Can I get Medical Care in a Sober House?
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According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, sober houses increase an addict’s chance of recovery. Unfortunately, some addicts also need medical care that is not provided at a traditional sober house. There are however, some sober houses that maintain at least one medical staff member and all sober houses maintain a relationship with a hospital or a doctor.
What Type of Care is Standard for a Sober House?
In a standard sober house, there is very limited medical care. As with any residential facility, there are emergency supplies but for the most part medication and other treatments are limited. This is not to say that you cannot be on medication at a sober house. Usually if you are taking medication for a mental or pain disorder, it is locked up and dispensed as needed.
Doctors also sometimes visit a sober facility if the residents cannot leave for some reason but this is not often. Most of the time a sober house is designed so that you can be more independent and make your own decisions in a sober environment.
When you are in a sober facility, you need to take control of your life. Part of staying in one is learning to do the things that you avoided previously. It is about taking responsibility and this often includes your medical needs.
What Type of Medical Care is Available in a Sober House?
Some sober houses offer medical care. These houses are for those who need medical supervision while they start to regain their lives. Chronic illness and chronic pain diseases such as severe rheumatoid arthritis often require a large amount of medical treatment despite the person being in addiction recovery. These sober houses operate as both rehabs and sober residences. The medical care available in these places is usually nursing staff and a doctor on call.
If you are in a Nonmedical Sober House how do you get Medical Care?
If you are in a sober house that does not offer medical care, you usually either return to the rehab or pain clinic that you used to get off your drug of choice. You can also choose your own doctor for medical services that do not relate to the addiction.
Psychological care in a Sober House
Most sober houses do have a therapist or an addiction counselor on staff. Sometimes this is the house staff, other times this is a person who comes to the residence. They conduct and continue the work and counseling that you started in rehab.
Most people continue counseling while they are in a sober house. It is easier to hold the counseling and group sessions. That way they can provide services for everyone in the sober house at once. They also can provide life skills training and other services while they are there.