Sober living homes have been around since the 1800s. They offer individuals recovering from substance abuse and/ or addiction a transitional, drug and alcohol-free residential environment. As is true regarding substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment programs, there are a variety of sober living facilities available. Unlike halfway homes (another transitional residential option) that are often sponsored by the state, most sober living homes are privately run and funded organizations. By nature, most sober living facilities are not legally required to hold any type of licensure nor does the government regulate them. As such, it is imperative to make sure you select a sober living home that is reputable and is able to accommodate your nuanced needs. Below are several helpful tips of which to be mindful when you are reviewing your options:
- Know your needs: identifying your own needs as they relate to residing in a sober living facility can help narrow down your options. There are a variety of sober living houses that cater to individuals with specialized needs (e.g. individuals with a dual diagnosis, sober living homes that offer longer-term stays, etc.) that go beyond simply being gender-specific.
- Cost: The costs and fees associated with each sober living facility are variable. Make sure to fully understand the financial commitment required for residing at a facility prior to making any decision. For some individuals, the costs associated with higher-end sober living homes may be financially prohibitive.
- Get to know the facility, amenities offered, and privacy: each sober living facility is housed in a different residential setting and offers distinct amenities. For example, depending on the size of the residence, some are able to offer private rooms while others require individuals to share rooms.
- Understand the house rules and regulations: though there are certain common rules enforced in most sober living homes (e.g. no drugs or alcohol on the premises, no overnight guests, attending a certain number of support group meetings, securing stable employment and/ or volunteer position, etc.) specific rules, regulations and expectations of residents will vary depending on the sober living home.
Moving into a sober living home will push back when an individual returns to his or her home for as long as the person elects to live in the sober living home. While for some this may seem undesirable, it is imperative for an individual recovering from addiction to prioritize his or her sobriety. The additional time spent residing in a sober living home can provide a variety of benefits. It can help people foster friendships with other sober individuals, and develop a support network of like-minded individuals. It helps residents continue to practice accountability and can assist in further strengthening one’s foundation of recovery without being surrounded by potential triggers and temptations that may present in one’s home life.
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 email@example.com.