cable and laundry facilities. House managers live on the premises.
Rules and Regulations
Typically, the Grove accepts men and women who have graduated from primary care at a drug rehab, and who have a minimum of 30 days of sobriety. Potential applicants undergo a comprehensive interview, and must pass a 12-panel urine drug and alcohol screen. Upon acceptance, new clients undergo an orientation session with the sober living director.
While living at The Grove Sober Living, residents must attend the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and individual therapy at The Grove Counseling and Wellness Center. During the first 30 days of their stay, clients must attend five weekly AA/NA meetings, which includes the Grove house meeting held from six to eight pm on Tuesday nights. Additionally, they must abide by a 10 pm curfew, seven days a week. After that time, curfew is midnight seven days a week. After 30 days, clients must attend a minimum of three weekly 12-step meetings, including the house meeting, which has some recovery components. Attendance slips for meetings must be signed, and returned to the house manager on Tuesday evenings.
Residents must secure a sponsor within their first week. Clients are also expected to gain employment within 14 days of arrival. Unemployed clients must be out of the house from eight am to three pm, Mondays through Friday searching for work. Vocational assistance is provided. Those who get nighttime shift jobs that interfere with curfew have to clear those positions with the house managers.
Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted, at an additional $10 cost. Residents who relapse must leave the premises immediately to ensure the safety of the household. Those who refuse testing suffer the same consequences as those who have tested positive on the tests. Other forbidden behaviors include socializing with old buddies, exhibiting violent or abusive behavior, engaging in intimate relations with another resident, looking at porn on the Internet or in magazines, stealing from another housemate or entering another person’s room without permission. Clients who notice suspicious behavior, but fail to report it, are also subject to immediate eviction.
Participation of assigned household chores is mandatory, to ensure that residences are clean and tidy. Residents in good standing are eligible for overnight passes after 30 days. These passes are limited to six per month, but clients can’t stay out more than two consecutive nights at a time.
The Grove hosts a monthly fellowship dinner for all residents, and attendance is required. Usually, the dinner is hosted at one of the three homes. Clients having a hard time getting home before curfew must call their house managers.
The move-in fee is $400, and includes two weeks rent, and a $130 admission fee.
The Grove Counseling and Wellness Center offers a high-end sober living option for an affordable price. Clients are also located in close proximity to many job opportunities, public transportation and 12-step meetings. Additionally, staff is on hand to offer residents ample support. At the Grove Sober Living, residents are in capable hands.
The Grove Counseling and Wellness Center – Main Office
2645 O’Neal Ln, Bldg C
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
The Grove Sober Living Cost: $540 (30 days, not including a $130 admission fee). Reach The Grove Sober Living by phone at (225) 300-4850 or by email. Find The Grove Counseling and Wellness Center on Facebook
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