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Minot Women Supported by New Sober Living Home

A sober living home in the city of Minot, N.D. is helping women who are recovering from substance use disorders.

The sober living home, called the Sanctuary Sober Living for Women, uses the 12-step model to recovery which involves structured environments, workshops, spiritual teachings, and retreats. representatives of the Sanctuary have stated that the facility is the first one to offer recovery services to residents of Minot.

There are trained individuals who are involved with managing the sober living home, which can accommodate a total of 14 women for provisional periods in a four-bedroom house. In addition to a double room, the large size of the bedrooms allows them to be shared by up to six women. Shared premises prevents the women from becoming isolated, they said.

It features other congregational rooms for the assisting women who have gone through detoxification for a drug or an alcohol addiction but haven’t returned to their homes or routines yet. The staff members are currently in the process of reviewing other applications that have been submitted by potential residents.

The Sanctuary accepts applications from any person who meets their requirements and is truly committed to achieving recovery.

The requirements of the sober living home include willingness to attend about 15 meetings every week across recovery programs — some of the gatherings are held at the house and some are not, such as the meetings with peer support groups like Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous. The women who live at the sober living home are required to be enrolled in school or have a job, at least a part-time. They are also required to complete domestic chores every day and to cook their own food.

The employees of the sober living home also require these women to sign in and out every time they enter or exit the premises and highlight that they will be closely monitored for compliance, which is intended to help the women learn to have a sense of accountability.

The Sanctuary charges $500 a month for rent.