What Is a House Manager?

what is a house managerA house manager is often a live-in staff member in a sober living home who serves to aid all the residents in getting what they need to remain sober and continue progressing in their recovery during their stay. Recognizing that everyone is at different levels of readiness in terms of handling certain responsibilities, the house manager must be cognizant of the therapeutic history and diagnosis of each resident and work to assist them in constant growth toward independent living in sobriety.

First Point of Contact

Available to assist residents both day and night, a house manager is often the first person that a resident meets when entering a sober living home. They are also the first person that residents will speak to when he or she:

  • Is in need of assistance
  • Has a question about how things work
  • Is dealing with a dispute with another housemate
  • Would like special accommodations to deal with a work or family situation
  • Would like to make a change in the home

In most cases, the house manager has the ability to manage these things on his or her own, but in some cases, it may be necessary to address the question properly by discussing it with the house owner, therapeutic staff, or other staff members at the rehab affiliated with the sober living home.

Providing Support

As a patient begins to make the transition from the round-the-clock support provided by inpatient rehab to independent living, obstacles will arise. These may be logistical (e.g., financial problems, legal issues, difficulty finding a job or a new place to stay, etc.) or they may be emotional (e.g., relationship issues, family problems, stress, anger, depression, etc.). Whatever the cause, it is the house manager’s job to be available to provide support. This support can come in the form of:

  • A listening ear
  • A shoulder to cry on
  • Troubleshooting how to solve a particular issue
  • Offering referrals to therapeutic or medical assistance
  • Mediation for personal disputes
  • Assistance studying for an exam, preparing for a job interview, or getting ready for any stressful interaction

Essentially, if any of the residents need help dealing with anything that threatens their sobriety or their ability to remain focused on their recovery, they can ask their house manager for assistance.

Day-to-Day Affairs

Running a household can be labor-intensive especially when there are half a dozen adults in residence. This, too, is the responsibility of the house manager. He or she will be responsible for everything that has to do with maintenance and upkeep in the house and the provision of care for the residents, including:

  • Running the kitchen, including managing grocery shopping, food preparation in advance and at meal time, and managing the schedule of chores associated with the kitchen upkeep
  • Orchestrating the schedules of the patients so everyone can access the community portions of the household (e.g., therapeutic rooms) as needed
  • Planning and running house meetings
  • Addressing the breaking of rules in the house and following through on consequences

Sober Living: Support and Encouragement to Progress in Recovery

Recovery from active addiction is a continuum of progress, and a house manager’s role is to aid patients in getting what they need to avoid relapse and continue growing in recovery. Contact us at the phone number listed above to learn more about your loved one’s options in sober living.