Adult Substance Use Oxford House

What is an Oxford House?

Oxford Houses are sober living residences for adults in recovery from substance use disorders. Residents share responsibility for maintaining the home, paying rent and ensuring the home remains free from alcohol and other drugs. Oxford Houses are not substance use disorder residential treatment facilities. They are democratically operated, peer-run and self-sustaining homes.

What are the Benefits of Oxford House Living?

  • A safe, alcohol and drug-free environment that encourages positive change.
  • An opportunity to develop a new lifestyle by contributing to a community that is focused on health and recovery.
  • A place to develop new friends and companions who share recovery as a common goal.
  • Oxford Houses provide the time, peer support and structured living necessary for long-term change to take hold.

Who is Eligible to Live in an Oxford House?

A potential Oxford House resident must be free of alcohol or mood altering substances to be eligible for living in an Oxford House. Generally, a person comes into an Oxford House following completion of a treatment program or at least a five to 10-day detoxification program. Many residents continue treatment on an outpatient basis and/or are receiving counseling while living in an Oxford House.

Paying for Services

For people who can’t afford to move in immediately, stipends might be available to offset move-in fees. Stipends are for people who are either completing an HHSC funded Substance Use Disorder treatment program, or are enrolled in other HHSC-SUD funded programs such as recovery support, and/or medication assisted treatment. Those interested must contact Oxford House to be considered for stipends.

Where do I Apply for Oxford House Living?

Learn how to apply on the Oxford House website.

About Oxford House

Oxford House is listed as a best practice on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Report (2016) on “Facing Addiction in America” singled out Oxford House as an effective tool for long-term recovery.

As of July 2018, there are 250 Oxford Houses in 26 counties across the state. People who reside in these homes come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, reflecting the non-discriminatory nature of substance use disorders. Men and women separately reside in gender-specific homes at Oxford Houses. There are 160 homes for men and 67 for women. Thirty-two Oxford Houses in Texas are designated as “Women with Children” homes, while four house men with children.

View this PDF for a list of Oxford Houses and their vacancies.

Contact Information

For questions or concerns about an Oxford House:

  • Visit
  • Email
  • Call 800-689-6411 or 301-587-2916 (Oxford House, Inc., central office in Maryland)


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