A sober living home (sometimes called a halfway house) can be best described as a bridge between a rehab(in-patient facility) and the “real world.” After leaving an inpatient facility and returning home, you may struggle with adjusting back to life. Sober living homes offer an "in-between" rehab and home, recovery option that allows you to practice the lessons learned in rehab. An example of the recovery process may look like this: -Rehab -Sober living -Home.
Individuals often want to stay at sober living homes rather than at rehab facilities because residents have more control over their daily choices and schedules. They earn the right to work, go to school and even drive. Many people in recovery find it beneficial to their sobriety to move into an environment with a "built-in" support system where everyone is sober and exploring options for sober-socializing, becoming more physically, emotionally and spiritually fit.
What is a Sober Living House?
How Long do you Stay in A Sober Living Facility?
The options that sober living homes provide are significantly useful to many in recovery. Generally, those that are staying at a sober living home will remain there for at least 90 days, but stays can last for as long as necessary. Some individuals choose to stay in an environment that is "safe" until they feel strong enough physically, emotionally and mentally.
If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, a sober living home may be the right solution. These living situations help residents stay sober by keeping expectations high and giving them support while allowing them to resume normal activities such as working, going to school, and attending social events centered around those in recovery. Residents can also get support from one another in the house and make new friends who are also committed to being sober.
What Credentials and Licensing Does the Facility Have?
It is a MUST to find out the accreditation of the clinical staff and the facility itself to be sure they have skilled professionals.
This is important!!! Facilities can make claims of their expertise, but you have to confirm what they are claiming is true. This is imperative to the well being, safety, treatment, and success of the program for the addicted individual.
DOES the FACILITY HAVE 24/7 STAFF?
Ask who handles the distribution of all medicines? What are the house rules?
What if rules are broken?
How many people live in the house? Are residents expected to be in school or have a job? Are there house meetings? Social activities? Are visitors allowed? How are the days structured? Are there curfews? Are 12 step meetings required? Asking a lot of questions should never be an issue.
DO THEY USE EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT?
If you are insured, ask your employer for help. Ask if your insurance company provides an evidence-based treatment list. Find out in advance which accredited facilities accept your insurance. Make sure the facility uses evidence-based treatment.
If uninsured, ask if the treatment center offers scholarships or in-house financing.