The term Oxford House refers to any house operating under the "Oxford House Model", a community-based approach to addiction treatment, which provides an independent, supportive, and sober living environment. Today there are nearly 2,000 Oxford Houses in the United States and other countries.
Each house is based on three rules:
No use of drugs or alcohol and no disruption
The house must be run democratically
Pay the Equal Expense Shared (EES) cost or any fines
The first Oxford House was opened in Silver Spring, Maryland in 1975 by Paul Molloy. Molloy had been a Senate committee staff member between 1967 and 1972. He sought treatment for his alcoholism in a halfway house in 1975. The name Oxford House was chosen in recognition of Oxford Group, a religious organization that influenced the founders of AA.
Oxford House Traditions
Oxford House has as its primary goal the provision of housing for the alcoholic and drug addict who wants to stay clean and sober.
All Oxford Houses are run on a democratic basis. Our officers serve continuous periods of no longer than six months.
No Member of an Oxford House is ever asked to leave without cause -- drinking, drug use, or disruptive behavior.
Oxford House members realize that active participation in AA and/or NA offers assurance of continued sobriety.
Each Oxford House should be autonomous except in matters affecting other houses or Oxford House, Inc. - as a whole.
Each Oxford House should be financially self-supporting.
Oxford House should remain forever nonprofessional.
Propagation of the Oxford House, Inc. concept should always be conceived as public education.
Members who leave an Oxford House in good standing should become associate members.
By working together, the Oxford House family can help every recovering alcoholic and drug addict to gain sobriety without relapse – forever.