Our Program

What are the requirements to stay at NorthStar?

Our number one priority at NorthStar is our residents' safety. With that said, we have very clear and firm policies about admitting residents to our home. Prior to intake at NorthStar, all residents must:

  • Be completely detoxed and cleared by a doctor
  • Be committed to staying sober and working toward their recovery through meetings, groups, and a treatment program.
  • Agree to all house rules at NorthStar
  • Agree to respect all NorthStar staff and policies

What does the NorthStar experience entail?

90 Day Minimum Stay -  The first 90 days of recovery are critical. That’s because it’s during this time that most relapses occur. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends a full 90 days in sober living for abstinence success, although some stay longer. With the option to reside in a sober living home as long as needed, the possibilities are endless. 

Studies have shown you have a 50-65% higher chance of a successful recovery if you have additional support past 28 days at an addiction treatment center.

Three Tier Transition Process - Within our program, you will experience the empowering effects of working toward defined goals. We incorporate a Three Tier Transition Process that grants the resident more freedoms as she completes the requirements of each tier and moves to the next.

Staff on Duty at All Times-  During the initial stages of recovery supervision is necessary in case patients start stumbling on their path. This monitoring also helps track their progress and efforts to stay clean and sober.

Transportation-  There is no need to worry about not having a car or Driver's License at NorthStar.  Our live-in house manager will provide transportation to all NorthStar related activities. 

Healthy Meals - Nutrition is important, especially in early recovery.  All meals are provided. The house is stocked with fresh produce and healthy snack items.  Each resident is responsible for cooking dinner for the group about once a week.  Help with cooking is available if needed.


Gym Membership-  Once you begin to exercise regularly, you will discover many more reasons why exercise is so important to improving the quality of your life. Exercise reduces stress, lifts moods, and helps you sleep better.  Each resident will receive a gym membership while she is a resident.

Recovery Yoga-   Y12SR (Yoga and the 12 Steps of Recovery) “connects the dots” between the ancient wisdom of yoga, the practical tools of 12-step programs, and the latest research on trauma healing and neurobiology. As part of a holistic recovery program, it works in tandem with traditional treatment to address the physical, mental and spiritual disease of addiction. 

Our Yoga instructor teaches Yoga at NorthStar each week. She gradated from Omega Institute in New York to receive training/certification in teaching Y12SR. She has also been a mindfulness/wellness educator for 4 years with a special focus on trauma sensitive approaches. 

Recovery Music -  Music has been shown to help people manage their emotions. There is evidence that suggests that it is helpful for those who are trying to build a life away from addiction. 

Our Recovery Music Instructor, Bernard, is a therapist with a BA in Sociology, with a concentration in group work.  He has honed his skills as a songwriter using composition to address issues pertinent in addiction such as isolation, disillusionment and self-destructive behaviors.  Bernard believes that music is a viable, therapeutic tool that can touch the spirit where other therapies fall short. He was a winner at the 2016 Philadelphia Songwriters' Project.

Individual/Group Therapy *-  Therapy will aid in the process of self-discovery.  It will help residents learn how to deal more effectively with situations in their lives. This process helps residents feel more comfortable with themselves and with some of the tensions that come from inside.

Group therapy allows residents to receive the support and encouragement of the other members of the group, and offers a safe haven. Because the group is united on a common goal, members can a obtain sense of belonging and acceptance. 

Equine Therapy*-  (Optional) -  Equine-Assisted Therapy is used to treat patients challenged with everything from drug and alcohol addiction and post-traumatic stress syndrome.  The therapy takes advantage of the mental and physical exercise that working with a horse can provide. Mentally or emotionally, interacting with a horse means dealing with and working around its moods, attitudes and personality. Physically, caring and riding a horse provides a chance to improve muscle strength, along with balance and coordination. 

Community- One of the key factors to a successful recovery is being connected to strong, like-minded individuals who are staying sober.  This occurs when the residents attend 12 Step Fellowship and other recovery community meetings and participate in social events. 

Rules - NorthStar has simple rules that hold our residents accountable while living in a sober community.   These rules include a firm wake up time, clean rooms, daily chores, curfew, punctuality, and maintained sobriety.  We believe that our rules are vital to restoring accountability to our residents and helping them recreate their lives.

Frequent Drug Testing-  Random drug tests and breathalyzers are given.   If a drug test produces a positive or questionable result, the resident may be liable for further drug testing fees at a lab. 

Employment Planning-   Our goal at NorthStar is to make sure that our residents are working towards a fully self- supporting life.  There are a variety of services available, including speaking with a career counselor about career objectives, working on interview skills, etc.

12 Step Meetings and Sponsors- Meetings show people a new way of life.  Daily meetings and sponsors are required. 

Optional meetings:

  • Creative Recovery 
  • SMART Recovery 
  • Refuge Recovery 
  • Celebrate Recovery

Morning Meditation-  Each day is started right!  We meet to read affirmations aloud, meditate, and share what we're grateful for and our daily goals. 

Volunteer work -   One of the famous sayings used by Twelve Step groups is that,  you have to give it away in order to keep it. What this is referring to is the idea that service in recovery can help the giver as much as the receiver. This giving should not be done in the hope of a reward or praise. Instead the individual does it because they know that it is helping to keep them connected. Numerous studies have provided evidence that helping others in recovery provides great benefit to the helper.   At NorthStar, we require residents to fulfill a minimum of 15 hours of work and/or volunteer each week. 

Family/Friend Visitation-   Receiving support from others is extremely helpful for individuals as they struggle with the ups and downs of the recovery process. One of the strongest sources of social support comes from family and friends. 

* Therapy sessions are not included in the price of NorthStar.

Amenities Provided

Comfortable beds

 Sleeping well in recovery is important.   Enjoy a restful night's sleep on a pillow-top Serta Perfect Sleeper. 

55 " HD Smart TV

TV is in the living room for community use. This flatscreen TV provides  a crystal clear image. 

House computer and high-Speed WiFi

Windows 10. House computer is for community use to check email, search for volunteer opportunities and jobs, work on resumes, etc. 

Stocked kitchen with Nutritious Food

Healthy food is provided.  Each resident will be responsible to cook dinner for the house approximately once a week. Help is available if needed.  

Bed linens/towels

Sheets, Towels, Washcloths, Laundry Detergent, and a Laundry Basket will be provided for you. 

Washer/ Dryer

Washer and dryer is available for use on premises.