A sober living home is a drug and alcohol-free house that was specifically designed to give men and women who are new to sobriety an increased level of support and structure as they slowly transition back into fully independent living. Sober living homes mandate that residents follow a strict set of rules and guidelines geared towards keeping them accountable. Some of the guidelines you can expect to be enforced include:
- Residents must keep their personal space clean
- Everyone must work together to keep common areas clean, participating in daily chores
- Residents must find and maintain a job, go to school full-time or participate in regular volunteer work
- Everyone in the house must wake up by a certain time every morning and be back at the house by a set curfew (typically no later than 10 pm)
- In gender-specific sober living homes like Riverbend Residence, there will be no members of the opposite sex allowed on the property
- Residents must work towards financial independence and pay their rent on time every month (or as the individual rent agreement entails)
- Residents must attend at least one 12 step meeting every day
- Of course, above all else, residents must remain clean and sober
Finding the Right Sober Living Home for You
Finding the right sober living house to suit all of your personal needs and requirements can be tricky, seeing as there are so many options throughout the state of New Jersey and all surrounding areas. The good news is that if you know exactly what to look for, you will have a much easier time finding the right sober living home for you.
How do you get into a sober living house? The only real requirements are that you have completed a high level of clinical addiction treatment (typically medically monitored detox and residential rehab) and that you have maintained sobriety and plan on continuing to maintain sobriety throughout your stay. After you have completed inpatient treatment, the next step is finding a reputable sober living home and moving in immediately. There must be no gap between inpatient treatment and sober living because newly sober individuals are the most prone to relapse. In most instances, your case manager (while you are in residential rehab) will walk you through a comprehensive list of potential sober living options.
It is recommended that individuals who are in treatment in their home state or in any surrounding areas find a sober living home in the same area. That way they can continue with the intensive outpatient or outpatient program, surrounded by the same group of people and able to see the same individual therapist every week.
Here are several things that you will want to make sure the sober home offers:
- Gender-specific living
- A strict set of guidelines geared towards helping residents maintain accountability
- 24-hour supervision
- A list of alumni who are still clean and sober
- A clean and tidy living space
- A sober living home that is close to your intensive outpatient or outpatient program
- A program that enforces daily 12 step meeting attendance
Getting Into a Sober Living House
To get into a sober living house like Riverbend Residence, you must have at least three months of continuous sobriety and you must be able to pay rent. Unlike inpatient treatment, sober living houses do not accept health insurance. This is partly because we want to instill vital life skills in all of our residents – life skills like becoming financially independent, learning to budget, and learning to pay rent just as they would in the real world. For more information on our sober living home or to take an in-person tour of our home-style facilities, please feel free call us at (844) 505-3447 at any point in time.