The Step up Inn in West Haven, CT

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541 Washington Ave
West Haven CT 06477

The Step up Inn Philosophy

The Step Up Inn aims to provide a safe, nurturing and structured environment that gives the tools and solutions to gain back the things that have been lost in life.

Areas of Specialization

  • Client & Family Support Groups
    Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

Facility Highlights

Modern, Spacious

ABH, DHMAS and HUSKY D Approved

Individual Counseling

Meet the Staff

Linda Gherlone

Regional Manager

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Linda attends weekly meetings, assists with the daily running of the inn, as well as handling any issues or concerns residents may have.

Richard Albert

CAC, A.S., A.D.S. MTREM, Consultant

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Rick is an experienced consultant and counselor specializing in addiction recovery, community outreach and psychotherapy. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Located in West Haven, Conn., just one mile from the beach, the Step Up Inn Sober Home for Women offers long-term, structured sober living for women in recovery for substance abuse. Step Up Inn identifies as a high-end, environmentally friendly establishment.


The Step Up Inn allows clients to participate in daily life activities and reintegrate into society within the safety of a substance-free living environment. Residents are kept accountable via breathalyzer tests, which are administered three times per day. There are also random drug screenings at least once a week, and a strict 9 p.m. curfew.

Residents are assigned chores within the house and encouraged to attend regular AA/NA meetings. They also participate in the facility’s special services, including workshops on relapse prevention, money management and budgeting, life planning, resume building, and employment prep. There is also a yoga program, and family visitation each Sunday.


Though clients are responsible for keeping the house clean and in order, there is a 24-hour innkeeper on-site. In addition to the house manager, who is in recovery herself, there is also an on-staff regional manager and administrator.


Residents live in a four-floor, 17th-century colonial building, which has been fully renovated and includes a full-service kitchen, a large TV room, free Wi-Fi, a yoga and workout studio, and spacious meeting rooms. The home is set just one block from the center of town, giving clients easy access to businesses, shops, jobs, etc.

REVIEWS has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff.

On Step Up Inn’s official Facebook page, which the facility can manage, all three reviewers to date have given perfect five-star ratings.[1] Confident to speak on the behalf of her housemates, reviewer D.B. wrote: “The house feels like a home to myself and the women here. Without this transition i don't know if my recovery would have been possible!”


The Step Up Inn accepts some private insurance.

Published December 2016


Published on January 2017

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