General House Rules

You are in a Recovery House which is a Sober Living Environment. Your success and continuance in this environment is dependent upon your consistent good behavior and cooperation. Disruptive and/or discourteous behavior ​will not be tolerated​. ​Any contact with illegal drugs and/or alcohol and/or violation of any of the following Rules & Guidelines ​can/will​ result in eviction​.

  • Consumption or possession of beverage alcohol in any form is strictly prohibited.

  • Use or possession of illegal drugs in any form is strictly prohibited.

  • Use and/or possession of drugs and/or alcohol ​will​ result in immediate eviction. If evicted for drugs and/or alcohol the resident agrees to leave the premises immediately and not return for any reason whatsoever, without permission from DB House. Following an eviction for drug and/or alcohol use, residents have ​20 minutes ​to pack their belongings and leave the premises. Any personal belongings left behind will be discarded after one week​ (7 days)​.

  • Lying, Cheating & Stealing are strictly prohibited. If caught, you ​will​ be fined and/or evicted.

  • Residents are required to submit to a Drug and Alcohol Screen/Test at any time (24/7) it is requested. A refusal and/or failure to provide an adequate sample will be treated the same as a positive test result. Any attempt to cheat/circumvent the test ​will​ result in eviction.

  • Daily attendance to “12-Step” meetings is ​strongly encouraged/recommended​; the minimum weekly requirement for meeting attendance is ​(3) per week​. Acceptable meeting attendance is seated & present prior to the opening prayer, present for all readings as well as the meeting itself up until and after the closing prayer has concluded. ARRIVE EARLY, STAY LATE! MEN WITH MEN, WOMEN WITH WOMEN!

  • Residents are required to maintain a Home Group.

  • Residents are required to get and maintain a working relationship with a Sponsor.

  • Residents are required to maintain employment. If at any time a client is/becomes unemployed and is capable of working (not injured or sick), he/she must be out of the house actively seeking employment from ​8:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday, and is not permitted at the house during this time​. Failure to abide by this rule will result in a fine and/or resident restriction. A resident’s employment is prohibited from interfering with their adherence to any of the other terms of this agreement.

  • Behavior considered to be a “Conflict of Interest” (i.e., Sponsorship, Employment, Dating, etc.) between residents​ ​is strictly prohibited. NO DATING OR VISITATION BETWEEN RESIDENTS/HOMES OF THE OPPOSITE SEX WITHOUT VERBAL PERMISSION FROM ​DB HOUSE ​MANAGEMENT.

  • Smoking inside any DB House​ ​is strictly prohibited, failure to abide by this rule will result in the maximum fine/or eviction​.

  • DB House​ ​LLC is ​NOT​ (at any time) responsible for a resident’s personal item’s/belonging(s). Residents are responsible for the security and safekeeping of their own personal item’s/belongings and are to pack and carry their item’s/belongings when they depart or when membership from the house has been terminated. If for any reason this does not occur, the resident may contact the House Manager or DB House regarding the retrieval/disposition of their personal item’s/belongings. DB House​ ​will not store personal belongings for more than one week (7 days). Any item(s) left in the house following this period will be discarded.

  • Disruptive/Discourteous behavior will not be tolerated and ​can/will​ result in eviction.

  • Possession of weapons and threats of violence towards other house members is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.

  • Overnight guests are strictly prohibited.

  • Personal guests are not permitted at the house beyond your curfew.

  • Guests cannot be under the influence or in possession of drugs and/or alcohol.

  • New Resident ​blackout c​ urfew is 10:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, 12:00AM Friday & Saturday. Once off New Resident status (Phase 1), all others’ must be in by 11:00 Sunday through Thursday and 1:00 am Friday & Saturday. However, residents ​must​ adhere to stricter curfews when required (i.e., Parole, Probation, etc.) regardless of which DB House Phase a resident may have been granted. Failure to return to the house on time ​can/will​ result in ​eviction​.

  • House quiet time is 11:00 pm to 5:00 am. Any activity (i.e., lights, loud TV, telephone conversations, music, etc.) that disturb another resident’s ability to sleep/rest is prohibited. Be respectful and mindful to other house members.

  • Evicted Residents have ​20 minutes ​to pack their belongings and are required to leave the premises immediately and not return under any circumstances.

  • House Business Meetings are held weekly at a date/time determined by DB House​ LLC​ and are mandatory for every member. An unexcused absence from any House Meeting can/will result in restriction and possible termination. Work, 12-step meetings, and/or personal obligations are prohibited from conflicting with the weekly house meeting.

  • Residents are not permitted in any bedroom other than their own without permission from the resident(s) residing in that room; they must also be accompanied by the permitting resident.

  • Thermostat is to be adjusted by the House Manager or most senior house member only.

  • Washer & Dryer -- Be courteous. Clean dryer lint screen before and after every use and do not leave clothes unattended in the washer/dryer.

  • Chores are required to be completed daily. The Chore Coordinator is responsible for chore assignment and completion. Failure to complete assigned chore can/will result in a fine.

  • A good General Clean-up of all areas inside & outside the home is required at all times.

  • Beds are required to be made upon awakening. Respective areas are to be kept neat, clean and picked up at all times. NO SLOBS; YOU ​CAN/WILL​ BE EVICTED!

  • Turn off lights, TV’s, Radio’s, Fans, etc., when not in use. Exterior doors are required to be closed and locked when entering/exiting; no exceptions!

  • DOORS; Residents are prohibited from locking bedroom doors. THIS IS A MUST. Any member who attempts to lock their bedroom door can/will be evicted. Any resident who gives the front or back door keypad access code to any non-house member will IMMEDIATELY be evicted.

  • Sleeping in common areas is prohibited.

  • Kitchen—Appliances, Counter-tops, Utensils, Dishes, Pots, Pans, etc. will be cleaned and returned to their respective place ​(immediately)​ after each use.

  • Refrigerator—Mark food/leftovers with Name/Date when initially placed in the refrigerator(s).

  • All prescribed Medication(s)/controlled substances found to be abused by a house member ​will​ result in eviction!

  • A violation of any one of the aforementioned Rules & Guidelines ​can/will​ result in a restriction or eviction.

NEW CLIENT BLACKOUT AND RESIDENT RESTRICTIONS

Every “new resident” entering a ​DB House​ must adhere by any and all conditions of the new resident blackout  period. ​DB House​ requires strict adherence to these conditions as well as all Rules & Guidelines.

 

While on ​blackout:​

  • Attend an NA/AA or 12-step meeting daily (minimum 3 per week).

  • Have a Sponsor (Residents are required to maintain a working relationship with a Sponsor).

  • Have, attend and participate in a Home Group.

  • Have and fulfill a Service commitment within the 12-Step fellowship you attend.

  • Adhere to a 10:00 pm curfew Sunday – Thursday, and a 12:00 am curfew Friday & Saturday (If attendance to an evening “AA/NA” meeting is desired, you MUST be accompanied by another ​DB House​ resident who is Phase 1 status or higher). Arriving home after curfew is not tolerated and thus will result in an extended blackout period. A second offense will result in IMMEDIATE expulsion. This rule is NOT NEGOTIABLE.

  • NO GUESTS in the house while on new resident status.

  • Be employed within two (2) weeks & have satisfied all financial obligations.

  • 15 days is the minimum for a new resident blackout period, after this time, members in good standing will be up for Phase 1 review.

  • Satisfy all conditions of your agreement with ​DB House.​ (A client will remain on ​new client status until all conditions of his/her agreement with DB House LLC are met/satisfied. If at any time a client violates the conditions of his/her agreement within ​DB House​, their blackout period will automatically be extended.

  • RESTRICTION: Residents who are off blackout statuse, but fail to adhere to the Rules & Guidelines of the house will be placed on RESTRICTION. While on restriction you must follow the new client blackout guidelines for an allotted period of time.

 

Note: You are encouraged to become thoroughly familiar with all Rules & Guidelines and the conditions of your agreement with DB House. Ignorance is not an excuse!

Elmwood Park, NJ, USA

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