Sober living homes are not homeless shelters.
Many people incorrectly associate sober living homes with homelessness or refer to them as “flop houses”. Nothing could be further from the truth. These homes offer the recovering addict a place to reconstruct their day-to-day lives as they struggle to re-acclimate with society after their initial rehab program is complete.
Sober living homes are governed by a strict set of rules.
Those who live in a sober living home are subject to a series of rules and regulations. Common rules that all residents must follow include: curfews, specific visitation hours.
Sober living homes are not free.
Those residing in sober living homes are expected to pay rent and their share of utility and grocery bills. Paying for these things is actually a blessing, as it helps rebuild the independence the individual may have lost during their drug addiction
Some sober living homes are quite exclusive.
The popularity of sober living homes as a legitimate part of after-care has created a “boutique” niche in the industry. Some sober living homes cost upwards of $2,000 per week and feature a variety of amenities for the residents.
There are fewer sober living homes for women than there are for men.
One of the biggest challenges facing women who have completed rehab is the lack of proper sober living facilities that allow women. Currently, the statistics indicate that almost three-quarters of all sober living homes allow men only. Complicating matters further is the lack of facilities that allow women and their children to take up residence (or do not provide proper daycare while the mother is at work).
Communal living is the order of the day.
Sober living homes are all about community. By sharing space and responsibilities with others who share similar circumstances, the individual gains additional self-esteem and accountability during a period when relapse is still a concern.
Sober living homes offer a chance to interact with your peer group.
As mentioned above, the peer group plays a key role in the sober living home. Individuals going through after-care may not get the understanding they need from friends or family (who simply do not fully understand the situation). People in the sober living home can relate, and therefore provide a powerful support structure.
Sober living homes offer a fresh start at self-sufficiency.
Living in the home is a transition. It readies the individual for the day when they get their own apartment and return to a drug-free life on their own.
There is drug testing at sober living homes.
In order to maintain the integrity of the sober living home, many require random drug testing. This keeps individuals from relapsing -and becoming a negative influence on other residents.
Sober living homes have a zero tolerance policy towards certain infractions.
If an individual’s drug test comes back positive, chances are high that they will be asked to leave the home. The facility may show patience with other matters, but not drug or alcohol abuse while under their roof.