Should Sober Living Homes Allow Pets?
Sober living housing provides men and women who are new to recovery with additional structure and support as they navigate the ins and outs of early recovery. In most cases, sober living is the next logical step after inpatient addiction treatment. It is important that men and women who have recently completed inpatient treatment transfer into a sober living home immediately, seeing as the first few months of recovery can be the most challenging, and this is when individuals are the most prone to experiencing a relapse. Sober living is also an ideal option for individuals who have been struggling with a mild substance abuse disorder and have not yet experienced a host of interpersonal consequences. Sober living housing is often coupled with intensive inpatient treatment (IOP) or outpatient treatment (OP), which offers a continuation of clinical care and a higher level of personal freedom.
Rules of Sober Living: Are Pets Allowed?
Reputable sober living homes will do everything in their power to hold residents accountable. They will enforce a strict set of rules and guidelines, including:
- Residents must keep common areas and personal spaces clean
- Daily 12 step meeting attendance is mandatory
- Residents must find and work a full-time job, attend school full-time or engage in regular volunteer work
- There must be no members of the opposite sex on the property unless approved far in advance
- Residents must stay completely sober and clean from all mood or mind-altering chemical substances
- No pets will be allowed on the property
Some individuals believe that pets should be allowed in sober living housing situations because they may contribute to their personal recovery. They allow residents to selflessly care for something other than themselves, and can often be therapeutic. While Riverbend Residence does appreciate furry friends of all kinds, we do not allow them in our residences for several important reasons.
Halfway Houses and Allowing Pets
We understand how important your pets are to you and how badly you must miss them after undergoing an extended stay in an inpatient treatment center. However, as the saying goes, “You cannot pour from an empty cup.” If your pet was well looked after while you were in residential treatment there is a very good chance that he or she will be well looked after while you are in sober living. Remember that to be the very best pet owner that you are capable of being, you must docs on yourself and your sobriety first. Here are several reasons why our sober living houses do not allow pets.
- If an individual who is in serious need of an extended stay at a gender-specific sober living home is allergic to animals, he or she might be turned away if pets are allowed.
- Pets can serve as a distraction, pulling focus away from your recovery. If you have a pet to take care of you might inadvertently use this as an excuse to skip out on 12 step meetings or other recovery-related activities and services.
- Pets are a major financial responsibility. Most individuals who are in early recovery are relearning how to take financial responsibility for themselves. Adding a pet to the mix can be a major and unnecessary financial stressor.
- Pets can be difficult to clean up after. Considering you will already have a wide range of chores during your stay at a sober living house, homing a pet will mean more time spent cleaning up and less time spent focusing on your recovery.
Continue Your Journey of Recovery
Sober living housing is the logical next step after medical detox and inpatient treatment. Riverbend Residence provides men and women of all ages with reputable sober living homes in New Jersey and all surrounding areas. Give us a call at (844) 505-3447 for more information on our New Jersey halfway houses near you.