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Safe space: ShareHouse expands Fargo residential program for tenants in addiction recovery

The two main residential buildings of ShareHouse Inc. are seen Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at 4215 9th Ave. S. and 4227 9th Ave. S., Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO — A program that offers transitional housing as a stepping stone between addiction treatment and mainstream society has expanded less than a year after it launched.

Fargo's ShareHouse Inc. recently announced that it expanded its Recovery Living Program last month to now have up to 35 beds available for residents, an increase from nine beds dedicated to the program when it first became available last June.

President and CEO Nate Medhus said the expansion was part of the plan from the beginning after getting the program off the ground last year.

Residents have to meet several requirements in order to live in ShareHouse's dedicated male or female apartment buildings located at 4215 and 4227 9th Ave. S.

Tenants pay rent and a $100 security deposit, for example. They also need to submit to random drug testing and get services at ShareHouse's outpatient clinic, as well as go through an interview and evaluation process before they get a spot.

Medhus said the idea is to help give residents some of the responsibility that comes with being in recovery, such as paying bills and working a job or going to school, while also providing a place to live that can help prevent relapses and get them through the early temptations after leaving addiction treatment.

"Part of being in recovery is living in the real world, but we know that when you're fresh in your recovery, you're just not as strong," he said. "Until you build up all those skills, sometimes it helps to have a certain environment like a Recovery Living environment."

Medhus said the living arrangement can help, too, because tenants have roommates who also are in recovery and can encourage them.

Still, he said it's designed to not be a permanent place to live, and residents can only live in the program for up to six months.

"We want people that have a plan for life to be there," he said.

About 15 of the 35 available beds were filled by late last week, and Medhus said a few more move-ins are scheduled for later this month.

The expansion also means ShareHouse's Recovery Living Program can accept clients who are referred from other service providers or organizations, he said.

For more information about the program, call Nancy at (701) 478-9519.

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.

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