The Elms is a sober residential supportive housing program for adult men who have struggled with addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, and have recently achieved a short period of abstinence. The Elms provides a safe, sober, and supportive environment to empower men in their recovery. The ultimate goal is to help individuals lead an independent lifestyle while remaining abstinent from drugs and alcohol. This goal is achieved by encouraging residents to attend daily 12-step meetings, engage in individual counseling, and participate in house meetings and relapse prevention groups.
The Elms utilizes a case management model to assist residents in learning new ways to successfully live a drug and/or alcohol free lifestyle. The program relies on a peer mentorship model, and building positive relationships amongst the residents. Resident clients are expected to share the responsibilities associated with the cleaning of the facility.
Residents entering the Elms contract to abstain from all drugs and alcohol, attend appropriate 12-step meetings and consent to house rules and all additional aspects of therapy. There is capacity for 24 men, and all resident rooms are single occupancy. The facility offers a shared kitchen, dining room, living rooms, and outdoor recreational areas.
The Elms is located in downtown Amesbury, and is within walking distance to numerous stores, shops, hospitals and medical offices, churches and synagogues, gyms, parks, and river and beach access. The program is located within minutes of the Nick Costello Transportation Center for easy access to public transportation.
Although the length of treatment varies, there is a minimum commitment of 3 months, and resident clients may stay up to 24 months.
The Elms is partially funded through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. Additionally, and the residents are self-supporting by paying a monthly rent, which is subsidized by Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Residents are responsible for supplying their own food and toiletries.