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The Birch House is now Level 1 Housing!

We have some exciting news to share with you.  Sober Living Cleveland is now offering Level 1 housing:  The Birch House.

What exactly does Level 1 mean?  It is a recovery house for residents that are self-monitoring and accountable to each other.  It is focused on the resident making a safe and stable transition from their previous environment to this new one.  The primary criteria to enter a Level 1 recovery house is the successful completion of programs and requirements of Level 2 housing.  The resident must also have a desire and willingness to be abstinent of mind altering substances.   This level of support is typically best for those who are further along and more mature in their recovery.  

Whether Level 1 or Level 2, a sober living home is really a sober living environment in which you have time to become acquainted with life outside of drug or alcohol use. It is also a form of group support in the form of roommates with a similar vested interest in remaining drug- and alcohol-free. The benefits of a sober living home include the broadening of your social network and provides an understanding environment in which you can openly talk about your past drug use without feeling judged, all while becoming acquainted with a new pattern of living that does not involve the pitfalls of addiction.

News Update

We are pleased to announce that Sober Living Cleveland has elected two new board members!  

  • Dr. Dennis Grossman, an internal medicine physician at MetroHealth in Bedford and at Metro’s main campus on West 25th.
  • Tina Valentine, a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant and Quality Mental Health Specialist at Choices Behavioral Healthcare.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Grossman and Tina.

Sover Living Cleveland and Ohio Recovery Housing

Our First Home is a Certified Ohio Recovery

Sober Living Cleveland’s first recovery home, Cedar House, has become a certified Ohio Recovery Housing Associate!  We have earned certification because we meet or exceed quality standards and expectations. Standards include health and safety practices, and policies and procedures in line with best practices in recovery housing nationwide.  As part of the application process, trained peer reviewers who operate their own recovery housing in Ohio visited Cedar House.  Their enthusiasm for our house and our program made us proud!  And we want to do more, creating a network of recovery housing for men and women in our community.

To our knowledge, Cedar House is the only recovery house for women on the east side of Cleveland.  Our residents range in age from 18 to 67.  Since we opened in March, we have had residents from the following Ohio counties referred to us by NE Ohio treatment centers:  Ashland, Cuyahoga (30%), Erie, Franklin, Lake, Lorain (16%), Lucas, Richland, Summit, Stark, and three from Pennsylvania. Each has an individual recovery plan guided by our live-in House Manager with clinical oversight of the Program Director.

With the addiction epidemic far from abating, we plan to grow beyond a volunteer-led organization into one with professional administrative staff. Our goal for 2018 is to hire an Executive Director who, together with our talented Board of Trustees, will create a strong and sustainable future for an organization that has an important, and essential, mission:  to empower people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs by providing safe, affordable sober housing, support for healthy habits, and a foundation for a better life.

Doors Open

In April, 2017, Sober Living Cleveland opened the doors to their first house for women in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Our sober living house will bridge the gap between treatment and a life outside of treatment without drugs and alcohol. It will be a safe place for individuals to rebuild their lives. It will provide a physically and emotionally safe and secure home environment to foster an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle.

We are pleased to provide a sober house in a unique, safe neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland surrounded by over 135 acres of beautiful parkland. The house is within walking distance to one of the largest suburban public library systems in Cuyahoga County, places of worship, yoga, grocery stores, bus lines, twelve step programs and much more.

Our house provides a home to 11 residents. And, as an added benefit, the house will be staffed with a live-in House Manager available to the residents 24/7. Our fully furnished house for women includes:

  • Fully equipped modern kitchens
  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Single and double bedrooms
  • Living room, dining room, outdoor porches
  • Parking
  • Cable TV and internet
  • Washer and dryer
  • Household supplies (linens, towels, cleaning supplies, paper goods).

Building a Strong Foundation

The Cedar House was loaded with character from the hardwood floors, custom woodwork, and the spacious rooms.  So many possibilities!  As we all know, a successful renovation starts with a solid plan.  As we started our journey, we always kept one thought in the forefront — “expect the unexpected.”

Hardwood floors offer the extra allure of charm and a little history.  Definitely a feature of the Cedar House!  Refinishing old floors needed the expertise of a skilled contractor.  David Kious of Heights Hardwood Floor Service came to our rescue.  He donated his crew to refinish the entire second-floor pro bono.  What a blessing!   And with the magic of color, Haley Cavotta, Phil Gaeta and eight other professional painters donated their time to paint the walls top to bottom in one day.  And, at the foundation of it all, good plumbing.  Planning and installing a system that’s quiet, efficient, and leak free is something of an art and the Cedar House’s fragile plumbing system needed an overhaul. We put the project in the capable hands of contractor Dave Hodous.

There are so many others that donated time, money and effort in making the Cedar House a reality and we are so grateful.   Thank you to everyone involved — we couldn’t have done it without you!

Sober Living Cleveland purchases their first home

After an extensive search for the perfect house, Sober Living Cleveland purchased their first house on the east side of Cleveland in November 2016.  More than 200 people donated money, services, furnishings, and time to make the purchase of this duplex a reality.  Because of the urgent need for a sober house, we were thrilled that in the months ahead the CEDAR HOUSE would become a reality.  A stable, alcohol and drug free living environment. Sober living is a great way to bridge the gap between treatment in a drug rehab facility and a life outside of treatment without drugs and alcohol.   And so the Cedar House begins it’s journey of saving lives and healing families.