What is the philosophy behind Unity House?

The philosophy behind the Unity House is three fold:

Democratically ran, self funded and Zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol.

It gives the members a safe place to live in recovery, where they can choose for themselves, how they want to live the rest of there lives.

How will Unity House help me remain sober?

We have seen those that commit to the Unity House rules and guidelines, for 18 months, increase their recovery success rates up to 80%.

Is this a supervised home?

Yes! Each member of the house, holds each other accountable according to the house rules and there charter. As landlord’s we teach and train the precedency of the Unity House principals.

How many residents have served jail time?

78% of Unity House residents have served jail time. The average length of jail time is about one year, with a range of few days to more than ten years. This is understandable since as many as 80% of the current jail/prison population are alcoholics and drug addicts. Unity Houses helps to stop the recycling in and out of jail or treatment facilities.

What are the basic house rules?

Mandatory house meetings are held once a week.. This is where the week is reviewed and each person in the house gets to speak openly about their experience, good or bad in the house. This is also a time to interview individuals who have applied.

[1] the house members must be democratically self-run, [2] the house members must be financially self-supporting, and [3] the house members must immediately expel any resident who returns to using alcohol or illicit drugs.

Who manages a Unity House?

Unity Houses are democratically self-run by the residents who elect officers to serve for terms of six months. Officers can hold there position up to 6 months. Unity Houses are self-run because this allows individuals in recovery to learn responsibility. There is not a better way to learn then from your peer’s.

How long can one live in a Unity House?

A recovering individual can live in an Unity House for as long as he or she does not drink alcohol, does not use drugs, and pays an equal share of the house expenses. The average stay is about a year, but many residents stay three, four, or more years. There is no pressure on anyone in good standing to leave.

What kind of structure/support is offered during the day

Each person living in the home must be working a program of recovery. 12 step or therapeutic meetings are required each week. The home isn’t a place of hang-out during the day. We require all residents to have a job, or, until a job is obtained, community service is required each week.

How many residents per bedroom?

Each room is shared. This provides safety for those in early recovery. This also discourages isolation and helps the newcomer to learn or relearn socialization to get the full benefit of recovering individuals helping each other to become comfortable enough in sobriety to avoid relapse.

What is the relapse policy?

If someone in the home relapses, they are immediately asked to leave the home for 72 hours. After 72 hours away from the home is completed, the individual will have to produce a negative drug and alcohol screen to come back. After a second relapse, the individual is asked to leave for 1 week as well as produce a negative drug and alcohol screen. After the third relapse, the individual is evicted from the home and would have to re-apply and restart the application process.

What is the success rate for Unity House residents?

The “success rate” [staying clean and sober and functioning well] is very high. The National Institute of Drug Abuse [NIDA] and the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse [NIAAA] have both funded considerable research on Unity House’s rate of success. More than 125 peer reviewed academic journal articles and four books have been published. A list of those publications is at the Unity House website under “About Us/ Resources.” Also a number of journal articles reporting on the research are at the same website under “Publications/Evaluations/DePaul.”

Jeffrey Roth, MD, an addiction psychiatrist in Chicago, recently pointed out:

While research on AA has been limited by the role of anonymity in recovery, the willingness of the Unity Houses to open their doors to academic research gives us an opportunity to see recovery from addiction in action.

In one study [NIDA Grant # 13231] that followed 897 residents in 219 Unity Houses across the country for 27 months, the DePaul University research found that only 13% relapsed. [A peer-reviewed published report of that study in Addictive Behaviors 32 (2007) can be downloaded at the website under “Publications/Evaluations/DePaul].” In another study (NIAAA grant AA12218) a 150 individuals getting out of primary treatment were divided into two groups of 75 each with one group going to Oxford Houses and the other group going to normal living situations were followed for two years after treatment found that the Oxford House group did substantially better in staying clean and sober – 66% v. 33%. [American Journal of Public Health, Oct 2006; Vol. 96, pp1727-1729]

How can one get into an Unity House

Any recovering alcoholic or drug addict can apply by filling out an application and being interviewed by the existing members of the House. To fill out an application, click here.

What services does Unity House provide?

The Unity House provides safe affordable housing for those struggling with substance abuse.

What is your drug screening policy?

Each home randomly drug and alcohol screens every week. Also, if an individual requests a trip and is approved, vacation, or some kind of extended stay outside of the home, that individual will have to produce a negative drug and alcohol screen upon arrival.

How much does it cost?

St. George, UT
Price varies on location. Please call for pricing.

Is this subsidized housing?

No this is not subsidized housing.

Can both men and women live in the same Unity House?

No. Experience has shown that Unity Houses work for both men and women, but not in the same house.

How much sobriety or clean time is needed before an individual can be accepted into the house?

There is no specific amount of sobriety needed to apply and be accepted. However, to move into the home there has to be a minimum of 2 weeks of sobriety.