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Wayside Christian Mission offers an intensive FREE 6-month Sober Living Program which supports recovery from alcohol & other drugs.


Started in 1957, this 100% donation-supported program teaches the essential tools for recovery, plus daily 12-step meeting support, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Alcoholics for Christ. 


Individuals, Couples and Families Welcome!

Need Help? Use our Chat, Call/Text: 502-345-9030 or Email: 

Get a quick overview of our Sober Living Program--to go--by downloading this PDF.


If you're struggling with your sobriety, or just need a refresher, check out these 30+ video lessons for FREE on our YouTube channel.


Wayside provides a PATH out of addiction and toward abstinence, a way to live life to its fullest.

“I had been in the grips of alcoholism for almost 30 years. I needed structure. With the work study program they have, along with the recovery program, you're able to piece your life back together and to live a totally different life than what you were in the past.”                  -- Barbara

What is addiction?


Addiction is simply defined as a physical craving and a mental obsession that make it nearly impossible to stop using on one’s own. It’s a progressive illness that gets worse over time.


The problem of addiction lies in the mind, which convinces us over and over that we can control our use and that next time will be different. But, without help, it won’t be.

The addiction is to drugs and/or alcohol (which is also a drug), so at Wayside, we treat the problem as an addiction to all mood-altering chemicals.

Learn all about our FREE SOBER LIVING PROGRAM here!

Finding your way

We provide a path out of addiction and toward abstinence, a way to live life to its fullest. The Sober Living Program is FREE - supported by community donations.

The Program provides:

  • Semi-private lodging

  • Linens & toiletries

  • Showers and restrooms in each room

  • Three meals daily, plus snacks 

  • General transportation

Individuals, Couples and Families Welcome!

How does it work?

Our program is based on:

  • The 12 Steps of Recovery

  • 12 Step meeting attendance

  • Work Therapy (learning job skills)

  • Cognitive therapies, Life Skills education, and therapeutic recreation and exercise.

  • Worship Service and Bible Studies (opt)


STEP 1: Get Here!



The most important step of your recovery is getting started. So, don’t wait. Call, text or email us NOW! We’ll even come to pick you up.


Our clients come to us in a variety of ways:

  • REFERRALS from doctors, pastors, counselors, courts, lawyers, family, friends,  and others.
    (Out-of-state referrals are welcome)

  • TRANSFERS from jail, other shelters, other treatment programs, etc.


STEP 2: Get Clean!

[1-14 days – Social Detox or more, as needed]


During your first days with us, we’ll help handle the paperwork, assign you a buddy, plus provide food, clothing and lodging.


If you need, we’ll also help you via one of our medical partners with:

  • Medical Detox

  • Stabilization on medication

  • Medical appointment

  • Psychiatric Appointment

We’ll help you get back to a clear head.


STEP 3: Get Smart!

[6 months – In-Patient Rehab]


Next, it’s time to educate yourself on what caused your problems, how to stay clean & sober, how to recognize your triggers, and how to avoid them in the future.

Level 1 Education includes:

  • Community Meetings

  • 12-Step Classes 1-2

  • 12-Step Meetings

  • Locate a sponsor

  • Work Therapy Assignment

  • Recreational Activities

  • Case Management

  • Parenting Classes (opt)

Level 2 Education includes:

  • Community Meetings

  • 12-Step Classes 3-5

  • 12-Step Meetings

  • Continue Work Therapy

  • Recreational Activities

  • Therapy Classes/Life Skills

  • Case Management

  • Parenting Classes (opt)

Level 3 Education includes:

  • Community Meetings

  • 12-Step Classes 6-12

  • Relapse Prevention

  • 12-Step Meetings

  • Continue Work Therapy

  • Recreational Activities

  • Therapy Classes/Life Skills

  • Case management

  • Parenting Classes (opt)

  • Program Completion

  • Completion Letter

  • Graduation Ceremony

STEP 4: Get a Life!

[OPTIONL: 6 months AND beyond Aftercare]

Finally, we’ll help you ease back into real life at the pace that works best for you.  Plus, you’ll continue to be supported by our team.  

Ongoing support includes:

  • Job search assistance

  • 12-Step meetings

  • Family reunification

  • Financial planning

  • Transitional housing

  • Housing search assistance

  • Permanent supportive housing (opt)

  • And much more to get you ready for life!

Need Help? Use our Chat, Call/Text: 502-345-9030 or Email: 

How do I get help?

Getting into our program is easy. There are no fees! Lodging and meals are included. Just call or text 502-345-9030 and our intake clerk will answer your questions, arrange transportation (if needed) and get you in a bed tonight.

Our Staff

Our primary recovery staff consists of people who are in recovery, who work a 12-Step program, and who have years of being clean and sober.  Some clients will become peer leaders and have the opportunity to teach classes.  Some of our peer support teachers are certified Adult Peer Support Specialists. 

Mental Health

We work with a number of mental health clinics and agencies to make sure our clients get the additional help that they may need. 

Physical Health

Local health care providers often provide free services and free prescriptions to most of our participants.  We make sure that our participants have access to healthcare.

Legal Problems?

We have an attorney on staff, licensed in three states including Kentucky and Indiana who can offer legal advice and direction to our participants who have legal problems. We also make progress and completion reports to judges, lawyers, prosecutors, alternative sentencing social workers, and probation officers if indicated. People needing treatment who are in the Jefferson Country Home Incarceration Program (HIP) can also participate in our programs.

Case Management

Each client will see a case manager and develop a treatment plan which will include alcohol and drug treatment, aftercare housing, and mental health and physical health plans.


Graduates of the Sober Living Program may enter long-term housing options at the Shelter or at Hotel Louisville.  This housing is at a reduced rate and can be permanent or transitional.  Many graduates secure outside employment, live on-site save money, then move out to a market-rate apartment.

Relapse Preventions

During Level 3, the final month of the program, our participants will be taught practical relapse prevention skills and will work through many potential relapse scenarios, helping them to prepare for the unexpected and how to resolve the temptations.  In addition, participants will develop a detailed relapse prevention plan to aid in recovery.

Additional Help

While in the program, learning the 12 Steps of recovery, our participants will also learn better ways to deal with strong emotions, smart ways to make decisions, and practical ways to resolve conflicts.  Our program includes cognitive therapy approach combined with lifeskills education, role-playing, and moral and situational dilemmas.

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