One of the most important parts of being in our recovery homes, is adopting certain pro-neighbor attitudes and behaviors – along the lines of, “love thy neighbor as thyself.” even if those same behaviors and attitudes are not returned.
Good Neighbor Policy_Rev 06.17.21
ADDRESSING NEIGHBOR CONCERNS POLICY
It is crucial to the long-term success of any person in recovering to adopt new skills when dealing with difficult people, especially those who may not understand recovery. One of the most important parts of being in our recovery homes, is adopting certain pro-neighbor attitudes and behaviors – along the lines of, “love thy neighbor as thyself.” even if those same behaviors and attitudes are not returned. New Foundations takes our Good Neighbor Policy profoundly serious in part to combat NIMBY (not in my back yard). We can show our neighbors that we are assets to the community. We are not “drug houses” or “trap houses”, but rather look at us as good neighbors, and contributing members to society.
Below, lists the code of conduct you agree BEFORE moving forward in our program. If this is not something you’re comfortable with, please let us know.
- You represent yourself in such a manner of excellence and humility. Be proud where you are, buthumble in your attitude toward others. Not everyone appreciates the steps you’ve taken or obstacles you’ve overcome to get here.
- You represent the New Foundations Recovery Family. Even though you will successfully transition on,we plan to be here to continue our mission, for generations. Think and act beyond yourself.
- You represent people in recovery everywhere. The stigma of addiction remains, despite decades ofpublic education. Although community members support your recovery, people still struggle with a sober living facility being in their neighborhood.
- Demonstrate the strength and character it takes to change for the better. Our goal is to show, throughour actions, we are good people with a bad illness, and that we deserve a chance, not judgement.
- Do not travel in groups larger than 3-4 people while walking locally.
- Be aware of the space you take up, give up space to others on the sidewalk, hallways, etc. Volunteer tobe of help in any way you can. Look for ways to chip in, whether at home or out in public.
- Keep your voices lowered and be aware of subject matter. This is just as important on the deck andsmoking area, which should NOT be in the front of the home.
- At meetings –silence phones, pay attention, learn from the people who have long-term sobriety.
- Use “Please” and “Thank you”. Listen.
- If a neighbor confronts you, please do not engage or give them a reason to call the police. You are tocontact Mikella Chrisman, Executive Director, at 812-577-6578. Do not engage or get into an argument. She recommends using your cell phone to record any issues and send to her ASAP.
By signing below, you are agreeing to the above code of conduct while living in our recovery home.