IBH Addiction Recovery is excited to announce the opening of its men’s Recovery House located on the main campus at 3445 South Main Street in Akron.

“Adding recovery housing to our growing list of available services gives our clients an opportunity to transition back into daily community living without losing the support of the IBH family,” said Jonathan Wylly, Executive Director.

Recovery housing provides residents with a living environment free of drugs and alcohol, centered on peer support and connection to services that promote sustained recovery. IBH Addiction Recovery converted one of their four residential dorms into a recovery house to meet the increased housing need and provide additional care.

“Once someone completes a 30-day residential program, going right back into the community can be quite overwhelming,” said Paula Roberts, Senior Housing Manager. “Recovery housing provides an opportunity to step down to a lower level of care, while still getting treatment on an outpatient level and living in an environment that's sober and staffed.”

To be eligible for men’s recovery housing at IBH Addiction Recovery, applicants must be a resident of Summit County, 30-days sober, and an active participant in an outpatient program. The type of outpatient program can vary from a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP) to meeting with a counselor a few days a week, depending on where the person is within their recovery journey.

With 21 beds, the on-campus facility itself includes nine shared bedrooms and a shared bathroom, as well as a living room, laundry area, workout space, and kitchen. While staffed 24/7, residents still must cook and clean for themselves, including doing their own laundry. Residents also govern the house with an elected chairperson, co-chairperson, secretary, and treasurer who meet weekly to discuss issues, fundraising ideas, and social events.

“Our goal is to get our recovery housing residents back on their feet with a firm foundation. So, when they finally do move out on their own, they feel like they can do it. They have the tools they need to be successful,” said Roberts.