What Does Recovery Mean?

Upon completion of detox, rehab, incarceration, hospitalization, a life-changing “moment” etc.;
individuals gradually transition into a “life of recovery.” That phrase is thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean?

• It is a physical, psychological, and spiritual process of ongoing change that involves healing and redefining of self.

• Although it is self-directed, recovery is strengthened and empowered by relationships and transcends shame and addiction stigma.

We understand that a life of recovery is about more than just abstinence from drugs and
alcohol. Recovery is a new reality.

SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) defines a working idea
of addiction recovery as one that incorporates these five key elements:

1. Continuous growth and change – Addiction recovery is a process that requires continuous personal growth. Individuals in recovery are constantly working to improve their attitudes about life, whether by attending 12 – step meetings, enrolling in a sober living program, or being actively involved in some other recovery support group or activity.

2. Abstinence from drugs and alcohol – Of course, sobriety is still a key aspect of addiction recovery and should be consistently maintained on a long-term basis.

3. Improved health – With sobriety comes physical healing. Many addicts in recovery find that they have more energy, fewer mood swings, sleep better and enjoy better health in general.

4. Improved wellness – Life in recovery encourages overall wellness. This includes emotional, physical, spiritual, social, intellectual, occupational, and environmental wellness.

5. Improved quality of life – With the above factors in mind, an individual in recovery should experience an overall improved quality of life.


NHI strives to create an environment that is conducive to substance abuse recovery
in all that we do.


Housing Policy & Rules

NHI requires clients of the Sober Living Services program to abide by policies and rules set in place for both the overall effectiveness of group living as well as creating structure and guidelines that bring forth focus on developing life skills necessary for success beyond your sober living experience. 


Upon acceptance and intake into NHI Sober Living Services program, each client will be assigned a bed with limited storage space. All belongings will be inspected for safety, cleanliness, compliance with medication policies, illegal substances, and paraphernalia. All clothing items must be placed in the dryer for thirty minutes to minimize the ability to bring bed bugs into the houses. Additionally, NHI staff, House Manager, and/or senior client will show you around and perform introductions. Next, NHI staff will review all required intake documentation with you. Finally, NHI staff or House Manager will screen for drugs and alcohol.


 Noah's House Inc.'s mission is to provide multiple pathways to substance abuse recovery. We believe Recovery is possible.


Blackout Phase

The initial intake application requires the client to become familiar with the 30-day Black-Out Phase. It is the client’s responsibility to know and comply with the black-out phase. If you do not agree with the black-out phase and/or its requirements you will not be allowed to finish the intake application process.
During the Black-Out Phase, your privileges are limited to those activities that establish basic behavior patterns and daily routines. You may attend recovery-focused meetings such as IOP/OP appointments, medical appointments, recovery support groups, and employment opportunities. Meetings or social engagements that are not specific to recovery are not permitted. You may not leave the premises unsupervised or without permission. Exceptions can be made with permission from NHI staff or House Manager only.

In order to be removed from the Black-Out Phase the following criteria must be met and maintained with approval from NHI staff granted or client can be placed back into Black-Out Phase: 

•    A drug and alcohol evaluation completed by a participating drug and alcohol provider that client is actively following
•    Attending mandated number of recovery support meetings
•    Has acquired and is actively working with a sponsor/mentor
•    Gainful employment that is conducive to recovery
•    Honoring and current with all financial requirements
•    Following all house policies and rules
•    Demonstrating a daily routine
•    Current with all legal matters

Overnight Passes

A client is eligible for an Overnight Pass upon completion of 90 days in the NHI Sober Living Services program. Client(s) working on reunification with their son or daughter could be considered for eligibility after 30 days of residency.

In order to meet the requirements for an Overnight Pass the client must::

•    Be in good standing and current with ALL policies and rules
•    Attend mandated events and functions i.e., treatment, house meeting, volunteer activities, etc.
•    Must not have a verbal or written warning within the week of requested overnight pass, exceptions may be granted with prior NHI staff approval and an appropriate reason.
•    Fill out and turn in an overnight pass request 48 hours prior to the overnight pass date and receive written approval from NHI staff.
•    Receive verbal approval from the assigned Officer if on parole or probation
•    Return the following day of overnight pass by curfew: 6:30 PM on Sundays.
•    Overnight passes are limited to two per month and may not be back-to-back


Exiting The Program

Each client is expected to move on from NHI at some point in time and in order to leave in good standing it is required to follow these Exit Requirements:

•    Written two-week notice is required before moving out. If you decide to physically leave prior to your notice date, you will still be financially responsible for the two-week period. (Please refer to Client Financial Responsibility Policy for additional details.)
•    An exit form is required to be filled out and signed on the date that you physically leave the sober living premises.
• Clients' living area needs to be clear of all personal belongings, the bedding needs to be striped and laundered, floors vacuumed, all surfaces and baseboards cleaned.
•    In the event the client exits NHI Sober Living Program unexpectedly, not in good standing, the client has one week from the physical exit date to collect any belongings. Any personal property remaining at the end of business (5:00 p.m.) on the 7th day will be donated or discarded as determined by NHI staff.



1.    Client is required to seek gainful employment that is conducive to your recovery.
2.    Client who calls off work or misses a scheduled activity/appointment may not leave the premises without prior NHI staff approval.
3.    Client is not permitted to quit a job without discussing it with NHI staff.
4.    Clients not gainfully employed are required to participate in 25 hours of property upkeep and maintenance or volunteer work to be specified by NHI staff.
5.    Clients that are gainfully employed are also required to participate in property upkeep and maintenance as required by NHI staff.

Chores and Cleanliness:

6.    Client rooms are to be clean and organized. Beds are to be made, at all times.
7.    Client is responsible to complete their assigned chore daily, as well as help to keep all common areas clean.
8.    Client is responsible for participating in any house cleaning, spring cleaning, fall cleaning, etc. that the House Manager has scheduled. Participation will be MANDATORY.
9.    Client is responsible for immediate clean-up after cooking and/or eating.  NO dishes are to be left in the sink.
10.   Client performing personal hygiene is required to clean up behind themselves immediately and leave a clean bathroom for the next person.
11.    Client will have no open food/drink in bedrooms or bathroom(s).


12.    Client is not to enter another client’s room or living space.
13.    Client may have privileges removed i.e., pass, television, etc. if chores are not completed, if the grounds and building are not cared for, rooms are not kept clean, or general attitudes are not in line with house etiquette.
14.    Clients who demonstrate disrespectful behavior towards other clients or staff will not be tolerated. Disrespectful behavior in any form could result in discharge. (This includes theft and verbal or physical confrontations.)
15.    Client will not have possession of weapons or anything perceived as a weapon.
16.    Client must respect the anonymity of other clients.


17.    Client must be awake, dressed, beds made and rooms in an orderly condition for the day by 9:00 AM unless you work third shift and were at work the night before. An appropriate schedule will be set by NHI staff for third shift workers.

18.    Client is to be in their room for the night and lights out at 11:00 PM with all phone conversations ended prior to this time.
19.    Client is not permitted to sleep, rest, or take naps in bed between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Any exception must have prior NHI staff approval.
20.    Client will be in the house by 10:00 PM curfew or earlier if curfew gave by
parole/probation. (Work is the only exception with NHI staff approval.)
21.    Clients not at work are required to follow the house schedule.
22.    Client must attend weekly house meetings. Attendance is MANDATORY.


23.    Client may not lend or borrow money, lend or borrow personal belonging or vehicles to another client.
24.    Client who wishes to have someone come onto NHI property must have prior approval from NHI staff.  This includes any drop-offs and/or deliveries.
25.    NO SMOKING/VAPING in the building or vehicles. Smoking/vaping is permitted outside in designated areas only. Please dispose of cigarettes properly.
26.    Client bedrooms and vehicles are subject to search and inspection at any time by NHI staff.
27.    Client is required to sign in and sign out when leaving/returning to the building.
28.    Client is expected to communicate ALL schedules and plans to NHI staff immediately.
29.    Client with mandated community service must have community service preapproved by NHI staff.
30.    Client is to be productive in their recovery and work on their program goals/life goals while residing at NHI
31.    Client is expected to disclose to NHI staff any thoughts or actions related to individual sobriety and mental health concerns such as self-harm.
32.    Clients being in a relationship will not be tolerated; unless married or child/children are involved; at the discretion of NHI staff only.
33.    Client will not participate in or withhold knowledge of illegal activities taking place.






Any client who enables or participates with another client in violating a policy or rule will receive consequence equivalent to the client in violation.

Violations of minor NHI housing policies and rules will have a three-step process before discharge is considered. The process is as follows:  

Step 1: The client who is in violation of a policy or rule will receive a VERBAL WARNING.  NHI staff will discuss the violation and document the extent of the infraction and the consequence.


Step 2: The client who has repeated the same violation of a policy or rule a second time will receive a WRITTEN WARNING. NHI staff will discuss the violation and document the extent of the infraction and the consequence to be handed out by NHI staff 

Step 3: The client who has repeated the same violation of a policy or rule for the third time will be placed on a BEHAVIORAL CONTRACT. Contract terms will be determined by NHI staff and discussed with the client. 

Violating the contract could result in discharge from Sober Living Services at the discretion of NHI staff.