Are Sober Livings Safe During Coronavirus?

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The recovery process from substance abuse and/ or addiction is typically comprised of three components: detox, a formal treatment program and aftercare. Every individual is unique and will require a tailored treatment plan, which is why there are a variety of options within each of the three components. Every step of the recovery process, regardless of how different it may appear for each person, is integral to one’s continued success. 

Sober living facilities are group homes that individuals transitioning out of substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program may elect to move into prior to returning home. They provide individuals with a drug and alcohol free residential environment that is slightly less structured than an inpatient treatment program. It is important to note that moving into a sober living home is optional, and not all individuals recovering from substance abuse and/ or addiction will find it a necessary element of their aftercare plan. 

COVID-19

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a highly contagious virus that has not been previously seen in humans. Clinical Microbiology and Infection (CMI) asserts that COVID-19 “is associated with a respiratory illness that may lead to severe pneumonia, and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).” Due to the facts that the method of transmission, severity of symptoms, and long-term affects of the novel coronavirus were largely unknown not only caused worldwide panic and but also initiated the surge of a global pandemic. In efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Nation instituted swift changes to the way in which society operated. From mass closures of all non-essential business, to implementing strict stay-at-home orders, to extensively promoting mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines, to encouraging excessive hygiene and cleanliness practices, COVID-19 altered the course of history. 

While many businesses were shuttered during the pandemic, certain essential business (e.g. pharmacies, mental health clinics, hospitals, grocery stores, etc.) remained open and operational. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) as well as the WHO (World Health Organization) created and refined recommendations for these essential businesses to follow so as to remain safely operational during the pandemic. These precautions not only enabled essential businesses the ability to continue to render services to those in need, but also reduced the rate of exposure and risk for contraction. 

Sober living facilities fall under the category of essential businesses. Therefore, the short answer to if sober livings are safe during COVID-19 is, yes: sober living facilities that remain operational during the pandemic are safe. They are obliged to strictly adhere to the evolving health and safety precautions set forth by governing entities, to ensure the safety of their residents. The purpose of sober living homes is to provide its residents with a safe residential environment that is free of drugs and alcohol, and that remains unchanged even during a global pandemic.  

For Information and Support 

If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one in regards to substance abuse and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding our specific program at Haven House Addiction Treatment and/ or general substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment related information. Our highly trained staff is readily available to discuss how we might best be able to help you and your loved one. We can be reached by phone at 424-318-3777. You are also welcome to contact anytime us via email at admissions@hhtxc.com.

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