Rated the “Best Small City in Connecticut” and the 26th Best Small City in America in 2017, Westport’s vibrant atmosphere and supportive recovery community offers sober living residents a new start.
Located 48 miles north of New York City, on Connecticut’s “Gold Coast”, Westport has long been distinguished as a destination for artists, musicians and authors; home through the years to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Paul Newman, and Nile Rodgers. Today, its primary draw include a nationally ranked school system, an acclaimed library, coastal beauty, and sophisticated cultural, shopping, and dining experiences.
The Westport Recovery Community
Most importantly, Westport supports a significant recovery community. With nearly fifty 12-step and SMART Recovery meetings each week in Westport — not to mention the surrounding communities of Southport, Fairfield, Wilton, Norwalk, Darien, and Weston — we are home to one of the strongest concentrations of 12-step recovery groups in Connecticut. Meetings in Fairfield County represent every walk of life; from corporate CEOs to college students, Westport House clients have little difficulty finding their niche in recovery.
One of the Safest Small Cities in America
A 2017 report puts Westport near the top of its list of the best small cities in America. The report evaluated 1,268 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 and ranked them across five key dimensions: Affordability, Economic Health, Education & Health, Quality of Life and Safety. Westport received an exceptionally high mark for safety, ranking 27 out of 1,268. Other Connecticut cities in the top percentiles include Shelton, Trumbull and next-door Norwalk.
Residents of our sober living are allowed vehicles at Westport House, but for those who don’t there are several options. First, transport to all Westport Sober House-related activities and events and to train stations are provided by Westport House staff at no cost. For local bus service, the “Coastal Link” travels along Route 1 from Norwalk through Westport, Fairfield, Stratford and Milford during weekdays, weekends and holidays.
Additionally, Westport has two Metro North railroad stations, Westport (Saugatuck) and Greens Farms on the Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven line, which serves Grand Central Terminal in New York City and Union Station in New Haven. This line is shared with Amtrak and is part of the Northeast Corridor.
For Westport House sober living clients, the downtown Westport offers numerous employment opportunities, with everything from one-of-a-kind shops to national retailers. Restaurants and eateries abound; and a thriving arts and cultural community offers art exhibitions, performances at venues such as Westport Country Playhouse and the Levitt Pavilion, a large library, churches and synagogues, and museums. Westport is also headquarters for many well-known companies in the investment management, manufacturing, media, advertising, marketing, food service, and venture capital industries.