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What Is A Sober Living Home?

Sober living homes, or transitional homes are homes dedicated to integrating someone from rehab into an affordable and substance-free environment. They are available to a variety of ages, co-ed, parent and children, or separately for men and women. These homes were first recorded in 1830 (called lodging houses), focusing on alcohol abuse due to the Temperance Movement. They later became more popularized and commonplace in the 1970s, continuing to today.

Inpatient rehab focuses more on detox, activities, support groups, and counseling, but patients may need support once they complete detox in rehab. Furthermore, challenges that stem from post-rehab treatment like drug-free living and unstable housing can create more difficulty for the individuals. Furthermore, unstable housing could promote stress and feelings of isolation. Sober living homes are the next step one can take to be integrated into having responsibilities and organized schedules before going back to everyday life. The impact of these homes has resulted in accountability and commitment, decreased triggers and distractions, a sense of interdependence, and a sense of community.

What To Expect

A quality sober living home will be accredited and has standard guidelines for effectiveness. They maintain codes of conduct and maintain a sense of purpose for residents. They should be clean, and furnished, meeting health standards. All bedrooms and overall dwelling space has to align with the local city ordinances. If the home is co-ed, both genders would need their own bathrooms and living quarters. Locks and limitations to residents’ bedrooms should be available, parent/child sober living homes (women and children), “should not permit adult males to reside in the home.”

Regular interviews occur at 6, 12, and 18 months for tracked progress, including reported measures of substance abuse and any mental health disturbances are tracked. Records of work, school, and job applications are needed, and some residents may have to be mindful of group-specific rules for their safety. Fortunately, family members are encouraged to spend time with their loved ones, and many fun activities are encouraged.

Rules And Guidelines

Themes of community and networking can manifest as volunteering for 12-step groups, maintaining an identity as a functional adult with chores, and building social skills with like-minded people. Sober living homes make residents accountable, so if they are irresponsible or come home late, they have to provide legitimate reasons. Noise, and smoking, “should be responsive to neighbors’ reasonable complaints.” It should be noted, each home’s guidelines may differ, and may include more guidelines to adhere.

Types Of Homes

Sober living homes are available in varying housing forms. The most common is a home, however sober living apartments are available, giving individuals privacy and space. Lastly, sober living dorms are available for a variety of patients. While all ages are welcome, college students who struggle with addiction may find it extremely helpful to avoid relapsing during one’s college experience.

Halfway Houses: Similarities And Differences

Although some consider halfway houses the same as sober living homes, they are different. Sober living homes and halfway houses both provide housing to those battling substance abuse disorders. They both also provide accountability for individuals in the houses. Halfway houses offer community support and daily chores. Some differences between sober living homes and halfway houses include sponsoring. Halfway homes are typically state-sponsored, while residents in sober living homes pay rent.

Another key difference is a halfway house provides housing for released inmates who faced addiction. Additionally, halfway houses cater more toward prison inmates who are in the process of going to rehab. As a result of this, there are unique programs and care in sober living homes that differ in halfway homes. Another difference is the length of stay. To illustrate, sober living homes do not require residents to stay at the location for a specified time; however, halfway homes do. Sober living homes provide specific care that may not be provided in halfway homes, such as 12-Step group meetings, respecting the rules of the house, and maintaining a drug-free environment.

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Oxford Homes: Similarities And Differences

Science Direct defines Oxford homes as, “a self-run, self-supporting recovery home”. The Oxford house is community based, and encourages interdependence with substance abuse survivors. Like the sober living home, individuals can have jobs, pay bills, and can be held accountable.

The Oxford Home provides stability and community connection post-treatment that establishes secure housing for individuals. Roughly 73% of those in Oxford homes suffered addiction, with 27% battling alcoholism. The time of stay was less than a year for many, and many paid less than $100 weekly. Some individuals in Oxford homes received group support available in sober living homes.

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Sober living homes offer many benefits and allow people to feel fully integrated into everyday life. Explore concerns like finances, rules, activities, and success rates. If you or a loved one needs more information, don’t hesitate to contact a compassionate treatment provider today.

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