What Does a Sober Home Look Like?
For individuals who are new to addiction recovery, choosing a safe and substance-free living environment is extremely important. Many individuals will want to return home after they complete medical detox and inpatient treatment. However, moving into a sober home immediately after treatment is often the most beneficial choice. Sober living homes were designed to help individuals slowly transition back into independent living and the community at large after they complete intensive inpatient treatment services. The period directly following inpatient care is often the most vulnerable. Men and women are more susceptible to relapse, and it is better if they reside in a safe place with other, like-minded individuals as they navigate early recovery.
Most sober living homes operate somewhat like a co-op. Residents all contribute by participating in daily chores and paying rent on a weekly or monthly basis. Some sober homes are privately run while others are run by religious institutions or recovery-related businesses. While each home will operate differently depending on who is in charge, most sober homes follow the same basic outline. Residents are expected to abide by a strictly enforced set of rules and guidelines that were carefully developed to promote accountability and effectively help residents avoid relapse. However, sober homes are still more loosely structured than other residential facilities, seeing as they include a greater amount of personal freedom while allowing residents to gain employment and participate in additional outside obligations.
What Does a Recovery Home Look Like?
Sober homes vary significantly depending on where they are located and their overall cost. Some sober living homes are rather extravagant, and more closely resemble luxury retreats than humble living environments. Some are less-than-satisfactory and could be considered “flop houses” – a derogatory term for an unsafe living environment that does not have the well-being of residents in mind.
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In most cases, however, sober living homes are well-decorated and comfortable homes that house between 6 and 10 residents at a time, depending on their size. Most of the bedrooms in the house are private or semi-private and come fully furnished, and residents also have access to a kitchen, communal spaces like a living room and a game room, and a spacious backyard.
Most over living homes are located in safe residential communities, many are actually in gated communities to ensure the safety of their residents. When you move into a sober living home, you must request an in-person tour before you make any long-term commitments. When looking around the house for yourself, there is a short checklist to keep in mind. Some of the things to look for include:
- A clean and well-kept living environment
- A clean kitchen that is fully equipped with everything you might need to prepare meals for yourself
- Private or semi-private bedrooms that are kept clean and tidy at all times
- A spacious and comfortable communal area
- A safe and private neighborhood
- Proximity to 12-step meeting houses and other recovery-related resources
Riverbend Residence – Communal Living
At Riverbend Residence, we offer four beautifully appointed, gender-specific sober living houses in Sparta, New Jersey. We consider ourselves to be somewhere in between luxury, a home-style retreat facility, and a comfortable, communal living environment. Our main priority is ensuring that all of our residents are as comfortable as possible at all times as they work to navigate early recovery and ultimately transition back into fully independent living. Our New Jersey sober living homes offer residents plenty of living space, a clean and tidy living environment, and access to all of the recovery-related resources they need to effectively avoid relapse. For more information or to take an in-person tour of one of our four sober living residences, please feel free to reach out to us today.