Women recovering from addiction in northern North Dakota now have a local sober home to help them transition into their new lives.

The Sanctuary opened May 1 in Minot. The sober living home aims to provide a supportive environment for up to 14 women recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction, the Minot Daily News reported.

The Sanctuary has already acquired its first transitional residents, according to Carolyn Engh and Sarena Jenkins, the home's manager and assistant manager. Women can be self-referred or be referred by an agency, and must be adults who are employed or in school at least part-time. Rent is $500 a month.

Engh said applicants must be in recovery and willing to dedicate themselves to a sustained recovery.

"An individual really has to want recovery in order to be in this house because that's what this house is about — safe, supportive, 100 percent sober living," she said.

Women prepare their own meals and are assigned chores each morning. They sign in and out from the house, which Engh said teaches accountability and ensures staff can contact them in case of emergency.

Residents are required to attend 14 meetings weekly through recovery programs. They also must participate in random drug and alcohol testing. Anyone testing positive immediately faces eviction.

The group living is part of the recovery model, according to Engh.

"We don't want people isolating," she said. "We don't want people not bonding as a family. We are all women in recovery and we support each other."

The Sanctuary is self-funded and welcomes donations. The facility is a member of the National Sober Living Association.