Medical experts now realize substance abuse like drug abuse or alcohol use disorder are diseases. As such, they require specific treatments to manage an individual’s recovery. Too often those struggling with addiction or substance abuse fall back into negative habits relapsing. While this doesn’t erase progress, it makes getting healthy and staying so much more difficult. Thus, individuals need options to help them maintain sobriety. One such method is a sober living home program. But you may not know what characteristics to look for in a sober living home.
What Are Sober Living Homes?
A kind of aftercare program, sober living homes used to be called half-way houses. However, that term carries some negative connotations. Also, it doesn’t accurately reflect what sober living has become over the last few decades.
As a space in-between leaving addiction treatment program and returning to your regular life, a sober living home serves to re-familiarize you with the ordinary world. Often once someone is sober coming out of treatment, they need a place where they can practice the techniques and strategies they’ve learned. Sober living homes provide this. They allow individuals to gradually increase their confidence as they get used to sobriety.
Fellow residents serve as support and companions on the journey allowing individuals to form new bonds. Creating a new sober community of friends and acquaintances is vital to maintain sobriety. Also, sober living homes provide professional therapists, counselors, and professionals aiding in healing and staying on track.
What Characteristics to Look for in a Sober Living Home
If you or a loved one is interested in finding a sober living home, research needs to be done. First and foremost, an individual needs to familiarize themselves with what will be expected of them. As an individual comes to the end of their treatment program, they should review the house rules for sober living homes. Often, clients who come to sober living without understanding what is expected out of them will have a difficult experience. No one at a sober living home wants to see someone fail. Instead, the professionals at Dignity Hall want to give you or your loved one all the necessary tools to succeed. One of these tools is knowing what your boundaries will be.
Every home not only creates a close-knit community but offers further therapy to help residents. Another of the characteristics to look for in a sober living home is periodic drug testing. Keeping yourself honest and holding others accountable is vital to sobriety. But it’s important not just for your recovery but for another’s as well. Sobriety is something no one goes through alone and is ongoing.
We’ve built Dignity Hall’s sober living homes on the principles of respect, honesty, and trust. We provide men and women looking to transition back to their daily lives with a path to do so. We have sober living homes in the following areas of South New Jersey:
- Somerdale for men
- Hi-Nella for men
- Blackwood for men and women
- Sicklerville for women
Our homes make sure you have the resources, support, and answers you need to make your sobriety lasting. Reducing the chances of and avoiding relapse altogether increases through our programs. You build patience and courage with us making you strong enough to overcome your addiction. Contact us today at 855.380.7560 to learn more and find a location right for you.