Councilors want to stamp out 'hell houses' preying on recovering addicts

City councilors will be looking towards regulations that would stamp out alleged sober homes whose operators prey on residents, rather than help them recover.

Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury), said she was "appalled and outraged" by the recent arrest of the owner of a Roxbury sober house on charges he gave residents drugs in exchange for sex. She added the facility, built as townhouses, had turned into a "hell house" that was "an example of a bad player who is preying on the most vulnerable in our community."

Some sober houses voluntarily submit to state oversight, but many do not, she said.

Councilor Annissa Essaibi George, who co-sponsored the proposal, said it's time to figure out how to ensure sober houses are actually safe for people who are trying to break away from drugs or alcohol.

Their fellow counselors agreed to let them hold a hearing with city and state officials to try to figure out an answer.

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Sad to say but this isn't the only house like this around.

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What's the issue?

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Stop subsidizing and liscensing this crap.

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Unfortunately, licensing is NOT required

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City and state do not license sober houses. Sober houses voluntarily request certification from Mass Alliance of Sober Housing. Minimal oversight. Hoping that changes soon.

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