House Rules


Smoke breaks
are a privilege
not a right.
And must be
by staff
if time permits.
Only one cigarette
per break. No lying down

or putting feet
on the furniture.
TV goes off
during lunch
and dinner
and twelve step meetings.

No drug and alcohol
and no

Only one helper
in the kitchen.
Do not close blinds.
Don’t spill drinks.
Eat candy slowly.

Respect staff
and each other.
No bumming
Cigarettes. Take

your medicine.



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  1. #1 by Hudson Howl on August 15, 2012 - 10:12 pm

    But sex and ‘rock and roll’ is okay then?

    • #2 by Carl on August 15, 2012 - 10:59 pm

      HAHA!you are a master! I did leave out the note that TV volume should stay under 50…

      • #3 by Hudson Howl on August 15, 2012 - 11:10 pm

        Television…..that is just cruel and sadistic

  2. #4 by Evelyn on August 16, 2012 - 11:20 am

    dont forget, lights out at 10pm. 🙂

    • #5 by Carl on August 20, 2012 - 9:56 pm

      Evelyn, that is a terribly difficult rule, especially on top of the others!

  3. #6 by Find an Outlet on August 16, 2012 - 11:51 am

    Are these rules to maintain order or prepare you for the outside world by making your life just as miserable as it was before? I would never get better if the TV were on so much. And don’t they know candy is supposed to wolfed down as fast as possible?

    • #7 by Carl on August 20, 2012 - 10:02 pm

      Haha! Love your comment! These are rules that are meant to inspire you to get better fast. You get out fast, but you never get better fast! I volunteer at a local mental health hospital, and can you imagine – They are not allowed smoking anywhere, inside or out! Smoking can be the very last comfort for some.

  4. #8 by claudia on August 19, 2012 - 9:46 am

    oh heck…quite strict rules.. i was once in a hostel in sydney and the rules they had could almost keep up with those above… there was a landlady watching over them with eagles eyes…was quite intimidating…ugh..

    • #9 by Carl on August 20, 2012 - 10:03 pm

      Pooh, the ever-present landlady. They double down on the rules!

  5. #10 by clinock on August 21, 2012 - 12:53 am

    This is horrific – like some dark Sci Fi novel of a post-apocalyptic future – where is this going on? I also volunteer at a similar place here in Vancouver and no rules like this exist – smoking is okay on the patio – wonderful lunches for $1 – pool table, computers and yours truly in the art room…Where’s the humanity and healing in your scenario? It sounds like a case of obey and escape asap…

    • #11 by Carl on August 24, 2012 - 9:38 am

      I want to get better in Vancouver, that is for sure. If the recovering sick were treating the sick, the rules would be far better.

      • #12 by Hudson Howl on August 24, 2012 - 10:33 am

        Those dam Canadians! First it was ‘universal health care’, an now they have the recovering sick treating the sick. What’s next?…….They even have sleeper cells of Canada Geese taking down commercial aircraft over the Hudson River.

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