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Sober Living Safehouse Opening in Lafayette

A new housing option is now available for those in the Lafayette area struggling with drug and alcohol use.

Posted: Jan 11, 2021 3:29 PM

Lafayette, LA, January 12, 2021—A new housing option is now available for those in the Lafayette area struggling with drug and alcohol use. Safehouse Sober Living, a faith-based non-profit organization located in Lafayette, has opened its inaugural sober living house. The seven-bed house provides low-cost transitional housing to men recovering from substance use disorders. “Unfortunately, most people relapse if they try to live in the same house, near the same friends, and in same environment where they were using,” said John Nugent, executive director of Safehouse Sober Living. “This house provides them a safe space to truly heal from their addiction.” Sober living houses have existed in the United States since the 1940s. The idea is that people in recovery live together and champion each other through the earliest—and hardest—part of the journey. This means attending 12-step meetings together, sharing household chores and responsibilities, and working with accountability partners. Safehouse Sober Living strives to take those goals one step further. “We care about the whole person,” Nugent stated. “That’s what sets us apart. Recovery is impossible without Christ and without helping a resident grow in all areas of his life.” Safehouse Sober Living uses a holistic approach to recovery known as the S.A.F.E. method. S.A.F.E., which stands for sobriety, activism, financial health, and education, not only helps residents achieve their goal to get and stay clean but also gets them involved in the community, helps them create a plan for financial success, and works with them to complete training or coursework to finish their education. The house is open to men 18 years or older who are able to pass a drug screen. Safehouse Sober Living is the latest project of the parent non-profit organization Safehouse. Started in 2014, Safehouse states its goal is to meet the needs of a variety of disadvantaged communities in Lafayette. Safehouse outreach includes providing meals to low-resource neighborhoods; administering a chapter of Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step recovery program; using a mobile hot dog cart to feed the homeless of downtown Lafayette; outfitting visitation rooms for use by children in foster care and their families; and providing resources and supplies to area treatment centers and shelters. To fill out an application or for more information about Safehouse Sober Living, call John Nugent, Executive Director at 337-230-2107, or visit www.safehousefamily.com.

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