Recovery Housing FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


 Ten16's Recovery Housing Program

Q:  What is a Recovery House?

A:  Ten16  believes that recovery housing can provide a living environment where recovery habits are built, lives are renewed and communities are strengthened.  Recovery Houses are homes where people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction can live together in a support-filled “family” atmosphere. The homes provide an alcohol/drug free, structured place to live while learning and strengthening a new recovering lifestyle.  


Q:  Are Recovery Houses the same thing as halfway or transitional houses?

A:  No, especially because there are so many different types of “half-way” houses.  Ten16's Recovery Houses are  NOT an emergency shelter, nor intended for someone needing a couple of weeks to get back on their feet.  Our Recovery Housing program is designed to equip people to thrive in community that values structure, accountability and support.  Many recovering people have unstable or non-supportive living arrangements when they start the recovery process and can now come to a Ten16 Recovery House where they can live among others with similar lifestyle goals.  Residents can stay as long as they like as long as they are moving forward in their recovery and take care of their financial responsibilities. 


Q:  How does a person go about staying at a recovery house?

A:  Ten16 has a clear, simple process. It starts with a phone call.  After talking with one of the Recovery Housing staff, they can go through a short list of questions to determine if the person is a candidate we would consider.  There are some things that could exclude a person.  If that screening goes positively, the person will fill out an application and a background check form.  An interview will be done the Ten16 staff, and they will make a final decision.  If approved and the person is can cover the initial program fees, a move in date will be set by the Recovery Housing staff.  The whole process normally takes 7-14 days. 


Q.  What if the applicant has no money and no job to pay his/her weekly program fee?

A.  Residents are expected to pay for their program fee on a weekly basis.  The program fee covers their room, utilities and work with a recovery coach. The fees are $100 per week, Sunday through Saturday.  At the time of application, a person needs $300 - a $100 security deposit and the first two weeks of program fees.  We have allowed people into the recovery house with no money or jobs, but under unique circumstances including the ability to pay the first 4 weeks of program fees (plus the security deposit).


Q:  How long can a person stay at a recovery house?

A:  A recovering individual can live in a Ten Sixteen Recovery House for as long as he or she is moving forward in their recovery.  As long as he or she is attending meetings, meeting with their recovery coach/sponsor, does not drink alcohol, does not use drugs, and stays current in their weekly fees. There is no pressure on anyone in good standing to leave.


Q:  Can I stay in the recovery house if I am taking prescribed medications that are considered controlled substances?

A.  No, since Ten16 Recovery Network is an abstinence-oriented agency, Ten16 does not allow any controlled substances onsite; those that are mood and/or mind-altering and have the potential to be habit forming.  Having controlled substances on site, for those seeking an abstinent-oriented program, would fundamentally alter the programming of Ten16's recovery house.  Additionally, without staff on site 24/7 to monitor the safe and secure storage of these types of medications would create a significant challenge.  This does include valium, methadone, burprenorphine, and Xanax. We do allow those on Vivitrol/Naltrexone as a part of medication assisted recovery process.  Other non-habit forming medications being used  for a medical condition and under the care of a physician can be considered. 


Q:  Is there staff on-site?  Who controls what goes on in the house?

A:  Ten Sixteen Recovery Houses have a shared leadership approach.  There is a Recovery Coach available during the week to meet with each person individually as well as to help promote an atmosphere of recovery.  There is a designated House Manager, who is one of the current residents selected for that position.  Ten Sixteen facilitates the self management of each home, but does its best to stay in the background and allow the residents to responsibly manage their own living situation.  If any of the residents are not living up to the expectations of the house, they will work with the Recovery Coach and the House Manager.  Also, Ten Sixteen Recovery Houses have a zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use, with random testing. Each member is required to maintain an active participation in a 12 step recovery group, attending outpatient services with Ten16 Recovery Network and stay current with their weekly fees.


Q:  What is the success rate for residents?

A: In general terms, living in a recovery house for over 90 days has the potential to double a person’s chance of sustaining their recovery.  The National Institute of Drug Abuse [NIDA] and the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse [NIAAA] have both funded considerable research on the success of recovery houses. More than 125 peer reviewed academic journal articles and four books have been published.  Ten Sixteen Recovery Network will keep its own statistics on success and relapse rates of residents locally and will share those results.