There is no shortage of sober living homes in the state of New Jersey. In fact, in response to the constantly increasing rates of substance abuse and the nationwide opioid epidemic, there are now over 300 sober living houses and 400 Oxford houses throughout the state, according to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. However, there has been a good deal of controversy surrounding the opening of so many sober homes, seeing as not all are reputable and many do not have the best interest of their residents at heart. To help community members differentiate between reputable and non-reputable sober homes, the NJ Department of Community Affairs proposed a set of strict regulations that would apply to this specific type of residential environment.
Guidelines for Sober Living Homes
Amendments to the existing rules were made in June of 2017, which included that only family-style or duplex homes could be utilized and that there could not be more than 10 residents at any given time. Regulating sober homes has been a major challenge, both for the homeowners and for lawmakers. There has been much community pushback, and there have been numerous amendments made to existing laws over the years. Many have pushed for a credentialing process, which would help reduce the number of unregulated “sober homes” in existence throughout the state. As it stands, sober homes in New Jersey must be adequately licensed to open their doors. To get licensed, they must meet the following guidelines and consistently follow the below-listed regulations:
- They must have at least one staff member present on the property at all times
- They must have 10 or fewer residents living in the house
- They must meet the local codes for the definition of a “single-family home”
Riverbend Residence is dedicated to adhering to all state regulations and guidelines, and all of our residences are fully licensed and accredited through the state of New Jersey.
The Importance of Sober Living
Sober living is a vital part of the overall treatment process, and it usually means the difference between relapse and long-term recovery. There are many benefits to sober living, including access to add structure and support, as well as a high level of personal accountability.
Most reputable treatment centers (including Riverbend Residence) hold their residents to a high set of standards and require them to abide by a strict set of rules and guidelines geared towards making the transition back to fully independent living all that much easier.
These rules are in place for a reason – they help residents learn how to successfully structure their own lives around their recovery. For more information, reach out today.
Some examples of these sober living guidelines include:
- Participating in daily house chores and keeping personal spaces clean
- Finding a recovery-appropriate job and maintaining this job
- Treating other residents with courtesy and respect (and treating support staff members with respect)
- Waking up by a certain time every morning and returning home by a set curfew
- Attending at least one 12-step meeting every day and working through the 12 steps with a sponsor
- Maintaining complete abstinence from all mood and mind-altering substances
Riverbend Residence – Licensed and Accredited Sober Living Housing
At Riverbend Residence, we offer gender-specific sober living to men and women of all ages in New Jersey and all surrounding areas. We strictly follow state-imposed guidelines, making sure that there are no more than 10 residents in any one of our single-family homes at a time, and ensuring that there is always a support staff member on-site to help assist residents and offer them any additional support they might need. Our main priority is ensuring that our residents have the tools they need to maintain success in sobriety as they navigate early recovery and begin learning how to live an entirely new way of life.