Sober living is a great way to help your loved one stay accountable to their sobriety and continue to transition through their phases of treatment. Many treatment facilities like Aurora Recovery Center offer their own sober living for lower levels of care which don’t include residential inpatient. Before clients are ready to move to transitional living at their lowest level of care, sober living is a safe way to support their recovery.
What Is Sober Living?
Sober living is a residential home dedicated to addicts and alcoholics in recovery. Each home is mandated to be sober and often requires regular drug screening as well as nightly breathalyzer tests. Commonly, residents are required to attend a specified amount of recovery support meetings which might include SMART recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous, in addition to others. Some homes require that residents be in a treatment program at a lower level of care. Some sober living homes require that residents have a job or be in school. A sober living is not meant to be a place where people hang out all day without anything to do. Boredom can be a trigger for relapse. Instead, it is meant to serve as a place for support during the transition from treatment to independent living. Coming home to a safe and sober environment helps emphasize the many practices learned during treatment.
What To Look For In Sober Living
Choosing the right sober living after treatment can feel overwhelming without knowing what to look for. These are the most important things you should look for in a sober living:
What are the safety precautions for the house? Does everyone have a key or is there a numerical lock with changing codes? When people relapse and have to leave a sober living, they can come back. Without the right safety precautions, that puts other residents in danger.
How often do they do drug screenings and what methods do they use? Drug screenings twice a day is a bit too much and could be a warning sign that the institution is only out for money. Ideally, testing should be done once or twice a week, with nightly breathalyzer tests.
Do residents have to complete chores and contribute to the household? After having a scheduled life full of exhausting emotional processing during treatment, many feel they “deserve” a break. Sober living is when the rubber hits the road, so to speak, and all the tools they learned must be put into practical application. Doing chores, cooking meals, and contributing to the household is important.
Are there many complaints listed against them online? You would want to look for complaints from past residents, parents, and neighbors. Recovery is sensitive and people can get emotional. However, it is easy to tell between an emotional situation and chronic complaints. If your intuition is sending off red flags, it probably isn’t the right place.
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