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1. What are the requirements for living in this sober living home ?
2. Is it occupied solely by recovering alcoholics and recovering addicts ?
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I am very sorry to hear of the harassment your son is experiencing because this is not the philosophy of a sober living house, in fact, it is far from it. I did some research on sober living homes and found that they are structured on the 12-Step Principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and their philosophy is to provide a positive living experience in a sober environment, free from drugs and alcohol. Many residents have just come from a rehab, so they are not very stable themselves with their new sobriety.
You asked if there was any basis on which you could take them to Court. In order to accurately Answer your question, you would have to ask your son what type of paperwork they had him sign when he became a resident, what the sober house was offering your son if he lived there, and what representations they made to your son. If it was nothing more than a place for those who wanted a low cost place to live, then your son was a tenant there. If, on the other hand, the sober house made representations to your son as to the safety of the environment, then your son might have a case against them. If they were aware of his mental state and harassed them, there would be an even stronger case against them.
Keeping all of the above in mind, you should ask your son to show you all of the paperwork they gave him when he first started his residency in the Sober living home. Then you will be able to see if they breached any promises they made to your son and you would be on much firmer ground in bringing an action against the sober living house, the manager, and the owner,
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You might want to arm yourself with AA's 12 Steps which I looked up for you. You might also want to stress Steps 8 through 12 which the manager should be practicing and should be serving as a role model for all the residents,
THE TWELVE STEPS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had becomeunmanageable.2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us tosanity.3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as weunderstood Him.4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact natureof our wrongs.6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to makeamends to them all.9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to doso would injure them or others.10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptlyadmitted it.11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact withGod, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for usand the power to carry that out.12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried tocarry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all ouraffairs.
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