A sober living home (or halfway house) is the final step in every addiction recovery program (aside from continuous aftercare). A sober living home is a final stage before a newly sober individual transition back into completely independent living. In sober living housing, men and women who just completed inpatient treatment will move into a housing situation with other individuals who are in the same boat – who are all working to stay sober as they continue with clinical care and start regaining greater personal freedom. These housing situations will provide a structured and supportive environment, geared towards keeping residents accountable and helping them further hone life skills, relapse prevention skills, and coping skills as they apply them to real-life situations.
When it comes to sober living homes in New Jersey, there are many options to choose from. Over the past two decades, drug addiction has completely ravaged the state of New Jersey, leaving many residents (and once-productive members of society) hopeless, shattered and alone. With the rise of addiction came the rise of recovery, and in response to the statewide crisis many reputable addiction treatment centers and sober living, homes were founded. Unfortunately, a great number of disreputable and untrustworthy “treatment centers” and “sober living homes” also came to be. People tried to take advantage of the situation by taking advantage of men and women who were severely struggling and in need of professional medical care.
When looking for a sober living home in New Jersey or anywhere in the country, you must know the difference between a reputable transitional living facility and a potential flophouse, which can quickly lead down to a path of relapse if you are not careful.
What is a Flop House?
A flophouse refers to a disreputable “halfway house” that does not have the best interest of its residents at heart. Most flop houses will have a rotating door when it comes to residents and will have extremely high rates of relapse. If a resident does relapse, he or she will be kicked to the street rather than transferred back into a higher level of care. Flop houses will scam insurance companies, charging obscene amounts for drug tests, and conducting drug tests far more frequently than is normal.
Reputable sober living homes will generally only conduct drug tests when a resident is displaying suspicious behavior – otherwise, maybe once or twice per month just to maintain accountability. Flop houses will conduct drug tests up to three times per week, generally for no good reason, other than to line their pockets. Reputable transitional living owners and operators always have the safety and health of their residents as the number one priority.
Flop Houses Are Dangerous, Choose a Real Sober Home
Many flophouses are in cahoots with Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs, and drug testing will be conducted during IOP. Health insurance companies will wrack up a variety of inexplicable and unnecessary fees during IOP, from breathalyzers and urine tests to the housing itself (which is completely illegal – if you are not being charged for your housing situation, you are being scammed).
There are several ways to determine whether or not a halfway house is reputable. First of all, consider whether or not it is gender-specific. If the housing situation welcomes both men and women, it is not a viable option. Request to take a tour of the house. Is it clean and well-kept? Does it seem as if the residents are required to complete daily chores and keep the common space and their individual spaces clean? Dirty living space is a very bad sign. Talk with current residents. Do they report having very few rules and restrictions? Are they able to come and go whenever they please? Are they required to attend daily 12 step meetings and either work, go to school, or volunteer full-time? If it seems like a free-for-all, stay away!
Riverbend Residence – Reputable Sober Living
At Riverbend Residence, we offer gender-specific, reputable sober living housing to men and women who are ready to move onto the next level of care. We never scam insurance providers, and we ensure that our residents are receiving the support and structure they need to effectively maintain long-term sobriety. To learn more or to take a tour of one of our sober living houses, give us a call today at (844) 505-3447 and we will help you.