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Friday, October 6, 2017

8 Things You Only Know if You’ve Lived in Sober Living

8 Things You Only Know if You’ve Lived in Sober Living

Lived in Sober Living
Sober living, or halfway houses, can be a great resource to those who are new to recovery.  The transition from treatment to the outside world can be intimidating and dangerous, which is why sober living homes were developed.  They still provide a protected environment, but are less structured so individuals can learn responsibility and accountability.  Just like everything, there are good and bad halfway houses. Here’s how to know if you’re picking a good one.

  1. They demand sobriety.  The number one requirement of transitional housing should be that you’re clean and sober.  It can be nearly impossible to maintain your own sobriety if others are using around you.  If this isn’t a rule, you should find another place.
  2. They require responsibility.  Sobriety isn’t just about abstinence, it’s about learning to take responsibility for yourself and becoming a productive member of society.  Most sober living homes require you to do simple chores and have a curfew set in place.
  3. It’s clean.  Dirty homes means people are not taking their responsibilities seriously, which can lead to resentment.  A clean home may suggest tenants are respectful to others.
  4. The residents are kind.  You should always take a tour of a potential home, and, if possible, meet the tenants.  These are people you’re going to be living with, so you should make sure your personalities mesh and they provide a helpful and kind environment.
  5. They have a manager.  Sober living homes, whether peer run or more medical in nature, should have someone in charge.  The manager ensures people are following the rules and staying clean and sober by administering drug screening tests.
  6. They have house meetings.  The manager should hold regular meetings for all the residents to confirm everyone is doing their job.  This keeps the facility running smoothly and provides the option for residents to give feedback to better the environment.
  7. Self-help groups are encouraged.  Once you’re out of treatment, the journey has just begun.  Recovery is hard work, which is why it is recommended to attend twelve step or other self-help meetings and get a sponsor.
  8. They have expectations.  Being in recovery is about learning to take responsibility for yourself.  Many homes require you to get up at a certain time and go look for employment.  They expect that, while living there, you are attempting to better yourself.

If you’ve lived in a sober living home before, you may know these things aren’t always followed.  Some homes can be utter chaos, with residents getting romantically involved with each other or people not following rules.  Pretty much anybody has the ability to open a sober living home, and unfortunately, some do it for profit rather than recovery.  It’s important that your sobriety is the main focus and if it isn’t, you should find a different home.  

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