Sober Living houses

This project is based in 3 houses, providing accommodation and support to 11 residents aged 18+ who are working to maintain abstinence. Most residents have been through drug or alcohol rehabilitation and are deemed to have already built some ‘recovery capital’.

Two dedicated substance misuse workers take the lead with the houses and provides support during weekday office hours (with flexibility), and out-of-hours on call is provided. There are weekly group meetings and one-to-one support sessions for all residents, aimed at helping each individual to identify and tackle the issues that may prevent them from sustaining accommodation in the future. As with the Keeva houses, this may include a wide variety of support including advice on debt and budgeting issues, counselling, help with drug and alcohol issues, and access to health care, training, voluntary or paid work.

Drug and alcohol testing is a necessary part of the support package. In the event of a relapse, or if this style of housing proves not to be the best solution for the resident, they will be supported to find alternative accommodation where possible.

Residents can stay for 6-9 months.

Typical options for moving on include the Private Rented Sector, social housing (Council or Housing Association) or other, more specialist supported housing if necessary. Due to the lack of affordable housing options in Oxfordshire, move to other parts of the region are facilitated and encouraged.

Couples are accepted and pets may be accommodated in some houses.

Referrals are via the Pathway Coordination team. Please email: jhrefferal@oxhop.org.uk Copying in: oxfordshireHP@oxhop.org.uk.

Julian Housing also provides accommodation and support for those who have been through addiction services in Sapling. All referrals to Sapling are from Howard House and Turning Point only.