When we think about what it takes to recover from substance abuse, many of us think about detox or rehab. But in fact, a large part of the recovery process takes place after detoxification and early therapy. In the period following an intensive inpatient rehab program, clients focus on practicing their newly acquired coping skills and taking the first steps to pursue their new goals. Sober living homes offer the ideal environment for this important phase of recovery.
A sober living home — sometimes known as a halfway house — is a residence that provides a structured yet flexible atmosphere for clients who have graduated from a more intensive level of treatment. Clients may stay for weeks, months, or longer in these facilities as they continue to evolve in sobriety. Residents build accountability and self-efficacy by paying for room and board, participating in house meetings and other activities, and assuming household chores.
What Services Are Provided?
Typically located in a residential neighborhood, a halfway house represents a safe interim point between the supervised setting of residential rehab and the full autonomy of life in the community. In many ways, these transitional environments represent other forms of communal housing, but residents share a strong commitment to a sober lifestyle, and no drugs or alcohol are allowed.
In addition to the accommodations and amenities of a sober living home, residents have access to the resources they need to continue their recovery. These resources may be available through a conveniently located outpatient treatment center, or a residential treatment facility that offers therapeutic services on an outpatient basis.
Sober living accommodations are part of a continuum of care that begins with detox and intensive treatment and leads to full recovery. The most effective continuing care is provided in homes that are associated with a treatment center offering access to physicians, mental health professionals, nurses and other medical personnel, case managers, and holistic therapists.
What Are the Rules of Sober Living?
In order to protect the sober environment of a halfway house or transitional living center, residents must follow specific rules. The environment in a sober living home is not as strictly supervised or structured as a residential treatment center; however, there are more requirements and conditions than independent living provides. Listed below are some of the typical rules of a sober living environment:
- No drug or alcohol use is allowed, either by residents or their guests.
- Residents must agree to random urine tests to confirm their drug-free status.
- Residents must abide by a curfew and request permission for overnight stays outside the house.
- Participation is required at mandatory house meetings.
- Residents are required to complete assigned household chores.
- Residents must either be engaged in outpatient recovery classes outside the home or participating in a support group, such as a 12-step program, outside the facility.
- Intimate relationships between residents are prohibited.
- Clothing or personal items that advertise drugs or alcohol are prohibited.
- Violence, personal threats, and offensive language are prohibited.
Before entering a sober living home, the individual is usually presented with a written agreement that sets out the specific rules and regulations of the residence. Violating the rules of the home, or failing to pass a random drug or alcohol test, may result in termination of the residency agreement.
About Our Sober Living Services
Orlando Recovery Center has the resources to help individuals who are transitioning from a more intensive level of care. We offer a full range of integrated aftercare and outpatient resources, including sober living accommodations, multiple daily group meetings, 12-step programs, full-time case management, and vocational counseling/education assistance. Our Orlando facility is located on a lake, with a clubhouse dedicated to meetings, recreational activities, and socialization. Residents have the opportunity to work on site as part of our paid or volunteer personnel. To help our clients get their lives back on track, we also offer a full complement of legal resources.
To learn more about our progressive approach to aftercare and the transitional housing options through Orlando Recovery Center, call our toll-free number today.
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