Residents pay weekly rent to stay at Stepping Stones based on the expenses of the house. All expenses such as utilities, food, and maintenance are managed by residents. Residents have the option of seeking self-employment or working for employers whom Stepping Stones has standing relationships. Weekly expenses average $100 at our Huntsville locations. There are no additional intake fees or deposits.
Properties provided by Stepping Stones are not substance abuse centers, halfway houses, shelters nor community care facilities. There is no treatment, counseling, therapy, or any type of health care services provided although we encourage our residents to make use of these resources. Resident make all decisions relating to the day-to-day functioning of the house democratically. Residents sign an agreement to maintain an alcohol and drug free environment, submit to drug testing, follow house rules, participate in weekly house meetings, and attend outside recovery meetings. All bedrooms are furnished while a fully equipped kitchen area is provided as are an on-site washer and dryer. The weekly rent covers the basic expenses of the house in addition to utilities such as water, electricity, trash pick-up, cable, phone, and internet. Transportation to meetings and work is available. Learn About the Oxford Model House Rules Stepping Stones does not believe in being overly strict with numerous rules or “babysitting” our residents – this would be counter to the principles of personal responsibility taught in recovery. On the other hand, rules and structure allow us to maintain order in our recovery houses and ensures individuals remain safe and respected. Many house rules are determined by the group and are subject to change by democratic vote. Mandatory rules are: Drug and alcohol free environment (zero-tolerance) Gainfully employed or in school Active 12-step sponsor Attend recovery meetings Avoid aggressive behavior Avoid smoking in house Maintain respect for others property Keep house and living area clean Submit to drug testing and breathalyzer Attend all house meetings A sober community exists to help each person understand he/she is not alone. He/she ino longer needs to face challenges without support, feedback, or deliberative thought. Building strength in sobriety means understanding that it is appropriate to ask for help, that challenges are more easily handled when there is a strong network helping you.
Phases Privileges and responsibility are tied to phases of the Stepping Stones program. These phases are tied to milestones as the resident progresses in his/her recovery program.
Level 1: All new residents begin at Level 1 for the first 30 days. The goals are to establish a recovery routine, find a sponsor, establish a home group, and find gainful employment. Residents are not eligible for passes and are subject to a 9pm curfew for this period.
Level 2: At this phase, residents should be progressing in their recovery network and have begun Step work under the guidance of a 12-Step sponsor. Residents have a 11pm curfew and are eligible for passes under the supervision of the women’s coordinator.
Level 3: In order to reach this phase, a resident must be in good financial standing, be employed, have no disciplinary issues, have a sponsor, a home group, and completed Step work through Step 5. It is expected that Level 3 residents serve as mentors for Level 1 and 2 residents.
Help strengthen your recovery, become a resident at a unique, quality, structured, supportive sober living house. Call Stepping Stones at 256-469-4415.