Independence Again is a non-profit organization operating in Cookeville, TN that runs sober living homes for men and women who are looking to break free from the horrors of active addiction. We currently have two homes for women and one for men. Everyone involved in running our organization is uniquely qualified to assist the newly clean because we are all recovering addicts ourselves. This means that we understand what it takes to achieve long-term recovery and have made it our life’s mission to help others find what we have found.
Our homes are therapeutic 12-step recovery homes. Therapeutic Sober Living homes are for individuals who have negative consequences as a result of alcohol or drug use and are trying to maintain sobriety while building or rebuilding community support networks. There is a curfew, employment requirements, and counseling requirements that each individual has to comply with in order to remain at Independence Again and complete the program. Random alcohol and drug testing is completed throughout the stay. Each individual is required to be accountable for one’s own behavior, chores and obligations with the support of the Independence Again professional staff and volunteers.
Rules - Do all P.A.R.T.S.
This means that all residents will be positive about their recovery and with their fellow housemates. All residents will hold themselves and housemates up with admiration and respect at all times. Each house member will actively work towards goal completion. Everyone will be responsible for being where they say they will be, when they say they will be there and complete all tasks asked of them in a timely manner. Each resident will be required to tell the truth about all things big and small no matter what it is. Above all else in order to make Therapeutic Sober Living work everyone must be sober from all mood and mind altering drugs at all times.
Everyone is given an assessment at the time an application is completed; at that time program recommendations will be made. This will determine the minimal length of stay. There is no maximum length of stay with Independence Again.
Utilities & Internet
Random drug and alcohol testing
*Intensive Outpatient Treatment
*Low Intensive Outpatient Treatment
*Health Care Coverage
*Services are provided at an additional cost to basic services. In some cases insurance will cover part or all costs associated with these services. These services may also be contracted out through another provider based on recommendations for the individual.
Important things to know
*Sober living is for motivated individuals who have something to gain from recovery and lose from ongoing addition.
*Individuals must be willing to participate in their own recovery with the support of their housemates and the staff at Independence Again.
*Time is part of the solution, life consequences and barriers did not emerge in a day and they will not go away quickly. However, with time and support this too shall pass.
*Being willing to follow the recommendations of the staff and supports is going to give you an edge that was not in your recovery prior to starting with Independence Again.
Letter from the Founder,
Therapeutic Sober Living is not for everyone; those who do not have an internal desire to stay drug and alcohol free will not do well in the Independence Again Program. This is because we will support independence with supervision; this program if not one of complete restriction; we offer therapeutic course correction while making real life decisions with close supervisions and guidance. Most of our residents who leave the program do so as a result of being unwilling to follow our simple rules; however, those same residents know they are loved and supported by us well after they have left our program. We will never tell a person how to live but offer them a new way to live as long as they are willing to do whatever it takes.
Lynda Loftis, LADAC