Sober living home, also known as transitional living houses, provides those who have recently completed inpatient treatment with a supportive environment in which to practice relapse prevention techniques and slowly transition back into fully independent living. Addiction recovery is a multi-phased process, and it generally consists of medically monitored drug detox center, residential or inpatient treatment, and comprehensive aftercare. One major part of aftercare is New Jersey men’s sober living housing. Sober living homes will enforce a strict set of guidelines geared towards maintaining accountability and keeping individuals sober in early recovery. While the specific rules will vary from house to house, some of the main rules will remain the same. These include:
- Sticking to a curfew and making up at a certain time every morning.
- Finding a job and keeping that job for an extended period.
- Keeping personal space and common areas clean.
- Attending 12 step meetings daily and working through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous or other similar programs (such as Narcotics Anonymous).
- Attending regular group therapy sessions.
- Continuing with outpatient treatment if deemed necessary.
- Undergoing regular drug tests, and extra drug tests if there is cause for suspicion.
Sober Living for Men in New Jersey
Across the entire United States, drug abuse and addiction have been major health-related issues for as long as most people can remember. In recent years (over the past two decades, more specifically), opiate addiction has taken the country by storm. According to the New Jersey Substance Abuse Monitoring System, in the year 2015 alone there were well over 69,400 hospital admissions statewide that directly involved substance abuse.
Out of those admissions, 13,000 were admitted more than once during the same year. In the majority of cases, those who were readmitted to a hospital setting did not follow up with a comprehensive program of aftercare – one that included sober living housing and continued therapeutic intervention. New Jersey residents struggle with substance abuse issues of all kinds, but the vast majority of those who do struggle with addiction struggle with opiate abuse – specifically prescription opioid or heroin abuse.
Because drug abuse and addiction is so prevalent in the state of New Jersey, many treatment centers and sober living houses have popped up over the past several years. Unfortunately, many of the sober living houses that have been established are considered unreputable “flophouses.” What is a flophouse? Continue reading to find out.
How to Avoid Unethical Flop Houses
A men’s sober living home is a safe and supportive environment in which individuals who are new to recovery can continue to learn and grow, and eventually transition into fully independent living. A flophouse, on the other hand, is a housing situation that poses as a sober living facility but is quite the contrary. Flop houses do not have the well-being of their residents in mind at all – they are for-profit, and generally take advantage of health insurance policies while offering very little accountability or support.
If you are concerned that you may be considering a flophouse after inpatient treatment, there are several red flags that you can keep an eye out for. Above all else, be sure that the sober living house you are considering is gender-specific. A transitional house that has both male and female residents living under the same roof is rarely reputable.
The Importance of Gender-Specific Treatment
Gender-specific treatment is extremely important during every stage of recovery – and especially during sober living. If you have completed the initial phases of addiction recovery and are looking to seamlessly transition to the final phase before independent living, please give us a call today. Riverbend Residence New Jersey men’s sober living is both accredited and reputable, and we will be happy to discuss our continuum of care more in-depth at any time.