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Tirrell HouseThe Basics

Tirrell House is a men’s only transitional living house that founded in 2011 in Manchester, New Hampshire. As part of the mental health and substance treatment organization Serenity Place network, Tirrell House provides men of all ages from across the country with a safe and sober environment in which to build a strong foundation of recovery.

Accommodations and Amenities

Tirrell House is a large, three-story Victorian home in a residential neighborhood with a covered porch and gabled windows. Accommodating up to 14 men, the second floor of the house has six double-occupancy rooms and one triple with an en-suite bathroom. On the same floor as the bedrooms are two shared bathrooms for the residents of the double rooms.

The first floor has a living room with new furniture, a library and a large flat-screen TV. The house has a large basement used to host both in-house meetings as well as open community 12-step meetings. Tirrell House also has a shared computer for residents to conduct job search.

There is a fully-equipped kitchen and large dining area. Food is provided, and the kitchen is constantly stocked with healthy, nutritional options—including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Residents are responsible for their own breakfasts and lunches, but dinners are prepared by a cook in Serenity House’s main building. All meals are healthy and the chef accommodates dietary restrictions and requests.

Rules and Regulations 

Tirrell House requires residents to have completed some form of residential treatment within the past year and have a minimum of 30 days of sobriety. The transitional living program at Tirrell House lasts for three months, but clients can extend their time for a total of six months. When residents are admitted, they undergo an intake process with a case manager who continues to meet with them weekly throughout their stay. Clients also meet with a LADC once a week.

Tirrell House also offers three CBT-based group meetings throughout the day at 9 am, 2 and 9 pm and residents are required to attend all three providing their work schedules do not conflict. These sessions cover a variety of topics including relapse prevention, coping skills and recovery reading. Residents are required to attend two 12-step meetings per day if not employed and one a day if employed. Clients must get a sponsor as soon as possible and are expected to attend both outside AA/NA and SMART Recovery meetings.

After an initial orientation period, clients progress through three separate phases. The orientation phase lasts three to five days, during which time residents are introduced to house meetings and practices, the house rule book and get generally acclimated to the house and their housemates. During this phase residents cannot use their cell phones and do not leave the house. 

After the orientation phase, the men step up to Phase One which lasts from two weeks to a month. Clients meet with their case manager weekly and complete at least three job applications per day. Help is provided with resumes and applying for jobs. Once residents find a job, a staff member helps them create a budget. Clients are permitted to use their cell phones during this phase.

In Phase Two, residents are required to work 20 hours a week and continue to meet with their case manager weekly.  During this phase clients are permitted cell phones and have six hours a week of free time—but they are required to plan out this time with their case manager. The men also begin the search for a safe living environment to transition into once they leave Tirrell House.

Those in Phase Three are required to be employed full-time working a minimum of 37 hours per week. Clients are given 12 hours a week of free time and overnights are permitted but only upon approval after submitting an application. Residents can also go to the gym during this phase if they wish.

Tirrell House enforces a 9 pm curfew and has staff members on-site 24/7.  While staying in the house, clients are drug tested and breathalyzed every two weeks. Residents are also expected to complete daily chores. By discharge, all clients are required to have a proven form of income as well as a safe place to live. The men are always welcome to return to Tirrell House at a later time if they decide they need to.

Staff includes five licensed counselors—both LADCs and LCSWs—who work supervise and guide house clients and lead the group meetings.

Extras

Tirrell House occasionally offers on-site art therapy groups. Additionally, there is a separate fitness room and a Bowflex in the garage. Outside, there is a basketball hoop for recreation and a communal garden that residents can tend.

If a resident relapses while staying at Tirrell House, they are offered the option of discharging from the program or entering Serenity Houses’ detox program.

In Summary

Terrell House is ideal for adult men seeking a structured sober living home. The program focuses on ensuring residents have sustainable income and a safe, sober living environment. This is an especially good match for those without a strong outside support system for their new recovery. Terrell House encourages clients to create tangible results and progress through multiple phases of sustainable sobriety.

Tirrell House
101 Manchester Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Tirrell House Cost: No cost to the client if unemployed, 30% of gross income once employed (30 days). Reach Tirrell House at 603-625-6980 or email them at i[email protected]. Find Tirrell House on Facebook and YouTube

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