Treatment centers often recommend clients step down to a sober living home. But is that sufficient enough for most?

Most states do not mandate that a sober living home be accredited by a sober living coalition. Owners often turn regular homes into sober living homes simply by providing an on-site house manager and random drug and alcohol screenings. Individuals going from a structured inpatient treatment facility to an unstructured sober living home are often set up to fail as many of these people do not have the life skills necessary to rebuild their lives without assistance. Individuals have the freedom to come and go as they please, allowing them to ease back into normal life.

There are many structured sober living homes and they offer different levels of accountability. Those who work a program of recovery within the confines of a structured, supportive environment have the highest success rate of maintaining long-term sobriety.

A structured sober living home still falls into the category as a sober living environment or halfway house, but what is it about these facilities that set them apart when there as so many other options for aftercare? The goal of a structured sober living is to help the individual succeed in aftercare and become adjusted or re-adjusted to living normal, day-to-day life. They typically have a rigorous schedule that ensures every person holds themselves and other house members accountable. They provide a safe community that encourages building healthy friendships that can provide a foundation for recovery.

Structured sober livings often require sign in and sign out sheets, mandatory morning meditation, daily 12 step meeting attendance, weekly contact with sponsor, weekly recovery coaching, drug testing and breathalyzers, curfews, and mandatory house meetings. Oftentimes, optional services are offered such as medication management, money management and life skills coaching.

Many of these programs work closely within a number of highly regarded service provider networks. They may offer transportation to and from outpatient treatment programs and therapy appointments. Individuals may be given the opportunity to work with someone on resume building and job searching. All structured sober living homes require that clients implement structure and balance into their lives. Individuals are asked to return to work, volunteer or enroll in school. They stress the importance of having fun in sobriety.

It is important for individuals to be honest with themselves about how much structure and accountability they would benefit from when deciding upon a sober living to transition to upon completion of impatient treatment. Learn more about sober living homes by contacting BlueCove Homes at 844-425-8326.

About BlueCove Homes

BlueCove Homes remains committed toward the overall recovery process, and in doing so we are truly honored to network with some of the nation's leading residential and outpatient addiction treatment centers. We believe that each new day presents new opportunities to redefine quality sobriety, and our resolve in supporting the client's best interests will always remain foremost. We invite you to join us along the exciting path of redefining life in recovery!

National Alliance for Recovery Residences
California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

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