Choosing Between Sober Living Properties
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When you have the potential to choose between two or more different sober living properties, you should always look for the facility that best fits your needs. Consider all those needs before settling on a facility, and make sure to ask questions, even tour the property if possible, before making a final decision.
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Make a Budget
Knowing your budget can help you choose the right property which won’t be a financial drain at a time where you will likely need to hold onto your money as much as possible. It is the same way individuals should begin to choose a treatment facility or, even more similarly, an apartment to rent. Because you will be paying a monthly rent to reside in one of these properties, you must know what you can afford and stick to that budget.
According to a study on sober living homes, some facilities ask patients to pay for “utilities and family style meals” as well (NCBI). In some cases, this cost can be built into the monthly rent. Certain properties are more catered to individuals who can only afford the bare minimum of amenities while others provide a pool, spa, gourmet meals, etc. Of course, the latter facilities cost more for residents. Deciding how much you are willing to pay and agreeing not to deviate from this budget can be an important factor in helping you choose the right facility.
A Second Opinion
If you are trying to decide between two or more facilities, go online to find reviews of the different properties. Some may have a list of satisfied residents while others may not. Still, you should always take online comments with a grain of salt as individuals are often more likely to complain than to praise in a review. If you continue to feel unsure, try attending a local support group meeting or visiting an outreach center. Ask if anyone there has experience with one of the facilities and if they would recommend it to another recovering addict.
Pros and Cons
When all else fails, make a pros and cons list. Compare what one facility offers versus another and ask yourself which one provides those options you need the most. For example, if a facility allows more visiting time with family and friends, this may be extremely important to you if your support network is helping you get through recovery. If another property has a lower rent but is far away from your workplace, ask yourself if you would rather save money or save time riding the bus to and from the facility.
After you have considered all the good and bad aspects of each property, it can be easier to decide which will be better for your overall recovery. Still, it is important that sober living homes provide several key elements:
- A comfortable environment
- A safe environment
- A place where drugs and alcohol are not present
- A group of residents and other individuals who provide encouragement and help to one another
Once you are able to determine that a property can provide you with these essential components and effectively address any other needs you may have, you have found the sober living home for you. Call 800-373-1667 (Who Answers?)
toll free anytime for help finding the right sober home.