by Revival Transitional Living
on September 6, 2019
Sober living is a term used for those who typically complete an inpatient treatment or partial hospitalization treatment and are looking for somewhere to live while they continue an outpatient treatment or maintain their recovery. Sober living facilities use to be referred to halfway houses, but given the distinction between exiting jail and treatment, the term “sober living” is more widely accepted and used. Sober living houses have taken over as the treatment industry has expanded. The core basis of sober homes can be a key component for someone who is attempting to maintain their sobriety or begin their long-term recovery journey. There is a reason why sober homes work. Statistics show that the longer a person struggling with substance use disorder engages in treatment and/or a sober living home, increases their chances of maintaining long term sobriety. Many sober homes help clients with basic needs while they discharge from treatment such as finding employment, communicating with family, and basic life skills. Here are some key components to look for when choosing a suitable sober living facility.
- Ask for a tour or about the orientation process
It is easy to spot a positive sober living environment if they offer or agree to a tour prior to moving in or at the very least can easily walk you through the orientation process including rules and regulations. Any sober home that regularly practices an orientation process to include goals and expectations of each client is holding the integrity of their home to a higher standard, which in turn will hold their clients to a higher standard.
- Ask specifically about their drug testing process and policies
The whole point of sober living is to make sure that the residents in the home are maintaining abstinence from mind-altering substances. It is important to understand what the process is for other clients who may relapse within the home. Unfortunately for some people, relapse will be a part of their recovery process (although it doesn’t have to be). Making sure you live in a home that stands behind a no tolerance policy or at the very minimum can explain the consequences that may happen to one of their residence who relapse while residing in the sober living.
- Know your surroundings
Location, Location, Location. For some people and some houses, location in a bad neighborhood may be the only option. Understanding the importance of location is more then that. A lot of people entering recovery may not have access to a car; have a license or very much money. Uber isn’t always an option for those in early recovery. Ask if the sober house is near a bus route or if they offer any transportation to meetings. This is why sober livings in the city have become more popular then ever. If you are looking for employment, see if the house is near a populated area that you could even walk to in order to find a job. Making sure you can get to meetings, therapy, and employment easily will make the beginning of your recovery process that much easier. Finding yourself a sober living in Philadelphia, you can pretty much guarantee that it will check all the boxes on the above questions.
The main reason someone would choose sober living is for the accountability that they offer each of their clients. The last thing a person leaving treatment wants is to go right back to the same lifestyle they were living before treatment and negate all the hard work they just put in during treatment. Sober living facilities offer regular drug testing, curfews, life skill lessons, relationships building experiences, and the supports that people desperately need leaving treatment. Being around people in recovery daily, helps to hold yourself to a certain standard and accountability for your own recovery process.
- Support and a Judgment Free Zone
Unfortunately the stigma attached to people suffering with substance use disorders still exists. Being in a safe environment surrounded by people that are just like you can not only be supportive but also help to ease the fear of judgment. Going back to live with family might sound like a good idea, but a lot of times what we learn is that being back in a family environment can have a negative effect on our recovery process. Sober living facilities offer the support and judgment free zone that people struggling with substance use disorders desperately need in early recovery.