Recovery is a way of life,
and those wanting to live in recovery from alcoholism and other drug
addictions should not be discriminated against or face
"not in my back yard" issues preventing them from certain
communities to work, pay taxes, and recover in.
is a concept in recovery
from drug and alcohol addiction. In its simplest form, an Oxford
House describes a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free
Its About Living Sober and Healing people and our communities
Louisiana Oxford Houses provide 221
recovering addicts and alcoholics in Louisiana with a recovery
focused living environment, greatly supporting the recovering
community and the need for Recovery Housing (12step oriented).
National Umbrella organization
( www.oxfordhose.org )has also helped to facilitate more than 1000 Oxford House's start
across the country and in other countries. In Louisiana these
homes greatly support improved outcomes that promote Recovery and
use of the dollars we invest in
treatment, or that offer direct savings to the state's spending when recovery rather than active alcoholism and
addiction becomes possible. Dr. Loren Scott, reported in 2003
that for each $1 spent for Recovery yields a $5 dollar savings to
the state in direct spending.
The first Oxford House was started in Silver Spring,
Maryland in 1975. Thousands
upon thousands have found a environment for living free from alcohol
and other drug use, greatly supporting recovery on a daily basis.
All Oxford Houses have in common these
The House must be democratically self-run.
The House membership is responsible for all
household expenses. The House must immediately expel any member
who uses alcohol or drugs. Which each house must fulfill in order to
obtain and retain its Oxford House Charter.
Recovering Community stands with Oxford House to support
Recovery Homes across Louisiana.
Imagine if an upscale neighborhood decided that they did not want
African Americans living in their neighborhood. They approach
their legislators, and ask for legislation, banning such residents.
Seem unreal? We think so.
We have a great deal of work to do to educate policy makers
and communities on the disease of addiction, and reality of
The stigma of addiction should be realized today, it is alive and
well in our state.
As recovering people, we believe we are responsible
citizens, and for that reason are organizing and educating
legislative members on the value of the Oxford House Model in our
state. We hope to bring clarity to the Senate Committee on
legislation that would prevent Louisiana from contracting with
Legally- Oxford House, recovering alcoholics, and addicts have a
right to fair housing.August, 1995 -- In City of Edmonds v. Oxford House, a
case handled by the ACLU of Washington, the high court ruled that
the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) requires "reasonable
accommodation" in zoning rules that affect the rights of disabled
people to live in communities of their choosing. The ruling supports
the rights of disabled persons to live together in single-family
loosely organized, rapidly growing national
grass-roots organization founded in Louisiana, supports
sober living environments, and recovery centered homes. One of
the greatest assets to Louisiana citizens and taxpayers are Oxford
House's. Housing that meets the needs of recovering persons is
a vital component in sustaining long term recovery. The Oxford
House model is supported by WeRecover, in Louisiana, and
nationally, we will work to educate and support their mission and
purpose where necessary, we are not allied or affiliated with Oxford
House, however the spirit and fellowship of Recovery recognizes the
value and assets provided by this International Network of Homes
founded on Recovery, Responsibility and Replication and our efforts
to support their growth and expansion as recovering citizens in
policy matters we believe will allow thousands more to find hope for
long term Recovery
Addiction is a disease, people recover, and the Fair Housing Act
considers recovering alcoholics and addicts a protected class
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2004 Rep Scalise actions--See
against recovery housing opposed by Governor Blanco b/c of
legality and protections provided by the
Federal Fair Housing
Act related to Oxford House
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Facts Protections and Fair
Louisiana during 2004 Legislative
1. HB 1645 is filed by Rep Steve Scalise from Metairie
LA -we become aware of the bill pushed ahead as a non-controversial
local zoning/contracting issue. The Senate Committee hearing was the first
opportunity to organize support for what we soon learned was an
issue of his district and desire to remove Oxford Houses from his
district. The House Appropriations Committee's hearing
prompted Rep Scalise to say that he thought the Fair Housing
Protection for Alcoholics in recovery, was a "loophole" he would
change if elected to Congress.
See the Alert for
the Senate Hearing Here
passed out of Senate Governmental Affairs, and then the fiscal note
sent it to the Senate Finance Committee--and there are no further
meetings of this committee this year, basically
ending the life of this bill, and spurring and attempt to attach
an amendment to another bill focused on the profession of substance
abuse in the state.
2. Rep Scalise
attaches a proposed amendment to SB 875, this bill important to
those in the treatment field and the state, as it supports workforce
development, and growth of the field of substance abuse
professionals adequate to meet the need in the state.
The trade association www.lasact.org
opposed the amendment, and of course the Governor's office
opposed to such efforts that had failed in HB 1645.
Amendments. on 875, prevents passage of Scalise's efforts Friday
afternoon while HB 875 is discussed on the House floor.
Watch the Video
Leg Day 48- Part2
SB 875 was finally heard free from the Scalise amendments
to end Oxford House, and passed the House floor going to the
Governor for signature once the Senate concurs on the amendments
that are technical in nature.
Rep Broome should be thanked, as she handled HB 875 that was
essentially "hi jacked" with Rep Scalises amendment, along
with many members of the House who opposed this effort once they
became aware of the protections and true intent of this legislation.
The fiscal note and litigation costs related to this effort were
also factors supporting opposition.
People in Recovery believe
that Oxford Houses restore individuals and communities by providing
a sober living environment, the stigma alcoholics and addicts face
in recovery has in the past lead to discriminatory actions to limit
the number of "non related residents" in a residential property,
with the intent of keeping recovering alcoholics from living
together in Oxford Houses.
We hope to educate those interested in working together the gifts
recovery bring to communities, and that take place every day in more
than 900 Oxford Houses across the country, including 33 Oxford
Houses in Louisiana.
Oxford Houses are not commercial institutions
and should be treated as single families for purposes of zoning.
Oxford Houses assure an alcohol and drug-free living environment,
this greatly increases the opportunity for long term recovery.
What is an Oxford House?
An Idea Based On a Sound System For Recovering Alcoholics and Drug
Addicts to Help Themselves.
Oxford House is a self-run, self-supported recovery house program
for individuals recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction.
Oxford Houses assure an alcohol and drug-free living environment.
The first Oxford House was started in Silver Spring, Maryland in
How it works, is pretty simple, recovering persons gather
under one roof for the purpose of living in recovery.
Fellowship and support is a principle of recovery!
What is so
interesting about Oxford Houses is the nature of these homes and
their operation are modeled much like the 12step groups AA and NA.
and Individual Responsibility
to live together under one roof, while
maintaining individual personal responsibilities of their recovery
while contributing to the efforts necessary together to run the
household (much like a family with designated chores!) in a
Rep. Scalise's bill would end Oxford House contracts
that provide "start-up" funds in the form of loans, for Oxford
Houses in Louisiana. When you consider the savings to states
when an alcoholic or addict get appropriate treatment and recovery
support, it greatly reduces state's spending related to untreated
addiction and social ills.
Great Need to Support Recovery
More than 300,000 people in our state meet the needs for substance
abuse recovery, and clearly a great portion are living in all areas
and neighborhoods abusing alcohol and other drugs. Recovering
persons should be welcomed in their efforts to become productive,
self supporting members of our communities.
and stereotypes of alcoholics and addicts have created this
Those who support this legislation do not
have knowledge about this disease, the stigma of addiction is
driving their fears into efforts to push Oxford House out of their
neighborhood. Testimony in the house speaks to the nature of
these efforts, to allow other "disabilities" to use the Fair Housing
Act protections, but not alcoholics and addicts living in recovery.
Louisiana DHH Office for Addictive Disorders (OAD) from
Contracting with Oxford House in Louisiana for those recovering from
alcohol and other drug addictions by creating a law that would
disqualify Oxford House from contracting with OAD.