Policies & Regulations
Use and/or possession of any mind or mood-altering substances is prohibited. Violation will result in immediate expulsion from the program. At any time, Recovery Road Residence may search your room and personal belongings (including your vehicle) if substance use or possession of a weapon is suspected.
During your stay at Recovery Road Residence, residents will be subject to random and frequent drug screens by staff. Refusal to comply, or tampering of testing material and/or specimen sample will result in immediate expulsion from the program.
The rules and guidelines have been put in place to create a safe, productive and stable living environment. As a resident, it is your responsibility to help keep it this way. Together we must protect the integrity and community to assure a safe place for everyone to live. Knowledge of a fellow resident putting her own recovery at risk or the recovery of others at risk must be reported to staff immediately. Withholding information is taken very seriously. Not only will you possibly jeopardize your own recovery but your place as a resident as well.
Physical violence, threats of violence and verbal abuse towards any person are unacceptable and will result in immediate dismissal from the program. Authorities will be called and legal action will be taken if warranted.
If it is determined that your behavior is placing the recovery of other residents in jeopardy, including their physical and/or emotional well-being, you will be terminated from the program and asked to leave. Participating in any activities inside or outside of the residence that may endanger your recovery or the recovery of others, (i.e. gambling, vandalism, drag racing) may result in dismissal.
Possession or use of any type of weapon or firearm is prohibited and will result in immediate dismissal.
You will be held financially responsible for any damage due to inappropriate behavior or negligence. Any intentional destruction of property and/or theft will result in immediate dismissal and potential legal action.
Recovery Road Residence is not responsible for any loss, theft or damage to your personal property. We recommend that you do not bring any valuables with you. Residents are not permitted to enter another resident's room without permission and if they are not present. There will be no lending/exchange of personal property between residents. This includes vehicles, medications, jewelry, etc.
All medication must be disclosed and documented by the issuing doctor, and may only be taken as prescribed. Any changes in medication or dosage must be confirmed by your doctor in writing. Medications will be stored and locked. Residents will be given their medications daily. Recovery Road Residence does not monitor medication adherence.
Medications must be kept in a safe place and out of view at all times. Any sharing, exchanging or distributing medications will result in immediate eviction.
Residents may not bring any over-the-counter medications into the residence. Over-the-counter medication will be locked and available by request.
First Aid/Physical and Mental Safety:
Recovery Road Residence takes the safety and wellbeing of our residents very seriously. Staff is trained in CPR, First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, Non-violent Crisis Intervention and QPR Suicide Prevention. We consistently take advantage of training opportunities relevant to the needs of all residents. We make sure to be prepared for any possible emergency and to make all residents feel safe.
Recovery Road Residence staff maintain first-aid kits. Emergency services will be called when necessary.
Candles, incense or anything else that requires a flame is prohibited anywhere on the property. Smoking is allowed only outside in designated smoking areas. All cigarettes must be carefully extinguished in provided ashtrays.
Flat irons, curling irons, etc., must never be left unattended while in use and must be properly stored when not in use.
Residents are required to find employment, enroll in school, attend an intensive outpatient program (IOP), or participate in community service. Once employed or enrolled in school, residents must provide verification within 36 hours. We will not approve third-shift jobs. Residents who can pay their rent without employment, must be active daily with community service, volunteer work or school, etc. Verification of attendance is required.
House meetings take place once every week. During this time, we will talk about our week, discuss any house or personal concerns, and have recovery education. Topics may include recovery progress, living in recovery, relapse prevention and life skills.
Resident input is encouraged. These meetings are an opportunity for peer support and to develop skills to live a successful substance-free lifestyle.
House provides residents an in-house 12-Step meeting once every week.
Participation is mandatory. Residents must be on time and present for the entire meeting. Absence and leaving early is not allowed unless pre-approved by staff.
12-Step Recovery Meetings:
The working of the 12-Steps and support of the 12-Step fellowship are important components of our recovery community. Attending 90 meetings in 90 days is mandatory regardless of clean time. After the first 90 days are over, residents must make 4 to 5 meetings a week. Residents are expected to find a sponsor in the first two weeks and actively work the 12-steps with that sponsor during residency. It is also required to join a home group and participate in 12-Step related service work.
Meeting verification forms are to be signed by the chairperson at each meeting and must be shown to a staff member at our Sunday morning breakfast.
Recreational and Therapeutic Activites:
Recovery Road Residence offers some in-house and outside community resources for optional recreational and therapeutic activities. Activities include but are not limited to, yoga, guided meditation, 12-step fellowship related activities, and therapeutic art classes.
Residents will be assigned daily housework on a bi-weekly rotating schedule. This should not be seen as a “chore” but as a means to keeping your/our living space comfortable and healthy. Housework and cleanliness are necessary components of living responsibly.
You are responsible for your personal living space and cleaning up after yourself in all common areas of the house, as well as communal house items such as cooking utensils. Beds must be made every morning, clothing must be folded and in the closet, and all laundry in laundry bags.
A house manager will check chores and personal living space daily. Every Sunday following our house breakfast residents will participate in a mandatory deep cleaning of the home.
Personal Hygiene is taken very seriously and is an important part of self-care. Necessary action will be taken if personal hygiene becomes a health and/or safety issue.
Curfews are strictly enforced and monitored by Recovery Road Residence staff. Extensions and/or exceptions must be submitted to and cleared by staff at least 24 hours in advance. Sunday through Thursday are considered weekday nights. Friday and Saturday are considered weekend nights. All overnight curfew requests will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Visitors are allowed only during designated hours. Our visiting hours are Sunday - Thursday from 10AM -10PM, Friday and Saturday from 10AM - 11PM. There will be no visitors during our weekly house meeting.
Non-residents are not allowed in any bedrooms at any time. All visitors must remain in the common areas and be supervised by the person visited at all times. At no time may a visitor be unattended. Residents are held accountable for their guests. Any damage, inappropriate behavior, abusive behavior, stolen property, etc., will be the full responsibility of the resident and consequences will be determined.
Sexual activity of any kind is not permitted on the premises.
All guests must comply with all house rules. Staff has the right to deny any visitor at any time for any reason.
Entry fee and the first four weeks of rent is due before moving in. After that, rent is due at the beginning of every week. Days of the week will vary depending on your move-in day. Specifics will be discussed at that time.
Acceptable forms of payment are credit card, cash, personal check or money order. Bank fees incurred from any returned checks, etc., will be the responsibility of the resident to pay and could lead to eviction.
Moving Out/Giving Notice:
We require two weeks advance notice when a resident decides to move out. You are required to pay any costs associated with cleaning and damages upon leaving.
We have a zero tolerance policy for using, dealing, stealing and all forms of violence/abuse. Any non-compliance with our rules and regulations will result in immediate removal from our program.
If it is determined that you are not engaged responsibly in your recovery or not taking the necessary steps to improve your way of life by becoming a contributing, productive member of society, you may be asked to leave at any time. We only wish to accommodate those who are serious about their recovery.
Decisions regarding eviction will be made on an individual basis. Recovery Road Residence reserves the right to ask you to leave at any time. There are no refunds if evicted.
Recovery Road does not provide transportation at this time. Our home is conveniently located within walking distance to the Asheville bus system.
Residents may have their own vehicle. We require a copy of a proper license, registration and proof of insurance.
Vehicles may not be loaned out to other residents. Recovery Road Residence has the right to search your vehicle if there is suspicion of drugs, weapons or any other illegal possessions.
Recovery Road Residence provides many basic household items and amenities. These include furniture, beds, pillows, linens, towels, dishes and flatware. Cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper and basic pantry items are also included. The residence is equipped with a full working kitchen, washing machine, dryer and plenty of parking. Computers are available with high-speed Internet as well as a cable television in the common area and a house phone.
Residents must purchase their own groceries and prepare their own meals. We will provide some basic items such as milk, eggs, bread, some spices and condiments.
Residents are responsible for the food they keep in the refrigerator and the pantry. Spoiled food must be removed by the resident in a timely manner.
The house has a phone available to use with free local and long distance calling. We ask that you be mindful and courteous with your phone time. Please answer all incoming calls with a simple “Hello.” To respect the privacy of all residents, do not give any information to anyone. If the resident receiving the call is not available, a detailed message must be taken and written on the phone message board.
Residents must respect the privacy and confidentiality of all other residents. Personal information of residents, staff and all house-related business is confidential and may not be discussed outside of the house and weekly meetings, unless with your sponsor or your therapist. Any personal concerns or conflicts are to be brought the house manager.