Residential Recovery

Women Supporting Women
Men Supporting Men

Who is a good fit for Wakefield House?


  • Many of us struggle with the idea of a Higher Power when we first start working a recovery program. One place we begin to acknowledge this power is in the rooms, in the power of the group. Likewise, the power of a family focused daily on the task of recovery through the regular, simple, shared daily chores of cooking, cleaning, laundry,lawn mowing and going to work can provide a strong, consistent force which supports each house member's recovery process. Women who recognize these benefits, who are ready to take responsibility for some of life's daily chores within a group of strong supportive house mates are most likely to benefit from living at Wakefield House.

  • We create our own individual and group routines guided by three rules and three basic practices. The three rules are: no using, no violence and no stealing. The three practices are: we have the responsibility for interviewing and voting to accept a new member into the house. From time to time we vote to consider removing a house member. All house members must be actively engaged in their "next steps". We all share in house management chores such as cleaning, cooking, yard work and weekly family house meetings.

  • Most of us have jobs. Maintaining a job requires support - alarm clock; coffee; shower; clean clothes; transportation; food; friendship; an easy chair; a safe, warm, comfortable bed. With many of us living in one house we provide each other with overlapping backup support - two alarm clocks are better than one.

  •  We look forward to talking with anyone who thinks this approach to recovery would improve their lives. This process starts with a call to either the program director or the house manager.