Yes, work schedules. Stairway to Freedom wants their residents to have jobs. If your work schedule requires you to work past the curfew, request permission in writing to the house manager.
There are no 12-Step meetings in the houses, but we are located blocks from an Alano club with several meetings a day. There are house member meetings twice a week to address individual check-ins and house events.
There are no restrictions on communication.
Residents cannot have people spend the night.
We do not have job placements services, but continue to encourage our residents as they find work or means.
No. Part of independent living requires residents to supply and prepare their own meals. Residents have access to a modern community kitchen, appliances, dishes/silverware, pots and pans, and storage for their food.
We generally do not provide transportation. We may accommodate clients in special circumstances.
We focus on providing a safe environment for recovering addicts and alcoholics to recover. Our main goal is to support and continue to carry the message of recovery to the still suffering addict. It is a place where people can learn to put into use valuable tools to help recover from the disease of addiction and alcoholism– One Day At A Time. After building a solid foundation for their personal recovery, we help our clients to become more acceptable, responsible and productive members of society.
While there is no minimum length of stay, most people stay 6 to 8 months. However, a stay of 10 to 12 months is suggested.
There are 2-3 house managers per location.
No, we do not accept people on house arrest.
Yes, you are welcome at Stairway to Freedom until delivery.
No, Stairway to Freedom Sober Living is an extended care community bridging the gap between rehab and recovery. If you are looking for a rehab center in Chicago, check out New Hope Recovery Center.
We have a 3-phase program proven to integrate our clients back into society, providing them with a support system and recovery program. There are requirements to move from one Phase to the next.
You will be asked to leave the premises immediately and will be allowed to return upon completion of facilitated detox. This is subject to the discretion of the house members.
Stairway to Freedom is a place where people seeking recovery from the disease of addiction or alcoholism can rebuild their lives through peer-based support and the most valuable tool one can find in recovery – the therapeutic value of one addict helping another. We provide a safe place for people in the recovery community to live in and help them build a strong foundation for their personal recovery. We provide housing with strict rules of sobriety within the house and grounds, structure and support while our clients are getting on their feet and learning to be self supporting. Our clients are subject to random breathalyzers and drug screens.
Cost varies from $150-175 depending on the house. We do not provide assistance; we expect and require our residence to have financial means to support their recovery.
Mostly prescribed medications are allowed. The following are forbidden: all benzodiazepines, opiates, amphetamines. We allow suboxone for 30 days from day of entry. We are Vivitrol friendly. These rules are subject to change based on the individual.
Intake is done on the day the person moves in.
Stairway to Freedom is different from other recovery houses because we are the premiere recovery community in Chicago, where every person is heavily entrenched in structured support and an individual tailored aftercare program. Our mission is to make a lasting impact in the lives of recovering people, empowering them to be responsible, productive, and happy. We are providing a safe, nurturing, positive environment for freedom from addiction and alcoholism.