Sober Living Communities: What you Should Know
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According to the National Library of Medicine, a sober living house is a place where a person can live among others who are also seeking to live in a sober environment. Although many people do exceedingly well in a sober living environment, it is not for everyone. If you are considering a sober living house, you should know a few things about them first.
Types of Sober Houses
There are a few different types of sober houses. These types are:
- Transitional housing
- Sober dorms
- Sober houses
- Sober apartments
- Sober communities
The type that you choose is depends on your level of sobriety and the level of structure that you need. Each type has a slightly different philosophy and level of support offered. Many people start in one form of sober house and transition to the next before reentering society.
Purpose of Sober Houses
Depending on the type of sober house, the purpose of a sober house varies. The most obvious purpose is to help your remain sober and transition between inpatient care and society but there are other purposes. Some of these purposes include:
- To help people learn how to function
- To provide structure
- Provide a safe place to live
- To prevent relapse
- To help those who need it learn life skills
- To provide support while you are in recovery
There are many other benefits to living in a sober house. These benefits often differ from program to program, which is why it is so important to choose the one that is right for you. Living with others is often difficult. Finding the right program can help prevent some of these difficulties.
Rules in a Sober House
Sober houses have rules. Most of these rules are usually common sense but you will be asked to obey them or be expelled from the sober living program. A few common rules are:
- You must do your chores
- You must remain sober and submit to drug testing
- If you are on medication you must take your medication
- You must cooperate with staff
- You must attend meetings or a counseling program
- You have to comply with your doctor’s appointments and doctor’s orders
- Many require you look for or maintain a job
- You will have to obey a curfew
- There are no overnight guests
Although the rules seem obvious, they are required to maintain a sober residence. Breaking these rules often causes a person to be expelled from the sober living program. In the case of a court ordered program, you go to jail if you break the rules.
How to Find a Sober House
You can find a sober house by simply calling us at 800-373-1667 (Who Answers?) . There are sober living communities, houses, and facilities across the country. It is important to find one that suits you the best. We can help you evaluate the sober houses and help you make an informed decision.