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Oxford House

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Our self-run, self-supported recovery houses emphasize long-term recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. They work. Donations support expansion. Help us open more Oxford Houses. NREPP-listed.

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OXFORD HOUSE AND REAL PEOPLE


The only 'cure' for alcoholism and/or drug addiction is behavior change so that the afflicted individual will avoid all use of alcohol and/or addictive drugs. This is easier said than done. Studies show fewer than 20 percent of alcoholics and drug addicts who try to stop using and stay stopped succeed. It takes time, peer support and a safe place to live to get comfortable enough in sobriety to avoid going back to compulsive or addictive use.

Oxford Houses are homes rented by groups of recovering alcoholics and drug addicts to help each other become to become clean and sober and stay that way. There is no time limit. Everyone must stay clean and sober or be expelled and together the recovering residents run the house and pay all household expenses themselves. Contributions are used by the nonprofit umbrella organization to start new houses and provide the training necessary to keep houses on track.

Less than 5% of funding is used for general and administrative expenses with all the remaining funds going directly to expanding the number of houses and training the self-help principles of Oxford House to residents. Each year more than 9,000 recovering folks use Oxford Houses and move out clean and sober. Studies show they stay that way. Individual stories of about 100 residents and alumni are at the website www.oxfordhouse.org under "About Us/Stories." Research studies sponsored by the federal government [NIAAA and NIDA] are available at same website under "Publications/Evaluations/DePaul."