RICHLAND, Wash.— Drug and alcohol addiction is a big social problem. Nearly every family has someone who suffers. But there's one program that now has a success rate of 85%.
The program is called Oxford Houses. They are sober housing options for people in recovery. The houses are run by the residents and have typically up to six or eight people.
While living in the home, people are responsible for rent, chores, community meetings and staying sober. If any of the rules are broken, you're kicked-out.
Rent is usually between $275 and $450 per person per month. Houses are run democratically, and a new house officer is elected every six months.
The only qualification is the desire to be sober and the willingness to accept the house rules.
If you or someone you know is interested in an Oxford house, you can call the Toll Free Helpline at 1-800-562-1240, or if you're in the Tri Cities, Stacie Anderson, Outreach Representative, 619-3734.
There are 15 houses in Tri Cities, 192 in Washington and that includes Walla Walla and Yakima.