The foundation for growth of our residents is built from experience based change. This foundation is more than not drinking and not using drugs alone – it’s about conducting daily life.
“At Normandy House, our guests take responsibility and face life’s challenges.” – John, Former Residence Manager
Success is realized through consistent and demonstrated growth in the recovery process, progress essential to assume productive roles in work and family.
Positive actions reflect values which help lift self-esteem. Perspectives change by working the steps to a lasting sober lifestyle.
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Sober daily living provides the basis for amends to family and loved ones by doing the right thing!
The need of individuals transitioning to their chosen path and continued sobriety requires commitment to an environment that is structured for personal growth. At Normandy the goal is to provide that environment. Our environment is a safe and constructive place to move forward and achieve success with accountability.
Success of our guests relies on these sober living criteria:
- Normandy maintains a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol without exception.
- Residents are expected to respect and comply with all Normandy policies.
- Residents must respect the house and their fellow residents. Normandy is your home and a fellowship.
- 90/90 Requirement – Attend 90 AA or NA, daily meetings in 90 days.
- Attend IOP/Out patient programs and counseling as required.
- Learn and practice skills required for sober everyday living.
- Keep working, diligently pursue employment or attend school.
- Performing routine house chores is expected from all residents as every day behavior.
When the steps of recovery are followed residents feel better about themselves. Perspectives change for the better by working the steps to a lasting sober lifestyle.
Normandy House sober living is the key. Normandy provides a place where residents can be safe, and sober, while working to learn to use the many resources needed for living a sober lifestyle and moving forward.
Managing a sober living facility is demanding and rewarding. Supporting the efforts of individuals genuinely working to assemble the tools and experience to achieve a sober lifestyle is our purpose. Support for our residents is always there, both from management and fellow residents who know what it takes to make the program work. Support of others is one of our greatest privileges, and for residents it demonstrates what they can aspire to and achieve – service to others.
Our experience in providing the environment for lasting change is acknowledged and well respected for 10 years. The Normandy staff is ready to help if you are ready for real change.
What our guests are saying...
"I am writing this email to you today sober and with a smile on my face. I spent 5 months in the Des Plaines - Normandy residence as you know....duh and I couldn't be happier with where I am at in my sobriety and with my view in life. I still can't believe it was 5 months, time flies when your having fun!"
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I know there is more work to do and the journey doesn’t end!
I wanted to pass a note along to you and the entire Normandy team.
First, Paul and the managers always treated me with respect and do a great job keeping the Des Plaines house in order.
I also wanted to thank you and the entire Normandy team for the upkeep and service that you all provide. It is a great place for early sobriety and I will recommend Normandy to anyone that needs this kind of help!
I enjoyed my time so much at Normandy that I found an apartment 2 miles away so that I can continue to attend open house meetings and events for years to come!
A few things that I believe led me to where I am today; also these are things that I share and recommend others to share as well with newcomers:
- Try your best to drop your ego at the door or leave it in the car!
- Listen and follow the rules they are not there to make you miserable they are there to maintain structure, a clean living environment, and peace.
- Be Kind and Help Others in your home and the AA community!
- Give it 2 weeks at least. You don’t know what you have until you let go and give it your best.
- Engage if you are in a good spot or a bad spot. You never know who will help you next or whom you can help.
I realized packing up that this in fact is not a goodbye but the start of a relationship with the people of Normandy and AA for years to come.
I ask that you please pass this mesage along to the entire Normandy team, without you all I would not be where I am today.
"Normandy House for me was more than just learning how to stay sober. It's was about learning to be a functioning adult again. The house has given me life principles to transition out on my own. When going back home after treatment wasn't an option anymore, Normandy house was there for me when I was at my lowest. Relationships with the men at Normandy will be the foundation of my sobriety, and I will forever be grateful for the house."
"I've been at numerous sober living houses and this is the only one that feels like home to me. The women are supportive and positive. There is accountability, but also freedom to pursue your own personal goals and work on your program. The house manager is always in the know and involved in the sober events happening, especially for women, and there are fun sober outings being planned constantly! Sobriety is what you make of it, and Normandy house made it possible to build my own tribe of sober women to support me while I grow."
"Normandy House played an absolutely crucial role in my recovery. After a particularly bad relapse, I felt shaken and unsure what to do. In the men's house, I found the structure I needed to achieve a level of stability and health that had previously eluded me. The camaraderie and sense of shared purpose I experienced with the other men were a big part of my healing. I met some terrific people who I hope I never lose touch with. Thanks to Normandy, I have a year and a half of sobriety, and I feel a renewed hope for the future that I haven't felt for years."
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And by the way, physically speaking, it is a very nice place! It’s one of the nicest apartments I’ve ever lived in, period, anywhere. Very nice kitchen, very nice bathroom, very well maintained, and they’re constantly making improvements. It feels “homey” and inviting. The rent is more than some other sober living communities, but it is comparable to other apartments of similar quality in the same neighborhood, and a lot is included in addition: cleaning supplies, paper towels, TP, etc. It’s nice not to have to worry about buying those things when you have so much else on your plate already.
"Normandy house changed my life. It helped me learn how to go from being a blight on society to being a functional and productive member of it. It taught me to grow and change into a person who doesn't hate what he see's when he looks in the mirror. It fosters a community of like minded individuals who are all there to get and stay sober who will help you when you need help and listen when you need someone to talk to. It made me accountable for my actions and taught me how fulfilling life in sobriety can be.
If you are looking for a place where you can learn the ins and outs of sobriety I cannot recommend Normandy house enough."
"This has been the best experience I've had in a sober living home. It's been truly a blessing to be a resident here. I feel the feeling of unity of the women in the house and the atmosphere is positive. It's the perfect place for me to feel safe while I work on my recovery program. I can't say enough about the program director Susan Marshall who is always available and really cares about the women in the house and goes to any length to be there. I would recommend Normandy House to anyone looking to rebuild their life, and build a foundation in a Recovery program."