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What Determines a Supportive Sober Living Environment After Treatment?

There can often be many different components to a person’s recovery program.  Of course, this can include detox, inpatient treatment, or counseling.  But many need continuing support once out of the main segment of their treatment.  One form of support once they finish primary treatment is to go into a sober living environment.

What is a Sober Living Environment?

A sober living environment, also called a halfway house, transitional living, or sober home can be extremely beneficial for an individual to reside in after treatment.  They provide a person a safe environment to attend after treatment that can help them to transition back into regular life.  It can be difficult to jump right back into the trials and tribulations of day to day life. Sober living can help a person integrate back into it gradually.

There can be significant variations between sober living environments.  Their rules or regular operation can be very different from each other. While this may be the case, there are certain qualities to look for that make a proper and supportive sober living environment.  These could be things such as:

  • Proper Supervision – Who is watching over and managing a sober living environment can make a large difference. Ideally, there is an on-site person who accurately administers the home and ensures smooth operation.  They can help to make sure that structure stays in, and that peer support is being maintained.
  • Recovery Requirements – There should be requirements that the person needs to meet each week for their recovery. Meaning, they could be attending an outpatient program or meetings several times a week.  A well run sober living home could also offer in-house meetings which are a requirement for all residents.  Such meetings help to ensure that each person is getting support and staying on track with their recovery.
  • Regular Drug Testing – Unfortunately, the reality is that not everyone stays in recovery, and some can have a slip-up. A quality sober home should have a regular urinalysis to discover if anyone has fallen off the wagon per se.  Doing this helps more people stay away from substances, being that they know they will be tested.  If a person is found to have used drugs or alcohol, they can be helped immediately without it going unknown for a long time.  Catching it early on can contribute to preventing it from becoming full-on use again.
  • Responsibilities – It is vital that a recovering individual in a sober living home have structure and responsibilities. Structure helps them to integrate back into day to day life.  This development could include having chores and a proper schedule.  It also should include having to obtain or continue employment.  In place of work, it could also be enrolling in and attending school.  All of these things help a person to construct and maintain a consistent routine, which keeps them busy and away from using substances.  Relapse can easily come about when a recovering individual has too many periods of inactivity. Filling in these gaps with responsibilities helps to avoid that, and brings about a sense of accountability.

Best Drug Rehabilitation Can Help You or Your Loved One

Addiction can completely take over an individual’s life.  For this reason, it is so critical to seek help immediately when you or your loved one have a moment of clarity and desire help.  Our treatment program has shown to be very successful in helping people to overcome their addictions.  The success lies in the fact that we create tailored treatment programs based on each’s needs.  Give us a call today, and we can answer any questions you may have.

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