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Things You Should Know About Sober Living Homes

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Many people incorrectly associate sober living homes with homelessness or refer to them as “flop houses”. Nothing could be further from the truth. These homes offer the recovering addict a place to reconstruct their day-to-day lives as they struggle to re-acclimate with society after their initial rehab program is complete.

Sober living homes are governed by a strict set of rules.

Those who live in a sober living home are subject to a series of rules and regulations. Common rules that all residents must follow include: curfews, specific visitation hours.

Sober living homes are not free.

Those residing in sober living homes are expected to pay rent and their share of utility and grocery bills. Paying for these things is actually a blessing, as it helps rebuild the independence the individual may have lost during their drug addiction

Some sober living homes are quite exclusive.

The popularity of sober living homes as a legitimate part of after-care has created a “boutique” niche in the industry. Some sober living homes cost upwards of $2,000 per week and feature a variety of amenities for the residents.

There are fewer sober living homes for women than there are for men.

One of the biggest challenges facing women who have completed rehab is the lack of proper sober living facilities that allow women. Currently, the statistics indicate that almost three-quarters of all sober living homes allow men only. Complicating matters further is the lack of facilities that allow women and their children to take up residence (or do not provide proper daycare while the mother is at work).

Communal living is the order of the day.

Sober living homes are all about community. By sharing space and responsibilities with others who share similar circumstances, the individual gains additional self-esteem and accountability during a period when relapse is still a concern.

Sober living homes offer a chance to interact with your peer group.

As mentioned above, the peer group plays a key role in the sober living home. Individuals going through after-care may not get the understanding they need from friends or family (who simply do not fully understand the situation). People in the sober living home can relate, and therefore provide a powerful support structure.

Sober living homes offer a fresh start at self-sufficiency.

Living in the home is a transition. It readies the individual for the day when they get their own apartment and return to a drug-free life on their own.

There is drug testing at sober living homes.

In order to maintain the integrity of the sober living home, many require random drug testing. This keeps individuals from relapsing -and becoming a negative influence on other residents.

Sober living homes have a zero tolerance policy towards certain infractions.

If an individual’s drug test comes back positive, chances are high that they will be asked to leave the home. The facility may show patience with other matters, but not drug or alcohol abuse while under their roof.

Five Architectural Wonders in Minneapolis

Friday, April 6th, 2012

1. Minnesota State Capitol: After nearly 12 years of planning and construction, Minnesota’s third state capitol building opened in 1905. Cass Gilbert, a then 35-year-old local architect, designed the Italian Renaissance-style building, including the magnificent dome, modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Another standout feature is the golden quadriga, which sits in front of the dome, designed by Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial. 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul.

2. Weisman Art Museum: Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, this stainless steel structure won him the Progressive Architecture Design award. Named after Frederick R. Weisman, a Minnesota native and the former president of Hunt Foods, it serves as a teaching museum for the University of Minnesota, with a collection that includes more than 17,000 works of art. 333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis.

3. Guthrie Theater: This is the most recently built structure on the list, having opened in 2006, but it certainly is no less grand. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the bright blue metal building houses three stages, a full service restaurant, numerous bars, and one of the best views in Minneapolis. From the Guthrie’s 30-foot-wide Endless Bridge (one of the longest cantilevers in the world), you’ll get unmatchable views of the Mississippi River, St. Anthony Falls, and Stone Arch Bridge, as well as framed and “forced perspective” views that focus on nearby historical landmarks. 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis.

4. Basilica of St. Mary: Also designed in the Beaux Arts-style by Emmanuel Louis Masqueray, this was the nation’s first basilica, built from 1907-1915. Located on Hennepin Avenue, this vision of Archbishop John Ireland is home to 12,000 parishioners and was honored by Pope Pius XI in 1926. 88 N. 17th St., Minneapolis.

5. Cathedral of Saint Paul: This Beaux Arts-style cathedral is the fourth of its name and was designed by French architect Emmanuel Louis Masqueray, who was inspired by the churches of his home country. Set on Summit Hill, characterizing features include domes and arches, large, stained glass windows that flood in natural light, and walls built of St. Cloud granite, American travertine from Mankato, and Italian Botticino marble. 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul.