Are Sober Living Homes Safe Places?
Once an individual has completed the initial stages of the addiction treatment process, he or she will move on to a comprehensive program of aftercare. In most cases, this includes a continuation of clinical care in an intensive outpatient or outpatient program and a transfer from a residential rehab to a sober living home. It is not uncommon for individuals who recently completed inpatient treatment to want to move home and continue with their lives. Isn’t three months of intensive clinical treatment good enough? Is aftercare necessary?
Sober Living Houses Are Safe for Recovery
The truth is, people are the most vulnerable to relapse during the few months after they complete inpatient treatment. Transferring directly into a reputable sober living home in the same area is highly recommended – most individuals who commit to sober living maintain sobriety for years to come. Of course, when it comes to finding the right sober living home for you and your unique needs and requirements, you may have several concerns. One of the most common concerns is whether or not sober living homes are safe places to live.
Are Sober Living Homes Dangerous?
Not all sober living houses were created equally, therefore not all sober living homes are safe. You must wind up in a reputable, licensed, accredited and gender-specific environment – one that consistently prioritizes the sobriety and overall well-being of each client. Sadly, because addiction has become such a prevalent and widespread issue throughout the state of New Jersey, many halfway houses have been popping up throughout the state that does not necessarily keep the well-being of their residents in mind.
Flop Houses Are Not Safe Residences
They view the current opioid epidemic as an opportunity for profit and prioritize their financial endeavors over all else – which often has dire consequences. These halfway houses, often called “flop houses,” are truly the antithesis of safe.
If you’re interested in a sober living home for yourself or a loved one, you want the halfway house to be safe and comfortable. There are several ways to effectively tell whether or not a sober home is safe, including the following:
- If the house is not gender-specific, it is probably not safe. If you are looking into a sober living home be sure that it is female-specific or male-specific.
- Safe sober living homes are clean, tidy, and structured.
- Safe sober living homes have support staff members available around-the-clock.
- If a sober home is safe, it has a zero-tolerance policy, meaning that substance use is never allowed under any circumstances.
- All safe sober living homes require residents to stick to a strict curfew, and people other than residents are never allowed on the property. In some cases, the sponsors or immediate family members of a resident might be allowed on the property with pre-approval.
Riverbend Residence – Safe Sober Living
We at Riverbend Residence, pride ourselves on providing men and women in New Jersey with the safest and most comfortable sober living experience available. Our program was specifically designed to help residents continue in their recovery programs, laying a solid foundation for continued success once they transfer back into fully independent living. Our safe and structured program holds each resident to a high standard, implementing a solid set of rules and regulations geared towards helping them maintain accountability while becoming productive members of the community.
If you have recently completed inpatient treatment and are looking for the next appropriate level of care, we are available to help. Not only does our structured environment provide residents with an unmatched level of safety, but our luxury-style sober living homes are monitored around-the-clock to ensure that all residents are safe and staying on the right path. For more information on our gender-specific New Jersey sober homes, please reach out to us at (844) 505-3447 today. We will gladly set up an in-person facility tour and answer any additional questions you may have.