Sober Living for Women

IOP & Supportive Sober Living Residences

Step Down Women’s Sober Living Recovery Residence of Midtown Homes

“Help me believe that the changes I’m going through are for the good. Help me believe that the road I’m traveling will lead to a place of light, love and joy.”

The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie

Our philosophy of mutual respect and understanding, relapse prevention and a sensitivity to individualized treatment translates into providing a consistent and cohesive practical continuum of care that recognizes the importance of connection, and a supportive sober environment.

As part of our commitment to creating a cohesion and consistency of care for women residents, we are opening a sober living residence in the popular Midtown neighborhood of Nashville Tennessee. This luxurious house has a large eat-in kitchen, expansive dining room, two Victorian style living rooms and a beautiful English Garden in the backyard that provides a welcome serene environment for quiet reflections and community conversations. The residence is located near a variety of sober support groups, yoga and meditation centers and is less than 2 miles from popular music venues, prestigious universities, and sporting events.

Women recovering from addiction, codependency, eating disorders, and trauma can safely move to their next stage of independence that is inclusive, supportive and meets the standards of our referral sources and a comprehensive discharge plan.  This sober recovery residence has staff support provided by a Residential Manager, and residents do not need to be enrolled in treatment programming at the Integrative Life Center. We want our residents to feel a strong sense of support through a comprehensive and thorough transition from one level of care to another.  We want to collaborate with our residents’ creative changes without losing what they have gained in their ability to trust and move with empowerment to process these transitions as a part of growth, never taking away from it. How can what you have started to build be sustained if once again you leave your support group in an attempt to move on your own?  We understand that the “ownership of self” is a mutuality where you feel as if you can reveal your deepest feelings, thoughts, and perceptions, and in response be moved by the feelings, thoughts, and perceptions of others. It is in the development of empathy and community when residents begin to feel authentic in relationships and truly know each other.

There is less structure than at other Midtown Homes and the residence operates as a traditional sober living environment. All residents must have a minimum of 30 days of continuous recovery and have completed a clinical treatment program read more.

How wonderful to ‘pay it forward’ in your treatment process and in a real, practical sense feel that you have followed through in your recovery to care for yourself in a deep, healthy way and then care for others with that same authenticity as you move to more independence in work, friendship, and family obligations.  This connectedness will relate to others from a state of wholeness; for the purpose of nurturing your own or another’s spiritual growth.

To learn more about rent and work requirements read more.

“In the last two decades, clinicians and researchers have developed a solid body of knowledge in best practices for the treatment of addicted women. Research indicates that clinical services for addiction treatment that address women’s specific issues are more effective for women than are traditional programs, originally designed for men (Abbott & Kerr, 1995; Carton, 1996; Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, 1994; Covington, 1998a; Finklestein, 1993). However, many of the services that women encounter in the public and private sectors are not designed for women. In addition, they often lack cohesion and consistency because they are constructed from a variety of resources that are not consistent in their theoretical bases.”

Stephanie Covington. PhD

What’s Included?

Medical Care

Clients are provided with a medical evaluation upon admission, access to psychiatric care and medical staff, and assistance with medication management.

Clinical Care

Our Master’s level clinicians facilitate therapeutic individual, gender separate group, and family work. We use evidence based therapies such as CBT, EMDR, DBT, somatic work, motivational interviewing, process groups, equine and adventure based, experiential modalities.

Complementary Therapies

Clients receive complementary therapeutic approaches in an effort to encourage body, mind, and spirit integration. Therapies include breath work, yoga, mindful meditation, massage, body work, art, music, and acupuncture.

Recreation & Community

Morning Star offers access to fire circles, sweat lodges, labyrinth walks, on-site art studio for creative expression, and other community oriented ceremonies.

Meals & Nutrition

Residents who need support around disordered eating partake in a nutritional assessment administered by a Registered Dietician, three supported meals per day, planning/preparing community meals, meal plan monitoring, and staff assisted grocery shopping.


Transportation is provided daily to meet client needs, including to clinical programming at Integrative Life Center, local support and recovery meetings, grocery shopping and other leisure activities.


Amenities provided in the house include all of the benefits of a comfortable, upscale living environment. Residents are allowed internet access, personal cell phone and vehicle use, when deemed appropriate. They are supervised by professional staff who are available for support 24-hours a day/7 days-a-week.

Health & Wellness

Residents have access to 25 acres of walking trails, woods, low-ropes courses, streams and an onsite organic garden to support physical health and well being.

Life Skills Support

Life skills education is provided to all residents on topics such as healthy communication, mindful eating, nutrition, spirituality, and relapse prevention.

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