Sober Houses

Sober houses are a key part of the path of addiction recovery. Group residences for people coming out of treatment, they’re meant to be a final step in the journey to living independently or returning to family. 

The town of Falmouth has more sober houses than any other town on Cape Cod, and one of the highest numbers per capita of any part of the state.  

WCAI's three-part series examines the pressing need for sober houses, their importance in the addiction-recovery journey, and the challenges they can pose for communities. All the stories can be heard here.

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About 200 Falmouth residents packed the auditorium at Falmouth High School on Tuesday evening to ask questions and voice concerns about the growing number of sober homes in town. Representatives from the the Massachusetts Alliance for Sober Housing, the organization that handles voluntary certification of the homes in the state, were present to talk about regulations and laws around the houses. 

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Cape Cod has one of the highest number of sober houses per capita of any region in the state, a result of the draw of well-known addiction treatment centers like Gosnold. But the high number of sober homes can make relationships with the community uneasy.

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On a sunny spring day, Joseph Schopplein was riding in a car with his boyfriend, on their way to get his monthly Vivitrol shot. Schopplein is from Mattapan, near Boston. But like many opioid addicts in the state, he’s come to Falmouth for treatment at Gosnold, one of the largest recovery facilities in Massachusetts.

 

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Sober houses are places where addicts can continue their recovery after completing formal medical treatment. Falmouth has one of the highest number of these homes per capita of any town in Massachusetts, in part due to the presence of the addiction treatment center Gosnold.