All About Transitional Houses and Sober Living Homes
Many have the misconception that the recovery process is over after treatment has been completed. This belief could not be further from the truth, as recovering individuals continue to progress in their journey well after treatment is over. Many will face temptations and cravings that must be managed with coping techniques gained in treatment and will continue maturing in their sobriety with each day that passes. Research shows that recovering individuals who commit to living in a safe and sober house benefit from the continued support and increase their chances of achieving a successful, long term sobriety. To better understand the benefits of living in a sober home, let’s take a closer look at amenities, services and programs that are typically offered by the transitional living facilities. While participating in treatment, recovering individuals are equipped with tools that assist them in building a solid foundation upon sobriety. During a stay at a halfway house, recovering individuals are able to utilize these tools and rely on the professional, caring staff members for added support and guidance in making productive, healthy decisions that don’t involve drugs, alcohol or destructive, compulsive behaviors. The safety, structure and stability offered by a halfway house support recovering individuals as they gain the confidence and courage needed to overcome their addiction, avoid temptations and continue growing in their recovery. Transitional Living environments offer access a variety of services to promote successful recovery among residents.
Typically, residents have access to various treatment programs to enforce what has been learned in treatment and offer support in the adjustment stages of sobriety. Sober houses also might offer access to a variety of counseling and support options, including family support, legal assistance, group therapy and one-on-one counseling. Residents may also take advantage of access to educational groups that provide useful information and helpful resources regarding the disease aspect of addiction, the recovery process, sobriety and relapse. Many sober houses incorporate or offer access to Twelve Step recovery programs that encourage self-awareness and accountability. In order to offer a safe, structured environment for each recovering resident, drug free houses usually enforce guidelines twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. These guidelines can often include:
• maintain sobriety by abstaining from using drugs, drinking alcohol or participating in destructive behaviors
• abide by all house guidelines
• maintain an open mind by accepting suggestions and constructive criticism from staff and managers
• participate in Twelve Step meetings each day
• utilize the Twelve Steps of recovery by incorporate principles into routine, conversations and thought processes
• actively seek employment or volunteer time and services
• attend house meetings, which are typically hosted on a regular basis
These guidelines are generally enforced by staff and managers that are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to ensure the safety of each resident and provide equal opportunities for a successful recovery. In many cases, the staff of sober houses are also recovering from addiction or alcoholism and can provide first-hand insight regarding addiction, the recovery process and life after treatment. The staff of sober homes are committed to the successful recovery of each resident and are honored to serve as a stepping stone on their path to recovery. To learn more about these types of sober houses, the amenities they offer or how to reserve a bed, contact us today by calling (800) 335-9720.