Maintaining sobriety by staying free from addictive substances is one of the main goals of a former addict in recovery. For many, though, it is hard to avoid relapses once they finish treatment and find themselves back in their former routines and among their peers. Months of hard work can go to waste when addicts do not make a healthy transition from rehab to home. The need for a safe environment as part of life after rehab resulted in the creation of sober living homes.
A sober living home is a place where addicts in recovery can enjoy a supportive environment free of alcohol and drugs as part of their treatment. These facilities are mainly used by patients who have finished their rehabilitation program and now need to make a healthy transition back to their former lives. This is beneficial for former addicts because of the following reasons:
Peer counseling and support groups are important aspects of sober living homes. Residents are usually required to demonstrate their willingness to stay sober by taking drug tests, following the rules of the house, taking important therapeutic steps, and participating in 12-step meetings.
The staff of a sober living home also plays an important role in the recovery process. Some houses provide supportive supervision and work as an outpatient treatment program—adding to the effectiveness of the stay. Social workers also participate sometimes in cooking and cleaning so that the guests can focus on their recovery and learning process.
Most facilities work under a same-sex approach, although coed homes can be found. The costs are covered by the residents themselves, and there is no need to come from a rehab center or a treatment program to stay in the home. Government grants or insurance plans may cover some of the costs in some cases.
Characteristics of sober living homes may vary from one place to another. For example, some work under a manager model where the owner of the house establishes and enforces the rules. Others work under a social model where guests have a more active part in the government of the house. By doing a little research, a person can find out what specific aspects and benefits a certain home offers to make a good decision.
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